Alas, it seems the weather gods weren’t smiling on Burger Day, as evidenced by the dark clouds overhead. With the afternoon forecast calling for rain, my mission was to get in and get out without getting wet. Mission accomplished. For 25 bucks, one could purchase five sliders and one beer, which seemed like a pretty decent lunch to me.
I started off with South St. Burger’s “spicy, smoky pulled pork on a beef patty, topped with Quebec cheese curds” (not pictured). While I know this sounds amazing in theory, the execution was a little off. There simply wasn’t enough topping to offset the taste of the beef.
Nearby, E11even was serving up prime shoulder chuck with a myriad of toppings, including jalapeno havarti and sliced avocado. This one had a nice little kick to it.
The Caldedonian was offering something slightly different: haggis and lamb burgers topped with “Highland chutney.” I gotta say, those sheep’s stomachs were quite savory…
Of course, I had to get a taste of the Drake’s 28-dollar burger with “chuck and short rib with Grand Chevalier, arugula, red onion and tomatoes.” It was quite good. Not sure I’d pay 30 bucks for it, but I was satisfied with the three-dollar portion.
Even by noon, there was already quite the line in front of the Barque Smokehouse stand. I figured with this many people waiting for their smoked brisket burger, it’s gotta be good, right? Well, I would say it was worth waiting for, a nice juicy patty with sweet house-made pickles adding some tangy zizzle.
Washed it all down with a nice plastic cup of Muskoka Summer Weiss. Man, this is some good stuff. Gonna hafta look for it at The Beer Store or something…