Remember when I said that the Saint John restaurant scene is really hot right now? Well, this week is one of the reasons why. It’s the 2nd annual Uptown Burger Week and it falls on the same week as my birthday. What luck!
Whoever thought up Burger Week is a genius. Chefs in the Uptown area create original burger menus for this week only. Unique burgers you won’t find anywhere else, like The Poutine Burger (Britt’s) and the Baloney Burger (Port City Royal). There is truly something for everyone: beef, turkey, veggie, lamb, chicken, and fish options are available. You can even get a Dessert Burger that looks to-die-for (East Coast Bistro). People come out in droves to try these unique burgers. I don’t know what the actual sales numbers are, but I do know that during Burger Week, my Twitter feed is so loaded with photos of delicious burgers that it makes you salivate just rolling through your feed.
Now, I can’t try every burger offered during Burger Week. Partly because I’m wheat-challenged and partly because I don’t want to have a heart attack this week but I do make a point of getting out for at least one. This year we went to Britt’s and tried out their competing burgers: The Poutine Burger and the Mecklenburger. The Poutine Burger is topped with, you guessed it, poutine (why is this not already a thing?). The Mecklenburger has Guiness carmelized onions, candied bourbon bacon, swiss cheese and house-made bbq sauce (yum!). Two chefs at Britt’s created them and they’re going head-to-head to see who sells more. They’re both winners in my book: well done, guys! And there is still time to get out there and try more burgers people, Burger Week runs through Sunday. The hardest part is picking which burger to try…
Other reasons this is the best week ever: it’s my birthday and I got some new hiking boots for when we tackle Cape Chignecto later this summer (thanks, River and Trail Outdoor Co!). Also, we had our first couple +20 degree days this week and it was glorious! Lawns are turning green, trees are budding, spring is here and the burgers are fantastic. Like I said, best week ever.