Now that we’re deep into 2014, we can think about what the year has in store for us. As I’m writing this, there isn’t much time left until I get a chance to expand my boundaries once again. Despite a few restraints on my upcoming trip, there is a lot of room to move around and get some really good burgers done. So, in a few weeks, you’ll get to see the fruits of my labor and I can’t wait to share them all, no matter how big or small they might be.
Bus: STM 24, 63, 90, 104, 138
Visit: February 12, 2014
Westmount is one of the nicest and most affluent neighborhoods on the entire island of Montréal. Part of the reason for that reputation is the storied past that is such a vibrant part of today’s culture. Included in the city of Westmount is a restaurant that lays claim to being the oldest on the entire island. Since 1920, Chez Nick has been a vital part of all that is Montréal.
318 Ontario E.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 30, 125, 427, 715, 747
Visit: February 7, 2014
Despite what people may want to tell you, we’re all blessed to live in or near such a great city like Montréal. With that being said, why is the culture of this city so intertwined with drinking? I might not be the best person to answer that, mostly because I don’t drink and I don’t plan on it. I think I got a chance to get a glimpse of that scene when I got my latest burger at Pub Quartier Latin.
Bus: STL 2, 12, 17, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 33, 37, 41, 43, 48, 58, 60, 63, 70, 73, 74, 901, CITL 24, 28
Visit: February 6, 2014
Laval is growing by leaps and bounds, but there’s one thing that isn’t growing that much. The island is populated by large restaurant chains that serve food that doesn’t really do much to churn one’s imagination. If you’re really looking for something different, you have to dig deep. Luckily, there’s a restaurant, that’s been open for over 40 years, that’s right under your nose and that’s Chez Gérard.
755 Crémazie E.
Bus: STM 30, 31, 52, 53, 54, 56, 100, 135, 146, 192, 460
Visit: February 4, 2014
In Montréal, there are those restaurants that we all know. They are easy on the wallet and they serve all those items that fall under the category of the guilty pleasure. They are the home of the steamies, poutines, and the extremely greasy French fry. You may not put much stock into their influence, but they do have some. One of those places is called Patate Rouge.
The beginning of a new year is well behind us. In any line of work, January is a month where things slow down a bit as we all catch our collective breaths from a hectic holiday season. Here, at the search, it’s business as usual. 2013 was such a landmark year, so much so that the 12 months will have a whole lot of trouble living up. But, with that being said, I’m going to try with everything I have to make it quite the year.
Bus: STM 208, 209, 409
Visit: January 15, 2014
The West Island of Montréal is one special part of this great region we all share. One of the things that dominates that area is the abundance of big box stores and chain restaurants. If you’re looking for places that don’t fit those categories, you might be in a for a long search. But, there are times where places like Dutchys might just pop up.
For the original burger visit, click HERE.
Bus: AMT Terminus Panama
Visit: January 16, 2014
Over the course of the last 4 years, I’ve been on approximately 350 different restaurant visits. Now, the quality of the majority of those places won’t be enough to leave anyone in awe, but that’s how the cookie crumbled. With the majority of those places being home to my past burgers, there was always one thought that went through my head. A lot of those places had better things on the menu than burgers and I never had the chance to try them. Well, I had the chance to do just that when I made a return visit to Ben & Florentine.
Bus: STM 10, 15, 34, 45, 150, 769, RTL 170
Visit: January 13, 2014
In Montréal and other places, there are a whole bunch of restaurants that make their money on delivery and takeout orders. Their menus offer a very large variety of items and they range from nearly every category of food. The majority of these places have the option to eat inside the actual restaurant. While the quality of these places is obvious, visiting them is a whole other deal. Lafayette Hot Dog fits the bill when it comes to neighborhood restaurant that offers something that might just hit the spot.
Bus: STM 191, 495, 496
Visit: January 8, 2014
2014 is well underway and everyone is back in the middle of their normal routines. The same can be said when it comes to burger business. Even if the year changes, one can be assured that nothing will be different when it comes to burgers. With that in mind, the first burger of 2014 for the search comes to us from Dorval at Barbie’s.
450 Promenades de Centropolis
Bus: STL 42, 60, 61, 66, 70
Visit: December 20, 2013
The first burger post of 2014 takes a look at the very last burger experience of 2013. You might think I’m crazy for covering the kind of place that I do my best to avoid, but there are times where you can’t avoid things. For the third time in my life, I got the chance to try something rather unique at Boston Pizza.
A brand new year has now arrived and some of us are still stuck looking back at what was. Well, that’s what I’m going to do for a few more moments while 2014 is waiting full of adventures and whatnot. December was a month of fewer outings, mostly because people are staying home and using that time to relax. I got most of my visits out of the way early so that I could take the latter half of the month to recover from that unavoidable cold.
When I look back at 2013, I can say that I tried at least 51 burgers and had a blast doing it. The Great Burger Search expanded beyond Montreal with visits to New York, Boston, and Ottawa. I got a chance to try a total of 9 burgers outside Montreal and some of them will be hard to forget. Also, I also had the chance to visit some of the biggest names in restaurants when it comes to this wonderful city. With places like Kazu, La Queue de Cheval, and Au Pied de Cochon taking their place on my burger list, 2013 will always be a year that will rank high in the history of this search.
Here we are at the end of 2013 already. It’s probably been said literally thousands of times by now, but where does the time go? It’s about that time where we reflect on the year that’s been and what’s to come when the calendar changes. 2013 has been a great year for the search. When I take a look at it, I’ve expanded the boundaries with visits to 2 major cities and a return visit to Canada’s capital. There’s listing everything I have planned for 2014, since plans may change. But, if it was anything like 2013, it will be another one to remember.
Bus: OC Transpo 1, 9
Visit: November 17, 2013
In the last 4 years of doing this search, I’ve always cherished each trip to the nation’s capital, Ottawa. Since 2011, I haven’t had the chance to make it to Ottawa and that was something that bothered me because I had so much left to do over there. On a random Sunday in November, I found that moment to attempt, not one, but two burgers. The first stop was at The Smoque Shack.