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Looking For A Burger Like Mondo Frites

proot Jan 20, 2009 01:10 PM

i really enjoyed mondo frites bun and burger. any suggestions for a similar burger?
thanks in advance.

  1. afoodyear Jan 21, 2009 06:40 AM

    I miss that place. I think it could've been much more successful if it had been located anywhere not obscured by the line-ups outside Schwartz's :\

    Have you been to La Paryse? It's not the same, but it's the closest good burger I can think of.

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    1. re: afoodyear
      sweettoothMTL Jan 21, 2009 06:49 AM

      Actually, the first time I tried Mondo Fries, I was actually going to Schwartz's for lunch with some friends, and when we saw the lineup, we tried Mondo instead. Not sure that's what killed it.

      As for a similar burger, I'm sure there is already one or two burger threads here, try searching ''best burger''. For something similar to Mondo's, to me Frite Alors' burgers are the same style, and you also get a choice of sauce with your fries :)

      1. re: sweettoothMTL
        anachemia Jan 21, 2009 07:49 AM

        Thumbs down on Frites Alors - the one time I tried that place, the burgers were dried-out gristly hockey pucks. You couldn't pay me to go back.

        1. re: anachemia
          carswell Jan 21, 2009 08:19 AM

          While I don't care for Frite Alors!'s hamburgers, they're hardly worse than what you get/got elsewhere in this hamburger desert of a town, including at Mondo Fritz and La Paryse. The thing about FA! is that it's a crap shoot: everything depends on the line cook, a situation exacerbated by what appears to be a very high turnover. When the cook knows his way around the griddle and fryer, the merguez sandwich is dandy and the fries outstanding. Also, the original Park Ave. store and the Laurier East franchise are heads and shoulders above the other franchises.

          1. re: carswell
            anachemia Jan 21, 2009 10:12 AM

            Your merguez comment reminded me of the good luck I've had finding fantastic kafta sandwiches in Montreal; these often do a great job of satisfying a burger craving even if not traditional.

            I can recommend Jerusalem Express, Kafe Kefta, Chez Benny, and even Amir in a pinch. All of the above grill the meat fresh and dress them to order at all these places, even Amir. Kafe Kefta's on Fairmount west is the most burger-esque, as they serve it on baguette instead of pita.

            1. re: anachemia
              carswell Jan 21, 2009 10:24 AM

              The kefta on laffa sandwich at Chez Benny is incredible. My mouth starts watering as soon as I think about it. So good it's a crime to garnish other than minimally (raw onions and hot sauce). Big, too. In fact, I don't like going to Chez Benny alone because then I have to decide between the kefta and the equally delicious falafel.

      2. re: afoodyear
        rillettes Jan 21, 2009 07:49 AM

        I think the Third-Worldification of St-Laurent had more to do with Mondo Frites' demise than anything else.
        Over a year of torn-up pavement and sidewalk can play havoc with a business.

      3. oana Jan 21, 2009 10:39 AM

        Patati Patata.
        The burgers are smaller than Mondo Frites and the place is tiny tiny but I have to say that whenever I have gone for burgers and fries I have not been dissapointed. It is not pricey and with the exception of the lukewarm flat beer it is a decent place.
        happy eating, Oana

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