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46 Cartier
Laval, Québec

Métro:  Cartier
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

http://www.restaurantchezgerard.com/

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.

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5272 Sherbrooke O.
Montréal, Québec

Train:  Vendome
Metro:  Vendome
Bus:  STM 17, 24, 37, 63, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124

Visit:  June 12, 2013

http://www.kfc.ca/

About 3 years ago, I made a very stupid decision.  I wasn’t the only one.  In 2010, well over 10 million people made the very same, foolish choice that I made.  In Canada, for very short amounts of time, something out of the ordinary is offered at KFC locations for the taking.  In the past, that item was simple, if you can even call it that.  This time around, in 2013, the simple Machiavellian instrument of pain and torment mutated to become what is known today as the Zinger Double Down.

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1232 Peel
Montréal, Québec

Train:  Gare Centrale, Lucien-L’Allier
Metro:  Peel, Lucien L’Allier, Bonaventure
Bus:  STM 15, 74, 75, 107, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 715, 747, 935

Visit:  May 9, 2013

http://harveys.ca/

Over the course of doing this search, one of the frequent questions I get, whether it be a joke or not, is about the ever so wonderful fast food burger.  I think I’ve made myself clear when it comes to that.  But, if I were ever put in a position where I would have to choose one, there’s only one fast food place that would really get my vote and that would be Harvey’s.

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2305 Rockland
Centre Rockland
Montreal, Quebec

Bus:  STM 100, 119, 179, 460

Visit:  October 27, 2011

http://www.thaiexpress.ca/

Food courts have always been a large part of my 28 years.  From Subway, to McDonalds, and as far as Tiki Ming, they have fed me when I had no clue to what I wanted.  Actually, one of the smallest regrets I had from my time at McGill was the fact that I relied too heavily on food courts, especially when I was surrounded by so much.  But, being a student with limited funds didn’t always make expanding my culinary experiences so easy.  So, in the last few years, I’ve been making up for lost time.

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Subway

417 Mont-Royal E.
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Mont-Royal
Bus:  STM 11, 30, 97, 427

Visit:  September 24, 2011

http://www.subway.ca/

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll notice that now did 2 different sandwiches on the same day within mere hours of each other.  Lately, I’ve been looking for every kind of gimmick sandwich possible.  Since Subway has been advertising their bacon steak sandwich hardcore, so that compelled me to make this another priority.

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640 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  McGill
Bus:  STM 15, 61, 168, 420

Visit:  September 14, 2011

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/

My quest on this particular day had no intention of ending up the way it did.  Recently, after reading a message board’s discussion thread, I learned that a particular McDonald’s location was offering the rather elusive lobster roll.  Me, being the kind of person who likes to try fast food gimmicks, wanted to go after this really badly.  After the McRib and the 1967 Burger, the lobster roll had to be the next thing on my list of trophies.

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500 Sainte-Catherine O.
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  McGill
Bus:  STM 15, 61, 168, 420

Visit:  September 1, 2011

http://www.burgerking.ca

I am not a regular Burger King visitor or supporter, though I was happy when the creepy mascot was retired.  As a matter a fact, they should be lucky if I make it there once a week.  What caught my attention was a special limited time burger.  Lately, I’ve been doing my best to try the unique things fast food restaurants try to use to drag in customers.

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6501 Saint-Hubert
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Beaubien
Bus:  STM 13, 18, 30, 31, 160

Visit:  August 11, 2011

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/

My motivation for coming to McDonald’s on this day came for more than one reason.  The first reason being the fact that I haven’t done a bonus burger in about a year.  The second reason was my primary goal for the visit.  Recently, McDonald’s released a new Quebec-only burger entitled the 1967 burger.  I first saw a poster for this on my way out of Gringo and Burger 107.  That particular sighting didn’t really catch my interest, but an e-mail from Zeke, the man behind the Montreal Burger Report, solidified my need to try it.  After doing some research and looking at the list of ingredients, I needed to have this burger.

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150 Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Complex Desjardins
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Place-des-Arts
Bus: STM 15, 55, 80, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747, 935

Visit: June 29, 2011

Tiki Ming Website

I will be honest, this was never in the plans for the day. After about 30 minutes of wandering around aimlessly, past 2 in the afternoon, I came to this conclusion. To be frank, I’m really not good at picking restaurants without prior research. Having had “Chinese” two days prior, I was more or less curious at the “quality” of one particular item, as you’ll see. I’ve been here many times in the past, and the food is barely passable.

NOTE: This is an updated picture of the sign, I’m still not too wild about it.

Trio

General Tao/Veggies/Fried Rice/Egg Roll

Tried: June 29, 2011

The main reason I chose this combination was for the General Tao. The chicken itself wasn’t so fresh, it was over fried and there was no zing to it. The pieces may have been big, but they were hard to chew. The veggies didn’t scream out Chinese to me whatsoever. The rice and egg roll were probably the best out the whole thing. The rice tasted fine and was finished rather quickly. The one thing I didn’t like about the egg roll is the need to pour the sauce all over it. Something to dip it in would’ve been better.

1565 Cote-Vertu
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Cote-Vertu
Bus: STM 17, 64, 70, 72, 121, 128, 170, 171, 174, 177, 196, 213, 215, 216, 225, 470, STL 144, 151, 902

Visit: June 28, 2011

http://www.mcdonalds.ca/

Everyone already knows what I think of McDonald’s, so I won’t bore you all about my thoughts all over again. What I will mention is that I wasn’t expecting to find myself here on this day, but unforeseen circumstances allowed me to test my curiosity.

There were two notable happenings during my visit to this location. The first thing that irritated me was the mother with her children and stroller who were ordering after me. My ice tea was waiting on the counter and this woman’s elbow was ever so close to knocking it down. She had no idea what she wanted and I was begging her (in my mind) to find another place to ponder. The second thing I noticed was the man, who only ordered a coffee, sitting in the dining area eating his non-McD’s lunch. I never knew they tolerated that.

McRib Trio

McRib Box

McRib

McRib

Tried: June 28, 2011

This was the reason for my reluctant visit to this fast food giant. The McRib is a gimmick sandwich. It contains onions, pickles, a lot of sauce, and rib-like meat. I have a vague memory of having this years ago, but for the purpose of this “review,” it’s like it’s the first time. The thing about the McRib that I liked was the size. It’s not too big, nor is it too small. That’s where the general positive thoughts ended. The taste didn’t leave anything lasting in the memory category and I only had the darn thing 4 hours ago. The sauce is just too messy and required excessive napkin use. The meat, at the end, tried coming out, so I had to change my biting strategies. That caused me to finish the sandwich earlier than I wanted to. The inclusion of pickles and onions didn’t really add to my enjoyment whatsoever. Overall, this is a gimmick, meant to be tried once in a blue moon. So, been there, done that, almost got the t-shirt.

French Fries

Do I really need to explain this to you?

The McAftermath

Kentucky Fried Chicken

3131 Cote-Vertu
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Cote-Vertu
Bus: STM 17, 64, 70, 72, 121, 128, 170, 171, 174, 177, 196, 213, 215, 216, 225, 470, STL 144, 151, 902

Visit: October 23, 2010

http://www.kfc.ca/

I was passing by this location on one of my random bus excursions when I noticed a sign for the return of the Double Down. At that moment, I remember the neglected pictures I never posted of my encounter with this beast.

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Lew has a long history with Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even since I was young, KFC was the pinnacle of Fast Food. But, as I grew into the Mr. Lew you “see” today, tastes change. As chicken pieces get smaller and smaller, Mr. Lew gets turned off. The taste changes and Mr. Lew leaves. Now, KFC has joined my list of former loves like Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds’, and Pepsi. It doesn’t help that the logo reminds me of someone.

Anticipation - Part 1

Anticipation - Part 2

Anticipation - Part 3

Double Down - Box

Double Down - Wrapper

Double Down - Peeking Out of the Wrapper

Double Down

Double Down

Tried: October 23, 2010

This concoction contains two chicken breasts, pepperjack cheese, secret sauce, and bacon.

To start, I’m going to be honest about what I was expecting before I ate this: death. The hype surrounding this ‘thing’. I’m always game for this kind of gimmick. The chicken itself was nice, but it overwhelmed everything else. Yes, there was cheese. Yes, there was sauce. Finally, yes, there was bacon, but I didn’t really notice. All this comes to is a gimmick, pure and simple. For the rest of that day, I was monitored closely by doctors, as I was fearing a heart attack.

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