Harvey's has just brought back one of its heavy hitters — the unforgettable Big Harv. For many Canadians, the name alone will bring back fond memories and make mouths water.
After first appearing in 2018, the Big Harv has returned and, just like in past years, it boasts premium-quality ingredients: two large 100% Canadian beef patties, a poppyseed Ace Bakery bun, two slices of cheese and Harvey's famous Harv sauce. This hefty burger will satisfy the appetite of even the most voracious eater.
This famous burger is available across Canada, but only until September 26, so I wanted to try it for myself before I missed my chance. I went for the classic version, but if you're feeling a bit more indulgent, you can add bacon to your Big Harv — the perfect thing to complement the grilled beef.
Once you have chosen the base for your burger, the next step is to pick your toppings at their one-of-a-kind garnish counter. You can customize your Big Harv with Harvey's huge selection of sauces and condiments (in addition to the Harv sauce, of course). I opted for relish and some chipotle for that extra smoky flavour.
My first bite had the perfect meat-to-cheese ratio. The Harv sauce isn't too much and gives the burger a delicious flavour and slightly creamy texture that doesn't overpower the beef. If you prefer your burger to have a flame-grilled taste, then you'll definitely want to add bacon.
Size-wise, the Big Harv lives up to its name. It's so filling that I didn't even have room for dessert. As someone who loves a big burger, and often finds myself still hungry after eating one, that's saying something.
If you, like me, seem to have a bottomless pit for a stomach, then this double beef burger is for you. And with all the different topping combinations available, you might just be tempted to go back and try a different version each time.
You can even put on some motivational music to help you get in the burger-eating mood with Harvey's Québec's Spotify playlist, which also happens to be a great summer road trip playlist too.
The Big Harv burger starts at just $7.79 or $11.29 for the combo, and you can enjoy yours in a Harvey's restaurant or have it delivered straight to your door.
Why You Need To Go: For the rest of the summer, seven spaces recreating colourful urban gardens are scattered along avenue Mont Royal. There's a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other funky spots to check out.
Why You Need To Go: If you've been craving something greasy, you'll be happy to know that you can get a free burger for a limited time at Burger King. All you have to do is download the restaurant's app and place an order over $1 to get a free Whopper.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has the most beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. It's an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Address: La Brise du Large; 1800, Chemin des Iroquois, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: This is the new waterfront park on the Lachine Canal, La Brise du Large, that you have to check out this summer if you want to sit in the shade for a picnic or feel like you're in the South.
Why You Need To Go: A trip to the museum is always a good idea — especially when it's free. Note that the Christian Dior et Chapleau – Profession : caricaturiste exposition will cost you $9.50 on Wednesday evenings, but the rest of the museum is free to visit after 5 p.m.
You can purchase the famous Angus Burger with Cheese and Bacon individually or in a combo. If you've got a dad who doubles his portions and can still eat your leftovers, this generous burger might just be the perfect gift.
You can either place your order through Harvey's app or their website, or just pop over to your nearest Harvey's location to pick one up old-school style.
And if you're hoping to impress your dad with your own barbecue skills this Father's Day, Harvey's latest video may just be able to help you out there too.
Featuring a dad sharing his best tips for making top-notch Angus burgers on the grill, this clip will help you develop your own skills and prove to your dad that his grilling legacy is secure.
To keep your energy up while becoming your household's next grill master, you can treat yourself to one of Harvey's two new summer drinks.
The Frozen Red Bull Peach could give you that boost of energy you need for your warm weekend barbecues, and the Coffee and Donut Shake is the ultimate dessert.
They're available until September 5, so you can quench your thirst while barbecuing all summer long.
Over the past year, more and more people have become aware of the importance of supporting local businesses.
Whether you're shopping for handmade clothes that fit your new WFH lifestyle, ordering takeout from a small restaurant or picking out farm-to-table ingredients for dinner, we've become increasingly aware that buying local is good for our communities.
If you want to be more informed when it comes to your everyday shopping and eating habits, the Aliments du Québec au menu program lists more than 600 restaurants that promote Quebec products on their menus.
The list includes all types of establishments: independent businesses, local cafés, microbreweries and even large chains — but it's the delicious homemade sauces lovingly concocted by the restaurants in the Aliments du Québec au menu program that really steal the show.
From wings smothered in mouthwatering bourbon BBQ to burgers doused in boozy beer sauce, these local dishes are perfect for anyone who thinks that sauce is basically life.
Les 3 Brasseurs
Featured Sauce: The beer sauce
Why You Need To Try It: Les 3 Brasseurs has created a seriously delectable homemade sauce using drinks brewed directly on site. It's a unique blend that you won't find anywhere else.
The Dish To Order: To tide you over until official BBQ season, the Traditional Burger is made with a Quebec beef patty served with all the summer toppings you could ask for: a slice of dill pickle, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and of course, Les 3 Brasseurs' must-try beer sauce.
Why You Need To Try It: Comforting and downright delicious, Toujours Mikes' sauce has that special something that makes you want to eat it straight from the jar.
The Dish To Order: The Duetto All-Dressed Pizza is the perfect way to enjoy this sauce (and two of everyone's favourite foods). Pairing pizza and spaghetti, this meal comes with a choice of homemade salad, Caesar salad, fries, waffle chips or Bolognese spaghettini.
Why You Need To Try It: There’s something about the secret sauce from Benny & Co. that's completely addictive, and it's nothing like the other BBQ sauces you usually find in restaurants.
The Dish To Order: The locally-raised roasted quarter chicken is perfect with the BBQ sauce, but you can enjoy it on a whole other level if you throw it on your poutine. The melting cheese curds complement the sauce in the best possible way.
Why You Need To Try It: SHAKER Kitchen and Mixology's homemade sauces have been popular among Quebecers for many years. The burger sauce adds a unique touch to the restaurant's gourmet burgers. This sauce can be found in five creations from the Burgers section.
The Dish To Order: While the sauce mainly comes on burgers, you can also try it by ordering SHAKER Kitchen and Mixology's famous baby back ribs. They're served with fries and a choice of jasmine rice, vegetables, green salad, Caesar salad or sweet potato fries.
Why You Need To Try It: If you want a meal that reminds you of your grandmother's best recipes, Restaurant Normandin's mild and comforting spaghetti sauce is a must.
The Dish To Order: Get the spaghetti if you're looking to sit back, relax and enjoy a homemade-style sauce. You can order it for takeout, or purchase a jar if you prefer to make your own Italian dish at home.
Featured Sauce: The Pomodoro pizza sauce (also available in grocery stores)
Why You Need To Try It: It's made with real Italian tomatoes, ideal for anyone craving authentic pizza!
The Dish To Order: The Chorizo and Cheddar Cheese Curds Pizza is made with products provided by local businesses Les Viandes Biologiques de Charlevoix and Maison Orphée. The cheese curds come from the Fromagerie Champêtre in Repentigny.
Why You Need To Try It: Whether you prefer something mild or intense, one of these two options will please your taste buds.
The Dish To Order: The Chicken Wings 911 are a local Quebecois delicacy and one of the best ways to enjoy this spicy sauce — especially during a Habs game. Or, if you're in for a relaxing movie night full of binge-watching, try the ribs with Bourbon BBQ sauce.
Whether you prefer spicy BBQ on chicken wings, tangy beer sauce on a burger, or light and airy Hollandaise smothered all over your eggs benedict, you can douse your food knowing that each of these sauces is proudly and locally made by businesses near you.
So go ahead and dip, drizzle or drench your way to your sauciest life.
To learn more about restaurants that use local products for your next takeout order, check out Aliments du Québec au menu's website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.