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Burgoo – Vancouver

April 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Not sure what the hype is about this restaurant chain. All these people we know have recommended this place to us. We tried several times to go to the Main Street location and it’s always been packed. We saw their soups at Edible BC in Granville Market. We’ve seen their neon sign high above main street and the crowds outside. With all these signs pointing in the right direction, we went to Burgoo.

Finally one afternoon at 4pm we we walked in and got a table – even then it was reasonably busy. The menu seems to mainly comprise of stews, soups and salads – so-called western comfort food, although I thought that comfort food was the food that you grew up with – the food that you had at home, maybe the food that mom would make for you if you weren’t feeling so great. If this is the case, I have no idea whose mother in Vancouver was making them cheese biscuits and Kentucky Burgoo.

We tried the eponymous Kentucky Burgoo – a stew which was okay but had way too much cumin for my taste. And by my taste, I mean your taste too. Cumin was the only flavour that I could taste at all in what was a stew that had some otherwise interesting components in it. Note to the cooks at Burgoo: taste your food.

The best thing about the dish was the biscuits that came as the side. Cheesy, light, not too salty – at least the guy (or gal) making the bread was on top of their game. The french onion soup had almost no onions in it although it was very cheesy and bready – I guess it just depends what you like. Actually, I don’t like french onion soup that tastes like weak chicken broth with bread and cheese. Actually, I don’t like onion soup that tastes like salt water with flavourless bread in it and a half-pound of grocery-store mozzarella on top of it. Actually, I didn’t like the onion soup here at all.

Which makes me think that I really just didn’t like eating here at all. What am I supposed to like about a meal when the best thing is the bread that comes with it?

Approximately $28 for lunch (consisting of onion soup and Kentucky Burgoo with biscuits) with tax, tip and no drinks.

Burgoo – Main Street Location
3096 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 3G5
Tel: 604-873-1441

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Tags: Vancouver · Western Food

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