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08-24-2012, 03:03 AM
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Agreed, burgers and fries are better in the States, but when you can find a poutine, they can't make it at all.

Also, this is off topic but I don't like Red Lobster, there I said it. Their food tastes like cheap seafood fried by an amateur with little or no taste. I don't know why everyone makes such a big deal about them.
All you can eat.

Agree on burgers and poutines.

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Side note: what's the best poutine place in Van/surrounding areas? I've ate it in MTL but in BC have only had it at KFC(pretty decent) but not authentic.

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Had the G-Money at Vera's on Friday. Never a disappointment.

Has anyone been to that American Cheesesteak Factory the Moj keeps yammering about?

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Side note: what's the best poutine place in Van/surrounding areas? I've ate it in MTL but in BC have only had it at KFC(pretty decent) but not authentic.
Try Mean Poutine. Never been there myself, a friend said it was good. Decent reviews. On Nelson at Granville.

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Side note: what's the best poutine place in Van/surrounding areas? I've ate it in MTL but in BC have only had it at KFC(pretty decent) but not authentic.
Belgian Fries on Commercial Dr used to be good when I lived in Vancouver (2 years ago), not sure if it still is. Worth a try, probably. I believe it got some awards for the most authentic poutine in the past. Then again, it was always hit and miss — a few times I went and it was great, other times it was a total mess. On good days it compared well to what I had when I lived in Montreal.

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Rule #1 of the Hamburger Thread: You do not derail the Hamburger Thread.

Rule #2: You DO NOT derail the Hamburger Thread.

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08-26-2012, 01:26 PM
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For some reason all the good Burger chains in USA like Five Guys, Fatburger etc. suck in Canada. Or are at least worse.
Shouldn't be too surprising. Canada has more strict laws about the crap you can put in food you sell to people.

Also, I made the best burger I've ever had last Friday. It was unbelievable, there are some good pics.

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Shouldn't be too surprising. Canada has more strict laws about the crap you can put in food you sell to people.

Also, I made the best burger I've ever had last Friday. It was unbelievable, there are some good pics.
Burger or gtfo.


They also have access to select cuts than we do. Not to mention they probably stuff their food with tons of fat.

For poutines I like Belgian fries. Mean poutine is good for the price but the quality is okay. I just like that i can have fried chicken and other things in my poutine.

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Belgian Fries on Commercial Dr used to be good when I lived in Vancouver (2 years ago), not sure if it still is. Worth a try, probably. I believe it got some awards for the most authentic poutine in the past. Then again, it was always hit and miss — a few times I went and it was great, other times it was a total mess. On good days it compared well to what I had when I lived in Montreal.
I agree its hit and miss.

Just don't ever add bacon to your poutine. It's just way too salty and you feel like complete **** after.

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Meh, you are gonna feel like **** after eating poutine anyways.

This is why I reserve eating poutine for when I am drunk and walking home from a club/bar/friends house; because I know I am doomed anyways and it tastes like gods vagina when drunk.

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Y'all will hate me for saying this, but I think Red Robin has steadily improved their burgers' quality over the last couple of years. The first few times I went there I'd just go to eat with my high school buddies but I'm starting to like the food enough to go there for the taste.

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Side note: what's the best poutine place in Van/surrounding areas? I've ate it in MTL but in BC have only had it at KFC(pretty decent) but not authentic.
I like the poutine at Fritz on Davie.

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Has anyone been to that American Cheesesteak Factory the Moj keeps yammering about?
Yes. It's really generic, that's probably the kindest thing one can say about it.

 
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Agreed, burgers and fries are better in the States...
IMO it's the exact opposite - I find American versions bland, tasteless grease bombs "of unusual size". Their shakes are generally much sweeter than ours, and carry heavy heavy artificial flavor, but the real taste is virtually non-existent.

That said, au chacun a son gout...!


 
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Frozen fries virtually all come from the same place in both Canada and the US. The only thing that can change their taste is what they are fried in or variations in how they are salted.

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The pulled pork sandwich at St.Augustines on Commercial Drive may be one of the best sandwiches in he lower mainland.

It is absolutely incredible. The most juicy sandwich I have ever had.

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Y'all will hate me for saying this, but I think Red Robin has steadily improved their burgers' quality over the last couple of years. The first few times I went there I'd just go to eat with my high school buddies but I'm starting to like the food enough to go there for the taste.
Its my last resort. My used to friend work there. It's all frozen and microwaved. You can do better Vinny.

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IMO it's the exact opposite - I find American versions bland, tasteless grease bombs "of unusual size". Their shakes are generally much sweeter than ours, and carry heavy heavy artificial flavor, but the real taste is virtually non-existent.

That said, au chacun a son gout...!


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Reviewers online have claimed Brado Pizza on Commercial Drive to have one of the best poutines in the city. I haven't tried it myself, but I'd be interested to see what some of you think of it. It's located at the corner of Commercial and Kitchener, a few blocks past East 1st Avenue.

Reviews on UrbanSpoon, Yelp, and DineHere generally give the poutine here a very favorable review.



Here's an image courtesy of parkerpages.wordpress.com:


They also have a poutine pizza, which has garnered only mixed reviews. I don't think I'd recommend trying that, as the wait is apparently very, very long, but give the poutine a try and share your opinion of it.


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Where are the best burgers in North Van?

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Frozen fries virtually all come from the same place in both Canada and the US. The only thing that can change their taste is what they are fried in or variations in how they are salted.
"Only" IMO isn't a good word there - choice of oil, frying style (single, double, triple, high temp, low temp, etc) and salting method have huge impact on both taste and texture.

 
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so untried five guys again. And I left with the same disappointment I had the first time around. It's really nothing special. I guess for fast food it is good, but I can make it 10 times better at home.
never had it in canada, but have had it in five different cities in the US (two east coast, two midwest, and miami). very hit and miss. when it hits, it's better than in and out (which, by the way, i find massively overrated). when it misses, it's almost as bad as white castle.

i guess this is to be expected with a quickly expanding chain, but it seems to depend on the location and how long they've been open. the two times i went to a location that was brand new, it was unbelievably bad. generally, the older the location is, the better your burger will probably be (and the fries-- when it's right, those are the best fries in fast food).

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"Only" IMO isn't a good word there - choice of oil, frying style (single, double, triple, high temp, low temp, etc) and salting method have huge impact on both taste and texture.
Fair enough, cooking method has an impact as well.

But my point was that whether fries are made above or below the 49th parallel, it shouldn't change considering the fries all come from the same place.

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Reviewers online have claimed Brado Pizza on Commercial Drive to have one of the best poutines in the city. I haven't tried it myself, but I'd be interested to see what some of you think of it. It's located at the corner of Commercial and Kitchener, a few blocks past East 1st Avenue.

Reviews on UrbanSpoon, Yelp, and DineHere generally give the poutine here a very favorable review.



Here's an image courtesy of parkerpages.wordpress.com:


They also have a poutine pizza, which has garnered only mixed reviews. I don't think I'd recommend trying that, as the wait is apparently very, very long, but give the poutine a try and share your opinion of it.
The cheese curds actually look pretty good there, surprisingly fresh (the better they maintain their shape, the fresher and higher quality they are - if you ever have a poutine where the cheese is all stringy and melted, you are eating crap). Gravy looks too thick though, if I had to guess, its probably too sweet.

That is just looking at it though.

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Burger or gtfo.


They also have access to select cuts than we do. Not to mention they probably stuff their food with tons of fat.

For poutines I like Belgian fries. Mean poutine is good for the price but the quality is okay. I just like that i can have fried chicken and other things in my poutine.

Let me whet your appetite. I will start by saying I have steadily grown tired of useless binding agents (bread crumbs, eggs, flour, oatmeal) that, while help hold your burger together, take away from the flavour and juiciness. I now only use a couple spices (3 to be exact) spread sparsely throughout the in the meat. Slow cooked then seared leaves me with a perfect, tasty, well bounded burger that remains thick and juicy.




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Y'all will hate me for saying this, but I think Red Robin has steadily improved their burgers' quality over the last couple of years. The first few times I went there I'd just go to eat with my high school buddies but I'm starting to like the food enough to go there for the taste.
Red Robin has always been a decent burger. But it's not really changed from then decent to now decent.

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Let me whet your appetite. I will start by saying I have steadily grown tired of useless binding agents (bread crumbs, eggs, flour, oatmeal) that, while help hold your burger together, take away from the flavour and juiciness. I now only use a couple spices (3 to be exact) spread sparsely throughout the in the meat. Slow cooked then seared leaves me with a perfect, tasty, well bounded burger that remains thick and juicy.






Red Robin has always been a decent burger. But it's not really changed from then decent to now decent.
That looks da*n good, mind sharing your 3 spices with another burger aficionado or is it a secret recipe?

From my experience, the best binding agent is fat, leaner meats have trouble binding but meats with higher fat content binds pretty well. I too have used breadcrumbs (italian, panko, regular), eggs, flour, etc. and NOTHING binds quite like a fatty cut. But of course, it's not exactly the most healthy burger so I eat sparingly.

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That looks da*n good, mind sharing your 3 spices with another burger aficionado or is it a secret recipe?

From my experience, the best binding agent is fat, leaner meats have trouble binding but meats with higher fat content binds pretty well. I too have used breadcrumbs (italian, panko, regular), eggs, flour, etc. and NOTHING binds quite like a fatty cut. But of course, it's not exactly the most healthy burger so I eat sparingly.
You are totally correct about the fatty cuts. Chuck ftw.

I use 1/4 teaspoon of each of onion powder, garlic powder and fresh ground pepper per pound of meat. I add salt just before searing the burger

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