CHUCK’S BURGER BAR- Another visit

Whenever possible, I use local, fresh ingredients, just because it tastes and feels better to eat an egg or a tomato or a hamburger that wasn’t flown halfway around the world, that didn’t travel on a truck and get stuck in traffic jams, that hasn’t been sitting in a supermarket’s refrigerator case for days. Kate Christensen

Chuck’s hamburgers are freshly made, freshly grilled and delicious. That is why, son by son,  I am introducing the gene pool to Chuck’s Burger Bar, located in Sidney, across from Sleggs Lumber. (Check out the first post on Chuck’s Burger Bar published in October)

Gene pool #2 did a huge favour for us so I treated him and hubby to burgers.

My son ordered The Guilty Pleasure Burger: Ground bacon patty (yep, ground bacon) with 2 slices of Jensen’s cheese and Chuck’s special sauce.

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So good!

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and hubby designed his own burger: Angus beef, chorizo sausage, onion rings, Texas barbecue sauce, tomatoes and lettuce. Awesome was the verdict!

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and this is Chuck’s version of Caesar salad: Romaine lettuce, bite size pieces of bacon, tomato, slices of hard boiled egg and a creamy dressing.

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Chuck’s Burger Bar
2031 Malaview Ave W,
Sidney, BC

(778) 351-2485

Mon-Sat 11 am-10:00 pm

Chuck’s Burger Bar

Life is too short to miss out on the beautiful things like a double cheeseburger. Channing Tatum
A burger is a work of art? You bet. Sean McNeill, coFounder of McTavish Academy of Art (next weeks post), told me about the newly opened Chuck’s Burger Bar. I hurried over there with Gene Pool #1, all 6’3″ of him, to try out this new burger joint.

A five minute drive from the airport, Chucks is located across the street from Sleggs in the industrial section of Sidney.

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The place was busy but we managed to find a table in the back corner. Rustic wood tables formed an L shape around the bar, some high tables and some low tables. An extensive menu was placed in our hands. This is one page of the detailed menu.

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Now, here is the deal. One can order from the menu Chuck’s special burgers that he has put together ( Your Hawaiian Pleaser, The Cuban Super Burger, Fancy Schmancy Cheese Burger to list a few) OR one can build their own burger(not literally). Choose from various meats ( Premium Angus Beef, ground Bacon Burger, Lamb, Venison, Turkey, Chicken, and a veggie burger), cheeses, add ons such as grilled onions, mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and various condiments. And Voila! your specifically designed burger.

I chose to build an Angus beef burger with bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and mayo…..

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Gene pool #1 chose to make a Bison burger with many more condiments, cheese, bacon, avocado and lettuce. When it arrived my son said, “How am I going to get my mouth around that?” He found a way to do it.

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We thought the burgers were excellent.

Chuck’s Burger Bar also has a detailed poutine list and a number of starters and salads.

At the time that we ate at Chuck’s Burger Bar they were Cash only and liquor was not yet available.

Chuck’s Burger Bar

2031 Malaview Avenue

Sidney BC

778-351-2485

Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm

Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am

 

Four Mile House Restaurant

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.                       

Life of Samuel Johnson by James Bosworth V. ll  March 21, 1776, p. 287

As the Four Mile Restaurant came into view I let out a gasp. The house and gardens were stunning.

4 mile pub

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Built 150 years ago the Tudor style building has a colourful history. In the 19C it had been a road house and staging service for weary travelers and horses, and in the late 1940’s it had been used as a dine & dance venue and also home to a notorious brothel for sailors. The late 20C saw rejuvenation by the current owners and their hard work is evident. This restaurant/pub is a beauty.

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The decor is stylish but cozy. I immediately felt at home and enjoyed looking at old photographs that were on the wall, speculating on who they might be in relation to the history of the place.

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For appies we ordered Skins that were loaded with green onion, cheese, and bacon. So delicious and the gene pool stated that they were the best!

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Next came the Farmers, Cap & Ale Pizza which included fresh basil, roasted garlic, grape tomatoes, farmer sausage, Capicola (Italian cured meat) and mozzarella cheese on a sourdough shell. Wonderful!
IMG_7566The other order was the Frisco Burger with edam cheese, bacon and mushrooms. Very tasty and the fries were excellent as well. The gene pool thought they were awesome!
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But what is a visit to a pub without a glass of ale…or two for that matter. The gene pool had a Pilsner and a Brown Ale …which they quite liked. Cheers, mate!
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Four House Mile House and Restaurant
199 Island Highway
Victoria BC
250-479-2514
fourmilehouse.com
M-Th 11 am-11:30 pm
F         11am-12 am
Sat      10am-12 am
Sun     10am- 11 pm

SPITFIRE GRILL

Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.

Matthew McConaughey

The Spitfire Grill is located on the outskirts of the Victoria International Airport. With optimum viewing of the various runways,

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we spent a delightful lunch at The Spitfire Grill enjoying not only the view outside but the view inside.

We ordered two of the most popular dishes; the Classic Spitfire burger and the Blackened Halibut Caesar Wrap. The burger is served on a Portofino Brioche Bun and the patty is dressed with cheddar cheese, mushrooms, bacon and a special house made sauce. A wonderful cheeseburger!!

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The Halibut wrap was mixed with romaine lettuce, pieces of parmesan cheese and house caesar dressing. It too was quite tasty.

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We were divided about the regular fries and the sweet potato fries. Each person was partial to their fries order. Both were thought delicious.

The Spitfire Grill

9681 Willingdon Rd

North Saanich, BC

250-655-0122

Sun-Thursday: 8-8

Fri-Sat: 8-9

The Pink Bicycle

“I always say, ‘Eat clean to stay fit;  have a burger to stay sane.’ “ — Gigi Hadid

Yes, there’s a pink bicycle in the window of this casual burger restaurant.  The story goes, the owner used to ride this bike to work every day……… that’s it!

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But this isn’t your average burger joint.

Not only is this one of the best beef burgers I’ve had, but beef isn’t nearly the only burger available here.
The Pink Bicycle offers burgers made from chicken, swine, lamb, bison, salmon, ahi tuna, veggie,  black bean veggie, truffle mushroom, and more.

Sides available include soups, salads, fries and poutine.
Everything is sourced locally where possible.

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I chose the most popular burger, the Pink Bike Cheese Burger and a side house salad with veggies, sunflower seeds and a fig-balsamic vinaigrette — all yummy!  The buns are baked next door at Bond Bond’s Bakery.

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Linda chose the second most popular burger, the Blue Cheese Lamb Burger with a side of fries.
The locally sourced organic lamb is infused with savoury rosemary and apricot pesto, and the burger is topped with local rich blue cheese and lime mayo.
I’m not a fan of lamb, but I tried this and the blue cheese makes this a star for sure!

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Love that Pink Bicycle!

The Pink Bicycle
1008 Blanshard St, Victoria
250-384-1008
www.pinkbicycleburger.com

Mon – Sat 11:30 am – 9 pm

Boondocks Cafe

“Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks”
— Billy Joe Royal from ‘Down In The Boondocks’ song

Well, if the boy needs mercy at the Boondocks café, it’s likely because he can’t decide what to order from all the tempting choices!

Situated on a quiet street, Boondocks is a pub-style restaurant with the space divided into several areas for either an open pub-like atmosphere, or smaller spaces for more intimate dining.
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The pleasant surprise for us was the covered patio at the rear of Boondocks surrounded by sunlight and plants, yet we were in the shade on this hot day.  Perfect!

The chefs are also the owners of Boondocks for over two decades, carefully sourcing their meat, produce and baked goods locally.

The Boondocks Burger is a favourite of regular clients. The all-beef patty is made fresh in-house daily from beef produced by 63 Acres Farm in southern BC.  Yummy!

Boondocks stirfryBoondocks features a stir-fry every day, and today was pork.   The pork medallions were very tender, and the stir-fry had lots of vegetables.  Tasty and satisfying.

Boondocks Café
9732 1 St, Sidney, BC
250-656-4088
www.boondocksinsidney.com
Mon – Saturday 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday Noon – 8 pm

Brasserie L’Ecole

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

I assured my sister in law that if we were at the door of the restaurant 15 minutes early in order to line up we would be guaranteed a place. Luckily our stroll through Chinatown was short because there was a lineup of 22 people by the time we walked back to the restaurant. (And we still had a waiting period of 25 minutes before the bistro opened.)

Brasserie L’Ecole is a classic French Bistro establishment with a seating capacity of 50 (which includes the bar). It has a no reservation policy. The L’Ecole portion of the name pays homage to the building being a former Chinese schoolhouse. Though one has to line up outside before the restaurant opens once inside one is treated to extraordinary food. We ordered the Endive salad, with bacon, apple and walnut and the Brasserie Burger with bacon, Gruyere cheese and grain mustard aioli accompanied with Frites- sprinkled with Parmesan, garlic, parsley and truffle oil: all tasty and sublime. We had dined well!

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1715 Government Street
Victoria, BC
250-475-6260

www.lecole.ca

bin 4 Burger Lounge

To eat well, I always disagree with critics who say that all restaurants should be fine dining. You can get a Michelin star if you serve the best hamburger in the world.

David Chang

 

Gourmet Hamburgers- check

Locally grown products- check

House cut Kennebec French Fries-check

Freshly made House Salad-check

House made Dip for Fries-check

Buns from Irene’s Bakery

 

What is not to love about bin 4’s menu! 17 uniquely styled burgers including the classic Heritage, the Dirty Bourbon, Mr Bean and the The Angry Bull.

 

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The Dirty Bourbon

I ordered the Heritage burger with aged white cheddar, a freshly made salad with a divine lemon champagne honey vinaigrette and piping hot fries…. crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I chose the roasted garlic aioli dip….one of 9 dips and it complimented the fries beautifully. The gene pool chose the Dirty Bourbon and The Angry Bull with fries for their side. We all agreed that the burgers were awesome!!

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The Classic Heritage with Bacon

 

Bin 4
180-911 Yates Street
Victoria, BC
250-590-4154

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3271 Maple Street (across from Home Sense)
Saanich, BC
250-590-6565

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107-716 Goldstream Avenue
Westshore, BC
778-265-5464