I often get asked if I make my own burgers. Well, the answer to that is still a resounding no. One of these days, it will happen, but for now, I took a teeny, tiny, little step towards doing that. At a BBQ in Mirabel, all the ingredients were collected and we were ready to have burgers and a good time.
Bus: RTL 1, 6, 55, 106
Visit: May 17, 2012
For the second burger in a row, I find myself in the South Shore of Montreal. Like many of the places I’ve been doing on my native shore, they all hold some semblance of nostalgia for me. This particular stretch of Victoria, in the downtown core of St-Lambert, is where all the town’s activity takes place. For me, it’s a street that’s been part of my morning commute during my 2 years in cegep. Over that time, little did I know that there was a restaurant, one called Kapetan.
9395 Leduc, suite 5
Bus: RTL 14, 35, 135
Visit: May 10, 2012
One of the most important things for me in this Burger Search is trying to find places close to home. The South Shore of Montreal doesn’t quite have the quality, signature places that the island does. It might be the case when it comes to restaurants, but when it comes to shopping, that’s a whole other story. Quartier Dix30 opened back in 2006. Since then, it has grown exponentially and has become the face of Brossard. What’s the most important commercial sector of Brossard without the possibility of a burger? That’s what I wanted to find out.
4631 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Metro: Laurier, Mont-Royal
Bus: STM 11, 46, 51, 55
Visit: April 10, 2012
You probably have a few questions going through your mind right now. The first thing you might of thought of was if I got some really bad news from my doctor. I can assure you, this visit wasn’t an order from my cardiologist. The second thought going through your mind is whether or not I finally ran out of burgers to try. You can rest easy, I still have quite the long list of burgers to unleash on the unsuspecting masses in the future. With all that being said, I have to explain how this all came to be and what the results were.
Bus: STM 106, 113, 123, 406, 495
Visit: March 29, 2012
As someone who keeps an eye out for new burgers, I am always very pleased to hear when something new shows up. The bigger joy is when a place opens up in an area where you can’t really find something you want. In that case, Lasalle recently welcomed a new restaurant opened by someone who is quite familiar to the restaurant scene. Saul Ettinger’s latest offering is his fourth stab at bringing us the very best in smoked meat and burgers. If we have learned from the other places he had a hand in, this one should be quite something.
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.
377 Laurier O.
Bus: STM 46, 51, 80, 129, 435, 935
Visit: March 13, 2012
My search for another place to get decent in Montreal has led me to Juliette & Chocolat. Montreal has quite the competition when it comes to dessert. Whether it be ice cream or chocolate, you have a wide selection of places that can satisfy your sweet tooth. Myself, having just done another chocolate, was still in the frame of mind where I needed that sugary fix. Where better than this place to try something that I’m really starting to enjoy.
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.
521 Duluth E.
Metro: Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal
Bus: STM 11, 14, 24, 29, 30, 97, 144, 427
Visit: December 15, 2011
My visit to Le Jardin de Panos is the third in the series of outings as part of the Fat Squirrel Society (inside joke). The first visit was in October for Korean BBQ and the second was in the midst of Chinatown. So, we took a little bit of a curve by going to see what other Greek restaurants there were to explore in Montreal. I honestly thought that I reached the plateau of Greek cuisine with my other visits, so I was hoping to expand to that list.
500 Sherbrooke O.
Bus: STM 24, 61, 125, 168
Visit: November 30, 2011
I’ve been eyeing this particular restaurant for quite some time and the reason was far greater than any burger known to humankind. There was a dessert on the menu that caught my attention months ago and I just had to try it. The second I saw the picture of that certain dessert and confirmed the fact that there was a burger, I put a visit to Deli 500 on the priority list.
Bus: STM 29, 55, 144
Visit: October 27, 2011
2011 has been quite the year for eating here in Montreal. In this stand-out year for myself, I’ve been to quite a list of places and done quite a bunch of things that I never thought I’d do. Out of all the things or places in Montreal, there is one thing that I never thought I’d ever be any part of, Moishes. This place is a Montreal institution, much like the famed Schwartz’s just a few steps away. If you want to be seen, this is one of the very few select places you come to, no matter which day of the week. So, I was very intrigued when my favorite food eating colleague threw this out as a suggestion for an outing.
2313 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150
Visit: October 13, 2011
My recent visit to La Maison Bulgogi had to be capped off with something decent like dessert. Lately, I’ve been taking every chance to try dessert places in Montreal, ranging from ice cream, to pies, and now to cake.
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1437 Rene-Levesque O.
Metro: Lucien L’Allier, Guy-Concordia
Bus: STM 15, 36, 57, 150, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: August 1, 2011
La Cage Aux Sports was one of the burger search location that I’ve been waiting to go to since I began this whole adventure. Over time, I’ve kept this as one of my back-up locations in case another didn’t pan out. However, I found the perfect opportunity to come to the cage of sports. Now, this wasn’t the particular location I chose. Thanks to Janet Jackson at the Bell Center, we had to shuffle down Rene-Levesque to the next closest one, which wasn’t a big deal at all, or so we thought.