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shawshankVancouverSince April 23, 20072 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.6)
  • Food3 (3)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value5 (5)
  • Ambiance2 (2)


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Flowers Cafe337 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Best Burger Value in Vancouver?
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 7:48pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for decor and ambiance, Flowers Cafe will not rank well with you. But if you can handle dining near some 'colourful' characters, and don't mind the somewhat dilapidated surroundings, you will be treated to a delicious burger and fries that couldn't come at a better price.

I heard about Flowers in a newspaper article in which the author searched out the city's best burger value in response to the creation of the $30+ burger's in town (Feenies I think?). This intrigued me enough to try it out.

The price of a double (yes double) bacon cheeseburger made from a homemade patty, with homecut french fries, is only $5 (recently upped from $4.50!), taxes included.

The burger patty is very good, in my opinion much tastier than the bland variety they serve at Vera's. They keep it simple with toppings - a small amount of lettuce, tomato, and mayo - if you're looking for tons of toppings you won't find it here. However, the simplicity seems to work well for the burger.

Perhaps the best part is their home cut fries, freshly made to perfect crispness. These are as good as any in the city.

The staff/owners of Flowers are also friendly and quick to take your order.

Conclusion - if you can handle the surroundings, or just want takeout, Flowers is excellent, if not the best value burger in town (that I've found). There have been a number of write-ups about Save On Meats burger but Flowers actually has them beat - better burger and I think $1.50 cheaper.

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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Way overrated, dissappointment
Submitted Monday, April 23, 2007 - 2:34am [Dine in]

Sophie's was recommended by friends of friends, and always seemed busy on weekends, so I was glad to get the chance to try it when I had a free weekday morning.

The disappointing experience started with the service, and was followed by poor quality and overpriced food.

The waitress started out by pestering us it seemed every minute to see if we were ready to order. I appreciate a waitress checking in, but give the customer some time to decide! Hint to waitresses - the customers are ready when they stop looking at their menus and put them to the side.

I ordered the Eggs Benny substituting fries in for home fries, and ordered a milkshake, as I told the waitress, to share with my significant other.

The Benny was not one of the better that I've had, not much hollandaise and not very tasty (I can make much better myself, and I'm not the best cook).

The fries were luke warm and soggy, and I decided to return them for something warm and fresh. At this point I guess the waitress decided it wasn't necessary to check in how our food was – I was finished all my other food by the time I could flag her down, a good ten minutes. They were fast, however, in getting me some fresh fries (although the portion was small).

The milkshake came with 2 separate glasses even though we never asked the waitress for that, and I thought to myself ‘Nice touch, good service’. Unfortunately when I got the bill they charged $0.30 for that. On top of that, I was charged close to $2 for a side of mayo I got for my fries (again, never told I would be charged for a condiment). Even McDonald’s doesn’t charge for that. Come on Sophie’s, don’t be chintzy. My Benny was also almost $11 - definitely overpriced.

Suffice it to say, I will never be going back there. The only thing I could give Sophie’s is the ambience; it’s interesting and unique (although not that special). Did it make up for the lack of quality food and service though? Hardly.

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