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.
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.
Bus: STM 103, 162
Visit: January 29, 2014
I’ve been visiting restaurants and sharing my experiences for the better part of 5 years now. Over that time, I have received a lot of suggestions for potential future visits. For the first time, a close friend to our family proposed a place that makes the six degrees of separation shrink and that place is Le Maistre.
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.
5357 Avenue du Parc
Bus: STM 46, 80, 435, 935
Visit: January 23, 2014
One of the best things about searching for burgers is the fact that you never quite know where you’re going to find them. Sometimes, it’s not quite the end result that matters, but the journey it takes to get there. What makes this even better is that this latest location marries two things I like a whole lot, burgers and Greek restaurants. The one place you can find this special burgers is at Milos.
711 Côte de la Place d’Armes
Métro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 16, 2014
The Montréal restaurant scene in January is somewhat reeling from the holiday season and that’s the perfect moment to do something special. With business being a little slow at this time of the year, a group of restaurants puts on a special event that features special menus. For my third year of my experience in Happening Gourmand, we made our way to Kyo.
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 64, 126, 128, 215, 468
Visit: December 22, 2013
All you can eat. Those four words are very powerful when you start to think about it. There was a time in society where a credo like that would fuel the motivation for someone to eat all that the slowly failing heart could desire. These days, when the world’s economy hurting and the waistlines of society expanding, one can only reflect on what those words truly mean. Either way you want to look at it, I had a chance to find out for myself at Sushi Palace.
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.