For the fifth year, restaurants in this province are participating in a burger promotion for the entire month of April. Sixty of them. Sixty restaurants serving sixty different over-the-top burgers. You’d have to have two per day to try them all.
It’s a good promotion, meant to support beef farmers and provide customers to eateries at a time when business is slow. (Some restaurants survive only because of the tourist trade which lasts from June to October.) Even some chains, like Pizza Delight and Smitty’s have added a burger to their standard fare, but the hamburger chains don’t participate. Some places that never serve burgers, have one for Burger Love.
Many Islanders make a real effort to eat as many of them as they can. You can go to the PEI Burger Love web site and rate the ones you’ve tried. The winning burger and restaurant get a lot of extra publicity out of it.
Last year I had four. This year I had my first on April 1 (no fools’ joke) at Phinley’s Diner, the restaurant that won in 2013. Meh. 3/10. Cold bun, overwhelming sauce, boring beef. Saving 2 and 1 for a terrible one. Don’t think they have a 0/10.
The burger is called Sucker Punch (compare promo poster with the real thing), and you get your dessert with the burger, the gum-filled sucker which has been shoved in the top to hold the burger together. Extras on toothpicks are a standard item on a burger love burger.
Yesterday at lunch at Cedar’s Eatery I split their Shawarma Burger and a side of Fattouch salad with my partner. More like an 8/10, it included shawarma spice-infused beef AND chicken shawarma with pickled turnip on the toothpick. Sorry no photos.
There are favourites emerging on Facebook already! Like this one from Piatto Pizzeria and Enotica: 7oz. Island Beef Infused with Soppressata Salami and House Seasoning, Bacon Onion Jam, Maple Goat Cheese, Jalapeno Roasted Garlic Aioli, Smoked Caciocavallo Cheese, Baby Arugula, and Hot Banana Peppers on a Ciabatta Bun seasoned with olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and Grana Padano, and garnished with a Soppressata Salami Wrapped Pepperoncini Pepper. Is your mouth watering yet?
I’ll probably post one or two more burger love updates during April….
PS Photos taken with my iPad and edited a bit in Lightroom.