Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

Apr 13

Burger 237: PYT

1050 North Hancock
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Subway:  Girard
Bus:  SEPTA 5, 57

Visit:  March 26, 2014

In life, there are two words that we all have heard of that ruminate in the back of one’s mind and that’s the ‘bucket list.’  Over the course of the last 9 months, in planning my incursion into Philadelphia, there was one place that couldn’t be avoided because it was becoming one of the hottest places in the entire United States.  Well, I can officially cross a place off of my burger bucket list and it’s simply known as PYT.

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Apr 09

Annex 140: Amelios

201 Milton
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Place-des-Arts
Bus:  STM 24, 55, 80, 125, 129, 144, 435, 935

Visit:  March 7, 2014

Lately, I’ve been on pizza tour that has included a few places that I’ve been meaning to try.  The quality of some of these places may vary, but there’s one thing that’s completely consistent, they all serve pizza.  If you’ve spent any time near the McGill ghetto, you would have, no doubt, heard the name Amelios.

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Apr 06

Burger 236: The Standard

1 Crossgates Mall Road
Albany, New York

Bus:  CDTA 10, 12, 114, 117, 155, 190, 712, 719, 813

Visit:  March 26, 2014

2013 was a breakthrough year for Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search.  During that calendar year, I had the chance to go to our neighbors to the south to eat more burgers than ever before.  I wasn’t about to let 2014 go without more opportunities of that variety.  For the first time since last May, this search finds itself across the border in the capital of New York state at The Standard.

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Apr 05

GBS Review of March 2014

The month of March is usually a very significant month for me.  Each year, I make some of my best visits.  This year, there’s no exception.  For the first time ever, I got the chance to visit the city of Philadelphia, thus getting 3 of their top burgers done.  In the weeks that will come, I hope to share with you the fruits of that labor, alongside the highlights of a trip that I won’t soon forget.

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Apr 02

Annex 139: Al & Jo


292 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Place-des-Arts, Saint-Laurent
Bus:  STM 15, 55, 80, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit:  March 5, 2014

If there are two things on this planet that I like a whole lot, it’s bacon and dessert.  When you combine two things that you love so much, you have pure bliss or maybe, a massive coronary.  Well, on a fateful March evening, I had the chance to visit Al & Jo to find something that I could only dream of.

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Mar 30

Burger 235: Café République

93 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Place-des-Arts, Saint-Laurent
Bus:  STM 15, 55, 80, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit:  March 5, 2014

The city of Montréal has pretty much anything that you’re looking for and in literally any category.  Aside from some of the best eating experiences in the world, the cultural scene is one that you can put against any other major city on this planet.  Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles in home to many great venues and a whole lot of restaurants like Café République.

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Mar 23

Burger 234: Montreal Pool Room

1217 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Saint-Laurent
Bus:  STM 15, 55, 80, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435

Visit:  February 25, 2014

In 1912, the world was reeling from one of the most documented accidents ever.  That year may have been quite tragic, but there was at least one bright spot in this very city that we can be proud of.  For over 100 years, Montreal Pool Room has been serving the right kind of food to generations of hungry citizens.

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Mar 19

Annex 138: Pizza Geppetto

2504 Notre-Dame O.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Lionel-Groulx
Bus:  STM 36, 57, 71, 78, 108, 191, 211, 405, 411, 425, 485, 491, 496, 747

Visit:  March 3, 2014

In the city of Montréal, there’s one battle that’s just as fierce as the rivalry between the Habs and the Boo-ins or the Maple Laughs.  Like hockey, there’s one dish that unites us just as easily as it divides us.  If you haven’t guessed it by now, that dish is called pizza.  My latest stop for pizza comes from Geppetto.

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Mar 16

Burger 233: MVP Bar Sportif

200 Sainte-Catherine E.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Berri-UQAM, Saint-Laurent
Bus:  STM 15, 30, 55, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 715, 747

Visit:  February 20, 2014

Have you ever had a game plan that just didn’t go your way?  That’s to be expected in the type of world we live in.  With that in mind, you have a Plan B.  But, sometimes, even those kind of things fail and then, you have to go on the fly.  That’s how I ended up at MVP.

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Mar 12

Annex 137: La Goudrelle

136 du Sous Bois

Visit:  February 28, 2014

Tradition is a very important word.  Down to my ethnicity and my nationality, tradition is at the root of all that.  Regardless of how you may feel about this province and the political turmoil we’re all in the middle of, there’s one thing that you can’t deny.  We all love maple syrup season and going to the cabane.  This year, we set off to do that at La Goudrelle.

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Mar 09

Burger 232: Paul Patates

760 Charlevoix
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Charlevoix
Bus:  STM 57, 61, 71, 101, 107

Visit:  February 17, 2014

Whenever I look for a new place for this search, I try to find things that set it apart.  Montréal has so many places that have unique quirks which attract people from far and wide.  When I think of my own childhood and the fizzy drink known as spruce beer, I only have fond memories.  What makes things ever better is the fact that there’s a place in this city that makes their own and they’re quite proud of it.  That place is Paul Patates.

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Mar 05

GBS Review of February 2014

Now that we’re deep into 2014, we can think about what the year has in store for us.  As I’m writing this, there isn’t much time left until I get a chance to expand my boundaries once again.  Despite a few restraints on my upcoming trip, there is a lot of room to move around and get some really good burgers done.  So, in a few weeks, you’ll get to see the fruits of my labor and I can’t wait to share them all, no matter how big or small they might be.

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Mar 02

Burger 231: Chez Nick

1377 Greene
Westmount, Québec

Métro:  Atwater
Bus:  STM 24, 63, 90, 104, 138

Visit:  February 12, 2014

Westmount is one of the nicest and most affluent neighborhoods on the entire island of Montréal.  Part of the reason for that reputation is the storied past that is such a vibrant part of today’s culture.  Included in the city of Westmount is a restaurant that lays claim to being the oldest on the entire island.  Since 1920, Chez Nick has been a vital part of all that is Montréal.

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Feb 23

Burger 230: Pub Quartier Latin

318 Ontario E.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Berri-UQAM
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 30, 125, 427, 715, 747

Visit:  February 7, 2014

Despite what people may want to tell you, we’re all blessed to live in or near such a great city like Montréal.  With that being said, why is the culture of this city so intertwined with drinking?  I might not be the best person to answer that, mostly because I don’t drink and I don’t plan on it.  I think I got a chance to get a glimpse of that scene when I got my latest burger at Pub Quartier Latin.

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Feb 16

Burger 229: Chez Gérard

46 Cartier
Laval, Québec

Métro:  Cartier
Bus:  STL 2, 12, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 33, 37, 41, 43, 48, 58, 60, 63, 70, 73, 74, 901, CITL 24, 28

Visit:  February 6, 2014

Laval is growing by leaps and bounds, but there’s one thing that isn’t growing that much.  The island is populated by large restaurant chains that serve food that doesn’t really do much to churn one’s imagination.  If you’re really looking for something different, you have to dig deep.  Luckily, there’s a restaurant, that’s been open for over 40 years, that’s right under your nose and that’s Chez Gérard.

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