8219 104 St NW, Edmonton
Last week, I went to Re-Grub for the first time. When it first opened, I saw and heard that the line-ups were insane, so I opted to wait a bit for the hype to die down. I’ve seen many pictures on social media, as their milkshakes are very instagrammable.
Being right off Whyte, parking is a bit scarce, but there’s always meter parking up and down Whyte, and of course, the side streets. The interior is neat, with very colourful schemes and walls with messages and signatures which are entertaining to read. It’s kind of like literary people-watching.
The system here is a bit different from most restaurants, where you go up and order, and they give you a number to display. Not too complicated but a little bit different if you’ve never been to an establishment that adopted this model.
For food, they do burgers, milkshakes, onion rings, fries, and other diner-type fares. We opted to get one of their experimental burgers, the Mama mia, their onion rings, and of course, one of their instagram-able shakes.
The Mama Mia burger is one of their ‘experimental’ or seasonal burgers, which may or may not remain a part of their regular menu. It is a 4 oz Alberta Grassfed Beef burger topped with a a pizza bun, an onion ring, mixed greens, tomato, pesto, and marinara sauce. This burger is just as described. It tastes like a pizza on top of a burger. What’s not to like? The patty itself was a bit on the bland side, but the marinara made up for it. Overall, not a bad burger, albeit I found it a bit on the smaller size.
As for the sides, the onion rings came out nice and thick, with a nice crunchy breading. It was topped with maple syrup, which added some nice sweetness, if you like maple.
The milkshake was probably my favourite thing that we got, which is saying a lot because I usually don’t have a sweet tooth. We got their Slapshot shake, which is only available during home games. It’s a vanilla shake, decorated with a doughnut covered in blank fondant, so it’s shaped like a puck, with a small goalie decorated on top! It’s definitely very “fun” and goes with the atmosphere of the place. The shake itself was pretty good. Not too sweet, and very thick. I had a hard time drinking the shake at first because it was so thick, but then near the end of the meal it was easy.
Overall, I had a decent time at Re:Grub. It’s a very casual joint, and when I went, the lineups and crowd died down quite a bit, so it’s worth going if you wanted to give it a try. The burgers are a bit on the smaller side for what you pay, but I would definitely recommend giving their shakes a try. They are pretty good, and not too sweet, and easy to finish. Do it for the ‘gram!