The iconic neon sign is referenced outside Wally's Burger, now located at 49th & Elliot
They're now calling it "a bite from the past" and oh, what a bite it is! The very best hamburger ever invented on this side of Boundary Road came from Wally's Burger, the famous roadside stand on Kingsway. I used to put back these heartstopping sandwiches a lot in my high school years, and then lost touch with Wally's. I was sad to see it go, but mainly for sentimental reasons.
Yesterday an old high school chum looked me up and suggested we visit the re-opened burger stop, now located at the old Killarney Centre shopping area at East 49th Avenue & Elliot street (just a few doors down from Columbus Pizza). When I arrived I decided to go for broke, picking their classic burger listed at the top of the menu – the Deluxe Chuckwagon burger combo. We used to call it back in the day a Spider burger with extra cobwebs, and I'm still not sure why we did.
The burger is a messy one, so load yourself up with a handful of napkins. Along with your combo comes the famous wrinkley french fries, and a mid-sized cup of soda. Here's a photo taken with my phone – not beautiful but enough to get your mouth watering.
It was a lot of fun to travel back to the old 'hood, and it's fitting that Wally's remains so close to its Kingsway base. The interior of the restaurant is clean and modern – very simple just like the old digs. All that was missing was the pinball machine! I think the new owners (who bought the rights to the restaurant name) are anxious about whether Wally's 2.0 is going to work. The meal I had absolutely left no doubt in my mind – Wally's is back and you should take a pilgrimage their as soon as possible!
The only disappointment in all of it is that the old Wally's neon sign is no more. Apparently it was bought by a collector out in Langley. I took a pretty good photo of the sign posted here, which you can click to see the larger version.
It's comforting to find a great Vancouver establishment like Wally's hasn't gone away.