The recent opening of the fourth Burgoo restaurant in Metro Vancouver, Burgoo Kitsilano, combined with the fact that it’s cold and snowy outside, reminded me that we hadn’t posted about our dinner experience from a while ago at Burgoo Main Street.
“Burgoo” is a term used for many types of comforting and hearty meat & vegetable stews, often served with mashed potatoes or cornbread. Like an Irish/ Mulligan stew, traditional burgoos included whatever ingredients were on-hand, sort of an empty-the-fridge recipe. Typically, Burgoos such as the Kentucky Burgoo (the most famous stew in that US state) have at least three different meats, and plenty of vegetables such as corn, okra, and lima beans.
Paying homage to its namesake, Burgoo is a neighbourhood soup and stewhouse serving big bowls of comfort food. Its old-world, countryside ambiance—using earth tones, natural finishes and materials—make for a cozy place to enjoy hearty food with good company.
Their original Burgoo bistro opened back in 2001 in Point Grey, but they quickly gained popularity and opened locations in both North Vancouver and Main Street (and now Kitsilano).
At Burgoo Main Street, we ordered the delicious Lamb Tagine ($18) – Succulent Moroccan spiced lamb and vegetables with sweet apricots and olives served over couscous and finished with chopped fresh mint leaves. Additionally, we enjoyed the tasty Beef Bourguignon ($18) – French Burgundy dish with tender red wine braised beef, sweet caramelized pearl onions, carrots and mushrooms over fragrant garlic mash potatoes. Hearty and satisfying stews with stick-to-your-ribs ingredients, both dishes are the perfect accompaniment to a snow-day like today!