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.
The month of March is usually a very significant month for me. Each year, I make some of my best visits. This year, there’s no exception. For the first time ever, I got the chance to visit the city of Philadelphia, thus getting 3 of their top burgers done. In the weeks that will come, I hope to share with you the fruits of that labor, alongside the highlights of a trip that I won’t soon forget.
200 Sainte-Catherine E.
Métro: Berri-UQAM, Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 15, 30, 55, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 715, 747
Visit: February 20, 2014
Have you ever had a game plan that just didn’t go your way? That’s to be expected in the type of world we live in. With that in mind, you have a Plan B. But, sometimes, even those kind of things fail and then, you have to go on the fly. That’s how I ended up at MVP.
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.
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.
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.
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 191, 495, 496
Visit: January 8, 2014
2014 is well underway and everyone is back in the middle of their normal routines. The same can be said when it comes to burger business. Even if the year changes, one can be assured that nothing will be different when it comes to burgers. With that in mind, the first burger of 2014 for the search comes to us from Dorval at Barbie’s.
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.
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.
Atomic was visited in February of 2012, see the original post HERE.
4627 Du Souvenir
Bus: STL 26, 40, 46, 66
Visit: December 13, 2013
Over the course of visiting the number of restaurants I do, I don’t really get the chance to revisit places. Regardless of the circumstances, I always take advantage of the opportunity to go back to a place where I had something worth remembering. So, for the second time in almost two years, I found myself back at Atomic in Laval.
Bus: STM 14, 27, 30, 46, 47, 51, 427
Visit: December 12, 2013
2013 has been such a great year when it comes to trying new places and seeking out the types of food that I haven’t tried before. But, there is one type of cuisine that I keep coming back to. Greek food has always been one of my favorites and I take any opportunity to try that. This time around, I found myself at Ouzeri.