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Stackhouse Burger Bar

The Burger:

Stackhouse Burger

Overall Rating:

82/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Sep 30, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

6.5oz Patty? Check. Choice between either prime rib OR kobe beef patty? Check. Brioche Bun? Check. Oh, did I mention Lamb, Chicken. Portabellini, Ahi Tuna, Venison AND Dungeness Crab patties as well? Outstanding Patty Selection? Check. Well, Just doing the run-down, Stackhouse stacks up with the basics here. I mean, who doesn't love having the choice between a top grade prime rib or kobe beef patty? Add in a brioche bun, the latest trend in burger bun chic, and you can be rest assured that you're going to end up with something high up on the quality scale.

The Extras

Stackhouse doesn't like serving you the 'basics'. We got Guinness cheddar, Butter lettuce, Pancetta instead of bacon and aioli in place of mayo. This should all be expected, with the level of quality they offer from the basics of the burger. While the selection of patty's is formidable, the selection of toppings and extras is slightly underwhelming. They've found a flavor that works, and they roll with it.

The Experience

Near the end of Granville, you can tell that Stackhouse wants to be something of a downtown bar / burger 'boutique' instead of a burger 'joint' as soon as you walk in. Brilliant white decor, some 'urban' art and a bar stocked full of booze as your focal point. To be honest, if it weren't for the sign out front, I would not have assumed that they served up top grade burg.

My Take

As soon as I picked the burger up, I already had a puddle of burger juices. By the time I was taking my third bite, I'm pretty sure the Canadian synchronized swimming team could have been practicing on my plate. Juicy is a slight understatement, but also a little mystifying, as when I did my usual squeeze test, the burger wasn't gushing as much as I expected. The flavor was definitely there, but it wasn't quite evident why, exactly, I had a small ocean on my plate. A top notch burger foundation, and above average toppings, overall a great burg.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value

Score

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  • 17/20
  • 3/5
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Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (3 votes - 3.67)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie
  • Brioche Bun

Buns

Sauces

  • Truffle Aioli
  • Chipotle Aioli

Cheeses

  • Cheddar

Toppings

  • Lettuce
  • Portabellini

Sides

  • Fries
  • Cesar Salad
  • Mesclun Salad

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer