I have a new weakness.
Nope it's not a new shopping place, not a DIY project or craft, not shoes or purses, although those are always on my list. It's a burger.
I don't mean some pickles, lettuce, tomatoes on a sesame seed bun or whatever type of burger either. A real burger. This actually amazes me. Maybe I should explain. I am not a burger person. Never had a desire for a Big Mac, baconator or the such. I get annoyed when Hubby orders burgers out at a restaurant because I figure he could just make one at home. Why the heck does he need to pay for someone else to do it?
Because if you know where to go they will give you a burger experience like you have never imagined.
St. John's seems to have more fine dining places downtown per capita than any other city in Canada. There is one on every corner. Sometimes you don't want the fuss of fine dining but yet you don't want greasy take out. Enter Relish.
Relish is a gourmet burger joint that opened up downtown a couple of years ago. It is a chain, there are Relish locations across the country but what I love about this one? It is about as Newfie a gourmet burger place as you can make it.
|Hubby's burger "Jersey City" and his poutine made with |
local Five Brothers Cheese Curds.
They have a signature burger that ties right in with down home traditions. When I first went there over a year ago it was called the Sunday Dinner. It was actually the first time I ever stepped out of my comfort zone ( I was really a cheese, bacon and ketchup only kind of girl) and I not only stepped out of it with that burger I leaped. Come on fellow Newfie's picture Sunday's Jigg dinner. That's right, this burger had split pea puree on the bun, root veggie slaw on the patty and Sunday dinner would not be complete without... salt beef. Big pieces of it sitting on my burger. See what I mean about taking a leap? Honestly it was the most amazing burger I ever had.
One my most recent trip I got lured by Under the Tuscan Sun. Balsamic glaze, pancetta bacon, tomato pesto and goat cheese. Amazing.
There is something about Relish that makes me want to step away from the ordinary, try something a little crazy. It is where I first decided that fried onions are the bee's knees and I hate onions, where I decided that salt beef is underrated and where I found out that goat cheese and an all beef patty are made in heaven.
That choice won out over trying the newest local signature burger "The Bullet". I am guessing that it is named after the iconic train
that made its last run in 1969. Nestled amongst this burgers fillings you will find a Newfoundland staple, bologna and mustard pickles. That takes me right back to sitting down for lunch at my grandparents house. My grandfather would be amazed at this burger. Note to self, take Pop to Relish.
Make your burger even more of a local treat by having a Quidi Vidi Beer. This local brew is the only brand they serve and that is fine with me! I love when local businesses stick together and support each other. They have just joined forces with another local business, Five Brothers Artisan Cheese. Hubby was already well aware of this brand new partnership (it only started the day before) it and anxious to try the poutine made with the Five Brothers cheese curds. He was not disappointed, it was the only time I have seen him take a picture of a meal. He sent it to a friend to taunt him, my supper is better than your supper....
If you are looking for a cheap burger Relish is not for you, (A meal will cost you approximately $16) If you are looking for a $5 burger go to your nearest fast food joint. If you are looking for a real burger that is fulfilling, unique and just yummy then head to Relish. Remember what your mom always said; you get what you pay for.
For hours, locations and menu items check out their website at http://www.relishyou.ca
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