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.




So good!


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



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.


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.


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.


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…..


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.


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


Sun-Wed: 11am-10pm

Thurs-Sat: 11am-12am


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!



IMG_3909Brasserie L’Ecole
1715 Government Street
Victoria, BC

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.


Bin 4 bourbon burger


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!!

bin 4 cheese burger



The Classic Heritage with Bacon


Bin 4
180-911 Yates Street
Victoria, BC


3271 Maple Street (across from Home Sense)
Saanich, BC


107-716 Goldstream Avenue
Westshore, BC