Monthly Archives: June 2015

Danny Y’s Selection – Coney Island Cafe

Well folks, the first round is complete and the all the votes are in….Coney Island Cafe is the winner!

With a burger score of:

41.3/50

With a shake score of:

44.3/50

These are the highest scores of the opening round in both categories.

All three of us once again had the bacon cheese burger, done to our liking (Mikey’s still moo-ing) and they were fantastic.

Not sure if this is ketchup or blood, but I’m happy either way”! Mikey says as he laughs and gets ready to inhale his last morcel of burger.

Bun wasn’t too big and didn’t get soggy from the juicyness of the burger and extras.  Bacon volume was suffice and didn’t take over from the taste of the burger itself, just added to the overall great taste of the burger.

The three of us all went different directions on the shakes this time, and neither of those directions steered us wrong!! JC went with chocolate mint, Mikey had the chocolate chip cookie dough and Iwas handcuffed (explained shorly) and chose the butter pecan.

First off, the shakes were served in an “old school” metal cup, which was frosted on the outside!  Secondly, they were so thick that the straw stood staright up!  And finally, they were topped off with a little dollop of whipped cream!

However, one of the daily specials was cookies and cream and I was pumped for that, but they were out of product!  This does make it sound like a success, but YOU NEED TO ERASE THAT OFF YOUR BOARD MAN!!  I’m a bit of a “cookies and cream slut” when it comes to ice cream products, so that was tough to take……I never did let that hurt my score though.

We treated oursleves to one of the Coney Island Cafe poutines as well, just because that is what they are famous for.  We chose to go with the ‘Elvis Prestley’ poutine and it was defintely unique.  It is a regula poutine topped with chopped up bacon, but within the gravy is melted peanut butter.  To a PB fan (Mikey) this is heaven, but the peanut butter does take control of the overall flavour so if you’re not a huge fan, I’d go another direction….and they have a lot of concoctions to choose from, so EXPLORE and ENJOY!!

We Highly recommend this establishment if you want a fantastic burger and shake!

And if you want to live a little on the wild side, they seem to be able to do that as well!!!

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Mercury Grill and Cafe

Mikey’s selection: Mercury Grill and Cafe

Last week’s burger shake club selection was the Mercury Grill and Cafe. The establishment has the classic diner look and feel to it so it was only natural that we ended up there early on our quest for the ultimate burger and shake

The atmosphere was good and the wait staff was friendly and efficient.

The bacon cheeseburger was the selection of all three judges and it performed pretty well in the ratings getting an average score of 37.3 out of 50

The bacon was delicious, the bun was top shelf but the burger was a little small and while it was tasty I believe all 3 of us had higher expectations. After finishing our burgers and fries we moved onto the Shakes

The offering was limited to the classic chocolate/vanilla/strawberry but once we heard the shakes were served in the “old school” metal cups there was more than a little excitement amongst the 3 of us.

Once served, metal tins and all, we were disappointed as the chocolate shakes we selected were quite runny and very little in the way of ice cream thickness. The milkshakes had a nice taste to them but the lack of ice cream coupled with the “watery” consistency was more than disappointing.

The average milkshake score amongst the 3 of us was 30.7 out of 50.

Reviews

Burger  37.3/50

Milkshake 30.7/50

Cumulative avg score 68/100

Stay tuned for next week’s selection and reviews on our pursuit for burger and shake enlightenment!

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Serburger and Milky Way Shake

Thursday June 11th, 2015 – JC

This marks the first ever review for the Burger and Shake Club. Please visit ‘The Rules’ for official rules of the Club. The first round is the “Inaugural Round” and finds us choosing an establishment that serves burgers with the option of having a shake from another establishment in walking distance.

Jason’s choice for this round:

The Serbian Club for a ‘Serburger’ and Milky Way for a milkshake.

While you need to be a member to enjoy a burger at the Serbian Club, you definitely need to  give it a try!  Buy a membership or go with someone who has a membership to experience a large homemade burger (with or without garlic) on a homemade bun.  I tried to buy a membership and have it added to my bill, but that must have been lost in the confusion of our order because I don’t think I was billed for it.  We were served nonetheless and so we tipped (bribed?) the staff generously for their service.  I also tried to order fries, but that request was denied with a smirk and a simple reply by our server as she said “No, burger is too big. no fries”. She was right, the burger was the size of the plate and was tasty.  The cumulative scores of our reviews can be found below.

Then it was time for the shakes!  You can’t really go wrong with the Milky Way, which is conveniently located less than 2 blocks from the Serbian Club.  We all added ‘malt’ to our orders and Danny Y went with the classic chocolate shake.  Mike mixed up chocolate and peanut butter while I opted for mint chocolate.  The variety of flavours and thickness of the Milky Way shakes will make it a front runner and tough to beat, as the scores were all very high from our club members.

Serbian Club/Serb Burger: 37.7/50

Milky Way: 42.7/50

Cumulative Score: 80.4%

While this is a Bi-Weekly club, we are sneaking in another Club Meeting next Thursday to fit in all 3 reviews for the inaugural round before Mikey takes off for burger and shake research to Eastern Canada for about a month.  Next up is Mike, see you all next Thursday!

Quotable:

Mikey:  “Size is important but taste trumps all!”

Danny Y: “This burger makes me want to visit Serbia”

JC:  “If this shake was in a tin, it would be unbeatable!”

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