Bus: STM 17, 92, 115
Visit: August 14, 2014
If you live or intend on visiting Montréal, there is a list of things that you have to experience. Some people know this place as that big orange sphere, while others know it as one of the most iconic places to eat on the entire island. The complete Montréal experience isn’t complete without a visit to Orange Gibeau Julep.
The last 5 years of doing this search have allowed me to check off so many items on that list of things you have to do to call yourself a Montrealer. In my youth, our family would make regular treks up the Decarie Expressway and we would always see the orange globe. Back then, I didn’t quite know what it was all about. It wasn’t until the last few years that I managed to answer some of my childhood questions.
The day before I made my way to the Orange Julep, I read this extremely well done article (which I’m having trouble finding) and that gave me all the information that I needed before making my appearance. I’m not going to rehash all that information, as the main purpose is to get the burger.
Having to get some errands done in the area, having this iconic place in walking distance was really optimal. I walked up and I was lucky enough to be the only person there. The person at the counter was really nice and gave me the minute I needed to properly assess the menu. When I got to ordering the burger, it was the restaurant that asked me if I wanted bacon on that. That thought didn’t even cross my mind when I was ordering.
With that being said, I would describe the menu at the Orange Julep as comparable to a traditional casse-croute. The Julep is known for their hot dogs and the iconic drink. So, on top of getting my burger fix on, I made it a point to add on a hot dog to my trio. From what I know, they serve Nathan’s hot dogs as well. I’ll get to more of the food details in a bit.
If you know anything about this iconic place, you’ll know that you have deal with the elements if you intend on eating there. If you have a car, you should be fine, as you can eat inside. There were plenty of people doing that while I was there. If you’re like me and you take the bus religiously, you got these picnic benches where you can set down.
Well, on top of the temperature being nice, the wind was the exchange for having such a nice day. Luckily, I managed to eat all that I ordered without losing anything. It might feel a tad bit inconvenient to be forced to eat outside, but that’s the authentic experience of eating at the Orange Julep. It’s not worth doing unless you’re doing it right.
Hot Dog ($2.30)
The hot dog was bought outside the trio. The actual dog itself was quite large and tasted a whole lot better than some I’ve had. I usually get mine all-dressed and I had no complaints here.
Trio #7 ($9.66)
This trio includes a bacon cheeseburger, fries, and the namesake orange drink.
If we start with the orange drink, you have to know that you can’t come here without trying it. I’m really not the best at describing tastes, but I’ll try my best here. It tastes a lot like orange juice with some sort of cream. It’s like an orange creamsicle. When you take your first sip, it’s a little awkward. It takes a few sips to acclimatize yourself to something that you might not be used to.
For those of you who are curious, this is what the drink looks like.
This burger contains lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and bacon.
When you first see the burger, you feel a little underwhelmed. I admit that I was feeling that way when I first unwrapped my burger. Something about the bun and the onions reminded me of one of the worst burgers I had during the search. So, I had to forget that past experience and give this current burger my full attention.
With my first bite, the burger surpassed that prior disappointing experience. My worries with this burger was the flatness of the bun and the onions. The bun looked rock hard, but it wasn’t really when you take a bite. The onions also looked hard, but it never really provided much of an obstacle.
Having put the concerns out of the way, I have to say that each bite was actually quite good. When you realize what kind of burger you’re having, this burger surpasses what most casse-croutes offer. The burger is simple and the meat is the real highlight. When you add all the other simple ingredients, you have a nice burger in a small package.
If you haven’t been to the Orange Gibeau Julep, you have to at least once. The food might not be the finest in the city, but it serves the purpose. I came into this experience just to cross something off a list and left with a good impression of their burger.