Burger #63 – The Smoke Burger (Durty Nelly’s)

Way back in 2014, when Life of Burgers was still pretty new, I paid a visit to Durty Nelly’s one evening where I found a burger that thoroughly impressed me. It was called the Whiskey Smoke Burger, and between the onion rings, the whiskey apple BBQ sauce, and the Guinness honey mustard, it quickly became one of my favourite burgers in the city.

However, it is normal for restaurants to change up their menus from time to time (which can be either really great or a swing and a miss), and unfortunately the Whiskey Smoke Burger didn’t make the cut during one of these changes and I had to say goodbye to a burger that treated me right.

While that one may be gone, it just so happens that there is another burger on the menu that has many similarities to the old one, with a few changes. I stopped by to try The Smoke Burger, hopeful that it would be just as good as the one I had 4 years ago.

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From the menu: “Smoked garlic aioli, bacon, smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce, lettuce, pickle, onion rings”

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Halifax Burger Week 2018 Preview – Part 1

It’s that time of year again! Halifax Burger Week starts this week, and once again The Coast has upped the stakes by getting well over 100 restaurants to participate this time around!

It seems everywhere wants a piece of the action, which means the choices are seemingly endless. This is both good and bad. Good because you have a long list of burgers to choose from. Bad because you have to try and make up your mind about which ones to fit into the week (unfortunately, trying them all this time around is pretty much impossible). But don’t worry! I’m back again to give you a sneak peek into some of the burgers that should be making your Burger Week 2018 hit list!

For Part 1 of the Preview Series, take a look at the burgers being offered from The Auction House, Stubborn Goat, and Durty Nelly’s!

The Auction House

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Veggie Burger Series – Part 2

The hot days in Halifax seem never-ending, and the same can be said about the delicious veggie burgers that restaurants have on their menus! I’ll admit that before starting this series, I wasn’t super excited about focusing primarily on meatless burgers for the majority of the summer (what can I say, I am a carnivore through and through), but that opinion has quickly changed, and it’s all thanks to the creative and well-thought out veggie burgers that places in the HRM have come up with.

See what I mean with a look at three more veggie burgers, in Part 2 of the Veggie Burger Series!

You can check out Part 1 of the series, and the first three meatless burgers I tried, here!

Riot Snack Bar – The Riot Burger

“Hand crafted veggie burger, house-made ketchup and garlic aioli, crunchy sprouts, house-brined pickles and gouda cheese on a local brioche bun”

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Halifax Burger Week 2017 Wrap-Up

Halifax Burger Week is now over for another year, and the city is stuffed to the brim with the thousands of burgers that have been consumed. With beef, chicken, fish, veggie, sausage, lamb, boar, and even kangaroo available as options this year, the choices were abundant and I think it’s safe to say that Haligonians were very satisfied with the turnout!

Delicious sauces and pasta (both deep-fried and not) seemed to be some popular topping choices this year, and a lot of the 95+ restaurants really stepped up with some amazing, original burger compositions.

This was easily the hardest year I’ve had thus far trying to decide my favourite burgers of the week. I got to try 31 of the options this year (12 previews and 19 during the week) and I kept going back and changing my choices for both the Top 3 as well as the 10 Honourable Mentions. There were many burgers that got left off this list that I really enjoyed, but there just wasn’t enough spots for them all. Basically, what I’m trying to say is Halifax knocked it out of the park for Burger Week 2017!

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Halifax Burger Week 2017 Preview – Part 1

We are now only 1 week away from the beginning of one of my favourite times of the year! Halifax Burger Week is back again for it’s 5th year, and the awesome team over at The Coast has rounded up over 95 restaurants to participate in the most burger-filled week Halifax has ever seen!

There is a wide range of burger choices for you to choose from this year, ranging from beef to lamb to veggie, and even kangaroo, and with all these patty options comes a HUGE variety of original topping combinations. With this massive amount of burgers to choose from, picking which ones you will try can be a difficult task, but I’m here to hopefully make your decisions a little easier with the Halifax Burger Week Preview Series – 2017 Edition!

I’ve had the pleasure of trying a lot of great Burger Week burgers so far, and I’m going to showcase each one in this series so you can get an early look at some of the meaty (and not so meaty) greatness you have to look forward to come March 23rd. Starting things off with Part 1 are burgers from Durty Nelly’s, Krave, and Cheese Curds!

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Halifax Burger Week 2016 Preview – Part 4

The restaurants are prepping, people are making their lists, and the beer is being chilled. It is now only 2 sleeps until Halifax Burger Week, and the excitement is real! I have my burger schedule all ready to go, and while it doesn’t include every burger like last year, it is definitely filled with some delicious-sounding ones that I can’t wait to try. I’ve been lucky enough to already try a bunch of the burgers being offered this year, and you’ve read all about them in Parts 1-3. Now it’s time to give you 3 more options, all of which you’re probably going to want to add to your own lists.

Here’s what The Armview, Durty Nelly’s, and Indochine Banh Mi are going to being cooking up and serving to you this Burger Week!

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Burger #34 – Banger Burger (Durty Nelly’s)

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Another warm Summer evening meant it was time to hit up another one of Halifax’s great patios. For this meal, I visited another favourite of mine, Durty Nelly’s. Located at 1660 Argyle Street, this was my first visit back (with the exception of Burger Week) since they changed their menu around. I decided to go with their Banger Burger for this visit.

I have been making some changes with the format for my posts, and I’ve decided to no longer do the “Restaurant Atmosphere & Service” section of my reviews. I feel like this will make it more about the burger, which I assume is the main reason you are here. Feel free to give some feedback on this change or anything else you would like to see. I would love to hear from you!

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From the menu: “Ground pork patty, Jameson bacon jam, lettuce, pickle, horseradish aioli”

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Halifax Burger Week – Day #4

Closing in on the midway point of Halifax Burger Week, it’s time for Day #4! Joining the team on this day was Jordan, Ryan, and Olivia.

Burger #26 – Jalapeño Beer Cheeseburger from Elle’s Bistro

Elle's Bistro

Starting the day off was the Jalapeño Beer Cheeseburger from Elle’s Bistro. Obviously, the first thing I noticed was the onion rings (if you have been reading my other posts you should know of my love for them by now). They did offer a great crunch to the burger which was really nice. I did like the use of cheese sauce in lieu of a traditional cheese slice. However, it was advertised as a jalapeño cheese sauce, but I didn’t really taste any heat at all. The patty itself was cooked really nicely, and my only complaint is that I would have like to taste a bit more seasoning. The texture of the top bun was really great, and it was one of my favourite parts. Overall, this was a decent burger, but not amazing.

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Burger #23 – Whiskey Smoke Burger (Durty Nelly’s)

Since I started doing this blog, I’ve had a lot of people suggest different burgers to me that they think could be top contenders. One of these recommended places was Durty Nelly’s. Located at 1660 Argyle Street, Durty Nelly’s is a popular spot for both eating and drinking, which tends to be the case for most establishments on Argyle. The burger that I went with for this visit is titled the Whiskey Smoke Burger.

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From the menu: “Whiskey apple BBQ sauce, crispy bacon, maple smoked cheddar, Guinness honey mustard, lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun. Topped with two house-made onion rings and served with French fries”

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