Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

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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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

http://aljo.ca/

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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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

http://www.caferepublique.comze.com/

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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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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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

http://www.geppettopizza.com/

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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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

http://www.mvpbarsportif.com/

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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136 du Sous Bois
Mont-Saint-Grégoire

Visit:  February 28, 2014

http://www.goudrelle.com/

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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760 Charlevoix
Montréal, Québec

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

Visit:  February 17, 2014

http://www.bieredepinette.ca/

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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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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1377 Greene
Westmount, Québec

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

Visit:  February 12, 2014

http://www.cheznick.ca/

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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318 Ontario E.
Montréal, Québec

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

Visit:  February 7, 2014

http://www.pubquartierlatin.com/

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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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

http://www.restaurantchezgerard.com/

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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5700 Monkland
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 103, 162

Visit:  January 29, 2014

http://www.lemaistre.ca/

I’ve been visiting restaurants and sharing my experiences for the better part of 5 years now.  Over that time, I have received a lot of suggestions for potential future visits.  For the first time, a close friend to our family proposed a place that makes the six degrees of separation shrink and that place is Le Maistre.

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755 Crémazie E.
Montréal, Québec

Métro:  Crémazie
Bus:  STM 30, 31, 52, 53, 54, 56, 100, 135, 146, 192, 460

Visit:  February 4, 2014

http://www.pataterouge.ca/

In Montréal, there are those restaurants that we all know.  They are easy on the wallet and they serve all those items that fall under the category of the guilty pleasure.  They are the home of the steamies, poutines, and the extremely greasy French fry.  You may not put much stock into their influence, but they do have some.  One of those places is called Patate Rouge.

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The beginning of a new year is well behind us.  In any line of work, January is a month where things slow down a bit as we all catch our collective breaths from a hectic holiday season.  Here, at the search, it’s business as usual.  2013 was such a landmark year, so much so that the 12 months will have a whole lot of trouble living up.  But, with that being said, I’m going to try with everything I have to make it quite the year.

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