Smokehouse Sandwich Co
I regret not finding this place earlier but it's located at such a non-commercial area in Richmond, nested in the midst of all a large network of residential neighbourhoods on Westminster Hwy. It's easy to miss so if you're planning on visiting this quaint Richmond gem, keep your eyes peeled when driving! Smokehouse is a family run restaurant and you can tell right away that they love what they do from the welcoming and homey atmosphere from their decor to their service. There's a variety of delicious sounding burgers here but my friend and I decided to order the famous Samson burger which features coffee crusted strawberry glazed beef brisket served on a warm bun with butter leaf lettuce, red bell peppers, and homemade Aioli for $7.99. We decided to also add some chips since they sounded pretty amazing too - thin-cut potatoes fried in olive oil ($2). I'm happy to say that this burger's popularity is well deserved as everything from the buns to the leafy greens taste fresh and well cooked. The meat is deadly juicy and there's no shortage of flavour to be found here. The chips are a hit too- they're fried to a light crisp and despite being unsalted, are strangely addicting. However if you do like your chips flavoured more heavily, there's an assortment of spices at the counter.
Food quality: 9/10 (Fresh goodness :) )
Service: 9.5/10 (I definitely felt welcomed the moment I stepped in despite it being only 15 minutes before their closing time. The staff love holding conversations and are not hesitant to answer any questions.)
Atmosphere: 9/10 (I love the large windows, bar window seating, wood furniture, wall sized chalkboard menu, etc... it's just so nice and homey here!)
Would I come back/recommend this place?: I'm looking forward to coming back and trying their other delicious sounding burgers and I might even sneak in some more orders of those amazing chips :$ This is definitely a place worth trying out :)