For New Years Eve we were at a great diner in downtown Vancouver called Templeton. The place feels like a classic diner with black and white booths and a row of stools at the soda bar. They have beer and wine, burgers, fish and chips and fries. They also have a lot of items that you wouldn't normally see on a diner menu like veggie lasagna and a quesadilla with artichoke hearts in it. The waitress was attentive and friendly to our children.
We had fantastic burgers, blue cheese on mine and Gruyere on my husbands. The bun was big and chewy (in a good way), the cheese strong and tasty, the adornments on the burger fresh and crisp. The meat was delicious and moist. I am not a big bread person. I like bread but I don't usually swoon over it like my husband does but this was an outstanding bun. It was soft and big with a smooth, thin chewy exterior. One of the best hamburger buns I have ever eaten. They didn't ask how we wanted the burger cooked but it essentially stood up to a fancy gourmet burger outside of being asked the question, 'how do you like it done?' A side salad next to the burgers that was mixed greens, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers and dressed with a tangy salad dressing. The lettuce used in the salad was a different kind of lettuce than what was found on the burger. I hate it when your whole meal starts feeling homogeneous like when you eat at a salad bar in a pizza joint and the topping are the same thing as what you ordered on your pizza. Two glasses of delicious Russell cream ale served cold in a large pint glass was perfect with the burger and salad. Ours kids shared a fish and chips plate which was more than enough food for two kids.
We followed up with dessert, splitting a milkshake for our kids and sharing an ice cream sundae between the two of us. The dessert was a little bit of a letdown after the great dinner. The milkshake was too thin, the quality of the ice cream wasn't as great as it should have been. The dessert looked delightful but didn't follow through on taste.
Overall I love this little diner. They kept a lot of the things about diners that people love, added some new things to make it better and threw the rest out.