A small burger joint with a few tables inside and a couple on the sidewalk.
Burger hankerings sometimes manifest itself so my gf and I spread our wings and visited what I found to be one of the more consistent Vera's over the past decade.
Going with the Canuck burger option was easy and what you'll get is a no-frills patty with no filler while heavy on the taste of ground beef. The compilation is somewhat messy so eating this on the go is best avoided. I've never found the fries and onion rings to be good here and safe to say, after numerous visits over the years they are still mediocre. Overdue oil or simply oil soaked carb fills makes these sides unappealing.
I wouldn't expect much with the service as it is mostly counter service details through and through but it has always been friendly on my visits. However, this recent visit yielded an overcharge issue on my Visa which I am currently dealing with. This is the first time I've had this issue so take that for what it's worth.
The space is "cozy" but feels and looks dingy. I must say it is rare to find franchisees with their state of physical disarray.
Safe bet would be to stick with the burgers entirely.
I fell in love at first bite eating one of Vera's burgers. It was a Wednesday night and they had the "Cantor" burger on special. A burger with a slice of garlic sausage. Really good homemade BBQ taste!! I did have to wait about 20 minutes for my burger though.
A burger meal here will cost you roughly about $12, no combo deal except for the special of the day, which was about $7 for a burger and fries.
Last night, however, I went to Vera's wanting the Cantor burger and saw that they raise the specials price to $10!! There was a long line-up, so I decided to skip it. Long line-up plus an extra few bucks?? Maybe next time.
We have had mixed experiences at Vera's on Denman.
The first time we went there were 3 young girls running the place and they were more concerned about there social lives than the customers. We ordered the daily combo special which was a pretty good deal. The Burger was ok but a little sloppy and would have been better if the cook had taken some pride in her work. Not bad for a total of 10 bucks for the combo though...
The second time we visited there were two guys working there and they seemed more mature and serious. It showed in the quality of the food... The burger was tasty and cooked perfectly.
I think it is Hit and Miss here depending on who is working. Decent but probably not the best burger in town either.
Now I can finally have a decent lamb burger without cooking it myself.
The lamb patty was cooked just right without the need to become a charcoal briquette manufacturing plant. Take note Cactus Club on Broadway; your last overpriced burger tasted like I’ve licked my grandmother’s burnt cast-iron pot!
And extra thanks to Max and the nice young lady behind the grill whom made sure my lamb burger was not underdone by using a thermometer.
And another thanks to Vera’s for using a fresh bun that’s dense enough to hold the meat and condiments. Remember when White Spot baked their own hamburger buns?
The combination of these ‘secret’ ingredients subdued my appetite and conveyed the feeling of utter satisfaction.
Yes I recommend Vera’s for their Lamb Burgers; simple, unpretentious, delicious and frugal (all this for under $10.00 with a large diet coke). What’s there not to like?
My “made at home” burgers flipping days are over!
I am pretty sure they use frozen patties, not freshly made. How do I know? Because inside the middle of the burger, the meat is a little bit raw and pink. I didn't eat that part. Anyone has cooked meat not completely defrosted at home knows it, meat is hard to cook through and usually inside the middle of the meat is still a little bit raw after the outside is too well done or burnt. That explains why so many reviews here say their burger is raw or burnt.
It's summer, of course you want to hang out at English Bay and eat something. So my choice for lunch was Vera Burger. I regretted. Food is bad. Service is slow and not friendly. They are understaffed. Ambiance? The place looks dingy and smelly.
For people who snob fast food chains like McDonald's or Wendy's or Burger King's and prefer the so called "6 Dollar Burger"(it's probably 7 dollars now), you probably won't be a snob no more after you have Vera's yucky burger. Vera's burger tastes so bad, burgers from those chains beat Vera's without a doubt. There is no point eating at Vera when big fast food chains' food is actually fresher and tastes better than Vera's. They are certainly faster and cheaper than Vera's.
If I want a burger made from frozen patty, I would go to McDonald's. At least McDonald's burger is never raw and some stores (depends on location) are clean and big enough, not smelly, small and dingy like Vera.
I can't believe Vera can actually sell franchise to people. What idiots would buy it? And they even have investors. Dumb investors! They are going to lose their money.
Now that I’ve had the G-Money Burger, I can say I like the Lamb Burgers better. The G-Money is way over the top. This Burger doesn’t have a chance at been a sophistication eat. The double cheese, double patty and double mushroom (very few mushrooms) turns into a greasy goopy mess in a bun. I attacked the burger by making it into a double open face burger. Good idea? But ate way too much, burped burger grease all evening. Leave your calorie counter at home and regret the choice.
When there on Monday with 3 other people and there was only one person working. The girl working without hesitation was a bitch with alot of attitute. We waited to order for more than 10 minutes until she ever looked at us ever though there was only 2 burgers on the grill. When we order two of the burger were raw and she gave us a lamb burger which nobody ordered. When we told her about it she rolled her eyes and said that we made the mistake not her and the burger were not raw. So rather than fight with her we left our food behind and left. We will never go there again. It appears to me that Veras is more interested in growing than actually keeping up with customer service and hiring pleasant people rather than bitches. If they keep going this way they will close down. Moderne burger service is much better and their food is very good. STAY AWAY FROM VERAS!!
I still remember the day when they opened. I was so proud of finding such a gem that I took my friend visiting from the UK there, and he loved it too. But since then, I've had a few disappointments. First, they discontinued my beloved spicy wedges. What's left are the skinny tastless fries or overly oily onion rings. Also, I order to go a few times and twice the burger patties were burned and had to be discarded. Of course, I already left the place so could not complain. My favourite has got to be Doug's special. I still go there for the Doug's when I crave a nice burger.
Wow, expensive burgers much? Oh well, at least it should be amazing... Sorry. It was... well it was a burger, nothing special, and the onion rings were disappointing. Chocolate shake was tasty, though. The restaurant is nice enough, although I'd much rather take out to the beach. The staff are nice enough too. I doubt I'll return as there are so many other options worth trying.
So after a night out (drinking at the Syliva) my bff and I headed to Vera's. Two beers, one burger and one order of fries ($15.00). I thought the burger was much better than the one(s) I tried in the Kits lcoation. The burger was piping hot, juicy and beefy. I wolfed it down, along with fresh fries that were beyond tasty. The beer (something honey brown?) was bubbly and fresh.. I think this place is doing a great job on the booze/food front... Definately a place I want to visit again :-0)
Went here tonight with my very pregnant girlfriend for a burger ( obviously). Had to wait at the till for one of the 3 girls standing close enough to slap to even acknowledge us. WTF? You sell burgers not imported Italian suits.
Then when my girl went up to ask for a drink..they made her stand there and wait for 5 minutes! Seriously. Then one of the girls standing at the grill says , " I'll be right with you."
I piped up , " Yeah just keep standing there!"
I guess she realized she was making a pregnant lady wait due to her inability to watch 4 patties on a broiler and some fries in the fryer - so she passed over a cup.
Seriously..has anyone ever barbecued before? Are you so completely captivated when there's meat on the grill that you're unable to function? NO.
These people are not only piss poor cooks - they are completely unsuited for customer service. Go work on a ferry.
If I want terrible service from unfriendly unskilled labor and a burger that costs more than Cactus Club I'll definitely go back. Ya fucking right
Went there 3 times over a long period. Had the classic burger with nothing extras on it, fries and a milk shake, the first time. Very good impression in the hot summer of 2005, reminded me of the days in southern California. To compare with the famous chain In'n'Out there (that someone also mentioned), the fries are similar in taste and texture. I couldn't see how they do it here, but at In'n'Out, they fresh cut a potato and fried it, and then soak out the oil with a thick cotton towel and swing it around.
Burger is closer to a restaurant burger than a fast food burger. That is a compliment. Pricing seems a bit high for a fast food place though, except the classic. I deliberately have a very plain burger just to taste the beef. Seems pretty good for a fast food place.
Milk shake is good, but nothing to report on it.
Second time, the cashier misunderstood me and put all the free condiments on my classic. I told her I didn't want pickles, and then she thought I wanted everything but that. I told her after, and she seemed to feel bad but didn't offer me anything (like a replacement). If they have a complicated menu system, then please train your staff to be as sophisticated, and double check the order with the customer. I'm sure MacDonald's can do better on that front.
Third time, went w/ a friend. Had onion rings. Not bad, but not best.
I don't understand the comments about skinny fries, and then have to mention big fat wedges. It's like comparing apples and oranges. Fries are thin for its texture, and if you want fried potatoes then order fried potatoes (if they have it). You should compare skinny fries to other skinny fries.
The place should look better though. Fat Burger is a better sitting place, although food is not as good, a block away from there.
Been here a few times and have always enjoyed their burgers. I usually get the Vic but unless you are a big eater, don't try this at home (or at Veras!). Some of the reviews on here state that the burgers are expensive. Well for you penny pinching whiners who do not know a good burger when you see one, I suggest you go to Fets on Commercial and see the piece of meat you get for $10, what a joke that is.
Took my cousin from LA here and he loved it, proclaimed it was better than IN N OUT. Only reason I'm not giving it a 4 for the food rating is because the fries here are not very good.
Now for the slogan - Can't beat Vera's meat! I hear there's a challenger in town, Burgers ETC BBQ House. I look forward in trying their burgers real soon and reporting back to let everyone know if Vera's meat has been beat.
i have finally tried out vera's burger shack. i have heard so much from my friends. and it was great. the young man on till suggested i try the bbq burger since i wasn't sure what to order. i loved that i was able to choose the "flavour shots". it's such a good idea, because anywhere else you just get the boring lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mustard. the food and service was great. i would recomend this place to anyone. way to go vera's, you have a customer for life:)
They have a tongue-in-cheek way of doing things. The staff work far harder than they get paid; I suggest a decent tip for their hustling pace.
If you don't care for beef, the Drunk Chicken Sandwich is a 10 (my fav). A large boneless chicken breast in a yummy sauce grilled on an open flame charbroiler. And it's only $4.99... a bargain. You can't find a comparable product anywhere for less than $8.
I've only tried the Denman location. My friends tell me the Davie location is better, but I can't confirm that.
Great burger joint, I found the toppings interesting, the staff could have guided me a little more in the toppings but now I know for next time, I had the turkey burger (one of the few places that makes their own patties) and my date the chicken, both were awesome. The wedges were good but next time I'll try the fries. I had a shake that was straw clogging good, it is my new favourite burger joint.
I decided to check it out after a friend was raving about her addition to these burgers. I did not find anything special about them at all. I would of been better of getting a burger from Whitespot. Tables could of used cleaning. Staff were OK.
Me and a couple friends went here. There was only one customer left in the restaurant as it was 10 minutes to closing time when we walked in. I ordered a chocolate milkshake (which was excellent to the last suck of the straw), fries and the Vera Burger with Ketchup and tomato only. I only got the fries because they messed up my burger and it was uneatable as I'm pretty picky about my burgers. Friend 1 ordered a Coke, Fries and a Vera Burger with all the toppings. His was the only order that came out properly. And Friend 2 ordered a mushroom and cheese burger and fries. We didn't get one of the bags of fries, so I had an entire one for myself so I wouldn't go hungry. We also only got two of the burgers even though I'm nearly certain I saw the so called chef placing three hamburger patties on the grill for our order. The one burger was friend 1's burger done perfectly. The other was a mix between mine (the ketchup and tomato part) mixed with friend 2's (it had cheese on it). We complained to the cashier and he claimed that was the order taken. We were extremely pissed off and decided not to return to that location, but I still want to try a Vera Burger, but if they can't take an order properly the next time I won't give them a third try. The lesson here is if you go to Vera's for take out, make sure you check your entire order before you leave the restaurant!
I've had good times at Vera's on Davie, but have never had a good experience in Denman. Today I ordered one burger and it took at least 20 minutes to arrive, and it had all the wrong toppings. They even omitted my fried onions that I paid extra for. I wouldn't have complained, but about 1/3rd way through my burger I discovered it was TOTALY raw in the middle. I mean chewy, stringy pink.
So I went back (I was at the beach with my family) and asked for a new burger. After waiting for four other orders to go through, I got my burger and again, it was with the wrong toppings. And raw.
Was in the West-End area for a late lunch and wanted to try Vera's Burger. After a bit of consideration, I ordered the lamb burger with lettuce, tomato, onions with mustard and mayo (that's what I think, more below). As a side, I ordered onion rings and had a coke.
A 1 for service rating might be overkill; however, I simply can't help it. The girl at the cashier was helpful guiding me through my order. But, the tables weren't cleaned and had to do it myself. Big no, no here. As for ambiance, there is not much to talk about, considering the size of the place.
The burger was done after a couple of minutes with the basket of onion rings. The onion rings was a bit disappointing. Several of the rings were attached together, as if, when frying, they didn't let them spread around. Also, the oil was still dripping from the rings. Sure, they were piping hot but that's not how you serve them. You must let them rest a bit before serving; otherwise, when you take a bite, you will pull the onion from the batter.
As for the burger, somehow, it had feta cheese. I don't recall ordering the cheese but it was an odd surprise. It gave an interesting twist to the burger. Flavorwise, there is an unwritten rule about burgers: if you use only one napkin, then it is not juicy enough. And, for this one, I used several napkins. So, yes, it was good.
Unfortunately for Vera's, I have had better lamb burgers in other places and they were the same if not better. Price-wise, I think Vera's is too expensive for what they deliver, especially when you add sides and drinks. I might come back some other time to try the other burgers but won't be ordering anything else.