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Lost In The 50's

The Burger:

AAA Alberta Classic

Overall Rating:


Cost Range:


Rated On:

Jul 25, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

While I was reading the menu, the first thing I noticed were two options that seemed out of place. New York Sirloin and Chicago Tenderloin. Yes, they offer steak burgs. Me personally, I am not sure how I feel about red-meat patties that are not ground meat. In the end, I went with the only ground meat option, the AAA Alberta Classic. With the first few bites, there were the signs of good drippings, but for some reason the puddle at the bottom of my basket just wasn't translating into what I was actually eating. The patty was also too small for the bun, contributing to a poor bun to patty ratio and the pitfalls that come with it. Two words to describe the patty? Too Dry. I could probably say the same for the bun that lacked any chewiness or crunchy toast, and seemed to be holding together by the barest of margins. I feel like there was a lot of gentle gripping and tactful handwork on my part that kept the burger from just falling apart.

The Extras

The toppings were almost the exact opposite. The produce was fresh and juicy, the pickles were of a high caliber and the bacon was thick sliced and obviously fresh. The only cheese they offer is marble, but it was abundant and perfectly melted on top. The only downfall to the toppings would be the selection, but that could be the whole "soft opening", so I won't fault them on that. The fries were probably left in the fryer a little too long and were greasy-soggy. There was fry potential, and it was sad to not see it realized

The Experience

The place is primed for a great burger experience. Perhaps it's not the greatest location, but you've got the feel of an old 50's drive-in where you walk up and order at the counter, wait for the burg and can sit at the one of the picnic tables out front. Laid-back and easy. Great for a summer day. Apparently the drive-thru option will also be available.

My Take

Lost In The 50's is a staple in Burnaby and New West. I remember driving by that sign all the time as a kid, so when I found out they were open I knew that I had to get in for a burg. The signs out front claim they're currently in a "soft opening", having only re-opened last week, so the menu isn't completely finalized but the all-important burg is available. When I first saw the burger, I thought I was in for a treat. The stage was set for greatness, I mean, you've got yourself a nostalgic 50's style drive in, that's serving only burgers and shakes. Come on, that's right in my wheelhouse. With this build-up my expectations possibly could have been too high but, regardless, the burger left me disappointed. The burger looked like a contender, but fought like a has-been. There was little to no punch from the patty, I feel the bun only stayed together as long as it did by the grace of the burger gods and the toppings stole the show. Too many times I felt myself having to spend extra time chewing to combat the dryness I was experiencing. So, while this may be a soft opening, I hope they get it right by the time they have their real opening.

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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  • 13/20
  • 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: (2 votes - 1.50)

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  • Beef
  • Chicken


  • Kaiser


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo


  • Marble


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


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings


  • Pop
  • Milkshake