Waiting to see the World’s End (single line review: “Best capper to the Cornetto trilogy possible and exceeded all (high) expectations.”. For a longer (and better analysis), Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest is the guy to go to both here and here. You really should go see it.) we popped into the Factory on Granville for a couple pre-movie beers and food. And the Famous Anaconda…
The Factory is one of those “All food for $4.95” places that are popping up at a crazy pants rate. Off the top of my head, I can think of one on Commercial Drive, Gastown, Whistler, and another one on Granville. If you haven’t been before, they’re sort of pseudo faux dive bars that serve cheap food and beer.
And I actually like them a whole lot.
The food is never going to blow you away and the beer list is firmly in the “limited” category, but the service has always been friendly, the music is always good, and if you just want a quick, cheap bite and drink, you’re not going to be disappointed.
Anyways, back to the Anaconda. They’ve got a sign outside the Factory calling it Famous. There’s been stories written on it’s “gut busting” qualities. And it deviates a little from the rest of the menu for being only $9.95.
And for that $9.95, you get:
“4, yes, 4 sandwiches in one.A BLT, a cheeseburger & crispy onion strings nestled between two perfectly toasted grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s so famous it had it’s picture taken!”
So, of course I had to try it.
And… well, for $9.95, it’s okay, I guess. As you can see from the pic, it’s mostly bread. The toasted grilled cheese had very, very little cheese actually contained within. And the hamburger patty was similarly minuscule.
It’s no Two Parrots Burger (although to be fair, there is a $15 price difference). I would say the most gutbusting thing about the Anaconda is the amount of bread involved. That’s a lot of bread.
So, in recap:
The World’s End: Better than we deserve.
The Factory: Like it.
The Anaconda: Only challenging if you’re on the Slow Carb Diet.