You know that what you’re eating is really good when you decide it’s totally worth it to have sauce and french fries dripping down your face in front of your new boss. Going out to grab a burger and fries typically conjures thoughts of fast food and cheap restaurants but the Burger Bar has refined this concept, bringing us gourmet burgers of great variety. The atmosphere is chic yet casual, a perfect place to drop by in no more than jeans and a t-shirt. Although considered yourself warned: by the end of the meal you may have to undo your top button, these portion sizes are not for the faint of heart.
No where else will you find burgers with toppings piled so high that only a hippopotamus would be able to fit the entire thing into it’s mouth. The burgers are relatively cheap with the average burger coming in between $12 to $15 range. The exception being the “hundred dollar burger”, which luckily cashes in at $25. With a AAA beef patty, pan seared foie gras, caramelized onions, sauteed wild mushrooms with truffle oil, arugala and a demi glace, it certainly tastes like it’s worth a crisp hundred bucks.
What’s Really Good:
If you’re in need of a filling meal and a good dose of iron, the Burger Bar is definitely a good place to go. Although probably not the best place to bring a date, because there is no way you are going to look sexy eating these dishes.
For the tourist we recommend the poutine burger, because never again in your life will you be able to experience something as ridiculous. Imagine: a burger piled high with poutine, where you can also opt to get poutine on the side. Add in a Canadian beer and you are making our nation proud. We ordered the Kobe beef hotdog poutine as an appetizer (ok, so we may have overdid it on the poutine…), but felt the meal needed more kobe beef to justify the expense. Same with the lobster macaroni and cheese. The onion rings were really fresh and lightly battered and make a good swap for your fries.
With gourmet burger spots popping up all over North American cities, Burger Bar is a fun, welcoming environment carving their niche as a combination of gourmet ingredients and insane portion sizes and toppings.
You’ll Wanna Know:
If you’re ordering appetizers and a burger, skip the side plate of fries and get a healthy leafy green salad instead; trust me, by the time you get to that point in the meal your body is going to be craving vegetables. There is a patio upstairs which is great for a breathe of fresh air, but it can be loud to eat out there during prime crescent street party time.