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Burger Week in Review: Blackstrap BBQ, Depanneur Le Pick Up, Les Enfants Terribles

Posted by Katherine / September 12, 2013

IMG_0079.JPGThough Montreal's second annual burger week is now over, I want to reminisce about how much I loved exploring the burgers of this city. It was awesome to see how three Montreal restaurants dressed up their burgers differently for Le Burger Week.

With thrill and excitement, I stopped by Dépanneur le Pick Up, Les Enfants Terribles and Blackstrap BBQ to try their versions of Hamburgers. What I liked best about the experience was that each burger had a distinctive and unique taste. None of the burgers that I tasted was a traditional one, from Les Enfants Terribles' salmon burger to Blackstrap BBQ's own version of a Big Mac, each burger was presented in an innovative way. It was particularly interesting to see how creative chefs got for this celebration week of hamburgers.

Let's start off with Dépanneur le Pick Up. I had been wanting to try this venue for a while, so I was quite happy when I saw their name among the list of participants. The setting of Dépanneur le Pick Up speaks for itself. Located in a small Dépanneur on Waverly, this neighborhood snack bar is the perfect image of an authentic mom and pop shop. Their Lamburger (above) was a tastebud pleaser. Garnished with tomatoes, lettuce, feta cheese, cumin and a well seasoned lamb patty with onion, parsley and mint, this hamburger was delicious and tender. IMG_0080.jpgWith the first bite you taste each flavour individually and discover how well the unique combination of these ingredients works. The Portuguese bun was very fresh. I ordered a side order of cubed potatoes that tasted just like my grandmother's home-made fries (left). They came with a spicy sauce which I used for dipping my burger as well. I also really enjoyed the presentation of this burger, it came in a red basket which was a perfect reminder of yesteryear.

IMG_0086.JPGFor my second burger, I went to the Outremont location of Les Enfants Terribles. There, I had a grilled salmon burger that came with a side salad of red cabbage, yellow beet, orange and dill (right). To be honest, though this restaurant began in the top rankings for Burger week, I was a tad disappointed in their hamburger. I found that the salmon tasted like it had been frozen for a while before being thawed and served. Their idea to create an upscale burger using ingredients such as homemade lemon mascarpone, watercress and red onion was smart but I felt that it was still missing a spark. The best part of the hamburger for me was biting into the brioche bread which was really rich in flavour. To go with the burger we also ordered a portion of their Mac and Cheese. That was really something! The mixture of cheeses and the crispiness of the pasta was the perfect dish to satisfy my appetite.
For my last hamburger meal, I took my father to Blackstrap BBQ in Verdun. As we entered he told me that he found the place to be very homey and felt like the rustic look of the venue gave it a quaint atmosphere. Their Ray Kroc (above) was my first beef hamburger since starting this and it was nice to get back to a familiar kind of burger. The meat itself is a butcher's dream: well-cooked and perfectly juicy. Their take on the world famous Big Mac was really the icing on the cake. Packed with slow cooked brisket beef and garnished with a slice of yellow cheese, iceberg lettuce, pickles, onions and their version of the Big Mac sauce, all ingredients were perfect and blended well with each other. This was the most messy hamburger I ate, and at the same time the greatest. I didn't mind picking the beef with my fingers since I got to lick them afterwards and keep the deliciousness of the meal going. As a side dish we tried their deep fried Mac & Cheese balls (below). Holy Kraft Dinner, Batman! This one blew Les Enfants Terribles right out of the water. They deep-fry small bites of cheese pasta, which is the perfect finger food to go with your meal.Although it was very satisfying and filling, I had to stop myself from ordering a second portion of everything.
What I have learned from this Hamburger week is never to judge a burger by its cover. With last week's Lola Rosa burger, I tasted a total of 4 different types of burgers and I was really surprised to see how things can be different between two buns. My favourite one was the Ray Kroc at Blackstrap BBQ, coming in second place was the Lamburger at Dépanneur Pick Up and in third the Salmon burger at Les Enfants Terribles. If it weren't for my waistline begging me to go for a run I would have tried to hit up every place in the city that was participating in Le Burger Week! Until next year!

Blackstrap BBQ
4436 Wellington, Verdun
Mon-Sun: 11:00am to 9:00pm or when they run out of food

Dépanneur le Pick Up
7032 Waverly, Montreal
Monday : 10am to 6pm
Tuesday to Friday 7am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm

Les Enfants Terribles
1257 Bernard West, Montreal
Mon-Tue: 11:30am to 10:pm
Wed-Fri: 11:30am to 12:00am
Saturday: 9:30am to 12:00am
Sunday: 9:30am to 11:00pm



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