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Dear UrbanSpoon Commenters – I Don’t Care About Your Life Story, Just Tell Me About the Mac & Cheese!

Drink Urban Lounge (New Westminster)

Ever since we moved to New West, we’ve been meaning to check out Drink Urban Lounge1. It’s just down the street and anytime we walked by the place we said, “That place looks cool. We should go there sometime”, but for some reason, we never remembered it when trying to decide on where to go for dinner. In a fit of indecisiveness about where to dine last night, I pulled up Urbanspoon to see what was around and it reminded “Oh yeah, that place!” And then I looked at the reviews.

Here are just some of things mentioned by people in their reviews:

  • I came here because I was out walking my dog.
  • I came here because I was out shopping with my mom.
  • I was worried that leaves would fall into my beer because I was sitting on the patio.
  • I dropped my garlic bread on the floor.
  • I don’t like to make huge commitments, so I get appies and drinks.

You know what all these things have in common? I don’t care about them. I want to know if the food is good and if the drinks are good and for the love the the FSM, I really don’t care about what you were doing with your dog. If you want to talk about the minutiae of your day, get a blog.

Annoyed, I then checked it out on Yelp, which provided marginally better reviews, though they also contained some of the same type of crap (e.g., I went here because the other place I go was showing UFC; the waitress is moving back to Alberta at the end of the summer). The one thing that did appear in several reviews, however, was that the mac & cheese was to die for. And so went there.

As it turned out, the mac & cheese was, in fact, to die for. It had three kinds of cheeses and short rib in it, and came with garlic bread. And I would punch a baby dolphin in the face to get me some. They also scored points from Devon for having Guinness on tap. I had a Sam Adams Boston Lager2, which I’ve never had before and which was pretty freaking delicious. The atmosphere was cool, the wait staff were great, and did I mention that the mac & cheese was to die for?

Other than the mac & cheese, the menu was pretty standard pub fare, but the drinks menu was quite extensive and the prices reasonable, so I imagine I’ll go back and try some of those at some point.

Image Credit: Posted by Raul P. on Flickr

  1. As per usual, I have no affiliation with this business. Just blogging about it ‘cuz that’s the way I roll. []
  2. For the record, I went on a 16 km bike ride earlier in the day, which totally entitled me to the calorific meal! []

5 Responses to Dear UrbanSpoon Commenters – I Don’t Care About Your Life Story, Just Tell Me About the Mac & Cheese!

  1. I *love* Drink. I am not sure if my review was thorough enough, but truth be told, I totally agree. Food is standard pub fare, but drink selection is excellent. Not sure if you found the photo of Drink’s patio on my Flickr, but trust me, it’s a nice patio (you probably see it from your apartment). Worth checking again.

  2. Beth says:

    I guess you’ve never had the mac & cheese, given your cheese aversion. That’s too bad – you are missing out!

  3. And yet my extreeeemely informative and useful Yelp review of one place in Kits, saying “don’t go here – they served me chicken that was not just undercooked but actually raw in the middle, and I took a bite before I noticed” got pulled down after just a couple of days.

    Bah humbug!

  4. Beth says:

    Yelp pulls reviews? Do they give you a reason?

  5. No, they didn’t tell me – I went back a couple of weeks later to see if anyone else had commented on the fact that they serve RAW CHICKEN FFS, and my review had disappeared. It wasn’t even in the full list you see when you remove the filters for low-ranked reviews.

    So: don’t go to Cafe Zen on Yew Street in Vancouver. They serve raw chicken. Just so you know.

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