Fatburger is an American chain of fast food restaurants that was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1952. Hamburger fanatics have since developed a cult-like devotion to Fatburger. Today it’s become a really popular place in the US, with celebrities like Queen Latifah and Pharrell Williams buying Fatburger franchises while Kanye West later investing in the burger chain. Other glowing endorsements include pictures of David Letterman and George Foreman gracing Fatburger’s walls.
So what makes this iconic joint so special? At Fatburger, “The Last Great Hamburger Stand”, they don’t serve typical generic burgers–they offer tasty chicken burgers, veggie burgers and health-conscious turkey burgers, and every hamburger contains 100% fresh (never frozen) lean ground beef, grilled to-order. Even their onions rings don’t come from the freezer and are cooked (as are their fries) in 100% cholesterol-free oil. Dressed to your specifications with the best quality condiments, add-ons such as fried eggs and their famous chili made with a secret blend of herbs and spices make tempting toppings.
We finally redeemed our Fatburger Groupon this week and checked out the Fatburger location on West Broadway near Cambie in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. With seven Fatburger locations around the Lower Mainland, I’m surprised we were Fatburger virgins before our inaugural visit to this week!
We started with a decadent Chocolate Shake ($4.49) that was made with real hand-scooped ice cream and topped with whipped cream. Thick, rich and creamy, its chocolate flavour was very pronounced.
California Burger ($7.99) – A regular beef Fatburger on a toasted bun topped with creamy and slightly spicy guacamole, crisp thick-cut bacon, sliced tomato, iceberg lettuce, and a slice of melted Swiss cheese.
Poutine ($5.99) – Fat cut steak fries topped with cheese curds and smothered with thick brown gravy. Unlike traditional Quebec poutine with cold, squeaky cheese curds that don’t melt, these cheese curds melted into a lovely gooey concoction.
Original Fatbuger ($5.99) – A grilled 6 ounce AAA Alberta beef patty, fresh pressed and cooked to-order on a toasted bun with cheese ($0.74) and bacon ($0.75) and topped with the “works”: shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, ketchup, onions, pickles, mustard, mayo, and green relish.
This Fatburger location is quite small with a couple tables and counter seating along the windows. Although they claim top play “no lame music”, we don’t recall hearing any tunes since they were broadcasting Global news on all their large flatscreen on the wall and mini TVs attached to the window. Overall, our burgers, poutine and milkshake were tasty and service was quick and efficient. Voted “Best Burger” in Vancouver, Calgary, Las Vegas and Los Angeles – but do we agree? We actually prefer Cactus Club’s burger (here and here)! How about you?