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Roberto7 May 5, 2007 05:14 AM

Good morning,

I'm not sure if many of you have been through Winnipeg, Manitoba. If you have, you'll know that the city has a great food scene including a wealth of great burger joints. Does anyone have any suggestions for spots to try?

My favorites of the 30+ I've been to include: The Burger Place (Portage Ave.), Oscar's Deli (Hargrave St.), Dairi Wip (Marion St.), VJ's (Main St.), Superboy's (Main St.) and The North Star Drive-In (McGregor Ave.).

Thanks!

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    hotwired Aug 1, 2007 08:07 AM

    When it comes to burgers in Winnipeg NO ONE beats Mrs Mikes on Tache and their Kingburger.

    I have had them all VJs, Dairy Whip, Superboys etc... nothing beats the Kingburger.

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      easily amused Aug 1, 2007 03:36 PM

      Burgers in YWG...Interesting
      All of the above are good, but have you tried Park Tower (Portage Ave) across from Assiniboine Park? Quite Tasty. They have a variety of items on their menu including some very tasty Greek dishes.
      The place is absolutely pack for lunch on the weekends.

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        riglin Aug 6, 2007 09:31 PM

        Daly Burger on Corydon is good, but used to be better. I think Superboys is my favourite. (But the VJs burger is as tasty to me, however, they have no onion-rings.) Non-Winnipeggers who like burgers should know that these are the kind of deluxe, freshly made patties, chilli on top burgers that you pay ten bucks for in some retro themed restaurant that people rave about. Here it is standard fare, available everywhere, and cheap.

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          FashionDiva84 Nov 7, 2007 09:39 PM

          Wow, really? My experiences at the Daly Burger have been abysmal. I live within walking distance so I really expected that this would become a regular haunt for me. I've given them a few chances on a few different menu items and each is more poorly cooked than the last.

          Dairy Whip is worth the trip, though.

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            puck1337 Nov 12, 2007 10:19 AM

            Daly has definitely had a drop in quality in the last few years. The last burger I bought from there was almost pure oregano. I really like VJ's, but they tend to over-salt.

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          sojo16 Aug 7, 2007 12:00 PM

          I have not actually had a burger at Rae and Jerry's, but I hear they're excellent, and of course you have to have their amazing house-made, funnel-cakey onion rings as a side.

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            TOChow Aug 10, 2007 07:49 AM

            Has anyone heard of Juniors? My relatives took me there for a burger 20 years ago. It was really good. I don't know where it is.

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              dineoutgal Jun 13, 2010 09:01 AM

              Yes, the Juniors is located around the city but the best ones are located on 785 Street Mary's Road in the south end and the downtown one on 558 Portage Ave near the U of W. The burgers are pretty good there!!

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              Zoliver Aug 20, 2007 10:54 AM

              I can't believe no one so far has given a shout-out to 'Georges' for their Fat Boy. Deluxe!

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                froddard Nov 12, 2007 08:11 PM

                I have to agree with the Zoliver - George's is the best Fat Boy in the city. I only like the one on Portage and Evanson though - they make the best Fat Boy platter in the city.
                Their fries are fresh cut and fried CRISPY!

                Superboys burgers are too mushy, VJ's is good, but the fries get soggy too fast, the buns at Daly Burger are too... fluffy or something. Burger to bun ratio is off or something at the Daly. The North Star drive-in is pretty good, actually.. you can get curry mayo for your fries.
                But George's on Evanson gets it right every time.

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                nostalgia foods Jun 6, 2010 08:35 PM

                Dairy Whip on Marion is great, so's VJ's on Main. Daly burger has changed the recipe from the original owners, too bad, why do people buy a restaurant then change what they made their reputation on?

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                  easily amused Jun 11, 2010 06:44 AM

                  Yeah, you can't go wrong with a burger from Dairi Wip on Marion.
                  Tried a Burger from Nick's Inn last week...up in Headingly...pretty good..Nice chili. That place is packed The fries were a super riduculous extra large portion...and very tasty...thin cut homemade.
                  It 's all circa1960's in there...Prices very good Service is hoppin quick.

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                  dineoutgal Jun 13, 2010 08:59 AM

                  I like VJs and Juniors for the classic Winnipeg fat boys and cheeseburgers. Fries at both places at great too. For another great burger, I like the Albert Diner on 48 Albert Street - amazing flavours without being overly greasy (no chili on top though).

                  I've also heard great things about Mrs. Mikes on Tache and Dairy Delight on 467 St Anne's Road - two places I'm dying to try.

                  I didn't like the Daly burger on Corydon though.

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                    thebaronofbeef Jul 4, 2010 02:29 PM

                    Mrs. Mikes was a total disappointment for me to tell you the truth. I had heard such great things and found the burger to be no better than alright. My favourite burger is actually outside of Winnipeg in Portage La Prairie of all places. Jimmy's submarine makes the best fat boy I've ever had. Beats Super Boys and all the rest hands down.

                  2. howlin Jul 4, 2010 05:56 PM

                    what nobody mentions sals (ducks and runs)

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                      jhed Jul 7, 2010 11:18 PM

                      i really like burger factory in regent. i find their burger tastier than VJs and burger place.

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                        sterlingblue Jul 16, 2010 06:36 PM

                        I'm surprised no one mentioned the burger factory in Transcona. Their burgers are awesome

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                          maxxyp Jul 30, 2010 01:25 AM

                          I have been in Winnipeg for 10 mos, I love burgers but never found a anything more than medicore. Last week I was in Brandon on bizz , They have opened a American burger place called Five Guys. I decided to try it was simply great , the burger was well done , but juicy and moist , it was messy but in a good way. I had cheese on it which costs extra as well as the bacon , other topping are free , like grilled mushrooms and onions . They have shelled peanuts while u wait for ur order . I didnt get the fries , i should of. Excellent place if you go to Brandon

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                            easily amused Jul 30, 2010 07:51 AM

                            Wow, can't believe there is a Five guys in Brandon. Hope they are coming to Winnipeg soon. Have eaten at 5G in Florida..and it is a great spot. Huge bag of fries and made to order burgers ....The small burger is pretty big
                            http://www.fiveguys.com/home.aspx
                            Not for the peanut allergy sufferers however.

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                              maxxyp Jul 31, 2010 03:26 PM

                              Sure is and was awesome , I also agree with the baronofbeef on JImmy's their home burger is to die for, in Portage . got stuck there for a week, one night after getting a taxi to the hotel , had a urge for a burger ., I said to the taxi driver lets do the BK drive thru, he said no lady , I will take you for a real good burger , he sure did. Their is a another American Chain , which is also awesome coming to Canada , I was in Prince George alot and they have a franchise there, its a fabulous burger as well , its called Fat Burger Last Great Hamburger Stand. They also have turkey burgers , so good , so r the fries. I am going back to Toronto in 2 weeks for good, Winnipeg sure has been interesting

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                                damonster Aug 5, 2010 06:14 PM

                                Sorry you didn't find a burger you liked, as a former winnipegger (now living in TO) I can't find anything here that compares. A fatboy is almost always one of my first stops when I get into town. I crave them from time to time with no chance of satisfying myself here.
                                I think Fat Burger has been in Vancouver for a while now, agree pretty good burger.
                                Five Guys seems to be opening their Canadian locations in rather odd spots, I believe their first location was in Medicine Hat.

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                        existential_crisis Sep 5, 2012 04:05 PM

                        Hey everyone! I have a friend who just moved to Winnipeg and she's delving into the hamburger scene. Some things have come up that I have questions about: What is a "Fatburger"? Also, what's the deal with the chilli on all the burgers? How did this originate?

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                          Cmd2012 Sep 23, 2012 06:00 PM

                          A fat boy is a style of burger here. It usually has lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, and a type of bean-less chilli sauce that reminds me of coney island hot dog sauce, and is unique to the Greek-style burger places here. I don't know much about the where this originated...all I know is that it's a Greek thing. My fav places are George's on St. Mary's, Daly Burger (although I think their fries and gravy are better than their burgers), Nick's Inn in Headingly, and Mrs. Mike's. Edit: Dari-Whip too. Seedy location, good burgers! Rally's was excellent too, but it's closed now. Oh, I also like White Tower, Park Tower, and Tuxedo Family Restaurant too. All three have good burgers and fries, and excellent Greek food too. Niko's is good too . Most will let you split your fires into half salad, half fries...and you will be stuffed for a week. As for Five Guys, I've been in the US. To me the burgers are greasy and just OK; the fries are bland, and beat hands down by any Greek place in town.

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