Rock Creek Tap & Grill is a locally owned and operated restaurant, serving up a wide variety of dishes to please any appetite. We sat down with owner, Stu Rathwell, to talk about his business and the new 'Cougar Burger', which is a perfectly cooked, juicy, 100% Canadian beef burger, brushed with a sweetened chipotle beer sauce, and topped with lettuce, tomato, maple bacon and cheese.
Rock Creek is giving $1.00 from each Cougar Burger sold in their two Regina locations to the University of Regina Cougars and Rams teams. Stu Rathwell was born and raised in Regina, attended the University of Regina, and played on the Cougar hockey team. He knows how expensive equipment, uniforms, coaching, and travel can be for teams, and he wants to give back to his community. As a University of Regina alumna myself, I am happy to see a local restaurant supporting local, student athletes.
I was invited in to Rock Creek to try out the new Cougar Burger. There are numerous choices for sides with the burger; I chose the caesar salad, and Christopher had the soup of the day.
We were both really impressed with the perfectly cooked, hand-formed patties. They had a nice, flame-grilled char on the outside, with a juicy center. We liked that the burger had just the right amount of toppings, so that we could easily pick it up and eat it, without it falling apart. The lettuce was crisp, and the bacon was a nice salty/sweet addition. For my gluten-free readers, you'll be happy to know that you can ask for your burger with a gluten-free bun.
My caesar salad was a crisp char-broiled head of romaine, topped with croutons, bacon, and shaved parmesan - mmm! We didn't have them today, but Rock Creek has some of the best yam fries around, and they are also a side option with the burger.
The first Rock Creek was opened by Stu, in Regina in 2006. He has since opened other Rock Creeks in Saskatchewan, and Rockwood Urban Grill in Winnipeg. The head chef of Regina's Quance St. Rock Creek location, Lloyd Frank, was also born and raised in Regina. Both Regina locations (Quance Street & Normanview) are running the Cougar Burger promotion from November 2016, until May 2017. If you're in town, stop by, try a burger, and help support UofR athletes.
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Thank you to Stu and the Rock Creek Team for the burgers, and the wonderful hospitality at Rock Creek.