Burger Challenge – updated

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Ever find yourself at a loss after issuing a challenge? I am presently looking for some input.

You see, a week ago yestereday, I noticed Toronto food writer/photographer, Suresh Doss of Spotlight Toronto, was in Ottawa, at The Works on Richmond Road no less. We at foodiePrints have been following Doss’ exploits ever since he was asked to write for the LCBO‘s goLOCAL blog about local wine this past fall. We followed him on Twitter at @spotlightcity sometime before.

Doss was in Ottawa with a small contingent of marketing and communications professionals to attend The Works‘ media event that announced new Ontario locations in London, Kingston, Guelph, Oakville, and Barrhaven (Ottawa). This, after Andy O’Brien and Fresh Brands Inc. purchased the Works’ lock, stock, and 68 burger menu from local restauranteur Ion Aimers.

Two days later, Ian Gillespie of the London Free Press would muse about regional additions to the Works’ menu. One, includes chipotle ketchup, caramelized onions, Havarti cheese and four strips of double-smoked bacon. It was christened “Smokin’ Joe”, by London’s mayor, Joe Fontana. London’s Works will open in May.

In Ottawa, there are presently 6 locations. Of them, Jenn and I have had pleasant experiences from 2. If someone asks which Works to visit, we recommend the one in the Glebe, 580 Bank Street.

If someone asks for a good burger in Ottawa, the Works isn’t at the top of our list. It has been hit and miss burger-wise for a while, sometimes dry, sometimes heavily charred… And, hence my dilemma. I offered to show Doss Ottawa serves better burgers than the Works.

For instance, here is a burger from Allium Restaurant (87 Holland Avenue), a locally-owned French bistro, with La Sauvagine cheese, roasted tomato relish, chipotle aioli, pickled red onion, lettuce, fresh slice of tomato, and crispy bacon.

Allium Cheeseburger

Allium Cheeseburger

Flavourful, Juicy, and Masterfully Grilled

Flavourful, Juicy, and Masterfully Grilled

No nonsense, it came from the lunch menu. Cost: $13 (same price point as many Works burgers, including the “Hamburger Mary” we normally order ($13.19))

To date, my short list of places to take Doss follows:

  • Absinthe Cafe (1208 Wellington Street W.) for their hanger steak burger, which is sometimes on their lunch menu [but is almost always available according to Abinthe]
  • Allium Restaurant (87 Holland Avenue) for their cheeseburger that is presently on their lunch menu
  • Black Cat Bistro (428 Preston Street) for Burger Tuesdays (Tonight’s: Fillet o’fish: Fried halibut, pickled ramp tartar sauce, pickled red onion, garlic and Parmesan toasted sesame bun)
  • Chez Lucien (137 Murray Street) for its eponymous burger
  • Hintonburger (991 Wellington Street W.) for their Burger of the Month (April’s: Ham and Swiss on a burger, ranch or honey mustard, lettuce and tomato)
  • Vera’s Burger Shack at The Butchery (3657 Richmond Road)

Do you have any recommendations?

Allium Restaurant
87 Holland Avenue

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Mild-mannered IT professional by day and food blogger by night, I founded foodiePrints with a single intention, to share my love of all things food. My first post shared a recipe. Many followed. Eventually, I learned Ottawa prepares and serves great food. Thereafter, I started meeting restaurateurs, chefs, cooks, farmers, and other local producers, all good people. Ideas for food-related content swirled in my head. foodiePrints grew into a place to put them. From exploring foreign and domestic cuisines to shopping for exotic ingredients and cobbling together my takes on dishes in my meager kitchen, there are stories to tell. Welcome to foodiePrints. Here, you will find stories about food and drink, cooking, and eating in Canada’s capital. Be it food-related or just food-for-thought, I hope you find something tasty here.