Burger Week was last week and 64 restaurants around town put a special $5 on their menu. Yesterday, all these places gathered together at Artscape Wychwood Barns for Burger Day. Slider versions of the participating restaurants’ $5 burger were served all-you-can eat style.
The event started at 11am, but we didn’t arrive until 1:30. A few of the vendors had already given out all their burgers. If Soup Stock last year taught me anything, long lines don’t necessarily mean the best product. This pushed us to try some less buzzed places with shorter lines.
We pounced on Emma’s Country Kitchen’s
line because it was short. This was a vegan burger but it was a nice light start. The crispy corn and chickpea fritter was actually very good! I could eat 10 of these.
Hey Meatball‘s slider was like a mini version of their sandwich with their signature tomato jam.
This juicy burger from Habits Gastropub
looks pretty plain photo-wise but it had the best flavour. It was stuffed with short ribs and cheddar. The citrus beet-relish was my favourite part.
Gameday served up a classic tasting burger. I think mine was missing teh chimichurri.
New food start-up Bold Creations was the best finding of the day. Their burger was made with Boerewors a South-African sausage. Oh and there was also brie, and goat cheese. And a sauce with a kick. Definitely the flavour punch of the day.
Greasy spoon The Lakeview‘s slider had some crunchy onions.
I love The Works but I thought their (more half burger) slider was lacking the excitement that is usually found in the restaurant’s menu of 72 burgers.
Slider Revolution provided an Asian twist on our bunned friend and the other had a semi-sweet bacon jam.
We accidentally stood in Beer Bistro‘s line for fries that came in a generous portion (for free).
Utopia Cafe had a lovely Italian sausage and beef patty. It was juicy and had a spicey ketchup.
Stockyards had by far the longest line yesterday. Coincidentally we actually went to the actual restaurant on Friday to grab the full burger. It was so packed we had to sneak our burger to the McDonalds across the street to eat it. It was definitely worth the trip for their delicious chicken-fried-steak burger.
Next year I’m definitely going to try to get there close to opening hour!