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For over 15 years, Queue de Cheval has been acclaimed by discerning Montreal foodies as one of the city’s finest steakhouses. Head inside the restaurant, and you’ll be greeted by some of the best steak on the island.

While having a sit down meal at the place is certainly a solid option, if that’s the limit of your Queue de Cheval experience, you’re missing out. To get more out of the steakhouse, head to the alley behind it, and check out the counter facing the garage. There, you’ll find arguably the best burger the city has to offer.

Appropriately titled QDC Burger, the counter is actually a burger joint run by the restaurant. They use trimmings from their premium aged beef to put together what very well may be among the tastiest patties I’ve ever had.

If they were to just leave the burger at the ground beef, it’d already be a highlight of Montreal’s ever-important grab and go food scene. However, it’s in the toppings where their menu truly distinguishes itself.

They’ve been organized into “Chef’s Burger’s” by the evil geniuses behind QDC Burger, and their combinations don’t disappoint. The first one I tried, the Lefty, was a delightfully salty combination of grilled pork belly, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, swiss cheese, and garnished with a savoury garlic aioli. The thick slice of pork belly was quite a bit to handle on top of the healthy-sized patty, gooey cheese, and wonderfully oily veggies, but it was well worth the effort required to get it in my system.

As gloriously gluttonous as I felt after eating the Lefty, it had nothing on what I chowed down on the next time I went to QDC Burger: the Jefferson. The gloriously messy burger comes adorned with braised short ribs, sautéed mushrooms, swiss and cheddar cheese, a sunny-side up egg, and creamy Bearnaise sauce. Eating one is such a sloppy endeavour that it comes in an oversize plastic carton to contain the liquid-y clutter. As long as you’re not shy about getting your hands (and, let’s be honest, face) dirty, the Jefferson is a gourmet sensation well worth the indulgence.

If you’re feeling creative, you can even create your own QDC Burger. The place allows you to crown their signature patty with as many of their delicious toppings as you damn well please, limited only by your wallet and imagination.

Sadly, this culinary utopia is only open in the summer, since, as good as their burgers are, eating one in the freezing cold isn’t many people’s idea of a good time. Still, the place is well worth waiting for, and come Montreal’s warmer months, you’ll yet again to be able to head to the alley and grab a burger of which the city should be proud.

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