Romer’s Burger Bar – River District
I was scrolling through my Urbanspoon app today looking for nearby restaurants and noticed an entry for Romer’s Burger Bar. I did a double-take because I’ve been to Romer’s before and knew that it was on West 4th… At first, I thought my app wasn’t working but when I clicked on the entry, I soon found out that Romer’s had indeed opened up 5 minutes from us down in the new River District area of Killarney.
Just past Marine Drive at the foot of Kerr Street, this new Romer’s has a great view of the Fraser River and the pier. They’re doing a lot of development in the area but for now, there’s no other restaurants nearby and I think they have the perfect spot. On the inside, it’s a lot brighter than the West 4th location with high ceilings and large windows that let in the light. The music is a little loud and it seems like they’re going for a very hip and fun interior. There’s also a doggie hitching post outside where you can leash up your pooch and keep an eye on them from the patio area.
They serve Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages… I chose the Ginger Beer which uses naturally fermented ginger root and you can really taste the zing of ginger when you sip it. Plus, I love the little picture of “Fearless” the Alsatian (Thomas Fentiman’s faithful dog) on the labels.
At Romer’s, you choose your sides ala carte. We picked the wonderfully crunchy Onion Rings which are dusted with reggiano cheese. These were large and fresh rings and one of the best I’ve had in a long time.
The first time I went to Romer’s I had the Righteous Rib Burger which was amazing. I was torn between having it again and trying something new and I eventually decided to get the Wicked Deadly Cheeseburger which comes with five cheeses, red onions and Tuscan greens and a Russian tarragon dressing. To be honest, I couldn’t really tell which cheeses they used and I think one of the cheeses overpowered the others so you couldn’t really taste each cheese individually. The brioche bun was nice but I think it would have been better if it was grilled slightly longer.
We also had the So Cal Turkey Burger which comes with avocado, sun-dried tomatoes, watercress, and red onion. Each burger also comes with a small pepperoncini and a garlic olive. The special Holiday Burger that we had last time on West 4th was better (how can you go wrong with cranberry sauce, sage stuffing, and gravy on your turkey burger?) and I wish they would bring that back.
Last time, we never got around to trying their famous Drunken Doughnuts. These little delectable minis come dusted with powdered sugar and three dipping sauces: Kahlua Nutella (my fav), Limoncello, and Maple Whisky. Whatever you do, make sure you save room for these little tidbits… they’re awesome!
And the great thing is that you can go for a walk along the pier afterwards to walk off your meal. Our friendly waitress (Kelsi) said they’ve been open for about a month now – I can’t believe we didn’t know they were so close to us now… I’m sure we’ll be back often now that we know they’re there.
I know a lot of people complain that their prices are kind of high but I don’t think $10-$12 for most of their burgers is a bad price (they have a $20 Kobe beef burger but I’m not sure if I would bother having a burger made from Kobe beef – seems like a waste)… these aren’t like the $3 burgers you get at a fast food joint. Both our waitress and the manager (I think) came by a couple of times to check in with us to see how our meals were and were both super friendly.
Take a look at our earlier post on Romer’s Burger Bar on West 4th.
Take a look at our latest visit where we try the famous Rodeo Star Burger
Food: 4.75 / 5
Service: 5 / 5
8683 Kerr Street
Posted on July 19, 2011, in Casual - burgers and stuff, Desserts, Donuts, Restaurant Review and tagged Burgers, Donuts, Food, restaurant review, So Cal Turkey Burger, Vancouver, Wicked Deadly Cheeseburger. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.