River District Location
The Romer’s Burger Bar River District location may be hard to find but it is worth the effort. You will find a patio with a river view, good service and great burgers. We did not even know that there was such a place as the River District in Vancouver until a we had a lunch meeting with a good friend and colleague and he suggested Romer’s. Romer’s Burger Bar has 3 locations – Kitsilano, Yaletown and River District which is at the very end of Kerr Street where we met.
The lunch menu features Burgers – all-natural Heritage Farms range-fed Angus beef, natural Fraser Valley pork, free-run turkey or chicken or wild salmon or halibut and all are served on a brioche bun. Burgers are served al a carte with eight french fry add on choices (Sea Salt – $4, Fresh Garlic & Sea Salt – $5, Truffle Oil & Reggiano – $7.50, Yam – $7.50, Poutine – $8, Spicy Chili Cheddar Cheese – $8 and Short Rib Poutine – $10). For the health minded there are also “perfect little salad” options (Greens – $3, Slaw – $3, Roasted Beet – $4, Tomato & Artichoke – $5 and Wild Mushroom – $5) and large salads for sharing. Other than that there are a few starters. The menu is very simple and to the point. We like when a restaurant knows what they are good at and sticks with it. Local craft beers are available on tap plus a small wine, bottled beer and cocktail list.
The “Standard” Burger ($9) usually includes tomato, iceberg lettuce and sweet onions as well as pickles. This is it minus all the veg and plus cheese. The burger was very tasty and the special R sauce was both sweet and tangy. The brioche bun was toasted with a nice light crunch.
This is not just a burger place, the fries are really good too. They are fresh cut and not too thick. The basic order is Sea Salt fries ($4) – with a boat of real gravy add $2.50.
For the non-meat lover the Crispy Lemon Ale Halibut and the Wild Sockeye Salmon both sounded good. I went with the non-breaded salmon and it was a good choice ($14.50). The salmon was cooked well (not over-done) and topped with greens, tomato, red onions and garlic dill sauce. The Roasted Organic Beet Salad ($4) with sweet onion, baby arugula and local goat cheese was very tasty. The price of $17.50 for a burger with side is a bit steep but you will not likely find the same quality of fresh, organic and local ingredients anywhere else for less.
The “Man’s Man Burger” comes with applewood smoked bacon, amber ale cheddar, tomato, onion strings, whole grain mustard and smoked alder salts ($12). I had to look up alder salt which is apparently a Pacific sea salt that is smoked over Alderwood, giving it an authentic, clean smoke flavor. And it did give the burger a nice taste. All burgers are served with an Italian olive and Pepperoncini which is also unique.
The room at the River District Romer’s is large and very light due to the floor to ceiling windows and open patio in front and large windows along the side.
There is a very large patio with a river view that would be great in summertime.
Romer’s knows about burgers (and fries) and they do them both well. The service was good too. We will definitely try the Yaletown location close to home. Their website describes them best…”Eat good food. Keep it fresh. Keep it simple. Be creative. Let seasons and farmers be our guide. Be good to the planet, and all who are on it. Laugh. Share. Do what you do best: with us, it’s burgers.”
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 1/2 years.