As I mentally prepared myself for round three of my Burger Tour, I can honestly say I was super excited about each individual burger I was fortunate to try, and all for different reasons. In addition I very excited to meet the Chefs at each restaurant because they are, after all, the heart of the restaurant. Each burger has been unique and equally delicious.
YYC Burger Week starts this Friday, May 2 -10, 2014. Thirty restaurants are competing in three different categories ($10, $15, $20) and will put up their best burger for 9 days during this epic burger battle. Partial proceeds from every burger sold goes to Charity. Customers and burger lovers near and far will visit the restaurants, try the burgers, and then vote for their favourite online, in each category.
I was more than ready to try The Ship & Anchor’s Afterburner Burger, as I’d heard it had some jalapenos somewhere between burger & bun, and I’m all about spicy food. Love it. With my Burger Ambassador Reign coming to an end, I decided to bring along two of my girlfriends for a girls night of burgers, beer and onion rings. A perfect way to end my Burger Tour.
With over 20 years in business under their belt, The Ship & Anchor attracts a diverse crowd. But it’s a diverse and eclectic mix that works. We walked in feeling right at home and it helped that the Ship & Anchor team were beyond friendly upon our arrival. From live bands and local DJ’s to International & English Soccer games, their culture is as diverse as their customers. They offer a “Show Up & Ship Out” program which buses patrons to and from events, and are big supporters of the local arts communities. I learned so much on my visit to The Ship & Anchor, I honestly can’t wait to go back.
The big moment finally arrived when Chef Trevor Small brought out The Afterburner Burger, with a small variety of sides. I was relieved to see it was slightly smaller than some of the other burgers I’d tried, only due to the fact I wasn’t going to need a knife & fork for this one. Right away we were tantalized by the 6 oz of bison, topped with melted aged cheddar and crispy fried onions. So far so drooling. Tomato, lettuce, salsa verde and a spicy jalapeno mayo finished the burger and was the perfect match to the super fresh and soft brioche bun. Are you hungry yet? I loved the extra hint of heat the jalapeno brought, but yet it wasn’t so spicy your nose was running. Perfect amount. With our burgers we received the house salad (fresh and tasty), ship fries, (not greasy, also tasty) and my favourite side, which was the onion rings (evenly battered, thick cut and delicious). We or maybe I loved them so much we ordered more. The Afterburner Burger is more than just a burger, it’s an experience.
YYC Burger Week starts this Friday and runs for 9 days. Get out and try as many burgers as you can manage to pack in, and make a reservation wherever needed. Pick up a passport at a participating restaurant, visit some restaurants, take pictures, tell your friends, tweet about it, and vote for your favourite burger. These special promo burgers are only available for a limited time during burger week so make your plans and get yours before it’s too late.