The year is almost at its end and the finish line is in plain sight. At this particular point, as I’m writing this, I only have 1 more burger to do in 2013. I can’t believe that we’re almost looking at 2014. November was a big month and there were a lot of interesting things that took place. One of the most notable things was the fact that I managed to reach my unique visitor total from 2012 in 11 months instead of 12. That’s one step forward.
680 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 61, 107, 150, 168, 178, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 715, 747, 935
Visit: November 21, 2013
Sainte-Catherine street is probably one of the busiest pedestrian avenues in the entire city. On any given day, you’ll find thousands of people making their way to one place or another. It’s the kind of street where things happen at all times of the day. That’s the case in the middle of the afternoon at Guido and Angelina.
505 Promenade du Centropolis
Bus: STL 42, 60, 61, 66, 70
Visit: October 29, 2013
Growing up, we all had those grandparents who cooked for us and had their secret recipes. To this day, my own grandparents still cook weekly and gather their family around the dinner table. There are some places that turn that family tradition into a advertising concept. One of those places is Enoteca Mozza in Laval.
6715 Métropolitain E.
Bus: STM 33, 192, 460
Visit: October 15, 2013
October is National Pizza Month and there’s only one way to celebrate such an occasion. Pizza is probably one of the items that can give the almighty burger a run for its money and I happen to love eating it just as much. So, in the ever-loving quest to find good pizza on this island, a trip to À la Vieille Cheminée was in order.
Bus: STM 14, 15, 30, 150, 410, 427, 430, 715, 747
Visit: September 18, 2013
Have you ever been in a position where you pass by the same place for years and you’re not sure what goes on in there? Well, the same can be said for restaurants. Unless you’re walking right by it and are able to see the menu, you are wondering what they have to offer. That amount of curiosity motivated me to visit a place that I’ve passed by so many times, Denos.
3035 du Carrefour
Bus: STL 39, 42, 50, 56, 60, 61, 63, 66, 70, 902, 903, CIT Laurentides 8
Visit: August 6, 2013
Finding food on the island of Laval is not an easy thing if you’re being particular. The overabundance of chain restaurants is something that seems to be the key identity of Laval. Some of those chains are good, while with others, they need not be mentioned. One has to wonder how Portovino stacks up when it comes to scrutiny.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 55, 80, 125, 129, 410, 427, 430, 435, 935
Visit: July 28, 2013
The Hyatt, which is attached to Complex Desjardins, lies in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Like most hotels, there always comes a dining option which never is too far. There is one restaurant that you can’t miss because it isn’t very far off from the Hyatt. That place is called the Six Resto Lounge.
Bus: STM 69, 135, 164, 171, 179, 180
Visit: June 14, 2013
Montreal has thousands of restaurants that belong in many different categories. While a large quantity of them find themselves in select areas of the island, there are other possible gems that can be found outside that concentration of well-known restaurants. It was really great to hear about a place that was close by where I worked and in an area where you wouldn’t necessarily think of decent places to eat. The place in question is called Sapori di Napoli.
1489 Sainte-Catherine E.
Metro: Beaudry, Papineau
Bus: STM 10, 14, 15, 34, 45, 150, 410, 430, 769, RTL 170
Visit: April 25, 2013
If I weren’t searching for burgers in the Greater Montreal Area, I would definitely be looking high and low for pizza. In the past few years, pizza has been on the mind of many Montrealers and we wouldn’t have it any other way. While it is quite the debate, pizza will unite us and at the same time, divide us. My visit to F+F Pizza will hopefully unite me with some of the suggestions given to me by my faithful supporters.
8746 Notre-Dame E.
Bus: STM 22, 185, 410, 430
Visit: March 7, 2013
One of the biggest issues that I always mention in doing this search on the island of Montreal is the fact that it’s not very easy to find burgers in the east end. At this point, the furthest east I’ve been has been near Les Galeries d’Anjou and I just know that there are places further east. So, for this visit, I ended up at Coronel on Notre Dame East.
5660 Sherbrooke E.
Metro: Cadillac, Assomption
Bus: STM 22, 32, 131, 136, 185, 432
Visit: February 24, 2013
You know what they say about the best laid plans, they often go astray. No matter how much you’re sure about where you’re going or what’s going to happen, there are curves in the road of life. One of the curves led me recently to setting foot in Vinnie Gambinis in the east end of Montreal.
Metro: Place d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 25, 2013
Happening Gourmand 2013 gives a chance for every Montrealer set foot in restaurants that they would not normally be able to afford. One of the newcomers in this year’s line-up is a place that people are talking about, Bevo Pizza. Their take on Italian cuisine and pizza is surely something that could no longer be ignored.
Burgers aren’t the only thing that gets featured here on the GBS. From time to time, I get the chance to try other things that don’t necessarily fit my domain of specialty. These dishes are some that I’ll remember for a time to come.
65 Saint-Zotique E.
Bus: STM 18, 55, 160
Visit: October 10, 2012
After doing a burger at a pizza place, it was about time that an actual pizza was consumed. The debate for the “best” pizza in Montreal is just as fierce, or even more intense than that of the strongest burger in town. On the cusp of Little Italy, Bottega does what it can to deliver their unique interpretation of everyone’s favorite dish, the pizza.
1662 De Maisonneuve O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: October 4, 2012
When doing a Great Burger Search, you try to find burgers wherever you can. While finding burgers can be quite the easy task, getting that unique Montreal dining experience can be a whole other story. Angela Pizza in the heart of Downtown Montreal has a burger, but it does have a whole lot more.