My wife and I took the kids up to Whistler for a mini 2-day skiing trip since the weather was so nice this week (and also because we got a great last-minute hotel deal). We arrived early and got in a full day of exploring the seemingly endless runs on both local mountains. At the end of the day, all four of us had exhausted every single calorie that we have taken in for breakfast, lunch, and probably all three meals for the two previous days. We needed a high calorie meal; we needed burgers and fries. A quick online search pointed us to Splitz Grill – the number one rated restaurant in Whistler on urbanspoon.
All four of my wife, daughter, son, and I had a their Splitz burger, but each one of us customized our hamburgers differently along with having different sides.
My son had the plain, unaccompanied, and undressed patty on buns with a side of French fries.
My daughter added lettuce and ketchup to her burger; she ordered onion rings as her side dish.
My wife customized her hamburger with hot peppers, hot sauce, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. She went the healthier route by ordering a side of caesar salad.
I noticed that every single person in front of me had sprouts on their burgers. Curious, I also requested that sprouts be added to my burger along with lettuce, onions, a pickle, one fried egg, and some of their signature splitz sauce. I upgraded my side from regular fries to Splitz fries.
Before I proceed with giving you my family’s thoughts on the burgers we devoured, I have to put out a disclaimer. We were hungry. REAL HUNGRY. Our hunger might have clouded our judgements and made everything seem much more delicious than they really were. This must’ve been the reason that all four of us loved everything we ate.
Of course it could also be the case that the food really was amazing.
As usual, my son thought that his burger was super delicious. What was not so usual was my daughter’s constant comment that her burger was “soooo yummy”. She kept repeating the same comment every third bite, reminding me that she liked everything from the buns to the patty to the lettuce and even the ketchup. My wife also thought that her burger was one of the best she’s had in all of the lower mainland. She liked that the patty had beefy, juicy, and fatty flavours that she rarely finds in local metro-Vancouver burger places. Although good, she thought that the buns were not as amazing as the patty. They were nicely toasted and airy, but they did not have flavours that were extraordinary. I basically agreed with my wife’s views on both the patty and the buns. What I also liked about the patty was that the meat was not too densely-packed. It had a looseness about it that allowed the juices of the meat and oily-fattiness to circulate throughout the patty and greatly enhance its overall flavours. These intense beefy flavours were nicely enhanced by the creamy, garlicky, and slightly sweet splitz sauce as well as the slice of sour pickle. Besides providing a balanced sourness, the pickle also provided a juicy, crunchy texture to the burger. In much the same fashion, the lettuce and onions also provided enjoyable crunchy and juicy textures. The sprouts were also another crunchy element, but the crunchiness was criss-crossed and layered with air. It was different but complementary to the crunchiness of the lettuce, onions, and pickle. And the crunchiness was in turn complementary and harmonious with the airy buns, the slightly-loose and juicy patty, the squishy egg whites, and the runny egg yolk. I thought that the burger was pretty darn good.
I also liked the splits fries. It was basically a non-poutine poutine. The splitz fries consisted of French fries topped with shredded (cheddar?) cheese and drowned with gravy. The gravy on fries felt a lot like poutine, but the melty, shredded cheese was totally different from squeaky cheese curds. The shredded cheese was different, but not worse. It was enjoyable in its own way when combined with the gravy and fries. The splitz fries felt like a cross between a poutine and chili-cheese fries. The sparsely spread and gooey cheese was sticky but not overwhelming. It made the thick gravy just a little thicker and gave the order of fries an instantly familiar fast-food-cheese flavour that I easily associated with ‘burgers and fries’.
The fries themselves were perfectly fine when served without cheese and gravy. They were crispy on the outside and starchy on the inside. They were at least twice-fried so that they stayed crispy even after they became cold.
The onion rings likewise stayed crispy throughout the meal. They were crispy but not hard-as-rock crunchy even though they had a somewhat thicker breading. The breading also had distinct batter-flavours that sort of overshadowed the flavours of the onions inside. What the breading did not mask were the juicy and also-crispy textures of the onions. These onion rings were definitely not the best I’ve ever had, but they were tasty enough to still be enjoyed by me, my wife, and my daughter.
My wife also enjoyed her side of caesar salad in spite of the fact that it came straight out of the fridge below the hamburger assembly counter. The salad came fully-assembled, with the romaine, croutons, and dressing pre-tossed and pre-portioned. My wife said that the romaine was fresh, the croutons crispy, and the dressing flavourful. She thought that the salad was exactly as enjoyable as the onion rings; it was nowhere near the best caesar she’s had, but it still went well with her burger.
My wife, kids, and I thought that the burgers at Splitz grill were really good whether we had them plain, lightly dressed, or with the works. We also liked the sides we ordered and felt that they paired well with the burgers. But we felt that they were a few rungs below our burgers in the ladder of tastiness. We also knew that we might’ve liked our food a little too much because we were too hungry. We might need to pay Split Grill’s Vancouver branch a visit to see if their burgers and sides are really as tasty as we remembered them to be.