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Best Burgers & Fries: Mondo Frites or LaParyse??

shopgirl Oct 22, 2006 01:41 PM

Visiting Montreal again. I've tried Mondo Frites and loved their frites (and burgers). Couldn't try LaParyse as they were closed. I've read that LaParyse has the absolute best frites. Do they serve dipping sauces for the frites? How are their burgers?
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    morebubbles RE: shopgirl Oct 22, 2006 07:21 PM

    I hope we don't have to comment on or recommend only on the two mentioned.
    I like the burger/fries at Le Vieux Dublin on 1219A University downtown (just below St. Catherine). For me, it's the best burger. La Paryse, good, a bit soggy with gooey toppings. Overall not totally impressed; I do have friends that like it. Mondo Frites was good enough when I was there a year or so ago.

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      Michou02 RE: morebubbles Dec 3, 2006 11:11 PM

      I didnt like la Paryse burgers that much either...their speciality is defffinitly the fried egg sandwhich...absolutly delicious! No one has mentioned the burgers at Les folies on Mout-Royal (right in front of the metro). its the Juiciest burger ive ever eaten in montreal. and you get a huge plate of fries and salad for 10 $ and the atmosphere is great, theres usually a live DJ on fridays or saturdays. . .

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        anachemia RE: Michou02 Oct 19, 2007 07:54 PM

        Ugh. Just tried Les Folies across the street from Mt. Royal metro and was sorely disappointed. Tried to order my burger medium-rare, but the kitchen refused. The result was dry, overcooked, and while they seemed to be using decent meat with hand-pressed patties, it was way too lean to be used in a burger. "Belgian" frites were undercooked, limp and greasy - would have been acceptable for Quebec style fries, but they served these with mayo, meaning they should have been stiff as toothpicks. Salad was standard mesclun mix with a few extra veg added, but the dressing had no flavour. Prices were high for what you get. Service was friendly but slow and inattentive. Will not go back - have no idea why anyone would recommend this place for their burgers. If what you're after is good meat, stick with Mister Steer or Dilallo's.

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        rerutled RE: morebubbles Jan 13, 2007 05:04 PM

        I second that the burgers at Le Vieux Dublin are fantastic; I rate them better than both La Paryse and Mondo Frites. Sadly, their kitchen closes at 9pm during the week, and isn't open on Sundays.

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        maviris RE: shopgirl Oct 23, 2006 12:16 AM

        I went to La Paryse b/c I heard it had the best hamburger in Montreal, but was disappointed. The burgers were just okay and the frites were not crisp. I've subsequently been told I should have tried their signature burger (which has cream cheese as a topping), but I'm not sure that would have helped. The other's I've tried haven't knocked me out either: Mr. Steer (more of a meat ball on a bun) and Patati Patata (cheap, tiny burgers loved by students). I think my next try will be MeatMarket: http://www.meatmarketfood.com/ and Old Dublin, thanks to morebubbles!

        Also, there was a recent thread on this board regarding burgers:

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          BLM RE: maviris Oct 24, 2006 03:36 AM

          I still feel that Mr. Steer could be the best burger in Montreal, despite some negative comments here & other places. Their burgers are excellent, however occasionally I've gotten mediocre burgers from them(I don't know what's going on there).

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            quicknick RE: maviris Dec 8, 2006 05:55 PM

            I've been a big fan of the MeatMarket burgers since I first tried their swiss miss burger a few months ago, since then they've added a blue cheese number which is incredible as well as a goat cheese burger which I've only recently heard of but haven't had a chance to try. My friends tell me it's a killer as well! I had never been to La Paryse before I read this article (http://www.montrealfood.com/restos/me...). I wanted to see for myself. I wasn't dissapointed but I still think that MeatMarket's offerings are a few notches above the cut. So for a sure bet check out montreal's MeatMarket!

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            marly_b RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 01:31 AM

            I have to admit my best burger has to be the Dilalo special from Dilalo on St-Antoine (not the one in LaSalle, they're not good). Cheap my friend! And so good... If you decide to try it out, it's the one with cheese and capicolo. I love their fries too.

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              BLM RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 03:38 AM

              We've basically only talked about the best burgers on this thread. Where are the best fries in MTL?

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                carswell RE: BLM Oct 24, 2006 02:18 PM

                The original Frite Alors! franchise on Park Ave. on a good day. Excellent potatoes, cut the right size, double-fried in beef (and maybe horse) tallow to crunchy/crispy perfection, and served with harissa-spiked mayo (other flavours available). What more can ask for?

                My feeling about the best burger in Montreal is that there is none.

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                morebubbles RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 11:17 AM

                Best fries: Chien Chaud Victoire on Beaver Hall Hill. It's an old and old-fashioned place on the street level of a building (from the inside you'd swear you're in a shack) just below La Gauchetiere (east side). You often see huge line ups at lunch. Great hot dogs, but most importantly - amazing fries! Thick cut, skin on, made from 'real' potatoes (not frozen etc) served in the ever-stylish paper bag (whether you're eating it there or taking it out). They are so good. Recommend you check them out. It's not a full service place; you line up, order your food, pay, get food and grab a table. Hope it doesn't close any time soon, not too many places like that left in Montreal unfortunately.

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                  C70 RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 12:21 PM

                  Decarie hot dog for fries. Ask for them extra crispy.

                  They're superb going down but the last time I had them... Heartburn all day.

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                    SnackHappy RE: C70 Oct 24, 2006 02:11 PM

                    Does Decarie Hot-Dog still use Crisco to cook their fries?

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                    BLM RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 02:15 PM

                    What's the best oil to cook fries?

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                      SnackHappy RE: BLM Oct 24, 2006 02:25 PM

                      Most places use Canola oil because it's the cheapest. Some people swear by peanut oil.

                      I think the belgians use beef tallow or vegetable oil.

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                        BLM RE: SnackHappy Oct 24, 2006 02:35 PM

                        So Crisco is a big no no to cook fries in your eyes?

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                          SnackHappy RE: BLM Oct 24, 2006 03:03 PM

                          There's nothing wrong with using Crisco. It must give similar results to beef tallow or lard.

                          My only problem with Crisco is that it's 100% trans fat.

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                            carswell RE: SnackHappy Oct 24, 2006 03:08 PM

                            >>It must give similar results to beef tallow or lard.<<

                            Not really. Fries cooked in vegetable oil are limper, soggier and oilier/greasier and have none of the subtle savour imparted by animal fat (talking beef, horse and duck fat here; have never tasted fries cooked in lard).

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                      Ani RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 09:07 PM

                      You guys might want to try out l'anecdote. It's a small diner but they offer a delicious classique burger with mushrooms, emmenthal and bacon. The meat patties are really tasty and moist but I really like the bread They serve it on a crusty and thick pain viennois. Unfortunately, the fries are nothing to write about. I agree Frite alors still takes it. Try l'anecdote, enjoy!

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                      1. UnConundrum RE: shopgirl Oct 24, 2006 09:16 PM

                        I've found Mr. Steer to be overseasoned. I believe they use (or used to use) only kosher meat, so they're probably the best quality, and a hell of a bargain, but... so/so.

                        We've always loved the fries at Bistro Gourmet on St. Mathieu, but don't remember them serving burgers ;)

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                          BLM RE: shopgirl Oct 25, 2006 02:38 PM

                          BTW Mondo Frites, is that the one next to Schwartz's? If that's the one, I haven't eaten there in years.

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                            gspm RE: shopgirl Oct 25, 2006 08:35 PM

                            Between La Paryse and Mondo Frites I would side with Mondo Frites.

                            I have also had a great burger at Frites Alors on St Laurent near Ex-Centris. I take it that the Frites Alors places are independent or franchised so some are better than others.

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                              BLM RE: gspm Oct 26, 2006 02:35 AM

                              What kind of burgers does Frites Alors have? I believe they have a bison burger. Not sure if they have a beef burger.

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                                carswell RE: BLM Oct 26, 2006 02:51 AM

                                Sure they have beef burgers. See for yourself: www.fritealors.com/an/info.html

                                The problem with all their burgers, beef or otherwise, is that the patties are thin and cooked on a griddle, not a grill.

                            2. SnackHappy RE: shopgirl Dec 7, 2006 07:45 PM

                              Tried La Paryse last night for the first time. I really wasn't missing much. The burger was just ok. The raw mushrooms are kind of a put-off, but the cream cheese and bacon were a good combo. The fries, though, were not good at all. They were mealy, dry and a dark brown colour. It's surprising how few places in this town get fries right. It's no wonder you sometimes find people raving about places that serve frozen food service fries.

                              So Mondo Fritz wins this one. I still don't think the burgers at Mondo Fritz are that great, though. I want to try Meat Market's burger next.

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                                MCMM RE: SnackHappy Dec 7, 2006 08:12 PM

                                I know this is a link for burgers...but I must comment on what you have said about the fries...very few can get them right. That being said I had dinner for the first time last night at "le steak frites" on st. Paul in Old Montreal. The fries are "a volonte" (all you can eat) and they are incredible. A must try.

                              2. eoj RE: shopgirl Jan 13, 2007 06:36 PM

                                Burgers at La Paryse are good, but I hate the style of frites. Some people like them and a number of places in Montreal serve them the same way, though. I find them over-dark, greasy, and not crispy. I like my frites slender, crispy, and more Belgian-style (which is what Frite Alors and Mondo Frites serve).

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                                  chilipepper RE: shopgirl Oct 20, 2007 11:15 PM

                                  Mondo Frites has closed, reportedly because of the Main Mess roadwork

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                                    celfie RE: chilipepper Oct 22, 2007 07:07 AM

                                    that's such a shame. i love mondo fritz

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                                      Lighthousehunter RE: chilipepper Oct 24, 2007 08:58 AM

                                      A Bostonian here, who travels to Montreal at least once a year. Highly agree that this is a travesty. That is a great neighborhood block with Mondo Frites, Schwartz's, Ripple's, Poco Rico, and Le Vielle Europe. Mondo Frites for me was tradition, with the paper cones and mayo-based dipping sauces.
                                      I have read news reports of the construction, and it seems a blatant example of municipalities not caring about the very vendors that contribute tax revenue to their cities. Seems all too familiar to what I see here in Boston with The Big Dig...progress at the expense of the small businessman. Ask any of the North End (Italian neighborhood) restaurants how their business has suffered since construction began.

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