This St. Patrick’s day there isn’t much to do. With the pandemic lingering and an imposed alcohol sales curfew in place, many like myself aren’t celebrating the traditional way. (Traditional as in bar hopping and green beer drinking). So @monkeyeatsworld and I got our tickets to Vancouver’s latest pop ups. With so little going on socially, the chance to attend a unique event could not be missed. Naturally there was a premium for the experience, one we deemed worthy of patronage for novelty alone.

Hosted at the side lobby of the spacious Dublin Calling bar, they are making the most of the space. Fans of the movie references will appreciate the nostalgia. For those who don’t know, Mooby’s is the infamous fictional restaurant from Kevin Smith’s movies: Jay & Silent Bob and Clerks. To visit them you need to choose your meal and book your pick up time in advance. The “restaurant” is a counter where you pick up from. At the back splash a Jay & Silent Bob movie plays in silence. The rest of the decor is accurate to the movie, with purple walls that matched the Mooby packaging, their menu posted up, and a counter stamped with their mascot.

Each ticket is $22, it includes a Mooby’s Meal with your selections of a Moo Main + Salt Lick Side. Vegan & non-vegan options are available. Admittedly, this is pricy for a combo that doesn’t include drinks. And even though there is purple Mooby meal boxes and paper cups, they aren’t used for your meal. The branded merchandise is extra. $6 for the box, that I guess doubles as a collector’s item. Similarly, they also have cans relabeled as Mooby Beer. And if you want the whole shebang, they also have Mooby tee shirts, hoodies, and toques for sale.

Dining in isn’t an option, so we took our food in its paper bag to a local park.

Joyce got the vegan Beyond Burger Cow Tipper burger. This is 2 Beyond smashed patties, vegan cheese, pickle, chopped onion, and their MOOBY’s sauce. She finished her burger, but was left hungry. It wasn’t anything outstanding, just a run of a mill vegan burger.

My burger was similar: a standard patty and bun. This is the Cock Smoker Chicken Sandwich, and I ate it with gusto, given the quality of the chicken used. There was nothing wrong with it, but you just are expecting something with more personality, given the setting. Maybe something more sumptuous that a stoner would love, given the reference? At least my burger was saucy and tasty, dressed with plenty of hot sauce and mayo on top of buttermilk fried chicken and crispy slaw.

For sides we got the Onion Rings to rule them all. Another good, but nothing remarkable menu item. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was from frozen.

The same goes for the Hater Totz. Clean and crispy with the necessity for ketchup.

In short, this one is for the fans. Or for those who want to emerge themselves in another world, a more simpler world. This was a quick and fun way to escape an afternoon of reality.

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