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Kens Cafe

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The Burger:

Deluxe Cheeseburger w/Bacon

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Rated On:

Apr 23, 2013

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

The burger at kens cafe is built with, what looks like, a 6 oz hand-made all beef patty, seasoned with simple salt and pepper, and cooked to a well done. The bun is your run of the mill hamburger bun, slightly buttered and toasted, adding a hint of butter flavour and a slight amount of crunch to the overall texture of the burg. Just your basic, no frills pairing to start off a greasy burg.

The Extras

What are the required toppings for a greasy spoon burger? Lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheese and bacon. Straight up. Don’t bother looking for anything more. All of the produce was fresh, and the toppings were all flavourful. The only thing I would say needed a little work was the bacon. However, we can’t always be served thick cut house smoked bacon on every burger we eat. This is burger-grease, not burger-chic.

The Experience

Kens cafe embodies everything that small town Cloverdale once was and still fights to be. Across the street from one location in a new chain of pubs, it’s almost forgotten. The place was empty when we arrived, and one person managed to come in and scarf down a meal of chow-mein while we ate. It’s a family run joint, and the couple courteous and quick with the eats.

My Take

It seems as though I've found another one of those "processed cheese allowed" burgers, greasy and delicious from start to finish. The melange of processed cheese, burger juices, sauce, and the hint of butter slathered on the bun hits you right in the chops, giving you a little taste of what a good old fashioned greasy burger is supposed to taste like, and always should taste like. Yes, I rag on the processed cheese, yes I will always choose any other cheese over it, but this burger works, plain and simple. A constant in the ever-changing burger landscape, these greasy spoon burgs need to stick around to remind us what a little artery hardening feels like. Overall, the burger was great from first bite to last morsel. Add in the fact that the burger, fries and pop were under $10 and you’ve got yourself a top-notch value burg.

Rating Breakdown

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


  • 8/10
  • 13/15
  • 8/10
  • 2/5
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 9/10
  • 3/5
  • 2/5
  • 16/20
  • 5/5

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 - 4.00)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef


  • Sesame


  • Mayo


  • Processed


  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon


  • Fries


  • Pop