I credit my friend Kim for today’s scrimp-friendly restaurant tip. She tipped me off to the half-price late-night menu at Bin 4 Burger Lounge on Yates Street.
Kim and I had been talking about the pros and cons of deep-fried pickles. I’d had some recently at Bin 4, and I was applauding their decision to cut the pickles into long quarters before batter-coating and deep-frying them.
My only prior experience with this peculiar deep-fried snack involved a whole pickle, and I can’t say I enjoyed it. It was too juicy, sogging up what should be a crisp exterior coating, and the pickle-to-batter ratio in each bite had far too much pickle.
Bin 4 has deep-fried pickles on their appetizer menu for a limited time. Honey and I have been enjoying the entrees at this stylish burger bistro since our first meal there on New Year’s Eve 2011.
I ask for mine fully cooked. Honey opts for the lightly seared version described in the menu. Either way, it has generous portion of tuna and a fabulous mix of flavours.
What we didn’t know is that Bin 4 offers ALL of its burgers at half price nightly after 9 p.m., with the purchase of a beverage. That’s a major savings, knocking the $14 price of the “Chicken of the Sea” tuna burger down to $7.
All burgers — chicken, beef, pork, lamb, tuna, vegetarian bean or tofu — come as a full meal with your choice of fries, potato chips, or salad. There is a gluten-free bun option for an extra $1.50, or kick the carbs to the door and have your burger served on a bed of butter lettuce instead.
Honey and I took my brother on our last visit to Bin 4. He ordered the “Bison Burner” burger (also reg. $14) made with Peace River bison, five-year-aged cheddar, crispy fried onions, lime and tomatillo hot sauce, and jalapeno aioli. He thought it was excellent – moist where many bison burgers tend to dryness and with just the right tang of lime to complement the flavours.
The half-price deal is definitely something to remember the next time you have a late-night burger craving. Note that you must be seated after 9 p.m. to get the discount.
Bin 4 is open until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Friday and Saturday, and to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
- Bin 4 Burger Lounge (www.bin4burgerlounge.com), 911 Yates Street.