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Where's the best burger in Montreal

I am looking for the best burger. I don't want gourmet - with seared foie gras and caviar - I don't want vegan tofu on gluten free buns - I want a real, honest to goodness burger that I can sink my teeth into. If there happen to be great fries on the plate alongside this burgerfeast - all the better.

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  1. I very much like the burgers at the Old Dublin on University.

    1. For pub burgers, I like the ones at McKibbins (the size of your head!), and the Lamburger at La Mère a Boire.

      The burgers at Meat Market are quite delicious, though I'm not crazy about the atmosphere.

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        I've now had the lamb burger at L'Amère à boire three times. Twice it was perfection, once cooked a little more than I like but still very good. Plus L'Amère's the only place in town where you can order a Cerna Hora to go with your sandwich.

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          1. re: mainsqueeze

            I asked the last time I was there: the kitchen stays open till 11 p.m. If you hurry...

            1. re: carswell

              I went after work and my lamburger was succulent.

              My dinner partner, however, was quite disappointed with his fish n' chips. It was a tiny portion of tough, overcooked mystery fish.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Agree about the fish and chips. Lamb burgers rule!

                1. re: carswell

                  BTW you were quite right about the Cerna Hora. It's a perfect pairing for the lamburger.

                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                    Oh, the humanity. I went to L'Amère à boire this weekend, and they don't have the lamburger anymore.

                    1. re: mainsqueeze

                      Oops. Had been meaning to tell you. In May, I went to check on reports of its decline and learned it was extinct. The waiter didn't know why. Bummer, eh?

                      1. re: carswell

                        Yeah, and the burger I did have was mediocre, on a pale, lifeless bun, with a soggy piece of lettuce and a sad little slice of unripe tomato. Is it just my memory failing, or did the burgers used to be served with a side of fries or salad? This time, it was just the burger. For $8 or $9, it was not worth it.

                        The service was very disinterested, too. I probably won't go back.

                        1. re: mainsqueeze

                          Am pretty sure it came with fries. Didn't try a replacement burger. Sad to hear they've gone downhill. The bun used to be so good.

        1. I'm quite partial to La Paryse on Ontario near St-Denis. My vote also goes to Meat Market.

          1. The Olde Orchard pub- 2 locations now. Great, fresh burger AND homemade fries.

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            1. re: C70

              Thanks!!

              Guess what I'm going to have for dinner tonight..