This is one of those places I continue the recommend when dining with particular palettes, or when trying to cater to a larger group. Their expansive menu ensures there is plenty to choose from and even more to consider when deciding on what to have on tap.
I have been here before and blogged about it a handful of times, so to read a more compressive account, visit the link below.
But this blog post is to highlight their uniquely messy “20 Napkin Burger”, a burger that I had enjoyed once or twice before, and what brought me back today. I wanted to challenge myself with finishing this extra large meal.
So to watch my vlog account of this journey, please visit my YouTube channel: MaggiMei or click on the link below.
The “20 napkin burger” is aptly named given the number of napkins you find yourself reaching for in the process of trying to finish it. The way they figure it, it is a napkin for every ounce of meat. Not only is it a mouthful, but having to squish it down to get your lips around it, means something is bound to give. The result is the meat and cheese squeezing out between its toasted buns, and spilling over on to your hands. More than half of the filling ends this way, on its way down towards the table setting beneath.
This monster was centred by two beef patties, topped with 4oz. of pulled brisket, crispy bacon strips, a thick cheese sauce, and fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion. The finale is its mini slider crown. At $26.50 you get your money’s worth. This is one of the better large burgers I have challenged myself to finish. Mostly because it is tastier for longer, where as typically the reason why I give up on a challenge is because of how bored and nauseous of the flavour I get. I am made sick by the thought, sight, and smell of a repetitive taste. So for me to only have two more bites until fully eaten, is a great tell on the burger. As I mentioned, sadly, I did not finish it, but came close and I would continue to comeback and try again.
My guests had dishes more proportionate to their hunger.
The “Phillips Beer Can Chicken” was an interesting one. This is a half serving with the can on the side. I suspect a whole chicken would still have the can of grease within it, as it was baked. This is naturally raised chicken rubbed with their cajun spice blend, then slow roasted with a can of Phillips beer. Served with fries and seasonal vegetables. The can, filled with jus allows you to pour on some additional sauce/gravy over your piece of chicken, so should you need it. It is a deliciously tender and well herb-seasoned peace of meat.
And all their pastas are made in house. These raviolis are filled with roasted butternut squash, tossed in a Piri Piri emulsion, and then finished with toasted pumpkin seeds and squash chips. A delicious offering, we just wished there were a few more to a serving.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
No matter how many times I visit, I still deem them a stand out spot. And I see myself visiting again soon. Don’t deny your cravings.
CRAFT BEER MARKET
85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC, V5Y3K8