Last week I had the chance to try Bareburger at a private tasting. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before, the first Canadian location of a New York chain. We had a chance to meet the franchisee and the owner of the original locations, as well as some of the suppliers and the executive chef. The team was really down to earth, answering any questions about their message and their food. They were happy to share their Bareburger story. The restaurant is decorated using beautiful reclaimed wood, it has a casual vibe to it.

Bareburger prides itself on using the fresh and organic ingredients. We had the meal “family style” although that’s not how they usually serve it so the portions may look a little crazy in the pictures. Upon arrival, we had some iced tea and lemonade, I’d highly recommend the white peach – black tea raspberry. We started with the sweet potato fries and onion rings with more sauces than I knew what to do with. These were probably the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had in my life. Definitely one of my favourite items. I got through them so quickly, I just have a picture of the sauces.

Next we had two salad, their Cali Fresh and the Guapo Chop  (they added fried chicken). I just had the Cali Fresh because avocado makes me itchy but everyone at the table was raving about it. I think it’s definitely something that if you like guacamole/avocado you would really enjoy. The Cali Fresh was an interesting (and delicious) salad with cauliflower hummus and red quinoa.

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Next it was time for the poutine, which they added brisket too. It was really good. The gravy was very light, almost more like an au jus rather than a heavy beef gravy. It was tasty – I ate a lot of it.

Next it was time for the “burgers”. The first one was one of their vegetarian option, the farmstead. It was a sweet potato, wild rice and hummus wrapped in a collard green. Turns out, I’m not a fan of collard green but the filling was delicious. It is vegan and gluten free.

We also tried the ‘standard’, the ‘blue elk’ and the ‘el matador’ (which I skipped again because of the avocado). I was also too full by this point to take any photos. I’m sorry. I may have also had ice cream sandwiches on my minds. The standard burger was really good, very meaty with a great sauce and the blue elk was interesting. It was the first time I had elk, much lighter than I would have expected.

We finished the evening off with two desserts (totally necessary). We had chocolate milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches. I love ice cream sandwiches so regardless of being so full, I had to try at least one. We didn’t know what each of them were – I picked up what looked like a snickerdoodle and took a bite. And the ice cream? It was roasted marshmallow – not just marshmallow but ROASTED marshmallow. I don’t know what sorcery he used to make it but it was so good.

I really enjoyed my evening at Bareburger. The food was really good and the service was great.

Have you been to Bareburger? What did you have?

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6 Comments on eating all the things at bareburger

  1. Sure do wish I had eaten something before reading this post. Definitely adding this place to my list to try! You had me at sweet potato fries and all of the sauce, but I’m easy to please. 😉

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