Awesome Thing We Ate #848: The Very Best Damn Cheeseburger Available In Vancouver

Double smoked bacon Leerdammer cheeseburger with frites | Au Petit Chavignol | $14.50

Didn’t know they had cheeseburgers at Au Petit Chavignol? Neither did I. They’re new, and when Joe Chaput, a member of the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon, steps up to take his turn as an alchemist in this regard, you order whatever the hell he comes up with and say thank you. It’s been nearly 24 hours since I wolfed this thing down, and I’m convinced it’s the best currently on offer in Vancouver (think chuck and bacon from Cioffi’s, fresh lettuce and tomato, kaiser from Island City, secret sauce modeled on the one at New York’s famous Shake Shack). The Swiss-like Leerdammer really sets it off, and I’m fixing to have another one tonight, only this time I’ll switch up the cheese to a 3 year old raw milk cheddar from Quebec to see if it can get any better.

EVERY AWESOME THING WE ATE

8 Responses to “Awesome Thing We Ate #848: The Very Best Damn Cheeseburger Available In Vancouver”

  1. Someone on August 16th, 2011 5:40 pm

    gahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  2. khristian on August 17th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Damn that looks tasty!

    Gotta go get one – bet it would be great with some Cahors Malbec.

  3. James on August 18th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Looking forward to trying this as I think The Red Wagon has the best burger in town and at a much more affordable price for the area no.? I thought their chef was Jenny Shermen…

  4. jchaput on August 19th, 2011 2:31 pm

    Jenny Sherman is still our awesome chef. I agree James, Brad does make a good burger.

  5. Jo on August 23rd, 2011 2:36 pm

    I have to really disagree with this posting. Just had this burger a few hours ago and it was nothing an amateur couldn’t duplicate for a couple of bucks in their own kithen. The patty was dry, the bun too big in proportion to the dry meat, stale, and floppy- it was kinda gross, the one tomato slice unseasoned and there was a big hunk of iceberg lettuce on top.
    What a HUGE disappointment!
    Summer special at Stack House still beats this burger hands down- for the deal, taste, ambiance. No contest… I’d go for this burger even without the deal.
    Try it for yourselves, I’d really be interested other peoples’ opinions.
    Cheers!

  6. Jo on August 23rd, 2011 10:54 pm

    Sorry, please let me do this again. Yes, I am semi articulate and yes I can spell simple words:

    I have to really disagree with this posting. Just had this burger a few hours ago and it was nothing an amateur couldn’t duplicate for a couple of bucks in their own kitchen. The patty was dry, the bun too big in proportion to the meat, stale, and floppy- it was kinda gross, the one tomato slice unseasoned and there was a big hunk of iceberg on top.
    What a HUGE disappointment!
    Summer special at Stack House still beats this burger hands down- for the deal, taste, ambiance. No contest… I’d go for this burger even without the deal.
    Try it for yourselves, I’d really be interested in other people’s opinions.
    Cheers!

  7. annie on August 24th, 2011 10:26 am

    Because of this post, we finally decided to try them for a friend’s bday yesterday. My husband works near by, so he popped by the shop to make a reso for the evening. The man at the counter was very nice and took the reso no problem for 7 pm for the three of us. When we showed up for dinner, they had a note on the door saying they were closed as of 3 pm for a private party and the man by the bar looked at us like who the hell are you and what are you doing here. The woman behind the bar said, yes, the man at the shop did not know about the party and should not have taken our reso and felt really bad about not taking down our phone number at the time. They did not seem particularly apologetic and did not offer us anything at all (even a hunk of cheese would have been better than nothing) but seemed rather anxious for us to leave as the folks for the party started arriving. When my husband said “we finally got around to trying you guys and this is too bad,” the host(?) basically shrugged and said “well, we hope you’ll try us again soon.” Are you kidding me? We ended up at Nicli and had a lovely dinner with great service, but were still livid with the treatment we got at Au Petit. With all the great restaurants in Vancouver, they can hardly afford to treat customers this poorly.

  8. Allison Spurrell on August 25th, 2011 11:35 am

    Hello Annie,
    We don’t have a phone number or an email to contact you so that I may reply to you to discuss your experience at Au Petit Chavignol with you. Please contact me at 604-732-4218.

    Allison Spurrell