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Jul 14, 2009 09:20 AM

Good burger buns

We're having a few friends over on friday for a birthday party and I'm cooking burgers. I'd like to find good quality buns other than the usual and boring stuff I can find at any grocery store. Would prefer a brioche type of bun. Any idea? I'm willing to travel for a good bun but would prefer to keep it east of Parc and west of Lacordaire as well as south of the Métropolitaine. Don't really care for the price if it's good. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I like a nice crusty Kaiser bun for a big burger that won't collapse from all the toppings.
    I used to love the kaisers from cavalerro in kirkland but have not found a source downtown for something similar; I'm sure it's out there, will look forward to responses.

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    1. re: superbossmom

      I like my burgers with challah buns from Fressers.

    2. Why is a good brioche burger bun so hard to find in this town???

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      1. re: Campofiorin

        Why is the perfect brioche so hard to find???

        1. re: maisonbistro

          I'd like to know where Leméac get their brioche for their pain perdu.

      2. I love using the "milk" buns from Mamie Clafoutis for burgers ( ,1291 Van Horne, corner Outremont). Their onion poppy seed buns are also excellent, and my personal favourite. They are quite popular and do sell out so it's a good idea to call and have them reserved for you. It's a few blocks west of Parc, so might be too far out of your way, but others may want to give it a try.

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        1. re: MeV

          Agreed. The pain au lait have a hint of sweetness. They are my go-to bun of the moment.

          1. re: MeV

            Thanks, not too far out of the way at all. Just didn't want to ride my scooter on the other side of the mountain. I'll call them tomorrow and make sure they reserve enough for me.

          2. I too find it hard to get a good burger bun, and started inquiring when I eat out and find something interesting.
            Nyk's on Bleury has a good brioche-like bun; they get it from Au Pain Doré from what they told me earlier this month. Provision on St-Laurent makes a delicious bun but it's not for sale anymore; it was too popular and they sometimes didn't have enough left for their customers! They might start to sell them again when they have more staff and can increase production.

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            1. re: Chocolatine

              I bought one of the Pain doré brioche buns today to try them (they are on special this week). The brioche dough does give a nice crunch when slightly toasted without being too chewy as in crustier bread. However I did find them a bit too sweet - in fairness because I've temporarily cut out all concentrated refined sugar, so others might not find that. Be very careful when toasting the bun as the bit of sugar makes it burn very, very quickly - it almost burnt on me and I was standing right there.

              They are pretty, and not too big.

            2. I like the brioche buns with sesame seeds from Snowdon Bakery for my burgers -- they are not too big, and are a little bit chewy. In the west end you can get them at Metro (or cheaper at the bakery, which is not in Snowdon but rather in Montreal West south of the tracks), but I don't know if you'd consider them usual and boring stuff I can find at any grocery store in the east end.

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              1. re: PogoPoutine

                Thanks but it's just too far for the time I've got.

                1. re: PogoPoutine

                  I don't think Snowdon bakery has real "brioche" buns. You are probably referrino to challa - especially if you say they have sesame seeds on them. But if they're good, who cares what you call them.

                  1. re: maisonbistro

                    They're not brioche at all, but are indeed challah buns and are quite good. 5 Saisons in Westmount carries them, as well as Metro - it's very possible the 5 Saisons on Bernard would have them. They're what we've been using for burgers lately.