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Sophie's Cosmic Cafe

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The Burger:

Deluxe Burger

Overall Rating:

76/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Nov 17, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Sophie's Cosmic Cafe. Now, that may sound a little out of this world, but when it comes to the basics, their beef burg is as down to earth as they come. A healthy sized sesame bun playing throne to a 7oz, nicely grilled, all-beef patty serves as a worthy foundation to a flavorful burg with an average amount of drippage. The burg itself is a healthy, but not overwhelming, portion with a little to be desired in the area of manageability.

The Extras

A wide selection Extras at Sophie's aren't necessarily on the beef burg. While the quality is definitely there, with fresh toppings served in healthy portions. Your tried and true staples are really your only options. That is unless you are feeling adventurous and want to stare down the oyster burg. There are, however, bountiful sides handed out with your burg. Two sides with a 7oz burg? Is my burger locker protruding over the top of the table? How do you know I like my portions on the hefty side?

The Experience

I'm not sure if it was the dozen lunch boxes hanging from the wall, the two Penticton pennants or the 1950's easy-bake oven, but this place screams nostalgia. A real diner atmosphere soaked in an upbeat attitude.

My Take

I think one of my new quests may be to find the best burger streets in Vancouver. As of this moment, West 4th has this locked down. Now, I can't say that Sophie's is the best burger on West 4th, but I can say that it's a contender. What you have here is another classic burger joint serving up another classic burger. However, this burg may just be a touch more 'classic' than the rest of the pack. Overall, definitely worth the trip, and taking advice from my server I can only suggest that you, yourself, try to 'Get it in ya'.

Rating Breakdown

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

Score

  • 8/10
  • 13/15
  • 8/10
  • 2/5
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 7/10
  • 3/5
  • 3/5
  • 17/20
  • 4/5
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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: (1 votes - 4.00)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken

Buns

  • Sesame

Sauces

  • Mayo
  • Sour Cream

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Mozza
  • Jack

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bacon

Sides

  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad
  • Soup

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer