As time progresses, things keep on moving. That can’t be more true for the Great Burger Search. April 2012 saw the first ever vegan burger attempt by yours truly. While it did leave me wanting more, it did open the door to other non-beef burgers. So, in a little bit of an announcement for the start of Season 4, you’ll see the following: for burgers 160, 170, 180, and 190, they’ll be of the non-traditional variety (veggie, fish, chicken, and mini-burgers).
Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search also reached a few more milestones in April. First of all, the month was the best traffic-wise, beating March’s numbers. Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search is set to equal all of last year’s traffic in the month of May, so I’m really looking forward to that.
Secondly, the Facebook page also reached its 500th like. Facebook is where it all started for the GBS and having reached another milestone over there makes me really happy. I have one more goal remaining before getting to Burger 150 in July and that’s to reach the 750 follower mark on Twitter. I’m currently sitting at 686 followers and the goal is within reach. I can’t do any of this without you, so a big thank you goes out to all of the people who take the time to read what I put out.
So, now that all the fluff is out of the way, let’s see what happened in April 2012:
1. Le Gros Jambon
April started off with a huge bang. I heard a lot of awesome things about Le Gros Jambon. I couldn’t really wait much longer and I just had to go. The unique part of the burger is the fact that each component is out of the ordinary. From the deep-fried pickles to the Coca-Cola mayo, there isn’t one slouch in the bunch. After wolfing down Burger 139, I had to rethink my Fave 5 to include quite possibly the strongest burger I had in 2012 up to this point.
2. Free Cone Day @ Ben & Jerry’s
The experience at Le Gros Jambon had to be capped off with something great. This year’s addition of Free Cone Day did just that. There was something even more epic about that visit, which caught me completely off guard. When I got to the store, I noticed that someone well known was scooping out ice cream. I’m going to leave it at that, so you’ll have to read on to find out who it was.
3. Aux Vivres
Allusions to the first vegan burger were made earlier. This is what I was talking about. I came to Aux Vivres for 2 reasons. My sights were set on the tempeh burger and their rather unusual choco-pomme cake. For a short period of time, I was living the vegan lifestyle. Don’t worry, I haven’t turned in my carnivore membership card yet.
4. Peel Pub
The Peel Pub has always been on my radar. Coming off a vegetarian burger, I needed something to bounce back from. It didn’t hurt that I just received a glowing recommendation from one of my more loyal burger fans. In a part of town that is overloaded with burger choices, I was looking to see how this particular burger would fare.
5. Kam Shing
My search for quality won ton in Montreal has taken me to Kam Shing at Plaza Cote-des-Neiges. There are a lot of people who will tout their pork filled version of the dumpling as being the best, but I have to differ. To me, won ton is only really good when filled with shrimp, by itself. Kam Shing is one of the few places that does that. The only thing I was hoping is that I wouldn’t be let down.
The evening at Kam Shing was the precursor to a comedy fundraising show for one of my former students’ trip to Nepal this summer. In the post itself, I give you more about it, but suffice it to say, that she is the future of our society and it was more than a pleasure to help her out.
6. Estiatoria Yia Sou
A colleague’s Lent period gave birth to another Greek outing. The first stop was a place that I’ve been looking forward to for quite the while. After reading the Gazette’s end of year dish review, I saw that they were pushing the pikilia. I’ve come to really enjoy pikilia and Yia Sou was a place I was dying to set foot in. What was to follow was a night of Greek food, great jokes, and wonderful colleagues.
7. Guy La Patate
2012 has been a year of nostalgia in a way for my Burger Search. I’ve been going to places that have marked my childhood and my past. Guy La Patate is one of those places where I couldn’t go much longer without sharing with everyone. As one of my Twitter followers said, it is the quintessential South Shore casse-croute. My visit here had its highs and lows. What still stays with me is the fact that the top offering here isn’t being offered anymore.
My latest Menuism post was about the largest burgers in the world. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it’s quite the read. Also, in the coming days, keep an eye out for the next article on regional burgers in North America. I actually tried to slip in another Quebec representative, so I’m hoping you’ll all get to see that.
Coming up in May 2012:
-One of those burgers might emanate outside of the Greater Montreal Area. Let’s hope!
Before Burger 150 in July, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to put together a second Mr. Lew’s Burger Night in June. I already have a few people interested in coming. The restaurant I have in mind is relatively new and in Laval. However, there is a rather large variety of burgers to choose from. So, if you’re interested, you can always interact with me on Facebook and on Twitter.