Briggs Kitchen & Bar – Best Burger Ever
Mar24

Briggs Kitchen & Bar – Best Burger Ever

I know I say this a lot about having “The Best Burger Ever” but seriously it really was.  I had the 100% chuck burger topped with Thick Bacon, Blue Cheese and a Fried Egg on their signature egg bun.  The fries where great, but on my first bite of this fantastic burger, I forgot I even had fries.  All I could do was wrap my mouth around this magnificent sandwich while pointing at my burger to gesture how great it was to my buddies.  This burger was the perfect combo of juiciness, greasiness, and flavour.   The guy behind me kept saying “It’s that the bomb!”  Next one I’ll try is with Cheddar, Thick Bacon, Avocado, and a Fried Egg, now that sounds like “Da Bomb!”                                ...

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Smashburger Calgary
May03

Smashburger Calgary

There’s a burger boom going on in Calgary. Last week Clive Burger opened on 17th Avenue. Black Betty Burger & Wine Bar opens later this week. And Smashburger opens their first Canadian location Wednesday May the 2nd. Tuesday night Patrick and I had a chance to sample thier menu. One of the cool things that Smashburger does is customize their menu to represent the the city that they are in. For example in Las Vegas you’ll find a Sin City Burger. New Mexico locations feature a Tex Mex Burger. Calgary is no different. Not only is there a Calgary burger, but they also make their milkshakes and floats with Cochrane’s own MacKay’s Ice Cream. When you walk in the door you are greeted with an easy to navigate menu above the tills. You can either build your own burger masterpiece or order one of the 6 different hamburgers on the menu. – Classic – All American – Mushroom Swiss – BBQ Bacon Cheddar – Spicy Baja – Calgary In the mood for chicken? Again you can either create you own, or choose one of the 5 chicken sandwiches on the menu. They come either grilled or crispy. – Classic – Buffalo – Spinach & Goat Cheese – Avocado Club – Calgary Smashburger also makes a veggie burger, 4 different salads, hot dogs, and has 11 different sides to choose from. In an effort to give the best review possible we ordered a lot of food. We had the Calgary and the Spicy Baja Burgers. The Buffalo and the Avocado Club Chicken Sandwiches. An order of poutine and chili cheese fries. The Burgers: – The Calgary burger is grilled onions, pepper jack cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and dijon mayonaise on a kaiser roll. – The Spicy Baja had pepper jack cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy chipotle mayo, and fresh jalapenos on a spicy chipotle bun. The great thing about these burgers is how fresh they tasted. Even with all of the toppings, the meat was so flavorful that it stood out amongst all the other flavors. Everything served as a compliment to the beef rather than stealing the spotlight. Even with the Spicy Baja, the guacamole soothed the heat from the jalapenos, once again allowing the beef to be the star. The Chicken Sandwiches: – The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich was Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce, crumbled blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on an egg bun. We had this with the crispy chicken which is a is hand battered country fried chicken breast. Much like the Spicy Baja burger this sandwich was the perfect blend of spicy...

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Naina’s Kitchen – Stuffed Burger Heaven
Feb21

Naina’s Kitchen – Stuffed Burger Heaven

On Facebook I have this contest running and all you have to do is comment on my status update what your favourite burger is.  We have the usual great answers, like Peter’s Drive-In, Five Guys, Boogies Burgers, and much more, which all I don’t disagree with, but one great comment stuck out, “Gotta be the stuffed burgers at Naina’s Kitchen” by Todd C., I quickly looked up their website, www.nainaskitchen.com and yes I had to go there. First things first, this is the Ultimate Hidden Gem.  Now lets talk about burgers.  Could this be one of the best burgers i’ve had in Calgary, YES!  This a very casual place with a nice variety on the menu and you can tell love and care is put into the food they make.  Their slogan is “Home Cooking with Style” and down home cooking is what is served.  The owner and staff know everyone by name so you know loyalty is there which says a lot about this place. Onto the food.  First up we had the Naina’s Five Cheese Mac n Cheese, which is made with Sharp Cheddar, Gruyere, Friulano, Asiago and Swiss, we also added Bacon and Caramelized Onions infused in the dish.  When it came out, it was fresh, hot, and topped with crumbled goldfish crackers and ripple chips (Awesome idea).  Fuzzy and I both enjoyed this Mac and Cheese a lot. Next up was our burgers, the owner told us that it does take some time to make these Stuffed Burgers, yes that’s right I said it, Stuffed Burgers! (Meaning toppings inside the hamburger patties). It does take about 20-25 mins to make and if you’re in a hurry or have a short lunch break, you’re welcome to give her a call and order ahead.  The burger also comes with fresh cut fries, soup or salad.  Great deal at $10.50-$11.50.  The 1/2 pound Stuffed Burger I had was stuffed inside with Swiss, Mushrooms, Bacon and Fresh Jalapeños (not pickled) and Fuzzy had the Stuffed Burger with Cheddar, Bacon, Caramelized Onions and Fresh Jalapeños.  Both came with delicious fresh cut fries and I had a side of gravy too.  Their burgers are served on a large kaiser bun which was perfect to hold this monster.  Whoever thought of a stuffed burger is a genius, so moist, delicious, the cheese melted perfect inside, and the Jalapeños were a great touch.  Overall burger was outstanding! If you love burgers you have to go check Naina’s Kitchen out as soon as you can.  This is one hidden gem I hope that doesn’t become hidden anymore.  It’s that good and everyone needs to...

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Blue Star Diner – Bridgeland
Sep06

Blue Star Diner – Bridgeland

I got a chance to visit Blue Star Diner in Bridgeland around 11:30am on Wednesday.  As some of you may not know, Blue Star Diner is a new restaurant opened by the fantastic Dairy Lane Cafe in West Hillhurst, where I have declared as my favourite burger there in Calgary.  Well this place is not much different in terms of excellence.  The menu is very similar with a few added extra’s like the Lamb Burger, which I had and a few more sandwiches and breakfast items.  I’ve kind of spoiled myself by having the Dairy Lane Burger which makes it tough to try something different. So on my plate today was The Rhinopolous Lamb Burger (Alberta Lamb, Gull Valley tomato, fresh spinach, red onion, Sylvan Star goat feta, tzatziki sauce & sun-dried tomato jam) and instead of their amazing fries I had the soup of the day which I recall was a tomato and roasted red pepper gazpacho.  I’ve been wanting this burger from here so bad since I saw it as a special one day and didn’t try it.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.  Delicious, juicy and absolutely tasty plus the gazpacho was perfect.  Fuzzy had the  Alberta Honey & Dijon Chicken Burger (Alberta ground chicken mixed with local honey & Dijon mustard topped with Sylvan Star Gruyere, roasted red pepper, Gull Valley tomato, butter leaf lettuce, pickled red onion & sundried tomato jam)  You know it’s really good, when he has a mouth full of the burger, pointing at it and smiling!  One of our friends joined us for lunch today, we insisted for his first time here he had to go with the Dairy Lane Burger (Crystal Creek 28 day aged Angus beef, Gull Valley tomato, butter leaf lettuce, pickled red onion & DL burger mayo) with Bacon and Gouda cheese.  All he could say from start to finish was unbelievable. All in all Blue Star Diner is just as good as Dairy Lane Cafe, the restaurant is a tad bigger but without a patio, it’s very nice, simple and clean in there plus lots of street parking. What’s In Front Of Me:   ...

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Alley Burger Food Truck
Aug07

Alley Burger Food Truck

One beautiful day on Saturday, 2 hours and 45 minutes in line and we got to try the first public day for the Alley Burger food truck over at Fratello Coffee company for their Prairie Regional Barista Competition.  What an exciting afternoon, the sun was shining and we met tons of fellow foodies which made great company during the wait, YES it was worth it.  I’d say there were over 100 people in line mostly patiently waiting and it was awesome that Fiasco Gelato came out with their Gelato Scooter.  The had a few different flavours and was selling them for $4, it was perfect on this hot day. If you don’t know what the Alley Burger is, check out our post of the Alley Burger here.  Alley Burger is a genius idea from a fantastic restaurant, CharCut with famed Connie, of Top Chef Canada, John and their spouses. For the past year or so, fans of CharCut/Alley Burger would constantly check their twitter and Facebook accounts to wait a post to see if the Alley Burger was being served up in a downtown alley behind their restaurant.  They served up the Alley Burger (pork and sausage patty with Quebec cheese and piri piri aioli), for $5, in brown bag with a pickle.  So Good! Now we have the Calgary food truck revolution taking place, with the 8 original food trucks working with Mayor Neshi and the city have teamed up to do a food truck pilot project.  The real first event takes place this Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 11am-3pm down on Stephen Ave at the Convention Centre block (100E Stephen Ave).  The trucks will be Fiasco Gelato, Perogy Boyz, Alley Burger, Fries & Dolls, Pimentos Mobile Pizzeria, Jojo’s BBQ, Los Compadres Mexican, and perhaps one more.  Admission is free and you can RSVP on Facebook here YYC Taste The Trucks. So back to our exciting day for the first public day of the Alley Burger food truck, our choices were to have the Alley Burger, The Whole Truck Burger, and the duck fat poutine.  Right before we got to order they ran out of the Alley Burger, so it made our order easy, the regular sized Whole Truck Burger, which is a beef burger (added piri piri aioli, brassica mustard, sliced pickles, cheese curds, farm egg and bacon) and the poutine.  Both the burgers have options of small (one patty) and regular (two patties).  I’ll have to say, that’s one excellent burger, I gobbled it up in no time, but both of us agreed, as much as we enjoyed this burger, we love the Original Alley Burger more....

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Charcut Alley Burger – Should be called Heaven Burger
Mar06

Charcut Alley Burger – Should be called Heaven Burger

If heaven were in an alley this is what it would smell like. As Fuzzy and I eventually found some loading zone parking a block away, we stepped into the far end of the alley of the line up. Located at the base of Hotel Le Germain across from the Calgary Tower is Charcut, which is known for their spectacular menu, which by the way on Tuesday will be my first time dining there with Calgary’s #1 food bloggers, Calgary Foodies. Once we entered the alley, all we could smell is the great food being cooked by all the restaurants lining Stephen Avenue. We hopped into the freezing cold line at about 9:30pm, we were 20th and 21st. Wow, standing next to three dumpsters, Alley Burger security guards, long lines, and cops made this experience even greater, who would have thought that Fuzzy and I would ever line up in an alley next to garbage for a $5 burger, well for those who know us, you knew the chances were pretty good. At about 10:15pm they came around to collect our $5 and voila, my first Alley Burger. Because we were frozen, we quickly ran back to the vehicle to snap some pictures and enjoy this piece of bliss. I’m not kidding you, this burger was *beep*ing amazing! Well worth the wait and the cold. Wish I was a better writer to describe how great it tasted, just imagine, garlic, pork, and delish! The only way to know if it’s an Alley Burger night, usually Friday or Saturday’s at 10pm, is to follow them on Twitter or Facebook. If you haven’t been, it’s time you make your way down to the alley!  Until next time…I will continually dream of the heavenly Alley Burger....

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