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Mar 4, 2014 05:50 PM

Return of the refuel burger at Campagnolo, Vancouver

I wanted to go tonight, but Upstairs is Wed-Sun, alas, and that is where the burger is at.

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  1. There was an ad in Scout Magazine for a "south of the border" cantina. Presumably it is U.S. style, then?

    1. This gets me very excited :) I never did get to try the famed Refuel burger.

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      1. re: flowbee

        Me too, though I was lucky enough to ingest the original on a number of occasions. But not nearly as many as Peter, who is now running the show. Props!

        1. re: grayelf

          Thank you Peter! There are no words for how much I had missed this burger.

          1. re: twinkienic

            It. Is. Good. Not exactly the same as the refuel burg but just as tasty in its own right. Way too close to my SIL's house for the safety of my cholesterol levels :-).

      2. Burger time:

        I like the place! Comfy, cozy, a tiny bit dingy, great bar snacks and a delicious burger. Definitely worth a few revisits.

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        1. re: flowbee

          Holy crap, CH changed how they display photos...quite in-your-face. Nice.

          1. re: flowbee

            Something about the processed cheese on this puppy just makes my heart glad. My SIL said the décor Upstairs reminded her of The Pit Pub. And she's not wrong. But in a good way :-).

            1. re: grayelf

              Yes, the cheese absolutely comes through...maybe even a little too much? ;) I definitely want to try it without the cheese to compare.

              1. re: flowbee

                Too much cheese?? Blasphemy! Just kiddin' -- I get what you're saying, and I think it would be good without as well. But I think you'd need to order two burgs side by side and eat both for it to be a fair test :-).

              2. re: grayelf

                The old Pit Pub in the '70s/'80s ? The $4 Pit Burger platter .... ugh.

          2. I went here a couple of nights ago. The burger is better then the refuel burger. It juicy and is extremely flavourful. The sauce and cheese were spot on.

            At $8.50 (plus $4 for fries) its a steal.

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            1. re: koshfoodie

              Rolled by Campag upstairs last night for a burg and to try their poutine. Also found out they've been doing weekend brunch since Sept (!) and it includes the burger, so now's your chance if you are a daytime burger eater.

              1. re: koshfoodie

                And the fries portion is HUGE - more than enough for 2 of us typically. Get the pickles if they have any-always brilliant (if not, there are some tucked in the olive bowl).

                Had the schmaltz 'candle' last time for a giggle - tasty enough with flavourful remoulade and bits of fried chicken skin but the schmaltz got cold on the plate.

                Yeah, they've been doing a brunch since the fall. Been keen to try but it hasn't happened yet. Menu looked great. The cotechino hash looks amazing:

                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  Was there for brunch a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty damn good. The fried chicken and biscuits were spot on.

                  If you are going for a burger get some fried chicken skin - its worth it.

                  My only complaint is that all of their food is so rich and heavy. It would be nice to have a bit of relief when eating such heavy/rich foods.

                  1. re: koshfoodie

                    As kinnickinnik said, pickles...or olives ;)

                    1. re: dennisthefoodie

                      since when are olives and pickles fresh and not rich?

                      1. re: koshfoodie

                        Relatively speaking... hah :D These Campagnolo guys are serious carnivores!

                    2. re: koshfoodie

                      You can also order from the Campagnolo downstairs menu - salads and lighter choices can be found there.