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AKIncRichmond B.CSince August 20, 201028 Reviews
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3.5 (3.3)
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Saigon City Vietnamese Restaurant9040 Blundell Rd., #125, Richmond
yet another visit
Submitted Monday, September 16, 2013 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

this place used to be walking distance from me before I moved. Since then, I have gone to other places for Pho while I was continually disappointed. I didn't write about those, simply because they were utterly forgettable, although there is anew place at 5 and Steveston that is good in a pinch.

Let's face it, not much separates a Pho place from another, other than service (Although I would argue, the broth is best here) and it's service that keeps me coming back. Always greeted with a smile and it's very fast. When's it's busy, it can be tough to get a second cup of tea, admittedly, although they are typically really attentive.

My wife and I were here on Sunday for dinner and it completely "hit the spot." I got the rare beef bowl and it was perfect.Sunday's can be tough at times for bean spouts and basil as freshness can wean a little, yet they were "spot on." the beef was tender and the noodles were NOT overcooked (which happens far too often with Pho.)

My wife likes the added touch of the garlic garnish on the peanut sauce for her salad roll, too.

Consistent choice and Christmas year round! :-D

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Flying Beaver Bar & Grill4760 Inglis Drive, Richmond
I expect more for service
Submitted Monday, April 29, 2013 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

I can certainly see why this place is popular. If I was going out for drinks and appies, this is a "go to place". They have an adequate drink list and they are obviously proud of it. they also offer a courtesy bus to drive you home on weekend evenings. KUDOS!

Sadly, i was there for a meal. I ordered a buffalo chicken wrap and I asked for "no ranch dressing". Essentially it's buffalo chicken strips in a wrap with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. It was yummy enough, but the chicken was slightly dry. I got fries with it and they are batter wrapped potato fry. Common, but not my bag. All in all, pretty "meh."

My wife got their clubhouse sandwich and she liked it. she never eats all of many things, while she ate this whole thing. I had "order envy" for sure.

As for service, maybe it was because it was busy, but our server was pretty absent, although she showed much effort, the issue seemed to be she had too big of a section or the job was too much for her to handle. I think it's safe to say, she had too many tasks (organizational problem.)

All in all: good for a drink, poor for a meal. Don't go to have a conversation, but go for good company, l;ike it's intended.

I'll probably stick to something closer to my house, while I'm glad I know they're there.

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Cora's Breakfast & Lunch11380 Steveston, Unit 170, Richmond
Maybe a summertime place?
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 12:31pm [Dine in]

I just got back from Cora's this morning. I have to admit, like pretty much everyone, I bought the story about being a "Canadian company done good" (a single, hardworking woman who made something great) and we decided to try it for the first time. I had not read the reviews on here before now, yet my experience was not much different.

We got there at 9am and there was a force a staff there, while it appeared there was a single host (who also handled the cash) and only three servers (who also seated people.) I'm no expert, yet I would argue the division of labour there was a huge opportunity for them. Needless to say, this made it take a while to get our order, which is probably good because the menu is enormous, although it's full of similar items that are slightly changed.

I got the Cora's special, two eggs, ham, a sausage, potatoes, 4 slices of bacon and (what they call) a crepe. there was a nice fruit garnish, that was tasty too, and a side of toast. the highlight was the toast and the fruit. I asked for scrambled eggs and I got over-easy. I'm not picky about that, I just rolled with it. I mean, this is the biggest plate of breakfast I have faced in recent memory. The ham was, well, ham steak, the eggs were eggs and the single sausage was "meh." the potatoes were salty and the bacon was good. As above, the toast (rye) was good. Now the crepe.....well, the big slab of undercooked dough with no flavour and far too heavy for a crepe.

Sadly, my wife got a whole plate of crepes and because of hunger, she ate one whole one and I (the human garbage can) could only stomach the single bite of on that I had.

I had "order envy" of the fruit selections on the first page. They are right next door to Kin's, so I would guess that fruit would be their forte. The problem being, as another review here says, I can go to Tapenade for a similar price (also, I can walk there). Likely, not a redo and I doubt this place will be here at the end of the year.

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Biercraft Bistro3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Average food - good beer list
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:11am [Dine in]

We tried this place out because we thinking of using it as a place for a small group outing on a Friday night. We went on a Friday night a couple weeks back, to see how they handle Friday night crowds. Upfront: they handle crowds well, while I found the food alright.

So to start, we got there around 6pm and the place was pretty packed and we got a table for two, right beside the door. They brought over a small cup of crispy potato chips (Mrs Vickies?) that were a good start to a beer. this had a cool deal that involved getting Carlsberg on "non-game nights" (because of the NHL lock out.) I enjoyed the idea of this and the beer was solid and at the price, you couldn't go wrong.

For food, I ordered the lamb shank. It was alright,a little tough, mind you. Lamb, for the most part, "melts" and this did not. It was tasty, but not going to wow many people. My wife got a caprese salad and she didn't like the (plate) presentation while the taste and freshness was good. Personally, I loved the presentation (it was arranged tomato,mozza, tomato....in a deck of card fashion) so I only mean to detail that it's a hit or miss presentation.

I had had the flour-less chocolate torte for dessert. It was nice, while a little on the dry side. I really enjoyed the vanilla sauce that accompanied the cake.

All in all, solid place. It's a great "meet people" place and you won't have to worry about making noise and joking with your friends. If you're looking for a quiet dinner, on a weekend, choose another location.

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Seasons in the ParkWest 33rd & Cambie, Vancouver
Brunch testing
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

DISCLAIMER: I love this place! I am having my wedding here and we are having a brunch menu, so I am writing as "a fan.". I have been here multiple times and had amazing service, food, ambiance every time.

So as stated above, I am having my wedding here and we wanted to sort out our brunch menu. My fiancee, her "best lady" and I wanted to try four plates because we needed to decide on three. We chose the French toast, Eggs Benedict, Steak and eggs and the tomato and spinach fritata.

French toast: It tasted right, but it was a little "flat" in the middle. The centre of the bread was dry and did not get touched by the egg wash. Maybe it was an error, but when I make french toast at home, it doesn't collapse like that, nor is it dry in the middle. There was breakfast sausage served with it, and those were tremendous. We noted the error to our server (left one slice for her to see) and they compted us a dessert. It was nice, while not necessary.

Eggs Benny: Two free range eggs on two lean pieces of back bacon. The hollandaise sauce was nice a light, a nice dish. nothing special, while it's a necessary option for a brunch menu.

Steak and eggs: We ordered medium rare steak and it was medium (I can live with this.) the steak was lean and juicy and full of flavour. the eggs were scrambled with fresh chives. Very good. I loved this plate.

Tomato and spinach fritata: this was the plate of the morning. sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach, parmesan cheese and a hint of garlic. a perfect balance of flavours.

All in all, they are always consistent with what they deliver and gracious in receiving feedback (oddly a rare trait in restaurants...) Again, writing as a fan about a location that has earned my dollar.

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Old Bavaria Haus, The233 6th St, New Westminster
Hasn't changed in years
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I used to come out from Abbotsford for this place, back in the day. I don't think I have been here in around 10 years and I always had fond memories of it. We were at the Burnaby Village Museum and thought we'd give them a try on a Sunday night. The place was packed at 6:30pm on a Sunday and we did not have a reservation. We were greeted promptly and asked if we had a reso. "No, we're not that smart..." We were told "people are leaving so we can seat you shortly..." We waited around 5-10 minutes and were seated easily.The bread plates were still warm from the dish washer (kudos.) I like this place because it resembles an old house. It's sorta kitchie, but it makes sense when you get your plate.

My friend and I had the combo plate (bratwurst, schniztel and rouladen). Our ladies had the Rouladen plate and the other had the scallops and prawns on spatzle. I did not share because everything was great, even the red cabbage, which I normally cannot be bothered to try, was amazing. The brat was lean and not too salty, the beef of the rouladen was tender and moist and the schnitzel was flavourful and not oily. It had a heavy peppered, heavy gravy which is perfect for me, while be forwarned, it's heavy on pepper.

Not for the calorie conscious diner, but a great experience. Our server had worked there for 10+ years and said there is new owners in the last 5 years while the cook is the same from even before her. thankfully that was the case because dinner was a total "re-do."

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Black Frog Eatery108 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Under-rated Burger
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

I brought my cousin how was in town from Edmonton because he was wearing an Oliers hat and I hate getting guff about being a Oiler's supporter in Vancouver.

We both orders burgers and some wings to start.

the wings we got were salt a pepper (I always get salt pepper the first time I try wings because anyone can make a good sauce...) the wings were full of meat and really crispy. A beautiful golden brown and eat bite had that satisfying crunch. YUM!

Typically, burgers are only worth raving about when they are hand made from locally sourced ingredients. The Black Frog has what appears to be a pre-prepared patty that is absolutely delicious. I can barely believe I typed that myself, trust me. It's a massive patty and the ingredients are always fresh (for me.) the bun was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. the patty is so big, it wins the burger to bun ratio battle.

It got salad instead of fries and it was crisp and delicious. Simple bitter greens with sunflower seeds and slices of mandarin orange (canned). A nice alternative.

note: I am an Oiler's fan in Vancouver. I meant this as a disclaimer that I have had many good experiences here, so your experience may vary. Also, they helped me drown my sorrow in bourbon after a crushing team Canada loss at the World Junior tourney a few years back. I will be eternally grateful. If you let it, his can be a place where "everyone knows your name..."

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Hog Shack3900 Bayview Street, #160, Richmond
Rated outstanding because of the beer list
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

We went to the Hogshack early on a Friday because we were looking for some comfort food and we were rather hungry. We started with some salt a pepper chicken wings. I admit, these were nothing special and not something i will redo. Not super meaty, cooked well and nicely seasoned, while still very "meh."

My fiancee went with the beef tacos and had fries as a side. Three, large soft tacos. Delicious and the right amount of toppings. Maybe I'm a harsh judge, while we consider this "solid".

I ordered the full rack of St Louis ribs with coleslaw and fries. Like my fiancee, i got a mountain of fries. the Fries are great, but given the amount of ribs I was tackling, they were superfluous.

the robs were good enough. the sauce was great and the rub they used was tasty making for a nice product. there was some crispy bits that likely would annoy the BBQ expert, but I just looking for a huge amount of meat and sauce. I mention this so you can make your own conclusion and your own expectations should you try this place out. To me, it met my expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I eat BBQ ribs once a year.

the reason to come and come again is the beer list. Not just because they have a lot (although this is part of the reason) but because they make craft beer accessible. they have a "guide" to introduce you to craft beer and as a studious chap, it's nice to get an introduction and then let me pallet take me the rest of the way.

the service is adequate while a far cry from the competition (Cactus Club, Earls, Joey's, etc). I understand the Hogshack offers a different product from the likes of the major chains, while the price point warrants equal service.

I will be back because I like the local ownership and their concept about creating a place to go for great brew and good eats. If they're execution doesn't catch up to the concept, they will likely lose my business eventually.

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House Guest332 Water Street, #200, Vancouver
Terrific Variety
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2012 - 9:05am [Dine in]

I had the privilege I getting to sample multiple items on the menu. We were given a tapas style menu with multiple samples. If you pre-book with a larger party, from what i understand this is possible, you can get a set menu with multiple sources and I completely suggest it.

The Gnocchi with halibut was amazing. The fish was cooked perfectly and the Gnocchi was fresh and likely made in house. Pulled pork sliders were tender and not faftty.

I was hesitant about the deep fried, mac and cheese balls for two reasons: deep fried and they sold them because they come with their "in house espresso ketchup." I'm not a deep fried or sauce guy normally, but these were amazing.

The coconut shrimp were great, simply because the shrimp were so fresh.

Great ambiance and excellent service. I hope this wasn't a fluke night because I plan to return.

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Alfa Greco Roman Cuisine1097 56th Street, Delta
Classic "niche" pizza place
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Typically when i get pizza from a restaurant, I will look for something that reminds me of "when i was a kid." Alfa brings me right there. They actually have an "everything pizza" (admittedly, not for everyone) and they "do it right." When I ordered it, I was told, "it will take a bit longer than normal..is that alright." The reason being: the put fresh tomatoes on top and they don't want them to go to mush. BONUS POINTS! The end result was a delicious pizza, like from my childhood. My wife gets a three topping pizza and it's always done perfectly as well.

If you're looking for thing crust pizza, done in a 900F oven for 4 minutes with real mozzarella cheese and a couple pieces of fresh basil on it then this is not your place. (thank you, Lindsay Anderson for the description.) this is an old school, west coast Canadian family place.

We have this as take out as well and it doesn't disappoint... perfect for movies in the park :-)

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La Taqueria2549 Cambie Street, Vancouver
I don't rate "incredibles" often, but when I do.....
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 1:45pm [Take-out]

I just finished eating four Tacos from La Taqueria. The line up was bordering on horrendous (work day lunch typically doesn't allow for you to wait) but we decided to stick it out. This was our first visit and we while looking at the menu we half laughed at Pollo de Mole's description. I mean a chocolate and chicken taco? you're kidding right?

they weren't kidding and they sure did deliver. Everything was amazing from top to bottom. Delicious, Delicious, Delicious!!!!

this should go to show: take a risk and you can be rewarded!

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Sockeye City Grill3800 Bayview Street, #108, Richmond
New Fish and Chips "go to" (for now)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:56am [Dine in]

I have never tired Sockeye City yet, simply because I was concerned about the reviews and there's some good fare in Steveston already. Sunday night, we finally decided, it's time to see for ourselves.

My partner had heard from people at work, the food is good and the service is hit or miss. We hate going into a place with preconceived notions because it tends to create bias and we'd rather have the establishment "sink it's own ship." We requested a table outside, knowing full well that we'd have to wait. (It's like the the 3rd sunny of the year here....) we barely waited very long and the hostess was perfectly clear when she called because we were waiting by the railing for a table to clear. We were guided to a table that was 8 meters away, taking a path that covered close to 30 meters. Needless to say, servers are better be wearing comfy footwear when they work at this place.

My partner had the Ahi tuna steak and I had the two piece halibut. I was happy to see that my meal was priced lower than the neighbouring restaurant now it was time to see who was king. To my surprise, GIB was on tap, so I was a happy camper. Our server was a pleasant chap and seemed pretty happy to be there.

My partner said that her meal was one of the best meals she had in a long time. the Pesto combined with the pineapple salsa on the tuna was amazing. My fish was was terrific; the batter was crisp and the fish was light, not oily. Like with most Steveston "sit down" fish and chip places, they went light on the amount of fries. I can only guess this is to separate themselves from Pajo's or something, but it only makes them come across as "cheaping out" as fries are a cheap garnish, when it all comes down to it. At least this is my only critique of the food. Good job, SCG.

As for the service, the guy worked hard. His section was the patio and the path to get to us was far too far away and too many tables for one person. they really need two entrances to the patio on the west side. Of course the dilemma: do you tip well for the dude that works too hard to deliver average service (essentially over tipping for what you should get) or do you tip average for the average service you received? What would you do?

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Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill3800 Bayview Street, #112, Richmond
Fish and Chips fail
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Shady Island was my "go to place" for halibut fish and chips. I went last Saturday because I know they have Granville Island Brewery on tap and a decent patio. It's sunny, within walking distance and I was looking forward to it.

I noticed they were were pretty busy at the take out window, so that always a good sign. I mean, I haven't been for fish and chips all year so I don't know if they are still as good as before and the volume of traffic would make me think, probably a safe bet.

The service was rather typical: good/superior services. (I do go here once every couple of months because of the beer on tap and typically god service.) I had some decent brew and the sun was out. I ordered two piece Halibut and chips (@ $22, this is one of the pricier fish chips you'll find) and I thought I was good to go. When the plate arrived, i was mildly disappointed. Most because of the presentation. The huge plate made the server size seem inadequate. I mean, I know with fish and chips you essentially paying 80% for the fish so, typically, the fries are just the bed that the fish rides on. Not today. The chips looked as sparse as pieces of straw in an old barn. they were good enough, yet this plate wreaked or "cost cutting." The batter on the fish wasn't entirely crisp either (typically means it wasn't allowed to drain out of the fryer and plated too soon.)

So, kudos to the staff, yet, sorry Shady Island. I still have for you, yet I will be taking my fish and chips outings elsewhere.

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Incendio103 Columbia St, Vancouver
Great idea, good product, nice location
Submitted Friday, June 17, 2011 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice now and I enjoyed a calzone each time. I was a little leery because wood fire oven tend to make a dry crust so I was pleasantly surprised to find such delicious and moist crust.

I had a duck sausage, mozzarella, spinach and rosemary (the Daffy) and the Chorzio, green peppers and onions (Primevera) calzone the last time. Each time, it was equally as yummy.

I wasn't in a rush either way, so service was certainly adequate. My water glass was always full and I always had offers for additional Stanley Park Ale refills. (a 20oz glass, no less).

Great pizza, great venue. Solid choice.

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Three Lions Cafe1 East Broadway, #1, Vancouver
Bangers and Mash heaven
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

Maybe it was because I was starving, but this dish was rock solid. My boy from Ireland says they always pour a "nice" glass of Guinness, too. For my first try, I wanted to test their flagship Bangers and Mash.

Please note: I am NOT an expert in banger's and mash, in fact I have never had this dish before. Although I have had my share of mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and sausages.

This dish was stellar. it's a calorie massacre, so if you're keeping count, you'll run out fingers while smelling the dish when they put it in front of you. Heck, it's 5 calories to LOOK at it. Every single one, worth it.

the sausage was tasty and real meat. the mash was flavourful and smooth. The gravy was light and not overly salty and the Yorkshire pudding was light and easy.

I was drinking Makers Mark and it seemed rather potent as well. I'll definitely be back.

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Point Restaurant & Tapas, The3131 Chatham St., #100, Richmond
Why no BYOB? I am the disappoint....
Submitted Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 11:37am [Dine in]

We had a coupon to go to The Point and it's walking distance, so we thought we'd look up the menu online. Decent menu yet we were drawn in with the platter for two. Essentially a surf and turf with an salad and dessert. We had the house salad to start. It was pretty fresh and the ingredients were good, although just too much dressing. It overpowered the spring greens, just not necessary.

The entree was fillet mignon, prawns, potatoes, vegetables and salmon. The Fillet mignon was spot on, the prawns were good (but meh), vegetables were great and the potatoes were obviously started in the microwave and finished in a pan.

We had a berry crumble and chocolate cake for dessert. Both were good. Overall this place was just solid.

Here's the notable parts: There was a large TV with Law and Order SVU on...weird.... The staff was really friendly. I enjoyed them taking the time to ask and try honestly to make us happy.

Something on my mind: Why does no one advertise BYOB? Why do we not do this in BC? This might make an average place like The Point find some serious clientele, I would prefer them over many other places, of the corkage fee was reasonable. thoughts?

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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar11080 No 5 Road, #110, Richmond
I wish I could give half points....
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

It must be a tough market to be in: generic pub food, burgers fries, wings, sandwiches, etc. Nothing really to set yourself apart yet Original Joes DOES do something different. With a sandwich they offer two sides instead of just one. It seems so "who cares" yet I like having the option. Salad and fries? Heck yes!

I had their version of the Clubhouse sandwich. It was good enough, but not super memorable. As far as service goes, there were a couple services doing an amazing job and we wished we were in their section. Our server was adequate and no real complaints, only that she did not check up on us and I had to flag her down to get a steak knife for my partner.

Looks a great place to catch a playoff game or UFC event. Lots of great TV's and large screens. Some terrific pictures of local landmarks too.

I would go back should I feel inclined. I wonder if they will accept reservations for April 30th, 2011?

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Damien's Belgian Waffles3891 Chatham Street, #2, Richmond
Felt like I was back in Amsterdam
Submitted Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I haven't had a waffle like this since I was in Amsterdam and had them at Rene's. Truly a European style of waffle, with authentic clumps of sugar and everything. Admittedly, not for everyone while it brought me straight back to the streets of Amsterdam for a quick snack.

If you want to travel to Europe without leaving Richmond, this is a great place to go. Especially is you have a sweet tooth.

Additional- the coffee is delicious!!!!

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Tapenade Bistro3711 Bayview Street, Richmond
Delicious meal, only one weakness....
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

We went to Tapenade on the weekend. It was out first time attending the establishment, although we had heard some good things, although no direct experience.

We had a reservation and our jackets were taken promptly and we were offered a quiet table instead of one in the main dining room (YAY!)

Our server we super attentive and knew the menu extremely well, even describing the food's taste and texture. She had either tired the food our at least anticipated what kind of questions we might have. I was happily impressed.

I started with a wheat ale and the harvest salad (see their menu). the salad was completely and utterly delicious. The lettuce was fresh and tasty as was the balance of poached pear, cranberries, cheese and bacon.

For a main I had the Coq Au Vin (see their menu.) Everything was stellar, the green beans were so fresh and the ingredients were top notch. One point that lacked: the spatzel was not the best. It was overdone (burn at points) and this was accentuate by the au jus that accompanied the dish. Maybe this was the intention and possibly someone finds this tasty, yet I prefer my spatzel to be fluffy and tender. Otherwise, an outstanding plate.

For dessert I had the sticky toffee pudding. I don't think anything is "too sweet" so I was really enjoying the dessert, although I think the caramel sauce might be too sweet for most, almost similar to maple syrup.

Overall, great meal..kudos, we'll be back.

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Fatburger255 W Broadway, Vancouver
Not worth the price for a cafeteria experience.
Submitted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

All this place offers is the same burger with varying numbers of patties. You can get a burger that leaks down your arm, if that's your bag, yet not mine. I felt I had reduced options.

Considering the service was cafeteria at best, I don't know what I was paying $15 for. The burger was tasty and I good enough size, I guess. Fries were nothing special, very Wendy's-esque.

the place looks cool, but maybe it's the overworked staff with no energy to breathe life into this place that kills it, but no pulse existed whatsoever. If I do a "burger chain" place, I prefer Vera's yet that would be under duress.

I can't say stay way, although I don't have any reasons to here....

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