Burger 128: G-Spot | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

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784 Cure-Labelle
Laval, Quebec

Delivery Phone #:  (450) 934-5856

Bus:  STL 24, 26, 46, 60, 66, 151

Visit:  January 31, 2012

Wait!  I know what you’re probably thinking, Mr. Lew changed the whole purpose of his blog and is now searching for something a whole lot less PG.  Well, have no fear, this isn’t what you want to think it is.  Lately, I’ve been so wrapped up in other eating endeavors that I somehow only had tried 2 different burgers in 2012 up to this point.  So, this week, I made it my mission to remedy that situation.  I also asked the people who follow what they preferred to see next.  The overwhelming response is what you’re seeing right now and what you’ll see for the next burger, something out of the blue.  For this one, I wasn’t about to choose something along the lines of same-old, same-old.

A number of months back, one of my students told me about a place that opened up in Laval that had this really unique burger.  When he told me what it was called, I didn’t believe him.  So, I actually asked him to bring in some proof, which he did.  You’ll actually see the proof, which was the menu, in this post.  Upon looking at the menu, I saw exactly what I was looking for.  It was unique, but I’ll get to that as we move on.

Those of you who don’t want to read something mushy might want to skip the next paragraph.

I wanted to take this moment, since I was suggested this place by a student, to address something that people ask me all the time.  When people find out that I’m a teacher, they often wonder what the students think about the Search.  Well, there’s a multi-layered answer here.  I started the GBS right around the time where I started off at my current teaching location.  So, at first, there weren’t very many students who knew what I was doing.  The few who did were quite receptive of what I was doing.  I even have one student who still uses his lunch hour to go check out the blog.  But, with kids in high school and we knowing how they are, some turned it into a big joke.  For this school year, I found that the amount of people even mentioning it had diminished, which makes my job a whole lot easier.  The ones who still talk to me about it are among some of the students who I respect the most because they don’t make a joke of it.  Before I get back into the post, I still have to tell you all something important.  If the search ever interferes in my ability to do my job to my satisfaction, I will no longer be doing burgers.  My teaching job is still my passion.

Back on topic, I have to mention the thing that everyone is probably thinking about, the name.  I think we all know or can Google what the name is or might be.  I know, when I got the menu, I made it a point to show it to as many of my colleagues as humanly possible.  Most of them got a kick out of it.  Those who didn’t, took a little longer to figure it out.  The name alone might cheapen the value of the other 127 burgers, but I couldn’t resist having this on my search.  I won’t speculate as to what the name really means to this restaurant, though the thought occurred to ask the owners about it.

On this day, I was planning on going to the place all by myself and eating in the empty dining room.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is more of a take-out/delivery place.  But, as luck would have it, I manage “to hide” a colleague’s lunch, so they were out of luck, food-wise.  Due to this unforeseen circumstance, I was lucky to have a colleague I’ll now call LabTech (for the time being until I can figure out a better codename) and Heizenberg.  We had a little over an hour to go, so we set off to find the G-Spot, pardon the pun.

Menu Item Pictures from the Restaurant

I also have to note that since my plans changed a bit, I now would be taking the burger back to my office to eat.  This will be the first burger that I ever took outside the restaurant to eat elsewhere.  It really didn’t affect the results in this case.  It should be noted that there are about half a dozen tables that are there where people can eat.

It being easier than we thought, we were able to find the G-Spot in a small strip mall.  That just sounded so wrong, so pardon the pun again.  If you look at Google Streetview, you’ll notice that there are at least two places in this stretch that are no longer there.  The vacancy left by the Double Pizza that used to be there was perfect for a new restaurant like this.  Also, the Marathon Souvlaki location was taken up by our intended visit.  So, it made me wonder whether or not the location was so good.  There are so many restaurants in that area that over saturation is highly possible.  But, its central location is also still pretty good.

We got there shortly after noon.  The first thing I noticed were two men rushing in and out of the restaurant.  Who they turned out to be were the two people who were staffing the place.  I was under the impression that the place opened at 10 a.m., but the place looked like it was opened as we were walking in.  I didn’t think we were that important that restaurants opened their doors based on our being in the vicinity.  The fact that they just opened affect our waiting time as they had to get the ovens and grills going.  So, we walked in at 12 and walked out about 45 minutes later, too long in my opinion.

There was clearly a division of labour in the restaurant.  There was one handling the cooking and the other was handling the customer service.  The phone rang about 3 times so I was hoping that was business.  The person working the front was able to accommodate my colleagues’ dietary requests.  We cracked a few jokes and commenced waiting a while.  Towards the end of our stay, they packaged our meals and stapled the brown bags.  I was lucky enough to get the recyclable bag you see above.  I was told to keep the bag steady to make sure nothing flew out.  It was nice of them to include our ketchup packets and extra forks.  So, the courtesy made up for the waiting, a bit, but not too much.

The last thing I need to note about this place is that they make it a point to mention that they offered Halal.  In Islam, food needs to be prepared or prepped in a certain way which meets their standards.  It’s very much similar to Kosher cooking in the Jewish faith.  So, it’s nice to see a segment of the population being given options when there aren’t so many in the Greater Montreal Area.  It reminded me somewhat of my one Kosher restaurant experience for Burger 66 at Chez Papa Ernie.  I was uncomfortable the entire time because I didn’t feel like I belonged there.  Today, LabTech told me that she did go out with a Jewish colleague to a Kosher restaurant and that it was alright to be there.

Take-Out Menu

Menu (Inside)

Menu (Back)

Chicken Pita (LabTech)

This is part of a combo that comes with a drink and fries.  You can get this all for 6 dollars before taxes.  The one thing that LabTech mentioned is that the pieces of chicken were generous in size.  However, the actual meat content was contained to one giant sphere.  For the price, what can you expect?

French Fries

These are the fries that came with both my colleague’s trios.

Chicken Parmesan Sub (Heizenberg)

This was Heizenberg’s dining choice.  It’s a marinated chicken breast in their “home made” sauce and cheese.  What he mentioned was that he felt like there was something missing.  It was probably like the hoagie needed something else to make it satisfactory.

Regular Poutine

For me, I decided to order a regular “small-sized” poutine to go with my “burger.”  I was keeping an eye on the cooking process and I watched as one of the two staff took out this large white container that you see in the picture.  He filled it up with french fries.  That’s the second I knew I was in trouble.  So, in vain, I tried to pawn off some of it on my two colleagues.  I was successful, but they only took one fork full each.  That was clearly not enough.  I mentioned my own personal GBS rule of me eating everything I order.  Today, I regretted coming up with that.

When you have a poutine sitting in a large Styrofoam container, there is a problem you’ll notice when you open the box.  You’ll notice that the steam from the hot food will create droplets that will drop back down into the food, then leak from the box to your pants.  Luckily, the droplets did not affect the food too much.  I could’ve avoided the problem by eating it at the restaurant, but I value my colleagues too much to pass up time.  In my world, any time you get to spend with the people you value is time you don’t pass up.

The french fries were not memorable, nor was the lack of cheese.  As a matter of fact, it took me a long while to really properly identify any cheese whatsoever.  The sauce was unlike anything I ever had in the poutine.  When Heizenberg tried it, he equated it to a sauce you could get at St-Hubert.  I’ve never been to St-Hubert, the restaurant, but I know that comparison isn’t good.  The poutine cost me just under 5 dollars before taxes and for the value, because it needs to be shared, it’s not bad.  I have to clearly state, buy a poutine here only if you’re on a tight budget, there are clearly other places to go to.

Mr. Lew, what’s in the bag?

Mr. Lew, stop teasing us, what’s behind the tin foil?

Grill Cheese Hamburger Melt

This “burger” contains lettuce, tomatoes, and onions between 2 “grilled cheese” sandwiches.

Those of you who are well-schooled in burger lore and history will definitely have heard of the Vortex Bar and Grill in Atlanta, Georgia.  I first saw that restaurant on an episode of Man V. Food.  That show is part of the reason why the Burger Search started.  I may not always find places like that in Montreal, but I find good ones.  The Vortex was the first time I ever heard about putting grilled cheese sandwiches instead of buns.  That sounded like a good idea.  As a matter of fact, I was actually saving it for a milestone burger outside the Montreal area.  Places like Pataterie Chez Philllipe and the Deville Dinerbar both offer the burger here in Montreal.  Mind you, there prices of both those concoctions are way different.  It should also be noted that the Harper’s Burger Bar in Kingston also offers the “burger.”  I also have leads on it in Toronto, which are still very much on the table for Burger 150 in July, despite today’s experience.

The total price for this complicated “burger” at this place is 5 dollars before taxes.  It is actually the cheapest one out of all the different places that offer it.  The price alone should tell you enough about the “burger” I was about to try. 
In all honesty, I should also mention that I had 2 grilled cheese sandwiches at 5 a.m. before leaving for school.  I think I did that to make sure I remembered what grilled cheese sandwiches were.  Alright, I actually have been consuming grilled cheese sandwiches a whole lot more lately.  I’m going to save my thoughts about the comfort food staple until I get to a more prominent burger or a restaurant that serves it.

After going through the various stages of unwrapping, I finally got to the “burger.”  I have to admit that it actually looks a little better than the picture, which is rarely the case with advertising.  My only problem is that I had trouble finding the right angle to take the picture of the “burger.”  After a few attempt, I got one that would suffice.  It’s nice that since I was in the office, I had more time with my food, instead of the quick shots I take in the restaurants to not draw attention to myself.

I want to take a moment to address something I’ve been doing thus far.  You’ll notice I’ve been using quotation marks when referring to the burger.  I’m going to stop now because the question of what is a burger is something that I’ve been contemplating for quite a while.  It’s the reason why I haven’t really expanded outside of beef.  For the sake of the longevity of this search, I’m going to have to relax any definition of burger I had.  If it has two buns with some sort of patty in the middle, it’s a burger.  Just recently, I put my proverbial Twitter food in my mouth by claiming something wasn’t a burger when it just met the revised definition.  I let my personal tastes cloud  my objective views.  Basically, I made a fool of myself.  So, to be clear, I found an interesting burger at the G-Spot.

I’m going to start off by tackling the grilled cheese sandwiches.  I mentioned above that I had a hard time finding any evidence of cheese in my poutine, but there was.  Well, just to be clear, I had the entire burger before touching the poutine.  For the grilled cheese sandwiches, I really had trouble finding any cheese whatsoever.  Basically, it was like eating four pieces of grilled bread.  I tried to pull the individual sandwiches apart a bit, but I couldn’t still make a definite identification.

The size of the meat itself led to another issue.  With the size of the bread, you’re forced to eat through bites of just bread to make it to the middle.  It’s only when you get to the middle that you get any kind of taste.  With the empty taste you start off with, anything you get in the middle is welcomed.  I actually preferred the central part of the burger over the edges.

For structure, eating this isn’t that different than your normal, average burger.  You may need to get a better grip if you’re not used to strange burgers like this, but it’s manageable.  It was only as the end where the thing feel apart a bit.  It was because of that where I was left with one large piece of grilled cheese without any middle ingredients left.  That wasn’t the way I was hoping to finish the burger.

As for my first grilled cheese burger experience, I wasn’t let down so much because I wasn’t expecting much.  I went through with it just to see what it was like.  I will definitely go and try other places that offer the same kind of fare.  The menu asks you to taste it yourself to believe it.  Well, I tasted it myself and I believe it was done, but it could’ve been better.

Proof That Mr. Lew Finished the Burger

I ate this completely first before touching poutine.

Proof That Mr. Lew Finished the Poutine and is Mentally Unstable

For those smart people who may think that I hid the food (Heizenberg), I have not one, but 2 witnesses who were in the room while I died trying.

Final Verdict

I’m not going to tell you to drop everything and go here to this place.  If you’re in the Laval area and are looking for take-out on a budget, you should give the other items on the menu a try.  Would I go out of my way for the hamburger melt?  Probably not.  If you’re a person who requires a Halal source for your dietary need, you have another option now located in Laval.  The prices are reasonable for what you’re getting and that’s where your expectations should be.

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