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BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Burgers

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Burgers

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Photo credit: Burgers n' Fries Forever

Burgers n’ Fries Forever - 329 Bank Street & 278 Dalhousie Street

Nothing goes together better than burgers and fries. Luckily for us, we can get the best of both from Burgers n’ Fries Forever! This burger joint, cutely nicknamed BFF, is all about fun and unique burgers that you will not find anywhere else. We recommend going for something really crazy off their “secret menu” like “The Hangover” – a beef-patty topped with a fried egg, cheddar cheese, onion ring, beef bacon, and ketchup. Don’t forget to grab a side serving of some of their delish, hand-cut fries as well!

Photo credit: The Works

The Works - Various locations

The Works is very much an Ottawa staple, at the forefront of high quality burgers in the city. Not only do we love them for their big, juicy burger patties, but their entire aesthetic is just so cool. Their generously sized burgers are served with a steak –so you can cut it in half for easier eating–and their drinks are served in glass measuring cups. We recommend any of their “Get Stuff’d” burgers because honestly, does it get any better than cheese oozing out of a juicy patty? With five locations across the city, there is no excuse to not drop by!

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The King Eddy - 45 Clarence St.

If you haven’t been to The King Eddy, you’re missing out! They have delicious beef burgers of course, but we highly recommend their mouth-watering “Northern Fried Chicken” sandwich. Unlike anything you can find anywhere else in Ottawa, their fried chicken is perfectly crispy and flavourful and a chicken burger is a nice treat if you’re not a huge beef fan. We can’t get enough of the chilli mayo it’s served with!

Photo credit: Chaz Z. via Google Maps

Baja Burger Shack - 100 Greenview Ave.

Do you love hitting up Britannia Beach during the summer? If so, you probably already know about Baja. This adorable tiki-themed burger joint is the perfect mid-swim lunch stop as its located right by the beach. The spot has a small, but delicious menu of burgers, shakes, beer, coolers and the atmosphere is to die for on a hot summer’s day in Ottawa. Unfortunately, they’re not open in the fall and winter, but put them on your list to check out as soon as the warm weather returns!

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Crispy’s Resto Grill - 1433 Woodroffe Ave.

Crispy’s is a popular restaurant in Nepean that’s known for its amazing crispy fried chicken. They also do a pretty darn good burger. They put those two strengths together to create their heavenly “Crispy Chicken Burger Sandwich” that you MUST try. At the reasonable price of just $7.95, you’ll keep going back for more!

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Bite Burger House - 108 Murray St.

Bite Burger House is a gorgeous, upscale burger bar located in the heart of the trendy ByWard Market. Who says grabbing burgers can’t be a classy, stylish date night? Housed in a refurbished home, the restaurant is cozy, sleek and trendy. With their freshly-baked brioche buns and focus on locally-sourced ingredients, everything on their menu is high-quality and flavourful. We recommend the “Pig Pen” burger – an 8 oz pork belly patty topped with smoked bacon and smoked gouda cheese.

Photo credit: World Burger

World Burger - 1651 Merivale Rd.

Don't think that just because you don't hang downtown, you can't get a good burger! World Burger is located in the suburbs of Nepean on Merivale Road and is top notch. Their soft, chewy buns and unique flavour combinations are to die for. We recommend the appropriately named “Ottawa Burger” which is topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions, candied bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce and an incredible maple mayo.

Photo credit: Bill W. via Yelp

Vera’s Burger Express - 821 Robertson Rd.

Vera’s is a burger counter located inside The Butchery, an upscale meat shop, and it is truly a hidden gem. Located in a butcher shop, the meat is fresh as can be and packs a punch of flavour. With a very simple menu, with just a handful of beef and chicken burger options, this spot exemplifies quality over quantity. We recommend the “Vera’s Double Burger.”

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Hintonburger - 1066 Somerstreet W.

Hintonburger is another city staple. As the name suggests, it's located in the hip Hintonburg neighbourhood and is a no frills, straight up burger and shake shop. Not only is the food delicious, but we also love their sense of community involvement like their “OktoBURGfest for Autism” event. We recommend their namesake “Hintonburger” - a bacon cheese burger slathered with their signature BBQ sauce.

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South St. Burger - 900 Exhibition Way Unit #108

South St. Burger is located in bustling Lansdowne, moments away from TD Place and the Cineplex VIP, so it’s really the ideal spot to drop by with friends or a date after taking in a football game or movie. The place merges the best of both worlds with its casual food menu of burgers and finger foods, and a great selection of wine if you’re feeling fancy. All their burgers are 100% angus beef, so you know you’re getting the good stuff. We recommend their “Nacho” burger – a thick angus patty topped with aged cheddar, lettuce, fresh tomato salsa, jalapeno sour cream and guacamole.

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David Skinner October 30, 2018 7:02 pm

Clearly the Author failed to try Burgers and Shakes. An obvious contender and IMHO the best in the region.