It’s been one heck of a week of burgers, and I still can’t believe there is someone out there who has eaten over 40 already – that’s dedication. Check out LIFE OF BURGERS for the experience.
We tried the burger at Relish this week on Quinpool – a simple burger going for the “big crunch” with frizzled onions and BBQ sauce. At dinner time the place was full to bursting – I counted 14 people in line ahead of me as I waited to order. Surprisingly, the burger didn’t take that long.
I had read great things about the Burger at Gahan House and I was not disappointed. You could tell they baked their own bun (with beer, no less) and the meat itself was tasty and grilled, and there were plenty of toppings such as sharp cheddar cheese and candied bacon. They also added pulled pork which gave an unexpected sweetness, and then, the masterpiece: a nice thick slice of crispy fried pickle on the bottom. This burger was filling and full of sensational flavours – I would definitely recommend this one!
We really enjoyed the burger at Canvas Resto on Brunswick as well. I liked the idea of the slice of provolone cheese crusted in cornmeal as an addition to the patty. This was one big burger – a full 8 ounces. Really filling – with lettuce and tomato, and also a chili sauce on the bottom and a rich garlic sauce on the top. Very decadent all around. Fantastic service at both Gahan and Canvas – great people!
Another fabulous day of HFX Burger Week – although windy and ABSOLUTELY FREEZING, the amazing burgers warmed us all up. My first burger of the day I found at Flipburger on Argyle Street. It was the middle of the afternoon, so they were having a bit of a lull, but the place started filling up with burger hunters just as I was leaving. This spot has classic and specialty burgers, and also great shakes. My vanilla shake was thick and packed full of ice cream.
I had the Big Smoke Burger, which was featured for Burger Week. Really juicy, make before my eyes in the open kitchen, a fabulous burger. I loved their addition of applewood smoked bacon, smoked gouda and smoked tomato to enhance the whole Big Smoke factor. Really delicious! The bacon was done just right.
Due to embarrassment, I will not reveal the time lapse between burgers on this day. But my next stop was at Le Bistro by Liz on South Park Street. We featured these folks on our Local Tasting Tours podcast a while back, and were so impressed with their menu, their friendliness, the live music line-up, and their gorgeous space – so inviting!
I had my eye on the Le Bistro Haddock Burger last year for Burger Week and I never made it. It may be that I was hankering for some good Maritime seafood after all the beef I’ve been eating this week, but this burger really blew my mind. That haddock was so fresh it flaked apart as I was eating it – a truly generous portion with an incredibly crispy breading and lots of seasoning. Special sauce, whole wheat bun, crisp lettuce and tomato. To have this fresh seafood fall under the $5 burger roster for Burger Week is really a steal. I totally recommend this burger. Beautiful!
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Another day, another burger, or two. Saturday was a delicious mix of lamb burger and vegan burger for us here in the heart of this awesome Maritime burger heaven.
So I headed to Athens on Quinpool Road with a group of friends around brunch time – surprisingly, some in the group did NOT have a burger, but opted for the buffet (did you know that the Athens brunch buffet has pizza, french toast, chili, fresh baked bread, croissants, sausages… shall I go on?). The friendly folks on staff told me that their burger numbers were off the charts this year. They said they had wondered if they were even going to get involved in burger week because they don’t think of themselves as a burger joint – but they figured they were sort of burger experts when they’ve had famous homemade burgers on the menu for over 30 years. This was a simple burger – and really something else. They have cuts of fresh lamb which they grind themselves in the kitchen to make a beautiful lamb burger with housemade tzatziki, feta, lettuce, tomato and onion. They bake all their own bread onsite, and you can tell. Soft, fresh white bun, fresh juicy lamb, cooked to perfection. This is one beautiful burger.
Next burger stop was EnVie on Charles and Agricola – I had spoken with owner Diandra the day before and got word on how many of these amazing V-MACS they were going through each day — hundreds! This wonderful neighbourhood restaurant decided to do a vegan version of a Big Mac – which beats the original by a mile. They can barely keep up with the demand. I went at 5 o’clock sharp, and the place was full. These folks work hard and they really know what they’re doing. An award winning menu.
I was so impressed with the flavours in this burger. The three part bun was baked fresh next door at LOCAL SOURCE MARKET, and it had a crispness and gorgeous flavour of its own – it’s not one of those buns which just gets lost behind the burger. The black bean patties were very filling and beautifully spiced – the greens were fresh, the ‘cheese’ slices were packed with sharp goodness, and the secret sauce was so bizarrely like the Big Mac secret sauce that I wondered if someone in the kitchen had done some espionage. Everything about this burger was 100% meat and dairy free. Amazing work.
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On the first day of #hfxburgerweek I tiptoed through the snowbanks and made it down to a packed Hali Deli on Agricola Street for lunch. Despite the waist high snow and sporadic sidewalk clearing, it was a bright, sunny, even warm day – a perfect start for the week when everyone gets out of the house to hunt for burgers. Hali Deli had tweeted just an hour before that they were ready to go for Burger Week shortly after 12 noon. When I got there, they were almost full. I had been dreaming about this burger for a while. I sat at the retro bar and chatted with Mike as he poured drinks, made milkshakes and distributed mile high burgers. Owner Victor Fineberg was on hand and we had a chat about their recent showing on YOU GOTTA EAT HERE – a great spot. Daniel was working his magic in the kitchen and my burger came out in no time. This is one of amazing $5 burger deals for #hfxburgerweek and it really is a deal.
The thing that really makes this one of my favourite burgers in town is the crispy potato latke inside. The potato is a great flavour pairing, but the way they crisp up the nice thin latke gives you the best crunch when you bite in. Because of the storm the day before, Victor said he was running out to their bakery first thing in the morning to pick up their famous burger buns – and man, those were fresh. I noticed that Daniel gave them a little time on the grill, too, as the bottom crust was crispy with a little fat, just like a grilled cheese. You can tell they make the patties with 100% beef, by hand – no fillers here. There’s a wicked slice of smoked meat in there, too, lots of fresh, thick sliced red onion, lettuce and tomato. The crowning glory is owner/chef Sybil’s own sweet relish on the top – bright red and full of flavour.
Don’t miss this Hali Deli burger – and while you’re here, you’ll find you just can’t go home without trying the BEST hand cut fries in town, and Sybil’s triple layer chocolate cake. This is old school deli at its best.
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Meet the owners of Pavia Gallery in the new Central Library in downtown Halifax and talk exciting new food journals with special guest Michelle from Atlantic News. In this podcast we learn how the cappuccino got its name, taste delicious Sienna-inspired treats, hear about David Chang’s publication Lucky Peach, and discuss fabulous local spots P’lovers and Rousseau Chocolatier. Come have a taste of Italy with us! Take a Bite out of Halifax!
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FOOD + ART
on SATURDAY AFTERNOON MARCH 14
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Join us for a guided tour of four local art galleries in Halifax’s historic downtown, paired with onsite tastings from popular local eateries. Your tour begins at the Mary E Black Gallery at the Halifax Seaport with an exploration of innovative artwork and tastings provided by Fruition(Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market). The route moves along to Hollis St for a sampling of handmade artisan chocolates by Rousseau Chocolatier onsite at Studio 21 Fine Art before viewing the exhibits on display. After a quick walk along Barrington Street, visit the fine folks at Argyle Fine Art and sample a number of Vietnamese inspired tastings by Indochine Bahn Mi while taking in an array of ecclectic works. The tour wraps up with a guided walk through the many rooms at the venerable Zwicker’s Gallery on Doyle Street, with tasty treats to sample from Mezza Lebanese Kitchen.
Tour meets 1:00 pm sharp at Mary E Black Gallery (tour finish: approx 3:00 pm Doyle Street). All tickets must be purchased in advance. Please bring printed ticket to tour departure site (Mary E Black Gallery). Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special food requests or dietary restrictions. Please contact Local Tasting Tours for more information.
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