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Aug 3, 2011 12:52 PM

Cheeburger Cheeburger?

It seems that Mtl is being invaded by American burger joints... I've just been told that a Cheeburger Cheeburger franchise will open in Cours Mont Royal. Never heard of these guys... Anybody knows abot it?

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  1. I've been to one in Florida and all I remember is that I wasn't impressed.

    Looks like it opened yesterday:!/lesCoursMR/sta...

    I'll probably check it out in the near future.

    1. I ate at their Chattanooga, TN restaurant once. Very tasty meat. Looking forward to visit the one in Montreal.

      1. The cheeburger location is open today but there is no take-out service yet. The dining room and "terasse" was full at 1:30pm.

        1. I went there when it first opened and I thought it was delicious! I had a chicken sandwich and it was perfectly done. Loved the free toppings- I got sauteed mushrooms, pickles, sauteed onions and something else (I forget!) . The fries were out of this world, cut with the skin on and very deep flavour. The dips were yummy, I would recommend getting them. My dining partner and I both agreed that we have never had better onion rings. They were beautifully crispy and not greasy, very substantial and addictive. To drink, I had a sugar-free peach soda and it was served in this adorable martini shaker, and VERY generous portions. I would happily go back. Cute decor, and set in the gorgeous Les Cours Mont Royal. I see myself having a nice shake there after a movie across the street :) I'm hoping it does well, the owner seemed very involved and I was impressed at their attention to customer service in spite of the staff being a little green. Overall, this restaurant fits its niche perfectly. It's a great burger place where the focus is on the food, not on sexy decor or high-tech ordering devices, and the food was fab.

          1. Tried Cheeburger tonight. It's a pretty decent burger. By Montreal standards, it's above average. The bun is spongy and brioche-like, and holds up well. The patty which I ordered medium, came out well-done. My dining companion also ordered medium and got medium-well. We both got the 7oz, but they get as big as 20oz (!!!). The meat itself is flavourful, but under seasoned. The grind is pretty coarse, and the crumble is ok. We were disappointed to find gristle in our patties. You'd think a chain could do better than that. I didn't ask how it was cooked, but my guess is gas grilled. There's not much of a sear on it.

            There are tons of free toppings, but sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms and few other things including bacon are extra. You can choose from lots of cheeses, but there's no processed "American" cheese. I got cheddar, onions and pickle. Companion got swiss cheese, sauteed onions and pickle. Both cheeses were plasticky. The cheddar was dull and the swiss was tasty in a fake yet pleasant way.

            Fries were not good at all. Not crispy, not tasty. Ok when hot, but terrible after having cooled down. The onion rings were fantastic. Lightly battered and very fresh tasting. I would go back just for those.

            The menu is very big. They have other sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and floats. They even have poutine, but the picture on the menu doesn't sell it very well. Anyway, with those fries...

            Hopefully, with time they will fix their temperature and gristle problems. I would go back, if I was in the area and wanted a burger, but I won't be going out of my way for Cheeburger. That is unless I want to pig out on onion rings.

            15 Replies
            1. re: SnackHappy

              I've eaten at the Bklyn Cheeburger and it was not very good imo. I'd take Five Guys over it any day. Another burger hype franchise that doesn't really cut it.

              1. re: OliverB

                I agree that Five Guys makes a better burger and much better fries, but Cheeburger does have its charm. I think those who are into diners, americana, milk shakes and all that junk could be happy there. As would those who like their burgers with unreasonably sized patties or excessive toppings.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  Curious, who do you think makes better burgers than Five Guys in Montreal? I know you like Five Guys. Maybe Five Guys is your favourite burger in Montreal.

                  1. re: BLM

                    I really don't think Montreal has any "great" burgers, sad to say. There's nothing that stands out of the ordinary for me. For oldschool fast food style burgers, Dilallo's is still my favorite. It's an incredibly rare occasion that I'll eat at Mr Steer's (last time was nearly 2 years ago) but for choice of cooking preference and straightforward char grilled burgers without the unnecessary fancy toppings, I'd still stand behind 'em. I'm not a fan of any of the fast turnaround counter places popping up all over the map (Gorumet Burger, Buns, etc) I think they're all pretty terrible for the most part. Five Guys is pretty good, but not great. Truthfully, I'd rather BBQ at home given the options in this city. There are other places that make pretty good burgers, but none that I'd go out of my way to eat at for that purpose alone.

                    1. re: BLM

                      I don't really want to derail this thread with a general discussion of Montreal burgers. We've had plenty of those. Right now, Five Guys is indeed my favourite. I agree with most of what OliverB wrote. Montreal is just not a great burger town. So even though Cheeburger is far from stellar, it's still a welcome addition.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        I understand. I agree with you, Montreal is not a great burger town. I brought up Five Guys, as sort of point of reference of what you consider a very good burger.

                        1. re: BLM

                          Best two burgers in Montreal: (1) Lawrence and (2) Jolifou. Neither is a burger joint but both make burgers (Jolifou on good nights, Lawrence quite consistently) that can compete with any burger anywhere.

                          1. re: thelonious777

                            I agree about Lawrence(I had forgotten about them). The best burger in Montreal. Never tried Joilfou burgers.

                      2. re: BLM

                        To me a burger is fast food: It should come fast and relatively cheaply, IMO that disqualifies any doubledigit burgers...

                        My favorite place? Buger de Ville, miles over 5 guys... To the point where I believe comparaison is not fair. Cheaper and better (the bonus, it is not an american chain)

                        1. re: Ched1000

                          For cheap greasy spoon burgers... Cosmo's is the best around.

                            1. re: rikk

                              I like Harvey's. MUCH better than McD's/BK.

                              1. re: KazamaSmokers

                                I passed by it the other day, never noticed it before as kind of hidden in back. Real pink but liked the retro look and music. I would certainly stop in for a soda or milkshake so many cominations to try! I would go there for a burger too when downtown, otherwise tend to go to harveys as better with toppings than other fastfood places. Dont go out of my way for a burger.

                  2. re: SnackHappy

                    Time for a little Cheeburger update. Went again, last night. This time, they got the temps much better. We both ordered medium and got something close to medium-well, but at least they were both the same. The patty seemed less gristly, but still quite tough and dense. The meat itself was nicely beefy which is a very strong argument for this burger considering the general blandness of most Montreal burgers. I still think it's under-seasoned and could do with a better sear, though. The onions rings, of course, were still great.

                    So, I will certainly go again if downtown and craving a burger, but I'll eat it at the tables outside the restaurant in Cours Mont-Royal because that pink lighting is just too weird.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Went to Cheeburger 2 times in the last couples of months. Burgers & onions rings were very good. But I dont think I will go back anytime soon, it's way too expensive for burgers. 2 burgers, mixed plate of fries & onion rings & 2 drinks for 45$, no way! I'll go to Five Guys for my burger fix!