The Red Onion: good burger

Red Onion Burger
The Red Onion is a short-order burger joint, refined. In other words, the burgers taste really good, and everything is made with care. And I paid a dollar extra for that little cup of white fry dip, and it’s absolutely worth it.

I dare to hazard a guess about what makes the Red Onion so tasty: the burgers (and chicken burgers, my lovely bride tells me) are made with care and with good ingredients. I like to imagine that the choice to have the grill out in the open where the customers can see it is an implicit claim that their food-making procedures can withstand close scrutiny.

The fries are very good. What really makes them is paying the extra for a little cup of french fry dip, yet another mayonnaise-based, Belgian-inspired white sauce, a dill cousin to the garlic stuff at Subeez [warning: flash, PDFs, music. it has their menu, but what a crap site].

The burger itself is fairly lean, and deceptively good. It doesn’t look any better than most burgers in town, and the bun is a big generic. But these guys know their business.

The atmosphere consists of close-set formica tables, big windows at the front, the work of local artists on the walls, and that’s it. This is a burger joint.

I skipped pie when I visited on Sunday, but I assure you, they do an excellent line in desserts. Or you can just grab a few suckers from the candy jar when you pay your bill.

What: The Red Onion
Where: 2028 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver
When: not really sure, but they seem to be open whenever I’m there
Why: a good burger is hard to find

The Red Onion

3 Comments so far

  1. Ariadna (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

    Their awning is so cute.


  2. keith lim (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 10:34 am

    But the question everyone is too afraid to ask is, of course, “can you buy a red onion at the Red Onion?” If the name of a food business is a type of food, should you not be able to buy that food there? Well, shouldn’t you? I still remember how shocked, shocked I was that you couldn’t get wild rice at Wild Rice.


  3. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    Shoot, I completely forgot to mention that, keith!

    One of the gimmicks at the Red Onion is that your bill always arrives underneath a whole red onion, which is yours to keep. At least I assume it’s yours to keep; I always keep mine.

    Also, my burger came with onions. I didn’t check the colour.

    Ariadna: yes, the awning is adorable. Inside one of the few items of decor is a small neon onion, too.



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