Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

When I look back at 2013, I can say that I tried at least 51 burgers and had a blast doing it.  The Great Burger Search expanded beyond Montreal with visits to New York, Boston, and Ottawa.  I got a chance to try a total of 9 burgers outside Montreal and some of them will be hard to forget.  Also, I also had the chance to visit some of the biggest names in restaurants when it comes to this wonderful city.  With places like Kazu, La Queue de Cheval, and Au Pied de Cochon taking their place on my burger list, 2013 will always be a year that will rank high in the history of this search.

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Here we are at the end of 2013 already.  It’s probably been said literally thousands of times by now, but where does the time go?  It’s about that time where we reflect on the year that’s been and what’s to come when the calendar changes.  2013 has been a great year for the search.  When I take a look at it, I’ve expanded the boundaries with visits to 2 major cities and a return visit to Canada’s capital.  There’s listing everything I have planned for 2014, since plans may change.  But, if it was anything like 2013, it will be another one to remember.

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540 Duluth E.
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 11, 14, 29, 30, 427

Visit:  December 19, 2013

http://restaurantvertige.com/

Have you ever thought about the places that sit next door to the big ones?  In life, no one ever thinks about second place or even third.  But, there is a time where you have to give those things a thought.  Located on a very crowded street for the best of Montreal is a restaurant called Vertige.

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Atomic was visited in February of 2012, see the original post HERE.

4627 Du Souvenir
Laval, Québec

Bus:  STL 26, 40, 46, 66

Visit:  December 13, 2013

http://www.atomicrestaurant.com/

Over the course of visiting the number of restaurants I do, I don’t really get the chance to revisit places.  Regardless of the circumstances, I always take advantage of the opportunity to go back to a place where I had something worth remembering.  So, for the second time in almost two years, I found myself back at Atomic in Laval.

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4690 St-Denis
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Laurier
Bus:  STM 14, 27, 30, 46, 47, 51, 427

Visit:  December 12, 2013

2013 has been such a great year when it comes to trying new places and seeking out the types of food that I haven’t tried before.  But, there is one type of cuisine that I keep coming back to.  Greek food has always been one of my favorites and I take any opportunity to try that.  This time around, I found myself at Ouzeri.

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268 Preston
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus:  OC Transpo 14, 85, 107

Visit:  November 17, 2013

http://twosixate.com/

My second burger on this day in Ottawa had to be one that was interesting.  There were many contenders, but one had a little something extra that was worth checking out before making my way back home.  Named after the address on Preston Street, two six {ate} provides the finale for my fourth Ottawa burger trip.

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101 Rachel E.
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 29, 55

Visit:  November 30, 2013

http://www.letoiledelocean.com/

One of the culinary domains that hasn’t been touched yet is that of Portuguese cooking.  In this city, when you think of places that fit the mold, you start with chicken.  A lot of people stop right there.  Like every facet of food, there is always another component that is overlooked.  I was hoping to see some of that at L’Étoile de l’Océan.

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129 York
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus:  OC Transpo 1, 9

Visit:  November 17, 2013

http://www.smoqueshack.com/

In the last 4 years of doing this search, I’ve always cherished each trip to the nation’s capital, Ottawa.  Since 2011, I haven’t had the chance to make it to Ottawa and that was something that bothered me because I had so much left to do over there.  On a random Sunday in November, I found that moment to attempt, not one, but two burgers.  The first stop was at The Smoque Shack.

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1824 Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Guy-Concordia
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 165, 166, 427, 435

Visit:  November 28, 2013

http://chakoseoul.com/

Imagine a concept where you’d go into a business and cook the food for yourself.  Well, there’s a type of Asian cuisine that’s popular for that reason and that’s Korean BBQ.  In Montréal, there are more and more of these types of places popping up.  One of those places is Seoul Chako.

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The year is almost at its end and the finish line is in plain sight.  At this particular point, as I’m writing this, I only have 1 more burger to do in 2013.  I can’t believe that we’re almost looking at 2014.  November was a big month and there were a lot of interesting things that took place.  One of the most notable things was the fact that I managed to reach my unique visitor total from 2012 in 11 months instead of 12.  That’s one step forward.

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5940 Victoria
Montréal, Québec

Metro:  Plamondon
Bus:  STM 124, 161

Visit:  November 13, 2013

In the burger world, 2013 will be known as a year where a few crazes took us out of the box.  There were places that featured a cronut burger and some that featured other types of interesting ideas.  One of those interesting ideas was the ramen burger.  In New York City, a Japanese chef innovated that concept and soon thereafter, the idea spread to other places around the world.  In Montréal, you can find the ramen burger at Tkrestobar.

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680 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  McGill
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 61, 107, 150, 168, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 715, 747, 935

Visit:  November 21, 2013

http://www.guidoandangelina.com/

Sainte-Catherine street is probably one of the busiest pedestrian avenues in the entire city.  On any given day, you’ll find thousands of people making their way to one place or another.  It’s the kind of street where things happen at all times of the day.  That’s the case in the middle of the afternoon at Guido and Angelina.

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1454 Peel
Montréal, Québec

Metro:  Peel
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 107, 420, 715

Visit:  November 2, 2013

http://www.chezalexandre.com/

Ever walk by a place for years and wonder what the inside looked like?  There are so many places that can yield that sense of wonderment and the sad thing is that we don’t get to see all those places.  So, when you have a chance to set foot inside such a place, you leap at it.  This was the case with Chez Alexandre et Fils.

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205 Promenade du Centropolis
Laval, Québec

Bus:  STL 42, 60, 61, 66, 70

Visit:  October 29, 2013

http://www.tangococktails.com/

I don’t dance.  I tried a few times and I realized that I wasn’t really that good at it.  So, my career as a dancer never really took off, especially when it comes to the fact that I’ve consumed so many burgers that I’ve gained so much weight which makes moving nearly impossible.  What this has to do with a place called Tango is anyone’s guess, but this my latest dessert visit in Laval.

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1790 Cote-Vertu
Montréal, Québec

Metro:  Cote-Vertu
Bus:  STM 17, 64, 70, 72, 117, 121, 128, 170, 171, 174, 177, 196, 213, 215, 216, 225, 470, 475, STL 144, 151, 902

Visit:  November 1, 2013

http://www.viamarcello.com/

After over 4 years of searching for burgers, I’ve just now been going back to addresses that I’ve been to in the past.  It hasn’t happened too much, but I take every opportunity I can to revisit the buildings that once house past burgers.  This was the case when I had the chance to have lunch at Via Marcello.

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