GBS Year in Review 2011: The Annex | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

When the Great Burger Search started in 2009, I never thought about going to other restaurants.  2011 changed all that and I decided to “open” the Annex.  Here, I gather all the other types of establishments that I tend to enjoy.  From Chinese to Greek and desserts to fast food restaurants, I don’t leave any stone unturned.

Honorable Mentions:

1.  JIMMY Restaurant (Do I need to explain?)

2.  La Maison Kam Fung

3.  Tripolis


1.  Ruby Rouge

At this point, it’s been years since I’ve been to Dim Sum.  Well, on this faithful day, I was to be reintroduced to something that I loved so much.  Whether it be sui mai to cheong fun, anything that included shrimp in it is purely a great attraction for me.  The Ruby Rouge wasn’t my only Dim Sum stop this past year, as I also went to Kam Fung 3 months later.  I’m hoping to get to at least 2 more different Dim Sum locations in 2012.

2.  Schwartz’s

If you haven’t been to this Montreal institution, you should turn in your membership right now.  Before 2011, I would’ve been one of those faulty individuals.  In June, I decided to change all that.  For the first time in my 27 years (at that point), I lunched at the iconic smoked meat mecca.  Though I made a few newbie ordering mistakes, I assure you that I won’t be making those mistakes when I, one day, return.  With this restaurant being featured on 2 seperate Travel Channel shows, it’s sure to be around to see many future generations.

3.  Ellada

Ellada made my list of defining Annex restaurants for one reason, it was the catalyst for other Greek outings to come.  I know that I went to Tripolis earlier that month, but Ellada allowed me to sample different varieties of Greek food in a style I tend to prefer.  Much like a Chinese restaurant, we shared our various dishes.  Despite quality, if it wasn’t for Ellada, there probably wouldn’t be any Mr. Lew’s Greek Night.

4.  La Maison Bulgogi

In October, I took a chance and accepted an invitation to go try Korean BBQ.  I had absolutely no idea what to expect.  This was a place where you got to cook your own meat.  At first, I didn’t really want to risk it.  But, as I got more comfortable, I jumped in and cooked my Korean bacon.  This outing was also special because it spurned on monthly outings with what I’ll call the Fat Squirrel Society.  It’s probably the most unique dining experiences I had in 2011.

5.  Le Jardin de Panos

The third meeting in the Fat Squirrel Society rounds out the list of 5 Annex restaurants that marked my 2011.  In this case, the whole evening was remarkable.  Most of everything I tried was great.  What topped it was the dessert at the end of the night.  This restaurant was home to one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken, one that you’ll see in tomorrow’s post.  As I mentioned previously, it’s not the food that matters sometimes, but the company.  Here, they all clicked.

Stay tuned tomorrow for 5 of the best pictures Mr. Lew was able to fluke!

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