Vancouver’s Nashville Hot Chicken stars launch DownLow Burgers pop-up


The fiery Nashville Hot Chicken sandwiches from Commercial Drive’s new-ish DownLow Chicken Shack might be the best thing between two buns in Vancouver right now…except now the masterminds behind the restaurant are adding on another dimension: DownLow Burgers.

Teasing their Classic Smash Burger on Instagram, DownLow Burgers isn’t going to be a secret much longer.


Actually, if you’ve followed the trajectory of Merchant’s Workshop, and its proprietors, Doug Stephen and Lindsey Mann, their burgers are no real secret. Much like their Hot Chicken–which used to be a more hush-hush item, as Stephen explained on the V.I.A. Podcast–Merchant’s often put together some epic burgers that customers loved.

Looks like right now the plan is to have the burgers pop-up style at the DL Chicken Shack, on Mondays, starting October 1.

That Classic Smash, by the way, looks pretty epic. It’s got Two Rivers dry-aged ground beef, Canadian cheddar, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions served on Livia Sweets Potato Bun.

Stay tuned for more meaty details!

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom