Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

2025 Drummond
Montréal, Québec

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

Visit:  May 27, 2014

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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5021 des Sources
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec

Train:  Roxboro-Pierrefonds
Bus:  STM 68, 205, 208, 209, 213, 407, 468

Visit:  June 22, 2014

In this day and age, to compete with the countless restaurant concepts, you have to do things that will stand out.  When you’re thinking about the ‘All You Can Eat’ world, there is a lot of competition and there, you still have to stand out.  Under the category of Brazilian Churrasco, Le Milsa provides you with as much meat as you can eat.

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500 McGill
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Square-Victoria
Bus:  RTL 55, STM 61, 75, 168, 715

Visit:  May 13, 2014

After 10 months and 48 burgers, it is finally time to get to the final regular selection of the fifth season of this search.  With a lot of things happening on the personal side of my life, I had to rush to finish this season of the search.  This has given me the opportunity to try some of the places that I’ve been looking forward to.  One of those places is Bar & Boeuf.

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The month of June is now behind us and that means that half the year is in the books.  With that, I’m getting even closer to unveiling the 250th burger in a search that has officially lasted 5 years.

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228 Bernard O.
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 46, 55, 80, 160, 435, 935

Visit:  June 16, 2014

Family is a very important part of everyone’s life, whether you want to admit it or not.  In restaurants, there are types of cuisine that lend themselves better to the family style dish delivery system.  You order in tandem and you share.  We all know that most families have to share.  That’s where the concept of Namos comes in.

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4902 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 51, 55

Visit:  April 28, 2014

Boulevard Saint-Laurent is probably one of the most iconic streets on the island of Montréal.  While there is a lot going on, there are some stretches of The Main that has very little when it comes to eating.  In the last little while, you have a place that is starting to change that assumption and it’s called Pub Sir Joseph.

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4858 Sherbrooke O.
Westmount, Québec

Métro:  Vendome
Train:  Vendome
Bus:  STM 24, 37, 63, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124, 138

Visit:  April 24, 2014

Almost 5 years in, it’s getting tougher to find places that make it hard to ignore.  This island that we all call home has a lot to offer and there are surely some places that fit that bill.  When you make your way to the west end of Westmount, you’ll find a place that is known as Brasserie Central.

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1470 Sainte-Catherine E.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Papineau
Bus:  STM 10, 14, 15, 34, 45, 150, 410, 430, 769, RTL 170

Visit:  April 22, 2014

A rebel is a person who doesn’t follow the rules, mostly because they think that they know better.  In the realm of food, a rebel is one that does things in a way that no one ever thinks of.  In this city, there’s a place that uses that word of its name and they are known as Rebel Brasserie Urbaine.

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105 Prince Arthur E.
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 24, 29, 55, 144

Visit:  June 9, 2014

When it comes to expanding to different types of cuisine, I’m not that good.  You can tell all that just by looking at the title of this post.  Also, I’m awful when I’m put on the spot to choose a place to eat, especially when there’s a burger involved.  On this day, I made my way to Prince Arthur, where I stumbled into La Caverne Grecque.

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261 Plainfield Road
West Lebanon, New Hampshire

Bus:  Advance Transit RED

Visit:  April 19, 2014

Our whirlwind trip through Boston was winding down and we were making our way home.  A lot of our students had to be home for Easter dinner and our options were limited.  So, a stop in West Lebanon yielded a lot of fast food options, or so one would think.  With a timer on this visit, this gave me the opportunity to visit Denny’s.

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2936 Chemin D’Oka
Saint Marthe Sur Le Lac, Québec

Train:  Deux-Montagnes
Bus:  CITL 93

Visit:  May 20, 2014

Over the course of the last five years, I had the chance to visit many local restaurants and even some outside the borders of this province.  During that time, I’ve been limited by the island of Montréal, the city of Laval, and the agglomeration of Longueuil.  Being confined by  the 3 zones of public transit, going out further has been tougher.  Well, on a nice day in the month of May, I found myself in a strange city, at a place called Limani.

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105 Huntingdon Avenue
Prudential Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Subway:  Prudential
Bus:  MBTA 9, 39, 55, 57, 170, 9701, 9702, 9703

Visit:  April 18, 2014

The second day of our Boston trip was nearing its end and we were headed to the heart of the city.  A year ago, Boston suffered a tragic blow.  The Boston Marathon was overshadowed by the most unfortunate of events.  A year later, the people of Boston are strong and they are moving past the tragedies.  One of the restaurants that joined that effort is Five Napkin Burger at the Prudential Center.

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The month of May is important for just about anyone.  Most schools are winding down their academic years and that causes a lot of us, including myself, to be really busy.  In the realm of this search, there were a few loose ends to tie up.  I actually had a personal situation which could have caused a lengthy interruption to my normal routine.  Luckily, that was sorted out rather quickly, thanks to some pure, dumb luck.

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On this day, 5 years ago, there was a little restaurant on Ontario, just north of De Maisonneuve, and it had a lot of high praise.  The praise was all because of a burger.  At the time, I didn’t get it.  Even after having that first burger, I still didn’t get it.  Well, that place was known as La Paryse and it was the first of 249 burgers that have been consumed over the last 5 years.

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1246 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Subway:  Harvard Station
Bus:  MBTA 1, 68, 69

Visit:  April 18, 2014

This year, I’ve had the chance to tackle my half completed burger bucket list in Philadelphia.  When I think back to my first trip to the Boston area in 2013, there was one place that I was so close to trying, but it just wasn’t to be.  This time around, I was more than thrilled to get the chance to sit down at Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage in Cambridge.

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