Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse | 89 University Avenue | Charlottetown, PE | 902.892.5200 | www.oldtriangle.com


Canadian Bacon and Egg Burger
$13


P.E. Island has a beef industry. Who knew? Well the cows for one—farmers too. I am not, however, a cow or a farmer, and therefore the P.E.I. cattle industry was completely unknown to me until recently. I'm glad I've been brought into the light.

I don't believe The Old Triangle entered the inaugural P.E.I. Burger Love sweepstakes this year. If they didn't, the amount of restaurants using local beef on P.E.I. is amazing (well over a dozen, most in Charlottetown). I made a brave attempt to try the burger at Merchantman Pub, one of the Burger Love winners, but the line-up was too long, and my sister assured me it wouldn't have been worth the wait (not only was the line-up long, but restaurants in Charlottetown seem to have notoriously slow kitchens).

The Canadian Bacon and Egg Burger is no award winner, but man is that local beef good. The char-grilled patty is a brawny bastard that heroically manages to mount an inspiring flavour rebellion against the shitty bun that acts as its oppressor. Repeatedly the patty is attacked by the devils of poor burger construction, but nothing can kill it: not a lack of condiments (mayo and mustard), not the largely unnoticeable Swiss cheese and back bacon (done peameal style)—nothing.

I'm not going to get all loopy and say P.E.I. beef beats what Alberta has to offer, but it makes a better patty than the majority of Vancouver Island cattle I've sampled. Too bad The Old Triangle's lil' soldier of a patty isn't surrounded by better troops.

VERDICT: Great patty, average burger.

ps. Dear Helen: Why did you take me to a chain restaurant to get a burger?

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