There are two things that I’m in denial about: 1) my age and 2) I’m (probably) lactose intolerant. Unfortunately, I was forced to confront both realities this week. Lemme explain: it was my birthday. Now, being the cheap Asian that I am, I decided to make most of my depressing situation as a jobless loser who’s at least seven years too old to be still living with my parents by redeeming some free food. One restaurant in Vancouver that offers free food on your birthday is Cannibal Cafe, a burger joint located on the Drive. They provide you a complimentary American Classic Burger (which normally runs for $10.95) with the purchase of either a drink or a side. Of course, I decided to get both, and got a side of Onion Rings to go with my burger as well as an Oreo Milkshake.
American Classic Burger (Free on birthday, normally $10.95):
This consisted of two 3oz patties, American Cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo and L.T.O.P. (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle). This was a simple, basic burger that was done quite well. I normally don’t like beef patties, which can often be dry, but here the beef was actually reasonably moist and juicy. The bun was toasted, and crispy around the edges while soft and fluffy in the interior. The cheese and condiments provided great flavour. Although the burger was not very large, it was quite tall and I actually couldn’t fit it into my mouth (insert dirty joke here): I had to remove some of the vegetables in order to eat the burger.
Onion Rings (Side, $4.95):
I loved these. The batter on the onion rings looked thick, but was incredibly light and crispy, and stayed crispy even when they cooled. It was served with a side of Chipotle Mayo, which was creamy and had a nice bit of spice. I was a bit disappointed with the portion: there were only 6 onion rings present.
Oreo Milkshake ($7.95):
I have to admit, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed the milkshake didn’t contain any crushed cookie bits. It was still very tasty however, with a great chocolate and vanilla flavour. It was quite thick, and you have to wait to allow it to melt a bit before being able to suck it through the straw.
Unfortunately for me, I appear to be lactose intolerant, and the milkshake did cause me more than a few uncomfortable hours. Not that I’m going to be stopping anytime soon though: I didn’t learn my lesson from the massive amount of ice cream from Rain or Shine not long ago, and I’m certainly not going to turn down ice cream the next time it’s offered to me. Stomachache aside, I had a pretty good time at Cannibal Cafe. The food was quite good. While I got a good deal since the burger came free, I do find their regular prices to be a tad pricey: most of their burgers are currently going to $13-15 without any sides. In terms of service, the waitress I had was very friendly; however, I do feel that they appear to be somewhat understaffed: there was only one person in the kitchen when I went, and some of the tables did take a while to receive their food. All in all, I did quite like this place, and I think it’s definitely worth checking out for some classic American fast food.