As a long time fan of Vera’s Burger Shack I was excited to learn there was a location opening in Port Moody at Newport Village.
The Scoop on Vera’s Burger ShackVera’s Burger Shack started out as a beach concession in 1977 and has grown into a Lower Mainland chain (plus one in Ontario) that is consistently called ‘Best Burger’ in Vancouver. The Georgia Straight’s Golden Plates Reader’s Choice Awards Best Hamburger, WE’s Best in the City Reader’s Choice Award Best Hamburger and The Courier’s Stars of Vancouver Reader’s Choice Awards Best Hamburger – the accolades just keep coming in. If you have not tried one yet, head over to the new location NOW, because it’s open! With a restaurant right here in the Tri-Cities you have no more excuses.
Made Fresh to OrderThe burgers start out fresh and are made to order so expect to wait just a little bit longer than the ‘other guys’ who have pre-cooked their patties. Also, I appreciate that they are served slightly pink in the middle, which is just how I like it and a rare find (if you’ll pardon the pun) these days at a fast food joint. And while Vera’s is obviously famous for burgers, don’t underestimate the fries. The fries are double-fried, which is the traditional method used in Belgium, the birthplace of fries. Basically they are cooked at a slightly lower temperature, removed from the oil and then fried again at a higher heat to crisp up the outside. I really did like them a lot.
A Mouthful and a HalfBut back to the burger! Ah yes, the burger…I really, really like the burgers at Vera’s. I had to sample the fare at the Surrey location on Fraser Highway as I was in the neighbourhood and the location at Newport Village was not open yet. The burger is a big mouthful on any day and even bigger if you choose one of their many feature burgers – I visited on a Wednesday so indulged in a BBQ burger as it was on sale. Imagine an already large burger with the addition of provolone, bacon, fried onion and BBQ sauce – better grab an extra napkin! I won’t list all the possible combinations – that’s what menus are for – but they are plentiful and I am sure you will find something that satisfies your cravings. The good news is if you don’t find your favourite on the first visit, you can have fun working your way through the whole list.
Vera’s Burger Shack
254A Newport Drive, Port Moody