Well, I am cheating a bit, it is actually in Manotick Station which is just East of Manotick (crossing of Limebank and Mitch Owens); but it is certainly worth the drive! You can click here to see it on the map.
I was heading over to Omer’s place for a jamming session, where I pretend to be able to play the drums, and I needed to grab a bite on the way. I call Omer to ask him where to eat and he says “You have to try Burger & Shakes… its a couple miles east of Mantotick across from the high school.” Since Omer is a big fan of food -as am I- I didn’t take much convincing for me to give it a try.
Sure enough, in the middle of nowhere, is Burger & Shakes, attached to a golf & mini-putt business which is closed for the winter season. Its 8:30 PM on a Thursday night and there are actually cars in the parking lot. This is a good sign…
I am pretty hungry, so looking up at the board I try and decide between the 10oz ‘Double Burger’ and the 7oz ‘Super Burger’. I decide I don’t want a double, and order the Super with a side of poutine.
When the fresh (certainly NOT ever frozen!) beef patty is placed on the grill, I am shocked to see that it resembles a large pancake in size! This is going to be a big meal.
While I wait for the burger to cook, I have a chance to talk to Ali and Zainab about their business. They are clearly the sort of people that should be running a business like this: Really passionate about what they do, and it’s very obvious they enjoy interacting -and getting to know- their customers. Ali tells me about how they get their top quality beef locally, pointing in the direction of the farm they get it from. As our discussion continues, my patty on the grill shrinks from massive to just huge. Ali asks if I want some steak spice, yep!
I get my meal and sit down to enjoy it. Wow, what a great burger! Not only the patty is good, but the bun is super fresh. The poutine is also fabulous, with the large cut fries being perfecty cooked and also from potatoes of high quality. About half way through Ali asks how I like it…. “Awesome!” I reply between bites.
Since I like to help send good businesspeople good business, I had decided about half way through my meal to do a blog post on this restaurant. It was a testament to how good a sport Zainab was that she was willing to let me take the picture below of them after a long day at work.
Thanks to Ali and Zainab for the great food, and Omer for the recommendation! I think Omer and I are going to make this part of our bi-weekly jamming ritual.
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