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Save On Meats Coffee Shop

43 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 683-7761
Neighbourhood: Gastown

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still hangin' in there
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were passing through the DTES and I was craving a burger. I always wanted to try SOMCS, so in we scampered. The central butcher shop section seemed to be closed, but they had produce along one wall and dry goods grocery items along the other wall. In the back was the cafe. The place was clean enough, but it was by no means deluxe. Also, most of the diners and customers for the grocery/produce sections were of the 'rough and ready' variety. This is not a place for people with delicate sensibilities. Personally I was more interested in dinner, so I didn't pay too much attention to the colorful ambiance.

Service was quite good, and for those of you who want to try their Cantonese, all of the staff could oblige. Mrs. C had already eaten, so she watched me have a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a coffee. The burger (with all the toppings) was very good and was real hamburger and not a patty. I saw that the fries were made from fresh potato. The quality of food from the humble diner kitchen deserves an extra star from me. I did not have to ask to get my coffee topped up, either. That was nice.

The best part was the price: $7.50 including the coffee. That's value! I plan a return visit, despite the rather seedy neighborhood.

Recommended for adventurous diners.

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From butcher to belly, the simple, classic burger reigns
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 3:13am [Dine in]

After reading several heart string articles in the paper about the possible demise of this landmark, I wanted to make sure I sampled it before the inevitable. Last I heard, still no buyers so the March 14th closing date would mark the end of this half century old meat market.

Made my way here for the burger, based on the reviews, not excluding the blessing from Anthony Bourdain. Ordered the mushroom, bacon and cheese. It had the usual fixings and came with fries on the side. It was a double patty made fresh. A roughly 6-8 minute wait and I was on my way. I loved the toasted sesame bun, as it pocketed all the innards. The patties were juicy and thick with just the right amount of greasiness. Great balance of everything, while none of the ingredients overpowered each other. No nonsense, just a simple, classic approach. I'd say a contender for one of the best burgers in the city, especially with it's simplicity. Incredibly filling too as I split my meal. The fries were passable, though fresh cut skin on. Likely would've been much better if I didn't let it sit in the takeout container. For both freshness, quality and portion, I felt it was great value at $6.50 taxes in.

Service is akin to a diner. The staff were friendly with smiles all around.

The place isn't much to look at these days, with the big yellow sign, the 3 u-shaped counters and permanently secured vinyl stools. It faces the open grills along with a mish mash of kitchen items thrown on top, next to and underneath the countertops. However it's pretty clean and the smell of previously cooked meals linger aromatically in the air. It's a time capsule back to the yesteryears. The quiet whispers from the butcher shop up front felt like the employees and customers alike were prepared to say goodbye.

Come back one last time to pay homage before the doors close.

Farewall Save On. I bid you adieu.

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What a find!
By Norman of Vancouver East (82 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 4, 2008 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

I was a little hesitant about eating here, now I go once a week at least. An excellent burger and fries for five dollars is a rare treat. The chips are real, not frozen. You get plenty - two patties of real beef on the burger. I am not a snob, and I enjoy the people who eat here. For the most part they are very pleasant with old-fashioned manners. The service is fast and courteous.

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Meat-o-Rama
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

Sure the exterior is littered with junkies, but once you get past that this place provides a pleasant surprise. One of the biggest butcher shops in the city, and a cool little meal counter at the back. Meat is the thing here. I had a bison burger, which was a bit dry, but a Hell of a deal nevertheless at $5.00. You can pick a steak and they'll fry it up for $5.00... cool. Interesting clientele. An Downtown Eastside institution obviously. Worth a visit.

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Sketchy part of town, but burgers to die for
By irishgit of New Westminster, (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

This is literally inside the butcher shop, it has some of the aromas you would expect. Its also in a less than gentrified part of the city, so getting to it isn't for the fastidious or faint of heart. The food, however, is excellent, with large portions and very low priced. Its well worth a visit, as long as you know how to behave and what to avoid in that part of town.

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Time-warp diner
By criacow of Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

I work in this area, and had passed by the giant SAVE ON MEATS sign; honestly, I figured it was a relic from an earlier era, and was now some kind of shop or something that thought it cute to keep the old sign.

Nope, it's still there. The front is a butcher shop, and the back is an old-style diner. The whole diner feels like a timewarp from the 1930s or 1940s; it's all counter service, and you sit on stools around old yellow countertops. The waitress walks up, gets your order, cooks it right behind the counter, and hands it to you. The ambiance is pretty good for that--although remember it's in a butcher shop, so if you're sensitive to smells, you can expect to have a worse experience than I did. The crowd is an interesting mix; when I was there, there were a couple of people in suits, my co-workers and myself from our tech firm, art students, homeless people, and construction workers.

The food was solid, nothing special; what's surprising is the quantity and price. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with french fries for $3.50; the deluxe burger with fries is $4, and the portion sizes are quite generous.

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Get in there before it's gone
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

This building is a throwback to a bygone era of downtown and with all the condo development going on, it may not last. The burgers are pretty standard, meat, cheese, lettuce etc. but the hand-packed double patties make this burger outstanding. The fries were pretty greasy but for 5 dollars you can't beat this burger. It's as good as anything you'll get at Vera's or Fatburger and worth the dining experience if you don't mind the quirky folks that hang out there. Staff were very friendly and service was quick.

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I thought I was the only freak who ate here
By fatboysaredelicious of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I saw another review about this place so I guess I can admit that I am not the only freak who dines here.

So the low down:

MOVE OVER all you other burger joint wannabees. This is hands down the most incredible burger in the city. Fresh, greasy and DELICIOUS. A double patty and serving of fries that is so huge that it is impossible to finish for only 5 bucks!!!!!!

A Warning:
Be prepared to dine with (and it is all counter seating) all kinds of colourful characters. In the past my meal companions have run the gambit from a previous Vancouver Mayor (now a Senator), senior members of the police, top legal scholars to crackdealers, pimps, dealers, ho's and street people. All part of the unique charm and ambiance

PS This place is absolutely worth the visit BUT DONT LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR.

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Great Burger
By gyromite of False Creek, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 19, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

The burger hunt continues... After hearing much talk about Save On Meats and after Bourdain took a visit there, I quickly had to sweet talk a friend into joining me for a burger. Bourdain didn't really describe the taste burger so I wanted to try it out and review it.

We walked into East Vancouver hungry but after walking the atmosphere of East Hastings we slowly became less hungry. I used to volunteer on Columbia and Hastings , so the site wasn't new to me but it is still not very comforting. This area at night reminds me of playing the video game Resident Evil.

We sat down at the counter in Save On Meats and there were two other people eating burgers there. The service was friendly and very attentive. We opened the menu and ordered, I had the burger with cheese, bacon and mushrooms ($6.50), and my partner had the buffalo/bison burger ($7.00). It took about five minutes for our burgers to be ready.

The burgers were made from ground beef, not frozen patties and the fries were fresh cut . The fries were great, fresh cut with potato skin on the sides, and none were hard in the middle. We ordered a side of gravy which was also tasty, thick with a peppercorn taste to it, really enjoyable.

The burgers were a little greasy but really good. The crazy thing is that you get double patties, so two burger patties between your toasted bun. I recommend the buffalo burger because it was a leaner meat and had a better taste. Both burgers are really solid, a bit greasy but sits high on the burger rankings in this city. They could use a little more lettuce but the mustard and the onions really add a nice taste to the burger. The atmosphere in Save On Meats is tolerable but the walk outside can be difficult for someone who is not used to East Van.

Save on Meats
43 West Hastings St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-683-7761

Pictures available on http://www.vancouverslop.com

It is not just a cheap burger it is a dam good burger.

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A decent breakfast
By ToddGack of West End (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

While picking up a couple pounds of beef short ribs, I saw the grill in the back, and thought I would give breakfast a whirl. I have had burgers here before, and they were pretty good. Eggs (over easy) were perfect, sausages were cooked just like mum made them(sliced lengthwise and fried) potatoes were nicely done. The coffee was surprisingly good. All in, 5 bucks. Not too bad.

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