CLOSED 2013: Always on the hunt for a great restaurant in town that is not only kid friendly, but has the ability to satisfy a craving full stop, I made my way to Max’s Burgers on 8th. It’s just across the way from Whole Foods in the Cambie Village, and I was hoping it would be a great addition to my list of where to eat in Vancouver.
Where to Eat in Vancouver: Going in With High Expectations
Max’s Burgers was conceived by Max and the owners of Redpath Foods. Redpath is the local company behind Max’s Deli and Catering, and Stuart’s Bakery. What used to be Max’s Deli is now a full-fledged burger joint. I was in the mood for a burger and fries and had heard that their handmade milkshakes were to die for, so I went in with high expectations.
The diner itself is of simple design. There’s lots of room around the tables, which is great if you’ve got a stroller or two, or want to push a few tables together. With booths available as well, it’s comfortable and understated. Crayons and colouring books are available to keep the little ones occupied and several big screen TVs help as well. Be prepared to sit your kids right at the table or on your lap though, unless you are lucky enough to snag the single high chair or the one booster seat available.
It’s All About the Burgers
I ordered the Big Max burger which can be made with either beef, chicken or veggie patty and pretty much any topping you desire. At $9.00 it’s reasonable, but you can get carried away with adding the extras, like a fried egg or charred tomatoes at $1.50 a pop. I kept it simple and went for the cheddar, and chose fries instead of the broccoli slaw which looked just okay.
The burger patty was flavourful, juicy and held together well. It had a nice peppery flavour that was surprisingly nice but I’m not sure that it would suit a kid’s palate. The brioche bun, baked fresh on site, was light and quite nice. It held the burger together well although it was still a bit messy but not unexpected. The sliders on offer (L’il Wimpy’s) would certainly fit into little hands nicely but there was nothing more specific on the menu for kids.
The salted caramel shake was unbelievably good. Served up in the same stainless steel container it was mixed in, it’s topped with a liberal amount of whipped cream and, of course, a maraschino cherry. I would have been content with this little piece of heaven as it was very satisfying. I later discovered the adult shake section with orange creamsicle or strawberry cheesecake flavours on offer. Yes please! I’ll come back for that another time.
Overall, I’d say that the food is definitely worthy of satisfying your craving for 50s diner food. If you want your kids to share the experience with you then it’s a nice treat. If you do add it to your own list of where to eat in Vancouver, just make sure to offset the fat intake with lots of healthy choices for the next two weeks!
Leeanne Ekland is a stay-at-home mom of one, who’s on a mission to rediscover love, wellness, and neighbourhood happenings and to have a ton of fun. She's also a lover of wine and yoga and believes that sharing her experiences at www.MomParadigm.com brings her closer to living her best life. Having started the parenting experience much later than most, she offers a unique perspective on the challenges and all that is amazing about being a mom over 40.