Wally’s Burgers has been around for 46 years in Vancouver. In 2010 they opened their 49th and Elliot in the Killarney Centre location and I have been wanting to go since I discovered it on my walk one day.
My friend Kris came with me to check it out. It is not a very large location and the seating is for short stays but that was fine with me.
They have all sorts of impressive burger choices with two patties, back bacon, onion ring tanglers… but I wanted a burger. If you can make a simple burger fabulous, I will be back.
I ordered the Wally which is one patty with onions on their regular bun for $4. Which is a wagon bun apparently.
What is a wagon bun? I have no idea. I know it is made by a local baker and the patties are made by a local butcher. I do know they have gluten.
I gather what you see on the bun is their Wally’s sauce. I have to say, at first, I was not very impressed visually speaking. And wait! No mustard? No pickles???
But! This was a delicious little burger. The bun was crisp but soft on the inside. The burger had that authentic char that made it feel like it came from a backyard BBQ. The crunch and bite of the onions in the centre on the bottom of the bun finished it off perfectly.
That said, I really wish they had sweet potato fries but nope. They had the classic regular fries so I got some gravy to go with them. They, also, were excellent.
The one very big disappointment was the shake. I ordered the cappuccino milkshake and was given what tasted like a plain vanilla shake. Absolutely no coffee flavour to it at all. As a vanilla shake, it was thick and delicious but I was really disappointed. I am not a vanilla kind of foodie!
Because they did not have gluten-free buns Kris got the poutine and wow, it looked amazing! She loved it and her cherry rootbeer shake. Next time I am going for the chocolate malt.
I walked by Wally’s Burgers the other day and the shop was actually closed due to a wagon bun shortage. I love it. Even though they have three locations this is as far from a conglomerate burger chain as you can get. In fact, they close at 6 pm on Sundays which bites because I have often wanted to pick up a Sunday night dinner there.
I am so impressed with Wally’s (other than the milkshake fiasco) that I will be back and next time I am going to get a monstrous burger and enjoy every bite. I give this foodie experience four out of five wooden spoons. If you had gotten my milkshake right, you would have gotten a perfect score.