Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

5443 Wellington
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 37, 58, 61, 107

Visit:  August 18, 2014

http://www.pizzawoodland.com/

Over the last few years, when it came to burgers, I visited a lot of places that didn’t quite specialize in that.  Some people might think that you only go to burger places for burgers and the same for pizza.  With that being said, I decided to go back to a place that housed one of my previous burgers to take on what’s in their name.  That place is a Verdun staple known as Woodland Pizza.

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4816 Wellington
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  De L’Église
Bus:  STM 37, 58, 61

Visit:  August 3, 2014

Verdun has become one of the places to be when it comes to eating.  The stretch in question is Wellington and there are restaurants there up the wazoo.  If you want to make an impact and get noticed in this city, you go to where the action is.  For this still young pub known as Balconville, Verdun is the place to be.

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6815 Trans-Canadienne
Fairview Pointe-Claire
Pointe-Claire, Québec

Bus:  STM 72, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 225, 419, 470, 485

Visit:  July 22, 2014

https://www.kojaxsouflaki.com/

Fast food courts aren’t really popular when it comes to writing about them.  There’s no better way to turn off your audience, but there are some things that you can’t ignore.  If you’re willing to look, there are certain dishes that might seem cheaper, but are of a better quality than other places.  One of those instances can be found at Kojax Souflaki.

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1221 Réné-Lévesque
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Lucien-L’Allier
Bus:  STM 15, 150, 178, 410, 420, 427, 435, 747

Visit:  July 29, 2014

http://www.thebiermarkt.com/

If you spent any amount of time in the city of Montréal, you’ll notice that everyone is crazy about one thing and that’s beer.  Well, it’s probably not just this city, as popular culture has beer coursing through its veins.  Taking advantage of the popularity of this very attractive liquid and a prominent real estate vacancy, Toronto’s Bier Markt has settled into our city.

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This is a revisited post for L’Anecdote.  Click HERE for the original post.

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801 Rachel E.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Mont-Royal
Bus:  11, 14, 29, 30, 97, 427

Visit:  July 9, 2014

In 2009, I went on a search for great burgers in the city I love.  Early on along the way, I obviously started with the places with the best reputations.  Some of those places came up short, while others surpassed what my expectations were at the time.  I’ve been meaning to get to some of those places again and I finally had the chance.  After almost 5 years, I have returned to L’Anecdote.

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5555 Monkland
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Villa-Maria
Bus:  STM 17, 63, 103, 162

Visit:  July 24, 2014

http://www.monklandtavern.com/

It would be hard to describe the city of Montréal without mentioning N.D.G.  We all know people who live there, work there, and ultimately, have fun there.  In the middle of all that, there’s Monkland, a street where you can find all you need, especially restaurants.  One of the premier places on the street is Monkland Taverne.

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3900 Ethel
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  De L’Église
Bus:  STM 37, 58, 61, 107

Visit:  July 17, 2014

http://www.bistropiquillo.com/

Most of us have fond memories of our neighborhoods.  These are the places where we grew up and became the people we are today.  Our neighborhoods had everything we needed and that satisfied us.  But, there are some neighborhood places that are a little bit better than what we had and one of those is Piquillo.

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1208 Wellington
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus:  OC Transpo 2, 14

Visit:  July 10, 2014

http://www.absinthecafe.ca/

Every city has their fine dining options and the restaurants that pattern themselves after that formula.  These days, you don’t have to put on a tie to eat at these places and that opens up a world of possibilities for people like me.  The place that you definitely need to keep an eye on in the city of Ottawa is Absinthe Cafe.

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The summer is half done and there’s only one month until the regular routine is back.  July is always a month of decompression and mandatory sleeping for me.  This year was no different.  With all that time dedicated to doing nothing, there’s one thing that doesn’t really take a vacation and that’s making sure this blog pushes forward.

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9380 Leduc
Brossard, Québec

Bus:  RTL 14, 35, 39, 135

Visit:  July 9, 2014

http://www.broadwaycheesecakeco.com/

We all have a sweet tooth and there are specialty restaurants that are present to take care of that craving.  Moreover, there are even places that put all their eggs in one basket.  Some do well, while others might not.  Well, on a very busy birthday of eating, I found myself at Broadway Cheesecake.

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137 Murray
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus:  OC Transpo 1, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18

Visit:  July 10, 2014

Every city has their top burger contender.  That is true in a city that has been a big part of this search, Ottawa.  The nation’s capital might not strike you as the type of city where you can find food, but if you’re willing to look, you’ll find something.  Anyone who is looking for Ottawa’s best burger should try Chez Lucien before making any kind of judgement.

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189 Dante
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 18, 46, 55, 92, 160

Visit:  July 4, 2014

http://www.napoletana.com/

If there’s one dish that’s even more popular than the burger, it’s pizza.  I have to admit that I might like the pizza a little more than the burger, but who doesn’t?  Starting this month, I’ll be doing my best to post a monthly pizza post.  While it won’t be as often as the Great Burger Search, the quest to find this city’s best pizza is one that we should all be on.  So, with all the past locations fair game again, we begin with a newcomer to this blog, Pizzeria Napoletana.

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9395 Leduc
Brossard, Québec

Bus:  RTL 14, 35, 39, 135

Visit:  July 9, 2014

http://www.jacksaloon.com/

The sixth season of Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search is now underway.  With that being said, I always like to start with something unique and special.  For me, I’ve never started in my hometown of Brossard and this was the perfect opportunity.  On top of that, there is a burger in my own backyard that should pique the interest of anyone who hears about it and that can be found at Jack Saloon.

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This is a revisited post for Elixor.  Click HERE for the original post.

1795 Avenue Pierre Péladeau
Laval, Québec

Bus:  STL 42, 60, 61, 66, 70

Visit:  June 26, 2014

http://www.elixor.com/

Over time, there’s always that one restaurant that you wonder about.  It’s that one place that you visited a long time ago and you weren’t so sure what to think of it.  Well, a whole bunch of people like that place and you just quite understand.  I have that feeling when it comes to Elixor and I had the opportunity to give it a second chance.

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2025 Drummond
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Peel
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 107, 165, 166, 427, 435, 715

Visit:  May 27, 2014

http://www.mbrgr.com/

Over the last 5 years, I made it through 249 burgers all in the guise of trying to find one that was great.  That search has taken me to cities like Boston and Philadelphia.  Along the way, I’ve met a lot of really wonderful people and made connections all over the place.  As May 27, 2014 approached, only one thing was certain.  Something had to be done to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the day this all truly began.  So, along with 5 of the most loyal fans of the search, we headed down to m:brgr to mark this unique occasion.

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