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La Paryse: Best Burgers in Town

Posted by Kim / August 20, 2007

20070820_paryse1.jpgI was promised the “best burgers in town” when I was taken on my first trip to La Paryse, a cozy (a.k.a. tiny) diner-style restaurant in the Plateau. Such a grandiose claim! And never has there been a truer one.

My first time there, we got our burgers to go, since there was such a long line to wait in if we wished to be seated. Ten minutes later and burgers in hand, we ate in a nearby park. The only thing missing was about four hundred extra napkins, because these burgers are the perhaps the messiest “finger food” possible. A thick slathering of mayonnaise lubes up these burgers so the bun slips and slides all over the place and everything drips out. But don’t let that dissuade you! They are as delicious as they are messy.

I had gotten the regular burger, which is a meat patty covered with mayo, pickles, mushrooms, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato. No ketchup though, which yes, would’ve made it messier, but tastier at the same time. The poppy seed bun was fresh, and the meat was wonderfully satisfying. This isn’t some pre-fab patty, frozen then tossed on a grill. These are awkward patties, like they’ve been formed by hand, made with what you can taste is 100% beef. Apart from the one or two stupendous burgers I’ve had at home BBQs, this was the best hamburger to date.
20070820_paryse2.jpgI had to return. This time, we ate inside, since there was no line to wait in on a Saturday afternoon. Seats and tables close to each other with bright sunlight pouring through the windows and a little cup of crayons on each table make for a creative and fun dining experience. Upping the ante a little bit, we tried some more extravagant burgers, going for the double burger and one of the veggie options, the nut burger (but could have also chosen a tofu one, for all those vegs out there).
20070820_paryse3.jpgThe nut burger certainly looked like meat, but one bite in and you know you’re not eating meat. It’s definitely got a nutty, earthy taste, but one that balances out perfectly with the other toppings: cream cheese, blue cheese, apple slices, lettuce and mushrooms.
20070820_paryse4.jpgThe double burger was even messier and tastier than its little brother: two meat patties covered with melted mozzarella and, yes, mayo, topped with all the usual with some bacon thrown on for good measure. Ketchup’s at the table, so that added some extra body to the meal this time. This thing was like heaven on a bun.
20070820_paryse7.jpgThe meal ended with a chocolate milkshake, which isn’t so thick that you break blood vessels sucking it up. It’s not rich chocolate, but rather light and just barely frothy, a nice break from all that heavy and heavenly meat. This meal, which fed two (but without fries - anyone have any idea on how those are?) cost under $20 and filled me up with tasty hamburger-burps for the whole afternoon.

La Paryse
302, Ontario Est
514-842-2040

Discussion

10 Comments

Fairfax / August 20, 2007 at 12:43 pm
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Thanks for the review. You've renewed my determination to make it to La Paryse one of these days.

I'm ashamed to say that despite being told multiple times over many many years that La Paryse has the best burger in town, I've still never been. But that's in part because the 4-5 times I've decided to eat there it's been closed when I swung by! So you might want to post their hours for people interested, because I know they close early in the evenings (by Montreal standards, anyway), and I believe they're not open at all a couple of days a week as well.

And one nitpicky comment... La Paryse is not in the Plateau. The Plateau is, in fact, a plateau - you must climb the hill between Ontario and Sherbrooke to reach it. La Paryse is below the hill, in what I've always called the Quartier Latin.
kim / August 20, 2007 at 12:53 pm
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Good point! I only remember it's down the hill until I have to trek back up it.

The hours are
Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 11pm
Saturday, 12pm - 10:30pm
Sunday, 12:00pm - 10pm
and closed on Mondays
Sharleen / August 20, 2007 at 09:52 pm
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Another winner from Kim...? I'm sure it will be as most of the places she reviews turn out to be. I will try La Paryse - only because she says it's good and because I trust her excellent taste. Can't wait to read more from her! Thanks!!
Fairfax / August 21, 2007 at 12:52 pm
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Thanks for the hours... doesn't close as early as I thought, is it possible I've only ever tried to go on Mondays? Or maybe they've extended their hours a bit recently, it's been at least a year since last time I tried to go.

Anyway, thanks for the review and I'll definitely be trying one of their burgers soon. No, really, I mean it this time!
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