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BLM Feb 7, 2007 10:11 PM

Is it easy to find burger places in Montreal, that will cook their burgers on request less than medium(I prefer mine more towards medium-rare)? Considering that beef tartare is still being served at a number of Montreal restaurants, I would think getting a medium-rare burger wouldn't be too hard(but I could be wrong). Give me places to check in Montreal, that make great burgers & will cook it medium-rare?

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    Campofiorin Feb 8, 2007 04:56 AM

    The thing is with tartare, it's a piece of that's cut to order hence less prone to bacterias whereas burgers are made from meat that's already ground and more of a fertile ground for bacterias. But you could give the Meat Market a try, they might do it.

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      MaeveH Feb 8, 2007 09:43 AM

      Mr Steerburger on ste Cat will do a rare one. I can't remember, but Anecdote might, as well as La Paryse. They're tough to find...

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        BLM Apr 22, 2007 06:54 PM

        I think Mr. Steer grounds their own meat. They use kosher beef. I've ordered medium-rare burgers from them before.

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        Ani Feb 8, 2007 04:40 PM

        McKibbin's offers their burgers medium-rare and opt for the fries instead of the salad.

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          Shelley416 Feb 9, 2007 08:01 AM

          My favourite by far is La Paryse, and their standard burger comes medium well (pink inside). It's a tiny little place, often with a line up (closed Mondays), but well worth the visit.

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            BLM Apr 18, 2007 08:42 AM

            Seeing a similar topic currently in the Toronto section, I'm wondering which burger joints in Montreal grind their own meat? If they grind their own meat, then it shouldn't be a problem for them to cook burgers less than medium.

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              ricardo4u66 Apr 22, 2007 12:52 PM

              Still not safe!

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                SnackHappy Apr 22, 2007 01:38 PM

                Nothing's 100% safe. I like to live dangerously. If everyone went nuts about food safety we wouldn't have things like sashimi and raw milk cheese. That would make life really boring.

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                  embee Apr 26, 2007 07:14 PM

                  Raw berries, bean sprouts, spinach, lettuce and carrots are less safe. It's about informed choice and safe food handling. A competently run restaurant shouldn't have a problem.

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                ricardo4u66 Apr 22, 2007 12:52 PM

                I just don't get it.....why don't people get informed about safe eating practices, rare,med-rare anything less than well done for a burger is not safe the burger does not have to be charred but it has to be cooked, high praises go out to those Resto's that don't offer a cooking on burgers.

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                  rcianci Apr 22, 2007 06:00 PM

                  You're absolutely right.You don't get it. All pleasure involves risk. I like nothing better than a rare burger. Please don't confuse ignorance with informed choice and don't presume to make that choice for me.

                2. eoj Apr 23, 2007 01:52 PM

                  Le Vieux Dublin asks how you'd like your burger done.

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                    crawkrock Apr 26, 2007 11:26 AM

                    Benedicts on Monkland will do a burger for you however you want it done and they have a huge selection of different types. Also their french fries are amazing.

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                      Scotty100 Apr 26, 2007 11:32 AM

                      One of the best burgers I've ever eaten was at the bar in the Hotel Nelligan. Outstanding.

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                        SnackHappy Apr 26, 2007 11:40 AM

                        Well, if you're going to charge 16 dollars for a hamburger...

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                          Scotty100 Apr 27, 2007 06:09 AM

                          It was worth every dollar...quality of beef very good...huge pattie...chargrilled to perfection, excellent fries. Lately, nothing I've had in NYC has come close.

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                      embee Apr 26, 2007 07:11 PM

                      In Toronto it's tough to get one cooked to less than extremely well done, though it's absolutely legal to serve them cooked as you wish. Seems you have a better chance than we do.

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