You know all the stuff you heard about alleys in the city being a bit on the sketchy and shady side? Well, forget it. Head down the alley on de la Montagne street, between St Catherine and Rene Levesque, and treat yourself to a delicious burger at QDC Burger, run by the guys behind Montreal landmark restaurant Queue de Cheval.
As Diva #2 and Sensei headed down the alley, we were greeted by the soothing voice of Barry White and Frank Sinatra. Nothing like a little mood music to lure you into an alley! Diva#2 was excited to have Sensei all to herself but he had his usual feeling of unease when he is near the Divas.
Behind the restaurant, chefs are taking orders and manning the grill at a small window. There are a variety of burgers to choose from, including the Chef Specials listed on their chalk board. You also have the option of creating your own. You can order sides as well, like fries, poutine with wild mushrooms, or short rib, and more. Once you place your order, you can take a seat on one of the green benches that are set up near the window, and wait for your name to be called.
Since Sensei is an expert on brunch, he chose the burger with a sunny side egg, the Jefferson. Prepare to get messy with this burger, but it is well worth it! Made with pulled braised short ribs which added a little sweetness, a mix of Swiss and white cheddar and sautéed mushrooms, this burger was a mouthful. The Béarnaise sauce added more richness and was lathered on top of the sunny side up egg. It is filling and satisfying, intelligently served in a takeout container, not paper plate, to avoid losing any of the ingredients.
Diva #2 opted for the Lefty burger, the pork belly sealed the deal on this one! The best way to describe this burger? WOW! The Divas are rarely speechless but Diva #2 didn’t know what to say. Topped with grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and a garlic aioli, every bite was delicious. The slice of pork belly was cut thick, the onions and mushrooms were draped with the melted Swiss cheese and the garlic aioli added a tang. The burger was dressed to perfection! And the bun, which was quickly charred on the open grill for more flavour, was light and absorbed any drippings that fell out of the overstuffed burger. A definite winner!
We washed it all down with a chocolate milkshake that reminded Sensei of Quik and Diva #2 of eating raw chocolate cake batter. Together they strolled down memory lane reminiscing about their childhoods! Regardless of who was more accurate, it was smooth, chocolatey, creamy and delicious and should be part of your order. And if you aren’t a chocolate lover, they also have vanilla and strawberry!
Unfortunately, it started raining so we ran for the car, milkshake in hand, and decided to go for drinks at one of our favourite bars in the city, Big in Japan Bar on St. Laurent. We ordered a bowl of crazy good candied pecans to absorb the numerous drinks expertly concocted by head barman Matt, including a Bloody Caesar with homemade clamato. What a dream! After many stories they decided to call it a night, but only after Diva #2 tried to convince Sensei that he is not going bald (although it looks like he is), and that the grey hairs that have sprouted since he met the Divas make him look sophisticated. More lies!
If you’re looking for a great burger with amazing ingredients, take a walk down a back alley and give QDC Burger a shot. Guaranteed, you’ll start going out of your way to cut through that alley and stop for a quick bite to eat!
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