So I've written about the great diner breakfasts at The Regal Diner, but I finally made it in for lunch to try their burgers. Quick background on this place: this is an old diner run by a young couple who do just about everything from scratch and source their ingredients locally.
This is not a smashed flat top griddle burger like Burger's Priest, Holy Chuck or Stockyards. But is it a classic diner burger -- grilled on a cast iron grill. It's a moderately thin patty and the beef is tasty with a nice bit of charred flavour from the cast iron. The patty could stand to have a lighter hand in the forming, as it was a bit too tightly packed for my personal taste. But, and this is a BIG but, the bun is hands down the best bun I've had on any burger I've eaten here in Canada. If you like Danny Meyer's potato bun at The Shake Shack, then you'll love the bun at The Regal. The owners make their own buns, and they are fantastic -- beautifully soft and squishy with a fine, tender crumb. I thought it was either a milk bun or potato bun, but it's just a regular ol' yeast and water recipe. Honestly, the bun made the burger for me (that and the fact that they use real cheddar on the burger).
Even better was the ridiculous price for my lunch. I always start with a basic burger at a new place so that I can taste ingredients. Their basic burger (burger, cheddar, ketchup and mustard) is served with fresh cut fries and cole slaw for FIVE DOLLARS. See the photo below. That's a great plate of food for $5.
They have other, fancier burgers on the menu and one that's not on the menu that is made with their delicious homemade chipotle hot sauce (which is amazing on their omelettes, btw), but I don't think any of them are more than $7, including fries and slaw. There's also a vegetarian burger they make with an onion bhaji that intrigues me.
Like I said, the patty was a bit denser than I prefer, and I may ask if they could take a lighter hand next time, but with the amazing bun, the whole thing was a win for me. The bottom line is that this is the best burger deal you'll get in the Niagara region. So if you ever find yourself in Niagara Falls or NOTL and hankering for a cheap, quality lunch, head over to The Regal Diner on Main St., Niagara Falls.
Open breakfast and lunch only. Closed on Tuesdays.
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