Burgoo

23 Mar

3096 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
V5T 3G5

T: 604 873 1441
www.burgoo.ca

Brief Description: A favourite amongst locals, Burgoo specializes in large servings of home-cooked, comfort food. You’ll feel warm and cozy in one of their 3 casual locations. Offers great value for money.

Who doesn’t enjoy comfort food? In winter, it makes sense to just surrender yourself to the inevitable winter weight gain and indulge in warming, comfort foods. Nothing beats that feeling of coming in out of the cold to warm up over a bowl of thick, meaty stew or a hefty bowl of creamy soup. And it would seem that the voters of this years Golden Plates awards in the Georgia Straight concur. Burgoo was voted 1st in this years best “mid-priced” section.

I usually prefer to visit a place more than once before I feel “qualified” to be able to judge it and so that is what I have done with Burgoo. For the prices, the value for money and for the selection, Burgoo offers it all. Unfortunately, it is the food that needs to be perfected. On my first visit I was not totally blown away by the quality of the food. And, honestly, I am still not. But despite that, I still like it.

The starters menu wins big points with me as it has a great selection of sharing plates and salads. I thoroughly enjoy sharing plates. They bring everyone together to relax, enjoy the same foods and, hopefully, discussion ensues. A regular occurrence for my family was to make a sharing plate and take it down to the beach and enjoy it together. Yum!

A little warning about the starter plates though; they WILL fill you up before your meal comes out…at least that is what happened to me on both times that I went there. Sure, you could say “Well, Greedy Guts, don’t order a starter!” but I can’t help it – they are so good! The Plato Mediterráneo is a bargain at only $10. The plate consists of generous mounds of black olives, feta, fire roasted red peppers, oven baked crostinis and garlicy hummus (avoid if on a first date!). It is a simple but gratifying start to a meal. I have also tried and enjoyed the black olive tapenade (slightly chunkier than I’m used to) with crositini’s and the Burgoo Biscuits, made with cheddar and parsley, and served warm (and only $4!).

Olive Tapenade

On the main menu you can expect to find a wide range of soups, sandwiches, fondue, stews and casseroles. Everything that you need to help make those pants a little tighter! B and I have tried and tested a few of the classic dishes; macaroni & cheese (the pasta was overcooked), Irish stew (kinda bland) and the Hungarian Goulash (just missing something, but I can’t put my finger on what exactly).

Hungarian Goulash

On a more positive note, I had the pleasure of trying the Gooey Cheese Grillers, which is two grilled filone sandwiches with melted mozzarella, gruyere, emmenthal and white cheddar, served alongside Sunset Corn and Chicken Soup.

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Now, for the record, I don’t generally order sandwiches when I go out to a restaurant. Sandwiches, well, they are not a dinner meal for me. However, I may now have to retract that statement because the Gooey Cheese Grillers were incredible! The cheese was, in fact, gooey and the filone tasted as though it had been fried. The waitress said it had been flashed fried. I don’t care what they did – that sandwich was delicious! B, a Sandwich Connoisseur, was jealously eyeing it off over the table so I “let” him have some (hee hee!) and he was kicking himself that he hadn’t ordered it. After greedily scoffing down the sandwich, my greasy lips could hardly even start on the soup. I did get it to-go, however, and when I did end up having it for lunch it, too, was delicious. It had just the right amount of heat from chipotle and it was chunky, yet creamy, all at the same time.

The first time I visited Burgoo I was way too full to try any of the dessert but after my visit I had heard good things about the Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding and I am sorry to say that it was a big disappointment. The melted chocolate drops and the ice cream were the best bit. The Banana Bread Pudding was just far too mushy and not banana-y (I doubt that’s a word!) enough so I didn’t even end up finishing it – it just wasn’t worth the calories.

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That hasn’t put me off though. Their dessert menu had quite a few enticing entries. The Sticky Toffee Pudding (although I’m sure it can’t compare to Rim Rock in Whistler!), the Seasonal Crumble and the Not Just Vanilla Ice-cream were all calling my name on my last visit…”Greedy Guts…eat us!”

Final Thoughts: Great for what it is – simple, home-cooked comfort food. You will be wanting to hibernate like a bear after a visit to Burgoo! I am slightly disappointed with the quality of the food. They have everything else nailed down (price, service, menu). So, with a little more care – watch that over-cooked pasta! – and some added flavour to some of the stews and casseroles, they could really deliver all around.

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