Last week a brand spankin’ new Fatburger opened near by and a friend and I decided to check it out!
Here’s what we thought:
Where: 1524 Regent Ave W, Winnipeg, MB R2C 3B4
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 2pm
Known For: Big, fresh burgers. Milkshakes.
But first, here’s some history:
Lovey Yancey opened up this tiny hamburger stand in Los Angeles, 1947. She believed in the big burger with all the fixings, made custom to your taste. She was quickly severing these large burgers to members of the Red Sox and even Ray Charles. Then in 1981 Yancey made Fatburger a franchise, and the rest is history.
There’s a great article on more of the history here.
The new Fatburger opened up in my neighborhood last week with months of anticipation since they built it in a well established parking lot in the east side of Winnipeg. The only other Fatburger in the city would be on the west side of the city 20 km away. After that, you’d be heading to Regina for this large burger.
My friend and I arrived around 2 pm on a Saturday and naturally they were quite busy. There was a line stretching to the inside of the front door, and all tables (including the 4 patio tables) were full. With prompt service, we were up to the ordering counter in 7 minutes.
This is where we had some trouble. It was a bit of a blessing that we had to wait in line as there were just so many options on the menu. There were categories from Breakfast, Fries, Poutine, Hot Dogs, Wings, Salads, Milkshakes, Beer, Margaritas, and of course many, many options for Burgers.
If you knew me, you’d know I love a good cheese burger (My go-to at McDonalds would be a quarter pounder with cheese). I promptly ordered a specialty burger, Mushroom Swiss with added tomato and lettuce ($9.99), then upgraded to a combo to get a medium soft drink and fries. My entire order came to $17.65 for the burger, drink, fries, and taxes.
Pretty steep huh?
My friend ordered a regular burger($7.99) with guacamole ($1.99) and also a side salad and drink to make this a combo as well. Also totaling $17.65.
The counter staff were very friendly, patient, and quick. Also when you order, they shout your order to the cooks who promptly shout it back. (Think pre-2013 Starbucks).
They let us know the order will take approximately 10-14 minutes and gave us a number to take to any table as they would deliver the food.
A quick look around and its easy to say so far, they have kept it very clean with fast turnover of dirty tables to clean.
Filled my drink with lemonade – other options were basic Pepsi products.
Grabbed a patio table which was equipped with vinegar, salt, pepper, and hot sauce.
Few minutes later, our food came.
Presentation: The fries were in a paper container while the burger wrapped in a foil casing sat on a plastic basket.
Fries: They were medium thick, not super salty, and had a nice crisp.
Mushroom Swiss Burger: The sesame bun was toasted but soft. The patty was thick and juicy. Mushrooms had a good serving, and the cheese melty. The burger came wrapped in foil and near the ending of my burgers life, the juices and stray mushrooms pooled at the bottom of it’s foil shell.
Caesar Salad: My friend wasn’t very impressed with the caesar salad. She enjoyed that it wasn’t overly dressed, but beyond that, it lacked any excitement.
*I’ll also note that two staff members came to check on us during the duration of our stay outside. (How was everything tasting, if we needed anything, etc)
With a friendly atmosphere and many options, it’s quick to say it’s nothing short of a good experience. However with the steep price of $17 for one meal, it’s not one I think reaches it’s value, as I could also go to The Keg for a burger and drink for roughly the same price. It definitely has the great aspects with their fresh product and attentive staff. I don’t think I’ll be going back for a little while but if a friend wanted to go for a quick bite to eat, I definitely wont be opposed.
Speed of Service: 3/5
Have you visited Fatburger recently? What are your thoughts? Do you have any restaurant recommendations for me?