10421 Gouin O.
Bus: STM 68, 205, 206, 208, 209, 213, 407, 468
Visit: March 13, 2014
Success is often made out of second chances. I’m so grateful that I got a second chance in my career, where I’m doing a whole lot better than the first time around. Like in life, restaurants or locations often face the prospect of getting a second chance. Located in the West Island, Athena is a place that is rebuilding a reputation.
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: STM 17, 64, 70, 72, 117, 121, 128, 170, 171, 174, 177, 196, 213, 215, 216, 225, 470, 475, STL 144, 151, 902
Visit: November 1, 2013
After over 4 years of searching for burgers, I’ve just now been going back to addresses that I’ve been to in the past. It hasn’t happened too much, but I take every opportunity I can to revisit the buildings that once house past burgers. This was the case when I had the chance to have lunch at Via Marcello.
Bus: RTL 14, 35, 39, 135
Visit: August 4, 2013
Imagine you’re stuck in traffic on a nice day and you can’t wait to get that one frozen item. Well, if you’re ever lost navigating the immense sector that is Quarter Dix30, you know that you need a reward for that. By getting through the gridlock in the area, you can settle down for something sweet at La Fontana Gelati Bar and Lounge.
Metro: Mont-Royal, Sherbrooke
Bus: STM 29, 30, 144, 427
Visit: May 15, 2013
A reputation is something that is very important. I can only imagine what kind of reputation I have. Through life, we strive to create and foster the best kind of reputation. Based on that, decisions in all aspects of life are made. From time to time, there are those who don’t follow the natural course and go towards a different direction. Then there are those that boldly call themselves La Mauvaise Reputation.
This is a revisited post for Deli Planet. Click HERE for the original post.
895 De La Gauchetiere
Les Halles de la Gare
Train: Gare Centrale
Bus: STM 36, 61, 74, 75, 107, 168, 178, 420, AMT Terminus Centre-ville
Visit: May 2, 2013
Have you ever had a meal that you know other people would never agree with you about? About 2 years ago, I visited Deli Planet and had a burger that really surprised me. I didn’t go out of my way to tell everyone how good it was because I just knew that others would probably not see it my way. So, out of nowhere and out of a bit of curiosity, I decided to return to Deli Planet to see if there was consistency.
8746 Notre-Dame E.
Bus: STM 22, 185, 410, 430
Visit: March 7, 2013
One of the biggest issues that I always mention in doing this search on the island of Montreal is the fact that it’s not very easy to find burgers in the east end. At this point, the furthest east I’ve been has been near Les Galeries d’Anjou and I just know that there are places further east. So, for this visit, I ended up at Coronel on Notre Dame East.
5660 Sherbrooke E.
Metro: Cadillac, Assomption
Bus: STM 22, 32, 131, 136, 185, 432
Visit: February 24, 2013
You know what they say about the best laid plans, they often go astray. No matter how much you’re sure about where you’re going or what’s going to happen, there are curves in the road of life. One of the curves led me recently to setting foot in Vinnie Gambinis in the east end of Montreal.
68 de la Gauchetiere Ouest
Metro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: November 25, 2012
If you’re Asian and even if you’re not, there’s a feeling of pride when it comes to a Chinese pastry shop. The amount of people who go gaga over these places is absolutely mind-numbing. The feeling to total support isn’t for nothing, a lot of Chinatown’s pastry shops are definitely worth the hype. The question now is if a relative newcomer to the already loaded scene can pick up on that momentum. For a weird answer to that question, I turned to La Légende.
1662 De Maisonneuve O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: October 4, 2012
When doing a Great Burger Search, you try to find burgers wherever you can. While finding burgers can be quite the easy task, getting that unique Montreal dining experience can be a whole other story. Angela Pizza in the heart of Downtown Montreal has a burger, but it does have a whole lot more.
Bus: STM 24, 30, 144, 427
Visit: July 21, 2012
Saint-Denis is not an easy street to have a restaurant. Go along any stretch of the north-south thoroughfare and you’ll see just how many eating establishments there are long the road. When you think broader and start branching out a bit, the competition is stiff. For my first burger in 8 months on the street, I chose Universel, a place more commonly known for their breakfasts. However, they also have a wide menu of other common food.
3090 Sherbrooke E.
Bus: STM 29, 85, 97, 185
Visit: May 24, 2012
When you think of Miami, you don’t necessarily think of your normal Quebec selection of food. But, on one street corner on Sherbrooke East, you have a place that’s open 24 hours a day and decked out in everything you could possibly think of shark-wise. Maybe my close encounter with a shark wasn’t the main reason for my visit, but the one I was to have with a burger that left me swimming for safety.
Metro: Beaubien, Rosemont
Bus: STM 13, 18, 25, 30, 31, 160, 161, 197
Visit: March 22, 2012
Lately, in my eating endeavors, there has been one thing that’s been pushing its way in, desserts. It really hasn’t been something that I always was planning on doing, but it forced me to really start broadening my horizons. The island of Montreal has so many restaurants that offer desserts on their menus. Outside of that, there are places that specialize mainly in desserts. If you look even deeper, you’ll come across places that aren’t really restaurants, but bakeries that happen to have seats and tables. This happens to be one of those places.
2087 Sainte-Catherine O.
Metro: Atwater, Guy-Concordia
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 66, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: March 10, 2012
Ever since it opened months ago, Cacao 70 has been on my radar. Years ago, I didn’t necessarily go out of my way to go to places that were exclusively based on dessert, or even chocolate. Now, with my horizons expanding, I was more than looking forward to stepping into the chocolate emporium that was Cacao 70.
39 Saint-Paul E.
Metro: Place d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 26, 2012
On this particular week, I’ve been fighting my first illness of 2012. The fact that I was under the weather for the better part of the week really affected things here at the GBS. I put off the burger I was planning to do this week. There was one thing that I couldn’t put off, a reservation for another stop at Happening Gourmand. So, I was undertaking a whole demanding regimen of various medications, some normal and others, very much Chinese. By the time this evening rolled around, I was very much ready to enjoy something that I was really looking forward to.