Mar 6, 2011 - Restaurants, Travel, USA, Washingon    6 Comments

Bob’s Burgers and Brews, Birch Bay

I was told by several people this month that I just ‘had’ to try out Bob’s Burgers and Brews at some point. This local burger chain is apparently an institution. Well, I ran out of propane tonight and didn’t want to fill the small tank since I’ll be filling the on board one on Tuesday, so I decided that a burger and a brew sounded more appealing than a peanut butter sandwich.

The menu has burgers, salads, wraps, and a few platters. I opted for a chicken wrap with bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, lettuce, tomato, and crunchy tortilla strips in a tomato tortilla. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had! Very flavourful, with a good mix of textures. I wish I’d known how huge the sandwich was going to be and ordered a salad instead of ‘jojos’, which are potato wedges. Tasty, but I had about four out of about four dozen! The portions were insane!

With my meal I enjoyed the brew of the day, an Indian Pale Ale from Boundary Bay Brewery in Bellingham. Yu-um. A bit spicy and quite fruity. Washington beers are making me forget my favourite Yukon brews!

Service was excellent. The servers were very cheerful and attentive without being pushy. I was served promptly, brought water at the same time as my drink order was taken, did not have to sit long before my pint arrived,  waited a reasonable amount of time for my food, was allowed to eat in peace with only one interruption, and was promptly relieved of my plate and brought a bill when I asked for it.

The place was packed and I can understand why: excellent food + good service + reasonable prices. A winner! With the tip and taxes, dinner came to $18. Without the beer, it would have been $13.

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  • Have been following your posts since I saw you on Global and I always look forward to seeing them. They are informative and interesting, and I like how you always include the prices on everything. It certainly sounds like you are stretching your dollars further in the US> Why oh why am I sitting here with a 9 foot snowbank on my driveway??!?! Cheers!

  • I used to eat at a Salvadoran restaurant in Falls Church, VA and they would let me order from the children’s menu. Much smaller portions and I could finish everything. Like you, I would gladly pay full price if they would just give me smaller portions, but I guess they want to maintain a reputation of huge servings, so I’ll usually tell them to skip the fries or whatever comes with the entree. It’s just one of the reasons I rarely eat out. It is noticeable here in the US, but in Ireland the portions are even larger!

  • Ah, another person who saw me on TV. 😀 My dollars are going A LOT further here than they would have in Canada. I wouldn’t be eating out as much if I was in Vancouver right now!

  • Huge portions won’t stop me from eating out, but I’m getting smarter with how I order. Salad is not a bad side! 😀

  • I have been following your site for a while, we plan on doing the same thing in a couple of years, so reading about the everyday life can be more exciting than the adventure! Ive really enjoyed the last couple of weeks, your writings of washington,since i live in marysville, just below where you are staying, so your highlighting of your activities have really been great, i have lived here all my life and have not seen a lot of which you wrote about!! We have a Bob’s Burgers and Brew here also, definately a great place too eat! Enjoy your time here in the states!

  • Mike, I can say I’ve been to Marysville since I ate at the Applebees there. 😀

    Thanks for the comments!

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