Sink your teeth into the Behemoth at Max’s Burgers
Forget healthy smoothies and vegetarian eateries, Vancouver seems to be making a name for itself when it comes to hamburger joints. With places like Romer’s Burger Bar, StackHouse Burger Bar, and Sunset Burgers using luxe ingredients like kobe beef, brioche buns, truffle oil, and blue cheese on their burgers—not to mention the number of high-end restaurants, including Hawksworth and Market by Jean-Georges, whipping up their own versions of the American classic—there’s no shortage of gourmet burgers in the city.
Today (January 23), a new burger-focused restaurant is opening its doors. Max’s Burgers (521 West 8th Avenue) is run by chef Connor Butler (of Connor Butler Restaurant and C restaurant) and Redpath Foods, which owned Max’s Deli and Stuart’s Bakery before it closed last year.
The menu at Max’s is pretty straightforward: diners can either order one of eight chef-designed burgers ($11 to $13) or create one themselves (starting at $9 for a basic five-ounce beef burger, served on a housemade brioche bun and topped with shredded iceberg lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, and mustard, alongside handcut Kennebec fries. A bunch of additional toppings, including fried onions, pickles, and barbecue sauce also come free of charge, and diners can swap the beef patty for a chicken burger at no extra cost.
Chef Butler’s list of gourmet burgers includes the British Columbia burger, topped with applewood-smoked cheddar, smoked bacon, and bacon marmalade; the Schloppy Joe, topped with ancho chili, American cheese, and mustard; the Pushing Buttons, topped with sautéed mushrooms, truffle mayo, and Swiss cheese; and the “Anna and the King” Crab Po’boy, which comes with two fried king crab fillets, Thai green curry mayo, and housemade slaw. There’s also the vegetarian Gargomel’s Stuffed Toadstools, which comes with Portobello mushrooms, charred tomatoes, and veggie toppings, as well as the Behemoth ($55), which at 24-ounces feeds at least four diners.
Diners up for something a bit lighter may want to take a look at Max’s “Snack Attack” menu ($4 to $9), which features cheeseburger sliders, pigs in a blanket, chili, and yam fries. To wash everything down, there’s soda, classic milkshakes, alcoholic milkshakes, cocktails, and beer ($2 to $9).
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