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Cactus Club

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The Burger:

The Burger

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Oct 31, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Cactus Club delivers a, and I quote, “certified Angus beef chuck patty”. Angus beef chuck is a great start to any burger and honestly, “Angus beef chuck” are the three words every man wants to hear. The patty is nicely seasoned and placed on to a nice sesame bun. In my case, the bun left a little to be desired as parts of it were flaking off. I know it’s a minor thing, and it’s not like the bun wasn’t fresh, because it was. I just like my burger to come out on the plate and beckon me to taste its beefy goodness, and a bun that is less than perfect detracts from that experience.

The Extras

Extras aren’t paramount at the cactus club, Really, they’re not really a specialty burger joint so they’ve got a set burger they’re delivering. That said, the toppings are fresh and tasty so there’s no complaints there. The one complaint I would have is the quantity. They serve up a sweet red pepper relish and unfortunately served it up double time on my burg. I had enough red pepper relish for everyone at the table.

The Experience

I’m sure most of you know what the experience at the Cactus club would be like, there’s not much more to divulge than the regular cactus club atmosphere.

My Take

First, let me clarify. Yes, I understand that this place is all the way out in Abbotsford, which may be outside the limits of even the greater Vancouver area but there are Cactus Club Cafes all over, so I figured it would be relevant. Now, when I sit down at a place like this, I’m not always looking for a burg on the menu. However, when you name a burger “The Burger” and then inform me that it is a signature dish of none other than Rob Feenie, well, you’re taunting me. At that point I am compelled to tackle this burger. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, all the pieces are there for something special, and the foundation is built for a great burg. Unfortunately, in my case, something got lost in the preparation and I was overwhelmed with the sweetness of red pepper relish which, in moderation, would be delightful. With the last couple of bites I did catch glimpses of the overall burger flavor that I expected and was left yearning for more, but you can’t hang your hat on two bites of a burger.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


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  • 14/15
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 9/10
  • 3/5
  • 7/10
  • 4/5
  • 3/5
  • 15/20
  • 3/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (4 votes - 3.50)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef


  • Burger Bun


  • Red Pepper Relish
  • BBQ Sauce


  • Cheddar


  • Mushrooms
  • Bacon


  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad


  • Pop
  • Beer