Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Burgers and More at West50 Pourhouse

I became somewhat obsessed with West50 Pourhouse's "Elvis Burger" ever since I laid eyes on the beauty. I kept thinking about it, over and over again. 


The last time I was at West50 was less than a month ago for their new menu tasting and while I was pigging out on all that awesomeness, I managed to notice from the corner of my eye a burger that was being served several tables over (I'm naturally drawn to burgers) and damn, did that burger look GOOD. I was then informed by chef Brendan Prong (@chef_prong) that it was the "Elvis Burger" that I had my eyes on, which has of course: 


Not gonna lie, my heart skipped a beat. PB & B?! In a burger?! HIT ME UP! I actually contemplated ordering the burger in addition to everything else that I was already having but thank goodness, I still had a drop of self-control left in me *whew* so I made the wise decision to go back to West50 next time specifically for the Elvis Burger and guess what? "Next time" turned out to be last Saturday night :) I brought along my two friends, Ray and Rian, so obviously there was no way I was just gonna have the burger lol.

With beer pairings for each course, the three of us had the following at West50 (Twitter: @West50Pourhouse, Facebook: West50 Pourhouse & Grille):

Beer batter, parmesan, chipotle ranch, stout tomato marinara

Chipotle ranch, marinara, parmesan

Catfish, avocado, fresco, sour cream, cilantro

Just some of the beers we had...

Tomato, morel mushroom, buffalo mozzarella, grana padano, basil, fried polenta

House sausage, mashed yukons, fried egg, smoked cheddar, gravy

Turkey, dill mayo, pickles, onion, lettuce, hand cut fries + peanut butter & bacon

Turkey, dill mayo, pickles, onion, lettuce, hand cut fries + pulled pork & onions

Let me start off by saying that I love onion rings!!! And if you do too you need to get the onion ring tower at West50; thin and crispy beer-battered onion rings stacked sky-high...what's not to love? I pretty much demolished the whole tower myself (I'm all for sharing but Rian doesn't eat onions, and as for Ray? Hmmm...okay..maybe I did hog the onion rings :S) I had the polenta fries, the lamb gnocchi, and the bier wurst & mash at the tasting last time so you can read what I thought of those dishes here (sorry I'm lazy)! 

Now onto the BURGERS. Wow. All three of us really liked the Elvis Burger because peanut butter + bacon totally works! It may seem kinda odd at first but the amalgamation of "creamy + nutty" from the peanut butter and "crispy + savoury" from the bacon is at an entirely different level when it comes to "texture + flavour" combinations. All I have to say is "Thank you, Elvis!" (by the way chef Prong is seriously thinking about adding in sliced bananas to the burger to make it a true "Elvis"!) I also really enjoyed the Canadian burger, dare I say even more so than the Elvis Burger? Yes! There's just something about really good pulled pork that gets me 'cause you know it, and I know it - a lot of pulled pork is served dry and/or flavourless and/or drenched with sauce! It's true! And the pulled pork in this Canadian burger is just perfect and that's why it's so incredibly tasty (and messy). We finished our meal with a heavenly chocolate lava cake with toasted marshmallow ice cream. 

I also need to point out that chef Prong's beer pairings were outstanding. Although I'm no expert in beer nor admittedly, a huge fan of it, I still enjoyed all the pairings because each beer complemented the different flavours in each course extremely well (this is made apparent when I started to enjoy the strong and dark beers too!)

West 50 Pourhouse & Grille on Urbanspoon