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November 19, 2019

Burger Darin’

Burger Darin’ A manly burger for the daring diner. by Steven Sandor Photography by Curtis Comeau The menu at The Burg, the latest entry into the gourmet-hamburger restaurant craze, is extensive. You can build your own burger, with patties of certified Angus beef, bison, turkey, chicken or even halibut. You…

Burger Darin’

A manly burger for the daring diner.

Photography by Curtis Comeau

The menu at The Burg, the latest entry into the gourmet-hamburger restaurant craze, is extensive. You can build your own burger, with patties of certified Angus beef, bison, turkey, chicken or even halibut. You can try a variety of themed burgers featuring condiments such as house-smoked bacon, aged cheese or roasted jalapeo peppers.

That part of the menu is for other people, though. I set my eyes on The Man Among Boys, a $20 burger, no sides included. And I have to have it. It is a burger that challenges my manhood, seducing me with the promise of an afternoon spent in meat coma.

Don’t you just love it when a menu calls out to you? “I dare you, I double-dog dare you.”

It comes with a knife stuck through the middle, to hold the two thick patties together. Add bacon, sweet jalapeos, provolone cheese, garlic aioli, caramelized onions and sauted mushrooms, all inside a bun infused with a hint of red pepper. The result is an orgy (Can I use that word? Darn it, yes I can) of peppery flavour and two juicy patties that are, dare I say it, a little pink in the middle. 

It is kind of like … meat heaven, a place where vegetarians and all sorts of other people whose dietary restrictions end in the suffix “-ans” don’t go. 

I’ve had some of the best burgers in North America. I have eaten at the legendary Kuma’s Corner in Chicago; I’ve had a burger as big as my head at Hodad’s on Ocean Beach in San Diego. The Man Among Boys belongs in that hallowed group, a rarity in Canada where we burn our meat and don’t embrace gluttony in the same way as our friends to the south.

I finish the whole thing. Our server compliments me about my feat. Like a snake, I won’t need to eat for a month. 

(10190 104 St., 780-760-1780, theburg4st.ca)