As the burger fundamentals go, this is backyard basics. A fresh and crispy Kaiser topped with a handmade all-beef patty. The patty is cooked on a flat-top to a state of pure juicy and has a distinct smoky flavor of seasoning that packs a punch when you first bite into it. The bun is nicely toasted and fresh enough to handle the burden of the burger juice onslaught that the patty provides.
First thing I noticed was the real cheddar. Attention other small-time cafes; take note. REAL cheddar. The second thing I noticed was the bacon. They've gone to the effort of chopping the bacon slices into bite-sized chunks, providing maximum bacon on patty coverage. More bacon in each bite? That's something I can get on board with. The produce on the burger could have been a little more plentiful but at the same time, it was a good ratio of fresh tomato, lettuce, pickles and onions to meat and cheese.
Jimmy's Place is a no frills kind of cafe. Walk in, place your order, pay, and wait for your food. Friendly staff and your basic bay of booths line the walls. No need for fancy in a strip mall.
Jimmy's Place is tucked away in a strip mall, which is not what I would call a tasty burger's natural habitat. I would be lying if I said that, when I rolled in, I wasn't questioning myself as to why I chose this joint. For starters, the sign out front ways "Best Handmade Burger in the West" so I was comforted in the fact that they had the confidence to make a claim like that. Unfortunately I can say, without much hesitation, that this is not the case. However, the folks here have got something going on in that they have broken the stigma that they face by being located where they are. From start to finish the burger wasn't overwhelming, but with the seasoning on the patty, the fresh produce, ample bacon coverage and steady drip of burg juices it put up one hell of a fight. Best in the west? No. Best in a Coquitlam strip mall? Probably. When it was all said and done I left with a sense of satisfaction and will most likely head back some time.
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.
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?
Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
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.
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
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?"
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!
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:(5 votes - 4.20)
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