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.
101 Rachel E.
Bus: STM 29, 55
Visit: November 30, 2013
One of the culinary domains that hasn’t been touched yet is that of Portuguese cooking. In this city, when you think of places that fit the mold, you start with chicken. A lot of people stop right there. Like every facet of food, there is always another component that is overlooked. I was hoping to see some of that at L’Étoile de l’Océan.
Last month, this Great Burger Search expanded beyond the borders of Canada. The fact that so many burgers were consumed in such a short period of time created some logistical issues that they couldn’t all be posted at once. Normally, the burger that gets posted on a Sunday would have been done sometime within the previous week. But, with an astonishing 5 burgers in 4 short days, it would mean that this site’s content was settled for a month.
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.
705 Sainte-Catherine O.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 61, 107, 125, 168, 420, 715
Visit: February 9, 2013
In this day and age, not everyone can afford to spend ridiculous amounts of money on food. A lot of people are forced to settle for the offerings of the common food court. Located in Montreal’s Eaton Center, Trattoria Mangione is one of the many vendors that serves the jam-packed food court every day.
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.
Bus: STM 200, 211, 212, 405, 411, 419
Visit: February 15, 2012
Throughout the Burger Search, there was always one part of the island of Montreal that I kept my eye on. That part was the area of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. I can’t tell you the number of places I have on my list that can be found within a small stretch of road in Sainte-Anne. With most of my locations needing to be accessible to public transport, Sainte-Anne was never extremely realistic, that is, until this very day.
39 Saint-Paul E.
Metro: Place d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 26, 2012
On this particular week, I’ve been fighting my first illness of 2012. The fact that I was under the weather for the better part of the week really affected things here at the GBS. I put off the burger I was planning to do this week. There was one thing that I couldn’t put off, a reservation for another stop at Happening Gourmand. So, I was undertaking a whole demanding regimen of various medications, some normal and others, very much Chinese. By the time this evening rolled around, I was very much ready to enjoy something that I was really looking forward to.
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.
3051 Des Sources
Bus: STM 208, 209, 215, 409
Visit: October 11, 2011
After a string of big time burgers, I am happy to go back to a more normal establishment in the middle of a suburb. Jack Astor’s fits that bill. It may be located in the middle of a highly commercial part of Dorval, but it’s still highly suburban to me. For this latest burger expedition, I was to be accompanies by my very trusted colleague. I was actually surprised at his reaction when I mentioned where I wanted to go this week. He was actually looking very much forward to coming here for his very own personal steak search. For our purposes, they had burgers and steaks. The first criteria has been met.
417 Mont-Royal E.
Bus: STM 11, 30, 97, 427
Visit: September 24, 2011
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.
9030 de L’Acadie
Bus: STM 19, 54, 100, 119, 460
Visit: September 23, 2011
It’s been a fully charged Greek cuisine week for me. When I heard that our colleagues at school were planning a retirement party at this restaurant, I had mixed feelings. For one, my fellow food fanatic teacher cohort, who is Greek by the way, did not have rave reviews for the food. I also wasn’t going to pull out the full food blogger Mr. Lew hat for this evening, but I was convinced otherwise by my cohort. He was hoping that I would back up his previous statements. The rest of the personnel at school all felt that the food was quite good. I think I was going to make it my goal to see the truth since I obviously eat a lot.
Visit: October 18, 2009
Bus: STM 17, 92, 115
Dunn’s Famous had become a part of Montreal culture. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve been near the Metcalfe location. However, this time, I found myself at the Decarie location right off the expressway. Even though this restaurant offers burgers, I for some reason didn’t go for it this time. I saw something else and I wanted it.
Tried: October 18, 2009
Sometimes I make mistakes, and this is one of those times. I ordered a steak and the server misheard how much I wanted it cooked. Me, being the stubborn person I am, just ate it. I’m not going to go into details about what was my mistake because I think I need to save a little face. However, despite that the steak wasn’t that bad. It was the mashed potatoes that were awful that I wouldn’t even dare finish it.
Smoke Meat Platter
Ordered: October 18, 2009
This was not my dish but I did get a chance to try some of it. This restaurant, in my opinion, makes really decent smoked meat. It was only over a year later when I really realized that. In fact, my visits to this restaurant have motivated me to go to the iconic Schwartz on the Main.