Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Cannibal Cafe

Ever since I discovered that ground beef, cheese, and toppings could be eaten between two pieces of bread (since forever), I've been on the hunt for the best burger in Vancouver.

I've had my fair share of burgers, ranging from Romer's to Steamworks (yes, their lamb burger is amazing), to Stackhouse, and Relish. I've also been to the main burger chains, like Red Robin, A&W, White name it -- I've been there.

Then, one glorious day I decided to take Tammy out to The Cannibal Cafe (1818 Commercial Drive). We'd heard good things about the place, enough to entice us into the burger joint and give their menu a try. Keep in mind, the first time we were here I wasn't prepared to take photos. I just wanted my damn burger.

We were very impressed the first time around! I had the Kowabunga burger. This burger was grilled to perfection. First off, the patty is made from three different cuts of beef. The combination makes for a meaty, juicy patty with so much flavour! It had provolone cheese, marinara sauce, and I can't remember what else, but it was perfection in between burger buns. The only downfall is I didn't get a picture of this beauty.

So, I brought my best friend Mike and his girl Megs along with myself and Tammy for Mike's birthday. We both tried to order the Kowabunga (just a few weeks after I first had it), and they DISCONTINUED IT!! Now, I'm not complaining, but guys, please, bring back the Kowabunga!

Instead, I ordered the "Bacon Bad". Yes, it's a play on the show Breaking Bad, and I'd hoped that the burger would live up to the name. Oh dear lord, did it ever.

Bacon Bad @ The Cannibal Cafe
1818 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Photo: Brewji

This bad boy had everything you'd ever want on a burger. It had a solid patty (not sure how many ounces), but the patty is stuffed with bacon and cheddar!! On top of that, it had a serious helping of applewood-smoked bacon, a generous slice of Canadian cheddar, maple bacon bourbon jam, and roasted garlic mayo. On top of that, your usual lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickle.

If you're not drooling after the picture and the description, maybe the slightly-darker-than-golden battered onion rings will tickle your fancy. They're crispy and golden on the outside, topped with Parmesan cheese, and served with a delicious smoky red pepper mayo.

Bacon Bad + Onion Rings @ The Cannibal Cafe
1818 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Photo: Brewji

On first bite, the burger is exactly what you'd imagine. It's like biting into all the little things that make up taste-bud-heaven. There's bacon, there's beef, there's cheddar, there's more bacon, there's the roasted garlic mayo, then bacon-bourbon jam, and oh yeah -- more bacon! It's like they invented someone's "last meal" and put it in between two buns. The onion rings make an awesome sidekick to this powerhouse.

If you love burgers, you'll love The Cannibal Cafe.

Bonus: BRUNCH!

Tammy and I were so happy with the burgers and our beers, that we decided to come back for Brunch! Unfortunately, the effects of alcohol and hunger and all other things made sure that I only got a poor-quality snapshot of the brunch we ate.

Hungry Man Breakfast + Caesar @ The Cannibal Cafe
1818 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC
Photo: Brewji

For a mere $9.95, we each got the Hungry Man Breakfast. It consists of 3 Eggs any style (we like them over-medium), fresh made hashbrowns, sausage, applewood-smoked bacon (the same as on the Bacon Bad), tomato, onion, mushrooms, and a biscuit.

Tammy also got a Caesar. I don't drink that stuff (yuck!), but if you do, she says they're great. She also wants to point out that they ask you what type of alcohol you'd like in your Caesar. Apparently they don't normally do that at places. She's happy about that!

Tammy gives The Cannibal Cafe a bring-back-the-Kowabunga 9.0 / 10

I give The Cannibal Cafe a jaw-dropping-full-mouth-of-drool 10 / 10

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