Metro: Peel, Guy-Concordia
Bus: STM 15, 24, 150, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: July 9, 2011
The third season of the burger search starts in earnest with a restaurant that opened just recently. It seems like a burger restaurant is opening each week in an already crowded downtown core. With at least another one slated to open soon, restaurants must do something to stand out. Burger Bar is unique, for one, because of its use of social media to promote itself. If it wasn’t for Twitter, I would’ve never of found out of its existence.
My visit came at the very beginning of a week-end lunch hour. From where I was sitting, I had a very good view of the two chefs in the kitchen preparing burgers and other various items. The table next to me seemed very finicky. Other than that, it was kinda quiet. People started coming in as I was near finished. The service was kind, though they didn’t have any ice tea, which I frown upon.
There are now 6 hamburger specialty restaurants in the downtown core, soon to be 7, not to mention all the other restaurants that have it on the menu. I’m going to be paying a lot of attention to see who will stand out. The buzz for this restaurant is loud. If that’s any indication, Burger Bar can be a major player in the burger market.
Bacon “Royal with Cheese”
This burger contains red onions, lettuce, tomatoes, swiss cheese, and bacon.
I’m going to start off by stating that I had high expectations. I’ve heard a lot of things about the restaurant. This burger had all the right ingredients, though I just realized now that it had swiss cheese. That explains why I didn’t really feel the cheese in this burger. I’m not a fan of that particular type of cheese in a burger. The bun was fine, but really didn’t stand out. The bottom bun was a little messy and require heavy napkin use. The bacon was cooked well and meshed well with the rest of the burger. The meat was flavorful and wasn’t hard to eat. I didn’t have to fight the burger whatsoever. Overall, it’s a solid burger, but with some drawbacks. They are not major drawbacks, as they do not hinder enjoyment of the burger. If you’re looking to try a burger in the downtown area, you have to make a trip to try Burger Bar.