Insider Edition: The Burger Safari Begins
Our food editor takes a tour around the city, trying out some of the best burger creations he can find. Plus, the Gatineau Beer Festival is on, and we’ve found a secret passage to a good time. (It’s through an outhouse, trust us on this.)
While I hear many stories of certain garden vegetables not “making it” as in previous years, nothing seems to be stopping my cucumbers. I’m literally eating them daily and it’s got to stop. Lucky for me: no repeating. That kind of repetition does no one any favours.
- The beginning of our Burger Safari
- Explore some fine non-alcoholic cocktails
- Give a few highlights from the Gatineau Beer Festival
Grab your favourite beverage and let’s begin.
— Ralf Joneikies
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The Burger Safari begins
- Addresss: 10 Blais St., Embrun
- Prices: $4.50 - $14.50
- Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
One of our thoughtful readers very kindly reached out and suggested I try Pearson St. Smashburger in Embrun. I’m always up for an adventure but when gas was above two dollars a litre, I was weighing a thirty-minute drive for a burger a little more cautiously.
This food truck run by couple Kris and Chris Pearson, is now located at a sports facility at the far end of Embrun. Based on my experience of nothing more than a humble burger, you’ll not forget where it’s parked.
So what is a smash burger? Simply, a ball of ground beef that is then smooshed thin on the grill or griddle. The Oklahoma onion burger may be the most famous incarnation. This grew in popularity during the depression era when meat was rationed and loads of grilled onions were added to fill out the meal. A classic was born.
The flavour advantage that grilling thin on a hot surface provides is that more of the meat is exposed leaving an appetizing crust on the patty. What you finally need, apart from timing and technique, is quality beef and Pearson St. gets theirs from local Gillette Farms.The depth of flavour from this beef ensures that I will be buying my hormone and antibiotic-free meat from this farm going forward.
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