Burger 103: Zak's Diner in Ottawa | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

14 Byward Market Square
Ottawa, Ontario

Bus: OC Transpo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 95, 96, 306, 316, 603, 693, Societe de Transport de l’Outaouais

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Visit: July 15, 2011


This is my second visit to a Ottawa burger location. Research showed me that this was supposedly one of the better burger places in the whole city of Ottawa. Only one person could really be the judge and that is me.

The main thing that this restaurant touts is the fact that it is open 24 hours a day. A plus, is that they serve both a breakfast and lunch/dinner menu all day, no questions asked. The decor of the restaurant is retro in that you feel like you’re in the 1950s. That was helped by the fact that one of the servers was dressed in era clothing. In all, the service was cordial as the place was packed through my entire visit.

Canadian Burger

This burger contains lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and back bacon.

The main unique aspect of this burger is the back bacon. That allowed this one to be picked, since I had two others in mind. I’ve never had back bacon on a burger before, or even on anything else. Up until today, I had no idea what back bacon looked like.

When I first set eyes on this burger, I had my doubts. It looked rather plain and boring. I thought it was small, but soon found out that it takes a good grasp to hold it. The bottom bun was dripping in grease. That wasn’t a problem until the very end, when some of the bun decided it had enough. The ingredients were what made this burger memorable. The combination of meat, cheese, and back bacon created a taste that made this burger easy to complete. My low expectations were quickly erased and satisfaction took over. It looks like a meager meal, but with the onion rings, it was quite heavy, to my surprise. Definitely a must try burger in the Ottawa area.

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