The Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here" taped a spot at Burger 55 the week we were in Penticton. My other half and I have always wanted to try something featured on similar food programs, so we took the opportunity to pay a visit.
We walked to the establishment at 85 Westminster Avenue at about 5:30 pm on a Friday night. It was not at all busy - only one other person was waiting for his burger when we walked into the tiny little box of a place to order. (I won't bother talking about the "build a burger" or ordering process; that has been sufficiently covered by other reviewers.) We had looked at the burger55.com website beforehand and knew that our "taste" wasn't going to be cheap, so we actually only ordered one to split between the two of us: the 55 Hot N' Spicy for $9.25 (over $10 after taxes).
The verdict? It wasn't the best burger either one of us had ever had, but it was a very good burger, triple A angus beef and all. (Incidentally, off the top of my head, better burgers that we've had included the 16 ounce Gutbuster from Rufus and Rory's Diner in Charlottetown and an inexpensive homestyle burger that we had at the Great Escape in Valemount.) I think it'll be a 50/50 chance that any of you reading this will truly think it is the best you've ever had. (It might depend on whether you're a burger fan to begin with and how adventurous you've been in the past about burger consumption.) The fact that you pay ten bucks - or close to - for a burger that is handed over to you in a foil wrapper with no "sides" included (i.e., fries) will either influence you into thinking that it's better than it is, or it might set you up with such high expectations that they can't possibly be met.
And just like the Big Mac that you get at McDonald's looks nothing like the one that you see on TV, the burger that you get will not look like the six inch tall version shown in one of the pictures on their website. Yes, this burger is substantial and tasty, but whether it is really worth four or five times a $1.99 BK "King Deal" Whopper on Wednesdays is a question that you'll have to ask yourself.
The bottom line is that if you're the sort who doesn't mind plunking down big dollars for burgers and fries, go ahead and have the "experience". I don't think you'll be disappointed. On the other hand, if the thought of paying a restaurant meal's tab for what amounts to fast food is somewhat disturbing to you, don't bother. It won't be worth it.
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