21 St-Viateur O.
Bus: STM 46, 55, 80, 160, 435
Visit: September 28, 2012
Last year, I made a big decision that I hoped would lengthen the shelf life of the Burger Search. We all have to admit it, there isn’t an endless amount of beef burgers out there. There are places that specialize in putting other types of burgers on the eating scene. Selections such as bison, veggie patties, and chicken are other types of burgers that you can find in the greater Montreal area. This week, I turned my attention to a burger that’s been getting a lot of hype, a fish burger from the St-Viateur street hole in the wall known as Comptoir 21.
Metro: Rosemont, Beaubien
Bus: STM 13, 18, 25, 30, 31, 160, 161, 197
Visit: September 15, 2012
Montreal’s Saint-Hubert street is home to some of the more memorable moments and burgers in the past 3 years of doing this. While most common citizens come to this area to find that key ingredient for their wedded bliss, I come here to find the next step in a search for burger greatness. Even though it is situated just south of the sheltered portion of the street, La Bétise is another key component in the progression of the Great Burger Search.
60 Fairmount O.
Bus: STM 46, 51, 55, 80, 435, 935
Visit: August 21, 2012
The Mile-End district of Montreal is literally bursting at the seams with places to visit. In the last post on this blog, the latest brunch and burger offering was looked at. With that place in the books, I just couldn’t resist crossing the street and sampling some of the most talked about ice cream on the island of Montreal. That place is called Kem CoBa and they’re one of the top ice cream vendors in this city.
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.
2313 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 150
Visit: June 28, 2012
My recent visit to Sparta didn’t quite end over there. As some things go these days, this was another impromptu decision made by curious eaters. While we can all list the major players in the ice cream game of Montreal, there is one that may or may not be a contender. Just last year, the Tim Horton’s franchise put forth its first foray in the Montreal area by opening Cold Stone Creamery across this fair island.
Metro: Sherbrooke, Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 29, 55, 144
Visit: June 27, 2012
I like screaming and I’m sure you like to scream too. But the thing that I know everyone loves is ice cream. Just like screaming can come at any moment, so does ice cream. Much like my impromptu visit to Prato, there was nothing going to stop us from crossing the street to a Montreal Main-stay, Ripples.
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.
5375 Queen Mary
Bus: STM 17, 51, 63, 166
Visit: April 21, 2012
Greek food and large group gatherings have become a vital part of my food adventures in Montreal. Ever since I’ve been to my first real Greek restaurant in September of 2011, I’ve been looking forward to every and each opportunity I could get. Most of those Greek outings, even if they were organized by me, came from the head of someone else. This would be the first time that I would be the one to choose the Greek restaurant. The pressure was going to be on my head.
1200 McGill College
Bus: AMT Terminus Centre-ville, STM 15, 24, 61, 125, 150, 168, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 715, 747, 935
Metro: Peel, McGill, Bonaventure
Train: Gare Centrale
Visit: April 3, 2012
Ben & Jerry’s has played an important part in the last year for me. On this day, I just want to highlight something that they do once every year. On a day in April, Ben & Jerry’s offer a free cone to their customers. Regardless of what kind of weather it is, you’ll find droves of people lining up just for that one scoop of ice cream. For me, it’s been 9 months since I’ve had any chocolate therapy and I wasn’t about to pass this up.
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.
3237 Des Sources
Bus: STM 208, 209, 215, 225, 409, 475
Visit: March 15, 2012
In the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking how I haven’t had much pizza in 2012 or even in the latter half of 2011. Growing up, pizza has been just an important part of my childhood, just as the ever popular burger. The fact that I’ve been doing things lately that have tapped into my past has propelled me in the thinking that pizza must be something that I had to eat soon. When the opportunity came up and the stars aligned on this nice March evening, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go out west to D.D.O. and have Del Friscos’ pizza.
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.
Bus: STL 20, 26
Visit: December 21, 2011
Over the last year, I’ve been doing my best to expand my net as far as different types of cuisine are concerned. I’ve enjoyed all of my recent Greek restaurant visits and look forward to more in the future. Last September, I was attending a retirement party at Restaurant Ellada. On that night, I was introduced to a dessert known as loukoumades. It was around that same exact time where I heard the name Mr. Puffs for the first time.
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.
69 George Street
Bus: OC Transpo Rideau/Mackenzie-King Transitway Station, Societe de Transport de l’Outaouais
Visit: September 21, 2011
For my fourth and most recent visit to Ottawa, I had to cap it off with a dessert stop. During my visit for Burger 103 at Zak’s Diner, I went around and scouted some to the places around Byward Market. I came across the famous Beavertails franchise location. I was very tempted by what I say on that day. My mind, being what it is, instead, went for the Triple Chocolate Blizzard at the nearby Dairy Queen. We all know how that turned out. I left Ottawa in July of 2011 in a pretty good mess. I was determined to not have that again by going to the place I should’ve went to.