CaliBurger, a “Southern California-inspired” burger chain, has this summer, spread its fast-casual wings and landed in Canada’s city of glass, Vancouver.
Almost a carbon copy of the iconic In-N-OUT Burger, the 2200+ square-foot burger joint—located at 830 Thurlow Street, right off of the city’s popular shopping thoroughfare, Robson—offers a made-to-order menu of fresh (never frozen!) burgers, chicken sandwiches, hand-cut fries and hand-spun milkshakes, which can be ordered virgin, spiked with booze (bourbon, rum or Bailey’s!), and/or with a shot of Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew coffee. And there is even a selection of local craft beers on tap and a high-tech Coca-Cola Freestyle machine where you can mix your own soda beverage.
We died and went to burger heaven after polishing off an ooey gooey Cali Double ($6.99; two 100 percent all-beef patties, melted American cheese, grilled or raw onions, garden-fresh plump tomatoes (we hate toms, so this was left off) and crisp iceberg lettuce, and of course, their “secret” sauce), signature seasoned fries ($2.99), and a palate pleasing, thick ‘n’ creamy chocolate shake with…Bailey’s ($6.99). Hello!
We’ve never had a fast-casual burger quite like the super-messy one at CaliBurger in Vancouver, and we liked it. A lot. If you’re going to kill your calorie count for the day (maybe even the week!), then chow down on the tastiest one you can get your paws on.
The lineups to order were absolutely insane! We waited for over an hour that first weekend, but thankfully, though it’s still super-busy, the wait time is significantly less. Luckily the food is mouthwateringly tasty and worth the wait.
Is CaliBurger Vancouver’s best burger? We’re not sure. But we loved it and will be frequenting this location again.
Have you been? What do you think?