Got some Twitter advice from Ace Burpee the other day: “North Star Drive-In opens today. 531 McGregor. Don’t eat meat? Anthony Augustine says they have the best veg burger in town. Boom.”
I’m always sceptical of “best in the city” claims. As you will learn in a forthcoming post, I was definitely let down by the such a claim made in reference to Mitzi’s chicken fingers. And Alycia’s, the Ukrainian restaurant across the street from the North Star, is regularly cited as having best best perogies in town (I’ve been, and it was good, but nothing better than Cheemos I’ve made at home).
Now, I’ve had a veggie burger at Stella’s, and it was pretty tasty, definitely the best I’ve had in a while. But other than that, I’ve maybe only had one or two other veggie burgers since I moved here. In that regard, I’m not exactly qualified to assign superlatives to any particular dining establishment, but I’m always up for the challenge. Since I’m not a red meat-eater, and therefore can’t comment on the Fat Boy (Winnipeg’s signature burger, which I think is basically a sloppy joe in burger format – shudder), I will take one for the veggie team and start my quest for Winnipeg’s best veggie burger.
Anyway, spurred on by the tweet, I decided to see taste for myself — does the North Star really have the “best veg burger in town”? Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in the Peg, full of sunshine and the promise of spring. We made our way over the MacGregor and Cathedral, and found ourselves at a super cute, clean, friendly joint, with little yellow stars all over it and a family newsletter taped inside the order window. The staff were friendly and smiled a lot, to boot! We ordered our grub and ate outside at the picnic table next to the takeout window.
Well, Anthony Augustine, whoever you are, you’re a smart man. The veggie burger is definitely something to write home about. With a mild curry mayo sauce and a *delicious* legume-y, crispy patty, this is one I will be recommending to others for sure! Don’t know if it’s the best in the city, but I’d give it a 9/10. Homefries were awesome, too. My dining companion gives the bacon cheeseburger two thumbs up.
Can’t wait for my next trip to the North Star Drive-In. Who’s in?