Burger Crawl: Beer Bros.

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Next stop on the burger train is Beer Bros. This one was my suggestion because I recalled loving it in my much younger days and had a special fondness for the beet ketchup in particular. Probably no surprise here, but Beer Bros. incorporates beer into their food; like the stout mayo and wheat ale bun our burgers were on.

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The Burger: Three of us tried the Beer Bros. Burger with smoked white cheddar and thick cut bacon and one tried the All Day Breakfast Burger, which also included a sunny side up egg and sauteed mushrooms.

The Bun: A wheat ale bun, super fresh, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. It tasted homemade. We all liked this bun, although it did not hold up well for the Breakfast Burger which seemed to be because of the juicy sauteed mushrooms on that one.

The Patty: Thick, juicy and well-seasoned. We did agree that this patty was the most processed we’ve encountered so far.

The Cheese: A $1.50 add-on to the Bros. Burger; we tried the smoked white cheddar, which was fabulous. There was a blue cheese option also.

The Sauce: Stout mayo, which we loved. Two of us agreed that mustard would have been good here.

The Veggies: Sliced pickles, thickly sliced red onion, tomato and leaf lettuce. The Breakfast Burger had sauteed mushrooms, too.

The Extras: The bacon was SUPER thick cut and a $1.50 add-on to the Bros. Burger. The girls weren’t fans but the guys loved it.

The Side: We tried the thick cut, skin-on fries (delicious with the sides of stout mayo and beet ketchup for dipping), Caesar salad (“looked better than it tasted”) and the poutine (a small portion, called “underwhelming”).

The Price: $16 for the Beer Bros. Burger before add-ons and $20 for the All Day Breakfast Burger; poutine and Caesar salad were upgraded sides.

The Place: Beer Bros. Gastropub & Deli, 1821 Scarth Street, Regina

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Where we should try next? I’d love to hear from you.

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Burger Crawl: The Mercury

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Our next stop is a classic one in Regina. The Mercury is a nostalgic place for many people and one of our testers picked it for just that reason. We stopped by on a Friday night to sample some of their well-known burgers. The environment is retro; the only way you can get pop here is in glass bottles which adds to the classic feel.

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The Burger: Two of us tried the Bacon Cheeseburger and two of us tried the Merc Burger, a loaded double cheeseburger.

The Bun: A classic Kaiser, which we agreed wasn’t big or sturdy enough for one patty, let alone two.

The Patty: Thick, homemade, well-seasoned with garlic and greasy. Like so greasy, some of our buns were falling apart before we could finish.

The Cheese: You can choose from cheddar, mozza or Swiss. The Merc comes with cheddar and Swiss.

The Sauce: Mayo. We agreed that mustard would have been good here.

The Veggies: Pickles, tomato and shaved lettuce. The Merc comes with sautéed onions and mushrooms too.

The Extras: The bacon on the cheeseburgers was cooked perfectly. The Merc comes with shaved ham.

The Side: We tried the classic double cooked fries (delicious), the onions rings (perfect and not too greasy) and the poutine (one tester liked it and the other was disappointed in the gravy and that it didn’t have cheese curds).

The Price: $13.25 for the Bacon Cheeseburger and $15.00 for the Merc burger; poutine and onion rings were upgrades for $2.75.

The Place: The Mercury Café & Grill, 2936 13th Ave, Regina

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Burger Crawl: Birmingham’s

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A new development in my pregnancy has been a love of red meat and although I’ve always loved a good burger, something about them has been super tempting to me as of late. Recently when out with friends, I commented that we should start a “Burger Crawl” and try all the best ones we could find. At first I was met with laughter but pretty soon we scheduled our first stop, at my request. This burger is my current favourite in Regina and I wanted everyone else to try it too. I mean, look at that thing. She will be tough to beat, that’s for sure.

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The Burger: The “Skirt” Burger

The Bun: Brioche, super fresh but holds up well.

The Patty: Thick, ground sirloin, perfectly seasoned, juicy without being greasy, slight char on the outside.

The Cheese: Birmingham’s puts a mound of grated cheddar on the patty and covers it with a lid to melt it onto the burger. This fries the cheese that falls in the pan into a crispy “skirt”. It adds great texture.

The Sauce: “Burger” sauce.

The Veggies: Pickles, tomato, onion and shaved lettuce.

The Extras: A woven sheet of bacon. This works to ensure you get bacon in every bite.

The Side: V-Chips; super thin and crispy potato chips soaked in vodka and then deep fried. Try them with dip!

The Price: $14.95

The Place: Birmingham’s Vodka & Ale House, 2635 Star Lite Street, Regina

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What are you waiting for?!

 

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Regina Eats: Bonzzini’s

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I’m always interested to hear where people regularly choose to eat when they eat out. As I tend to cook the majority of our meals at home, going out is maybe a once-a-week occurrence, but we’ve definitely honed in on our favorite places in the city.

One of these favorites for us is Bonzzini’s. It’s been Tom’s Tuesday night wing spot for years but I had only tried it one other time prior to us moving to the South end. Now that we live closer to it, we are definitely becoming “regulars”, which I love.

The Food: Classic pub food. Bonzzini’s has won best wings in Regina several years in a row. The Fish and Chips is also popular here; you’ll see it on many tables whenever you go.

The Atmosphere: Cozy, dimly lit and old-school feeling with lots of dark wood and neon lights. I always feel nostalgic here because it reminds me of my parent’s rumpus room in my childhood home. It kind of looks like the bar in “Cheers”.

My Favorites: The Smoked Brisket Sandwich; this is probably my favorite sandwich in the city, period. The meat is super tender and flavorful and they accent it with caramelized onion, cheddar cheese and a herbed mayo. The Bonzo Burger; the patty is homemade and they serve it on a cheese bun, which I love. The Toasted Subs; the Tzatziki Chicken is my favorite. Lagers and Dill Dip; these crunchy chips are awesome as a side or on their own.

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Where are you a “regular”? Do tell!

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Regina Eats: Gluten-Free

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After completing my Whole30 and realizing that overindulging in gluten makes me feel less than stellar, I started looking for gluten-free options as often as I could. I still eat gluten occasionally but it is definitely a treat for me these days rather than a staple. After uncovering several gems I thought I would share what I’ve tried and liked so far:

Lancaster’s menu is clearly marked with gluten-free options, which I appreciate. My favorite entrée there is the Satsuma Chicken. Get the Potato Chips with Garlic Aioli to start. You’ll thank me later.

I’ve tried several gluten-free pizza crusts and Boston Pizza’s is the winner so far.

Brewed Awakening has salads, crustless quiches, fresh rolls and desserts that are wheat-free. The wheat-free carrot cake is phenomenal.

Kneaded is a completely gluten-free bakery here in the city. Their desserts are out of this world good.

I tried Serendipity a few weeks ago and had the most phenomenal BBQ Bacon Grilled Cheese sandwich. I also sampled the peanut butter cheesecake which was massive and loaded with peanut butter cups. Her menu changes weekly and I’ve found everything to be very reasonably priced, especially for gluten-free food.

Sprout Catering has a regular menu with gluten-free options as well as a “Gluten-Free Fridays” lunch feature. The food there is always fresh and healthy.

Did you know you can get your Five Guys burger wrapped in a lettuce leaf? It’s surprisingly satisfying. Oh, and don’t forget the fries!

Rock Creek has several great gluten-free mains. I’ve tried and liked the Albuquerque Chicken and the Southwest Caesar Salad.

Note: If you are celiac, there may be cross contamination at some of these places.

Your favorite gluten-free meal in the city? Tell me!

 

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