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Diet-Break at 'La Paryse': BEST BURGER?

I've been on a diet for the past two months (to reach my 125 goal). And hey, 30 pounds later; it's going well. But as June 12th approaches I am in for my scheduled treat. One carb-heavy, calorie-oblivious, mouth-sexing meal to be picked up and eaten on the couch, watching the Office.

I've decided to settle on a classic: Burgers & fries + 1 slice of cake (J&C felt too decadent).

THE CAKE will be a Calories slice; I'm praying to Vishnu that they have the Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake on that day.

The burger is as of now undetermined and where I need your help. The McKibbins deluxe burger is my favorite classic but I've heard great things about LA PARYSE so I've decided to try them.

-- What is the best/your favorite La Paryse burger? What's it in?
-- How are their fries?
-- How do they both compare to McKibbins for those of you that have experienced both?

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    1. I like their double burger. Two non-grilled patties with mozarella cheese, raw mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, tomato, dijon mustard, mayonaise, and bacon. It's big, it's hard to hold. It's a little bit of a mess. It's not so much the meat that's the headliner in this burger, rather how the whole thing comes together (actually, the meat is pretty lame in of itself).

      Their fries are nice, but not the tastiest I've had. They're crispy, and not soggy (I like soggy in some instances). They're really not oily at all.

      The burgers at McKibbins are more traditional, and you definitely get more meat at McKibbins. They're really two completely different entities. You have to try it and make your judgement, because the burgers at Paryse are don't really fit the norm of what you'd expect in a burger. The fries at McKibbins are nicely spiced, but rather limp. I prefer the ones at Paryse for a cleaner taste... but the fries at McKibbins goes nicely with a pint :)

      I implore you to try a milkshake!

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      1. re: sockhead

        Seconded. The milkshakes at La Paryse are awesome, and easily like 2 1/2 portions of gluttony.

        The fries at La Paryse are decent for the "brown" kind - not too crispy, not too soft, not too starchy, not too greasy - just kind of a middleground palatable fry.

        Getting the loaded burger comes with hot Dijon, which can be a wollop on the senses if you didn't read the ingredients too carefully. I think the burgers at La Paryse are better than McKibbin's (with a bit less meat and steak spice, and more of everything else) but you won't get a side of curry at La Paryse, which is my personal favorite with the fries at McKibbin's.

        Good luck!

      2. go instead Restaurant Philippe - 1877, rue Amherst

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        1. re: MartinSLR

          I'm a constant dieter, if I were you I would plan your diet breaks in smaller splurges,
          the cake one day, the burger on another , skip the fries altogether; it's less of a jolt on your metabolism; having one enormous meal will throw things off too much.
          I know this is not what you want to hear, but I'm saying it anyway, since you've worked so hard to get the weight off.
          I consider a normal sized burger as part of a balanced diet though.
          If you skip the fries, I would venture to say you could have cake 2 days in a row, lol....

          1. re: superbossmom

            Thank you! ~Though I find that for me the one great meal every 8 weeks works beautifully (The fries are an integral part of the experience lol). I'm really not good with the dieting but not dieting thing.

            Last time (May) I had a big plate of lobster at a restaurant along with fries and to finish a third of a Cocoa Locale cake with friends and everything was fine. No system shock; I just make sure to keep the daily count. total roughly the same (light breakfast and midnight snack after) and do 90 mins of cardio the day instead of 60. It quenches cravings and reignites that incentive to "burn it off". :)

            I'll give the milkshakes a look but they were never a favorite of mine in general. Nor was ice cream- i'm a cake fanatic, haha.

        2. I like the burger at Frites alors because they have one with avocado. I make cheeseburgers on my BBQ that are better than the ones at Frites alors but if I don't feel like making them, I can go get one there with avocado. I can't eat burgers now if they don't have avocado and pickes in them. You put mayo and dijon on them and they are perfect! It is the fries that are murder for the diet because if you eat one cheeseburger, it is not the end of the world!

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          1. re: cricri7

            Thanks! I don't know why but I really hate Frites Alors. Maybe it's a bad-experience thing but after going to the Tintin-themed one near Berri I found their fries & sauces really dissapointing. I don't think I'm gonna risk *the* diet-breaker on it.

            Right now I'm leaning towards Paryse's double patty burger. Anyone have any experience with their "nut burger"? Sounds theoretically obscene but the pictures there seem to tell another story:

            http://www.midnightpoutine.ca/food/20...

              1. re: BoomerKid

                Haven't tried the nut one, but the pinto bean burger isn't too bad.

              2. re: cricri7

                Avocado and bacon rules on burgers!

              3. La Paryse is a pretty good choice as far as I'm concerned. I sometimes have their regular burger, which is really yummy, but as I think someone else mentioned the spicy mustard can throw you off if you're not expecting it. I've never had the double burger, as the single is difficult enough to eat elegantly.

                I know this is a diet break meal, but I'd consider their pinto bean burger. It's probably my favourite burger there, even though I'm a meat eater. It has cream cheese, and they give you salsa on the side to put on it, and it's amazing.

                I love the fries... but I'm not so picky when it comes to fries, as long as they're not frozen, or have that weird crispy coating (like at Harvey's, I think).

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                1. re: kdas

                  My favorite thing about the pinto burger is that it doesn't do what many other veggie burgers try to do... and that is be a "burger". It's like a soft, creamy ball rather than a dry and tasteless patty bound together with all sorts of starches.

                  1. re: afoodyear

                    Would you say it's better than the regular/double?

                    Does it still taste like a burger overall, lol?

                    1. re: BoomerKid

                      I like to alternate between the regular and the three vegetarian burgers. They are all tasty, but it depends what you feel like. (I never thought to try a double.) If you are looking forward to the heft and bite of a HAMburger, the veggie choices may not hit the spot. Also, you will be surrounded by others chowing down on their burgers and fries. Enjoy.

                      1. re: BoomerKid

                        Hmmm... See, it's my choice when I don't feel like meat. I find it tastes more earthy, there's more depth to the flavour. What I love about their pinto burger is exactly what afoodyear mentioned - that it's not all starchy and heavy - like the veggie burgers my vegetarian sister eats. It's got a similar mouth feel to meat, though I'm not sure creamy is the word I'd use to describe it.

                        Really though, if you want meat, go meat. If you don't, go beans! This is your meal!

                  2. My favorite fries are at Romados and I don't care for the burgers at La Paryse. I find the meat to be an afterthought and plays second fiddle to the garnishes. This is not how I like my burgers. To be honest, I haven't found a burger that I freally love in Montreal yet. And it's so easy/cheap to make the kind I crave myself.

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                    1. re: The Chemist

                      I wasn't impressed with the burgers at La Paryse AT ALL, but am in LOOOOVE with the ones from Patati Patata!

                    2. La Paryse fries are nothing special IMO; if you absolutely must get the burger at La Paryse, get the fries at Patati Patata instead!

                      PS: Congrats on the weight loss! Any tips? I am trying to go from 130 to 110-115. It doesn't sound like a lot to lose, but I am having THE hardest time controlling my cravings :(

                      1. FINAL TALLY:

                        La Paryse: 1 double burger & 1 Pinto bean burger (half of each. sliced in two and shared with my friend).

                        If one particular milkshake flavor catches my eye I'll trade it in for the cake (any recommendations there haha?)

                        Thanks to EVERYONE for the inputs; impressions tomorrow night when I'm back. :)

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                        1. re: BoomerKid

                          If you dig vanilla, go vanilla :) I could be wrong, but I think the chocolate one is just vanilla with chocolate syrup. Don't quote me on that!

                          1. re: afoodyear

                            They also have a fruit one for the summer...