Meat Fighter: Triple O’s vs. White Spot

Ok, so a little about my new series, Meat Fighter.

The background: I wanted to run a Versus series that pitted two burgers against each other.

The name: Obviously inspired by the  80s/90s video game, Street Fighter.

For those of you who aren’t on the up and up on Street Fighter, despite the fact that I am utterly disgusted with your ignorance at the moment, I will share a little about the video game from the “most trusted source for information,” Wikipedia:

Street Fighter (ストリートファイター, Sutorīto Faitā), commonly abbreviated as SF, is a series of fighting games developed in Japan in which the players pit the video games’ competitive fighters from around the world, each with his or her own unique fighting style, against one another. Capcom released the first game in the series in August 1987.

I played Street Fighter II in high school and still have fond memories of the rush of invincibility I felt every time I took up the call to arms with Chun Li, my favourite kick-ass character.  Her powerful thunder thighs made me feel good about the shape of my own body.  And the way she kicked…how can you block low and high kicks that moved at the speed of light?  You can’t!

While trawling the web, I found this awesome print, “Food War” by Jessada Nuy, which was available for free download. It showcases some of the characters of Street Fighter in a food fight.  I thought it was appropriate for this post.

Food War

Food War by Jessada Nuy

So, without further ado:

The reigning champion: Triple O’s “Cheddar Bacon Burger”


The contender: White Spot’s “Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger”

My husband introduced me to White Spot and it’s fast food counterpart, Triple O’s, when we first started dating.  Here’s the thing, while I’ve been eating Triple O’s burgers for years, I’ve never actually ordered a burger from White Spot (shocking, I know).  I’ve always ordered a pasta dish, like the Tuscan Chicken Pasta, my old stand-by.  Thus, the reining champion, for me, was Triple O’s.

However, after initiating Mission: Best Burger, it was time to finally try a White Spot burger.  I ordered a special summer burger called the Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger, described as a “6 oz. 100% fresh Canadian beef burger with smoked cheddar cheese from the Okanagan, spicy BBQ sauce, sautéed onions, relish, mayo, lettuce and tomato.”  This burger comes with both a scoop of delicious creamy coleslaw and endless fries for $11.49.

The patty was the crowning jewel on this burger.  Thick and a little pink in the center, this patty was juicy and meaty.  In other words, it really tasted like beef, a lot of beef, you might even say around 6 full ounces.  Yum. The bun was also super soft and fresh.

Things went south with the toppings and condiments though.  I have a weakness for sautéed onions and BBQ sauce, so what a perfect combination, right?  With the first bite, I thought it was great.  With the second bite, I thought it was really good.  With the third bite, I thought it was pretty good.  And so on and so on.  The problem was that the BBQ sauce they used was not “smokey” at all; rather, it was very sweet.  This coupled with sautéed onions, which are also very sweet…well, the burger was just way too sweet.  By the time I was half-way done, it didn’t matter that the patty was so awesome because I just didn’t even want to eat another bite.  I didn’t end up finishing the burger.

White Spot Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger

Sweet Tooth Burger - White Spot's Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger

So, for me, the Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger did not taste as good as it sounded.  The fries, of course, were fantastic, as was the coleslaw.  But this burger was not something I would ever order again.  My husband said my mistake was not going with one of the classics, like The Legendary Burger.  So I will be back to give it another chance, probably on Wednesday when White Spot is offering an Adult Pirate Pak for one day only on August 18, 2010.  More info about this offer can be found here.

This brings me to the Triple O’s Cheddar Bacon Burger, which is comes with a thin, overly cooked 4 oz. patty of “fresh Canadian beef” and a not-quite-as-fresh bun as the White Spot burger. It also comes with ripe tomato, iceberg lettuce, a singular slice of dill pickle, 1-2 slices of crispy “hickory smoked bacon cooked fresh in-house,” “real Canadian cheddar,” and Triple O’s sauce; fries; and a drink for about $9.  While this burger is unlikely to beat out White Spot’s Legendary Burger, it was definitely better than the Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger.  I actually ate every bite of my Triple O’s burger.

Triple O's Cheddar Bacon Burger

Triple O's Cheddar Bacon Burger

The fries were as great as the White Spot fries.  I can’t really tell if there is a difference.  One of the things I really like about White Spot/Triple O’s fries is that they actually taste just like potatoes.  I don’t know why I should even need to mention this except that a lot of fries out there don’t actually taste like potatoes.

So, in summary, the Triple O’s Cheddar Bacon Burger beat down the White Spot Smokey BBQ Bigger Burger like Chun Li’s flying kicks pummel Vega’s face through his lame mask, despite his intimidating, yet totally impotent, claw.  Still, I will give this a knock out in the final round due to White Spot’s superior patties. Until the next time: FIGHT!

Triple O’s on Kingsway

6038 Kingsway

Burnaby, BC

Triple O's on Urbanspoon


White Spot at Marine & Byrne

7519 Market Crossing (CRU13)

Burnaby, BC

White Spot (Marine & Byrne) on Urbanspoon

10 Responses to “Meat Fighter: Triple O’s vs. White Spot”
  1. Brooke says:

    Wait, Triple O’s and White Spot aren’t the same thing?! My reality will never be same again.

    • Sure you could argue that they are the same if you wanted to, but they aren’t, in my opinion, because the quality of ingredients is higher at White Spot. This only makes sense as White Spot is the sit-down restaurant and Triple O’s is the fast-food version.

      • CFunk says:

        I’m pretty sure they source the ingredients from the same place. You’d think Triple O’s would be fresher since all they do is make burgers and fries…

  2. Erika says:

    This is so awesome! I love this concept- it pairs up the two best things in life (at least, for me) FOOD+VIDEO GAMES!
    I hope there`s more like this to come :)

  3. Jim says:

    Having eaten at two different Triple O’s, I can say that the famous sauce the name is referring to, is not used. I even complained to White Spot in a letter in which they replied that the sauce is used. C’mon, forgetting to add the sauce would be like forgetting the damn patty so I do not believe the reply was honest. You can not be mistaken in the taste between the two establishments.

  4. I love the smoky BBQ burger. Maybe they’ve toned down the sweetness because I don’t notice that too much. As far as I know they use a chipotle sauce now.

  5. Kay says:

    As a server at White Spot I’d say your mistake WAS not going with the classics! Honestly the BBQ burger is the messiest burger we serve and I don’t love BBQ sauce so I wouldn’t try more than one bite… To make it a fair fight order the “Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger” … It’s almost the same as the cheddar bacon burger from triple O’s but I promise you’ll notice a difference!! The ledgendary is quite boring a mon avis, unless you add some toppings as it’s only sauce and a 4oz patty. I enjoyed your review anyway! :)

    • Kay says:

      To all those that think it’s the same place… The burger patties are completely different- especially in preparation… I won’t even eat at triple O’s unless there isn’t another option.

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