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Quincy Nov 26, 2004 10:08 AM

Simple question: what are favourite burger joints? Please note the following though:

- No fastfood chains please. Mom-and-pop restaurants only.

- We all know that La Paryse, L'Anecdote and Dic Ann's have great burgers, so please suggest other places.

- I don't want to spend $20 for a foie gras burger in a trendy restaurant downtown.

- Send me to Montreal-Nord, Ville St-Laurent, Laval, Hochelaga, it doesn't matter.

My recommendation is the following: L'Estaminet, 1340 Fleury Est. It's a small Frenchy café on a very nice part of Fleury (in Ahuntsic, metro Henri-Bourassa). They don't specialize in burgers per se, but they're definitely worth it. Made with very fresh ingredients and not greasy at all. Plus, the restaurant recently became non-smoking. Service can be cold though.

So, let's hear from you now.

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    meninthekitchendotca Jan 5, 2009 09:34 AM

    One word, and maybe you never would have guessed:

    COSMOS.

    One of the best three bucks you can spend in this city, three fifty if you spring for the bacon cheese. If you really want to go nuts, have a *good morning* burger (bacon, cheese +fried egg). Ground beef, shaped up to order, and they griddle the bun... They'll even throw some fried onions in if you ask! Don't pass up on the potatoes either!

    It doesn't get more mom and pop than this no-frills joint; the Koulakis family has been charmingly running it for decades.

    Oh, and I hear they serve up a decent breakfast there as well... ;)

    5843 Sherbrooke O
    Montreal, QC H4A 1X4
    (514) 486-3814

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      tigre Nov 20, 2008 01:51 PM

      I had a burger at The Main on st-laurent last weekend, it was what a burger should be - grilled!

      I am working my way through their menu. Note: definitely not fancy dining!

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        davyboy Nov 17, 2008 03:14 PM

        I generally find that in most places that serve burgers, you cannot order them to the degree of doneness that you desire. Fortunately, I have had two burgers during the past month where they will cook the burger to your request. About a month ago, I had a burger at Benedicts on Monkland served a requested medium rare which was quite tasty and served with very good fries ($9.95). But even better was this past Friday when I had an excellent rare burger at Mechant Boeuf in the Hotel Nelligan. It was expensive ($16.00) but they used top notch ingredients (seemed like house ground beef topped with carmelized onions and , if I remember correctly, 3 cheeses and strips of excellent bacon and exceleny fries). Although expensive, it was a very large hand formed burger , probably 8 - 10 ounces and I didn't think it was over priced because of the obviously quality ingredients. Well worth trying especially compared to the really awful expensive burger you get at M'Burgr.

        Davyboy

        1. PogoPoutine Nov 17, 2008 08:29 AM

          The Tavern on Monkland makes juicy, generous burgers and excellent fresh-cut fries. I've also found the burgers and fries suprisingly good at les 3 brasseurs (Ste-Catherine near McGill College Ave) and Pizzedelic on Monkland, especially if you enjoy your fries with homemade mayo.

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            maisonbistro Nov 17, 2008 09:52 AM

            I don't know if it's still on the menu but last time I was at O'Bistro on Monkland (across the street from St. Viateur bagels) I had an incredible burger. It was delicious. Deliciously delish. I would highly recommend it.

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            dave_r Nov 19, 2006 10:49 PM

            I understand you may be looking for non-chain restaurants, but the best burger just couldn't be the best burger unless it is the A&W Teen burger. 50 Years and counting...it is still the best!

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              Lesley Dec 12, 2004 02:08 PM

              There is a little restaurant just north of Sherbrooke on Westminster, in Montreal West. Don't know the name of it, next to Orchid Dry Cleaners. (East side of the street)
              Great burgers, real fries, onion rings, etc. The special burger, double with cheese & bacon, is wonderful!
              It has little tables, or an old "soda shopppe" style counter. Give it a try.

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                cheryl Dec 1, 2004 09:58 PM

                I agree that Claremont has good burgers - another of my favourites is L'Avenue on Mount Royal east - I can't believe no one's mentioned it yet.

                cheryl

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                  Geoff Nov 30, 2004 04:29 PM

                  Try the bison burgers at McKibbins, they are amazing.

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                    Julie Dec 5, 2004 12:09 PM

                    A big second to this one. Order them medium-rare or medium (never well done!) since bison meat cooks a little differently from beef.

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                    Christine Nov 26, 2004 03:09 PM

                    Ohhh I forgot another one, "ye Old Orchard Pub" on Monkland, corner Old Orchard has a FABULOUS house burger topped with bacon, jalapenos and fromage. Like the Claremont one, it's served on a Kaiser which I personally prefer when we're talking REAL burgers. Homemede fries to boot, plus a small salad, and... yes, more GOOD beer! :)

                    Highly recommended.

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                      Christine Nov 26, 2004 03:03 PM

                      The one thing I look for is a FRESH and not frozen pre-fab product. The more cowlike the better, IMO. That said, the Claremont (Sherbrooke/Claremont) has an excellent burger, the best one being bacon and swiss... All served with fresh lettuce, tomato, and red onion, and your choice of fries or salad. The green salad is great and the fries are even better, homemade and julienne-style.

                      (Not to mention their good assortment of beer on tap.)

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                        PogoPoutine Nov 17, 2008 08:18 AM

                        I'm not sure Claremont is using fresh beef in their burgers any more. I was there yesterday for lunch, and both the bison and beef burgers had the suspiciously uniform puck-like shape of a pre-made frozen burger, and were much smaller than I would have expected for the price ($13 with fries and salad, but not too much of either). After we placed our order the server told us that they were shortstaffed and the wait would be longer than usual, and the burgers, ordered medium well done, came out bright pink in the middle. Maybe we caught them on an off day, but I would not go back there for the burgers.

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                        Liam Nov 26, 2004 11:24 AM

                        First off, I know Dic Ann's has a lot of fans, but I really can't consider that a burger. It's good for what it is, but it's not a hamburger. It's something of an hors d'oeuvre, and an expensive one at that. For 50 cents you can get a steamie, and you're getting about the same amount of food that you get with a Dic Ann's burger for like 2 bucks. I don't hate Dic Ann's but I just think it's a bit overrated.

                        Regarding good burgers, unfortunately I as well have had trouble finding a really good place in montreal. Mr. Steer on St-Catherine, right smack between two strip clubs, roughly around Peel Street if I'm not mistaken, was voted the best burger in Montreal by the Gazette a few years ago, and the burgers aren't bad. They've got a huge selection of them, and they even have a "healthy" burger that's made with two slices of Melba Toast and Cottage Cheese! Needless to say I haven't tried it, but I just might one of these days because it's so damn weird.
                        However, I can't say that the burgers are phenomenal, they're kinda like round meatballs that sit weirdly on the bun, but it's worth a visit. The atmosphere is nice, it's really long and thin, so it feels kind of bizarre inside, and I definitely would drop by if I was in the area and had a hankering for a fairly good burger.
                        As for great burgers...well, I'm at a loss as well. Montreal doesn't do too well with them. Places like La Belle Province and Lafleurs serve up rigid, boring concoctions, WAIT! Of course, I forgot Dilallo Burger!
                        It's a small montreal chain, and you see them here and there. The most accesible one on the island is near the Atwater Market, can't remember exactly where, but it's called Chez Meloche Dilallo Burger. I enjoyed that burger very much. It's kind of crumbly, with interesting spicing, almost sweet like a tourtiere. The burgers come on a nicely soft bun that envelops the meat, and they're substantial and not that expensive. That would be the place I'd go.

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                          Boston Nov 27, 2004 03:47 PM

                          Mr Steer has the stange meatball like burgers but they are quite good, and at lunch time your burger is ready in 1-2 minutes, very fast service.
                          D..

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                            Gordero Dec 5, 2004 11:56 PM

                            Mr. Steer is quite good, and it's something of a Montreal institution.

                            There is a restaurant across from the Vendome Metro station, corner of DeMaisonneuve and Marlowe(?) in NDG, that bills itself as having the biggest burger in town.

                            Their hamburger is unique, in that it has a Middle Eastern flair. The pattie has a very large circumference and is not especially thick, and it is on an equally wide-yet-thin bun.

                            Anyhow, it's very tasty, and the value is excellent. The restaurant itself is tiny. Sorry that I can't recall the name at the moment...

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                              Christine Dec 6, 2004 05:39 AM

                              It's called COPOLI. Also has decent breakfast.

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                                blork Dec 7, 2004 04:15 PM

                                Copoli also has a restaurant on Ste. Catherine, in Westmount, about two blocks west of Redfern. It's actually quite a charming little neighbourhood restaurant because the furnishings are original from the 1930s or 40s.

                                I've had that burger a few times. It is VERY thin, and has an eight-inch diameter. It's a tasty sandwich, but doesn't give you that "urmph!" that you want from a meaty burger. A nice novelty though.

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                                  sarah Dec 10, 2004 12:25 PM

                                  Also grand is patati patata, on st. laurent and rachel. it's a tiny little place and you can get a burger, fries and salad for 5 bucks! it's amazing and just the right amount of food, all cooked up right before your eyes. the burgers are small though. they also have tofu burgers for those eating with vegetarians.

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                                    Pif Gadget Dec 11, 2004 05:53 AM

                                    What about La Paryse(302 Ontario E)? I heard they had good burgers.

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                                      O.M. Dec 19, 2004 11:11 PM

                                      I am surprised no one has mentioned L'Anecdote (801 Rachel east, corner St. Hubert).

                                      This is a small diner in the Mont-Royal area with the best burgers in town bar none.

                                      Everything about this burger is fresh, from the ingredients to the preparation. A regular burger will run you back about $5, and the twin (Grand) about $7. Fries are not included, but can be ordered separately with a variety of dips. They also cook a mean poutine.

                                      The place is crawling with regulars and burger aficionado’s.

                                      Give it a shot you will not regret it.

                                      Give it a shot and you will not be dissapointed.

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                                        Justin Cooper Jan 7, 2005 09:16 AM

                                        I love the burgers at Chien Chaud Victoire in the financial district (I think it's on Beaver Hall), one of the world's great low-brow eateries. I always get a cheeseburger and a spruce beer.

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                                      Simon Aug 26, 2005 08:03 PM

                                      Bah, Patati patata is nothing special. The burgers are indeed tiny, with a 99cents for 6 hamburger buns. Actually, they look like White Castle burgers with fresh vegetables :D

                                      The fries are good and they take good care in having fresh good, but that's definitely not enough to bring me back to that place again.

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                                  Vanessa Apr 15, 2006 04:44 AM

                                  I love Capoli Burgers! They are my favorite burger in town. A unique taste, friendly service. A small restaurant but there is a small back room that is very nice for a family to enjoy a more intimate meal. This is the restaurant across from Vendome Metro on Marlowe.

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                                blork Nov 29, 2004 09:50 PM

                                That Dilallo burger place is on Notre Dame, a couple of blocks EAST of Atwater. I've seen it a bunch of times but have never tried it. I recently tried DicAnns for the first time after hearing about it for years. It's an odd thing -- like a little tiny sloppy joe. Not really a burger, but I can see why people like it.

                                Personally, I prefer my burgers to be simple -- no fancy-ass stuff that just ends up as a clotted mass in your hand. I want good quality beef cooked right, on a simple bun with some mustard and pickles.

                                I found that at Mr. Steer, and wrote about it on my blog last year:
                                http://blork.typepad.com/blorkblog/2003/03/burgertime_at_t.html

                                The beef there is great (get it medium or medium-well at most, never "well-done"). The bun is a bit of a disappointment, but it gets the job done (it's essentially an edible napkin). The main thing about Mr. Steer is the crazy retro atmosphere...

                                Link: http://blork.typepad.com/blorkblog/20...

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                                  BL Dec 7, 2004 07:42 PM

                                  Dilallo burgers are very good(your description of their burgers could not be said better). The Dilallo burger location with the most history, is the one in Ville Emard on Allard Street(although it's not the original location(the original doesn't exist anymore)). However the Chez Meloche Dilallo burger location that you mention here, also has a long history, & their burgers are just as good. Dilallo celebrated their 75th anniversary this year.

                                  Also agree with the people who like the burgers at Mr. Steer. Just please don't get their burgers beyond medium(that goes for all burgers). Need to try the bison burgers at McKibbins Pub.

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