The Oval

Everyone knows that when it’s sunny, people are a minimum of 83% happier and crave ice cream.  Yesterday, after taking pictures around the sunlit Oval and working out, I was indeed 83% happier AND craving ice cream, which according to common sense does not technically constitute a proper meal.  I therefore figured a meal accompanied by a milkshake was the way to go.

Vera's Burger Express

That’s how I ended up at Vera’s Burger Express in the Aberdeen Centre food court.  Despite having lived in Metro Vancouver for a year and a half now, I’ve not once had a Vera’s Burger, which are consistently voted numero uno in the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plates awards.  Their slogan?

Vera's Burger Express

Well now, let’s see if that’s true.

I went all out, and ordered the double burger with cheddar and fried onions, a side of sweet potato fries with Vera’s dip, and a strawberry milkshake, because remember, that’s where this all started.  It came to about $20 in total, which may seem steep for a food court, but this meal could have EASILY fed two people.

Vera's milkshakes

The milkshake was ready first, so I sipped on it while I waited for the rest of my order.  IT WAS GOOD.  PROFOUNDLY GOOD.  It tasted like real strawberries, was extra thick, super creamy, and just writing about it makes me want another one right now.

Vera's milkshake

The sweet potato fries came in a brown paper bag, in which they steamed while I found a table and got a little soggy.  That’s not ideal of course, but they were tasty nonetheless.

Vera's sweet potato fries

Really though, the main show here was the burger, which was almost hilariously hefty – literally the size of 4 McDonald’s cheeseburgers squished together, or perhaps more.

Vera's Burger Express

Each of the patties was 6oz each, so goodness knows I only needed one.  It was a heck of a lot of meat.  The patties were obviously handmade, which was good to see, and there was a generous amount of toppings, especially cheese.

Vera's double burger

As a burger the size of one’s head is bound to be, it was messy, and I used every last napkin they gave me.  It certainly wasn’t cheap, but when the context is right (ie, I’m in need of a burger for a picnic or had a late night the night before), I would definitely go back.   I’ve never been a fan of small, flimsy fast-food burgers, and it’s nice to know there’s an alternative.

Here are some photos of yesterday’s Vitamin D-blessed stroll around the Oval.  You’ll notice a common theme – my camera pointed up!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday.

The Richmond Oval

The Richmond Oval

Blue sky in Richmond

Fraser River in Richmond

The Richmond Oval


Vera’s Burger Express

Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond BC


Cash and cards accepted

Vegetarian burger on the menu!