I had the chance to try a couple of new restaurants over the weekend. Remember what I had said previously about wanting to lose weight for my birthday? Yeah okay, that's gone to hell.
For lunch Sam brought me to a much anticipated diner. I'm sure many have driven past it without a second thought. I would not have expected to find a good burger in this part of the neighborhood. But we found ourselves walking along one of the most impoverished areas of Hastings Street to Save on Meats.
Save on Meats is half butcher shop and half diner. I remember reading an article on how the original owner was closing it down after many years of operation and a new owner stepped forward to revamp and take it over. Walking inside I was surprised to find myself in a very clean, old fashion styled diner. The service was quick and attentive. I noticed they had a hipster dresscode going between most of the servers.
I enjoyed going through the menu immensely as it was obviously written by someone that had a lot of spunk. I was tempted to settle for a big ol' breakfast, since breakfast is what we usually do. However I was there on a mission. And that mission was the burger. Sam and I both ordered the burger.
It came with a choice of variety of sides, Sam stuck with the good old burgers and fries and I settled with mashed potatoes. The beef from the burger is hand ground and brought over from the butcher shop right next to us. It was a solid burger, figuratively and literally. It was not overloaded with ingredients but had just the right amount and had a well seasoned patty. Turns out Sam is not a picklish person, more for me, all the better. The burger looks a bit small in size but it pretty much decimated us. The bread was a bit dense so it did pack a punch of carbs. Next time I think I will settle for a salad as a side, or something more green to balance it out. We ordered a slice of daily pie as well but we had to cancel it as we could no longer carry on after our burgers.
Overall, I'd give it a 3/5 burger score. But for $6.95 you can't really go wrong.