Written by Jonathan Brouillette on 23.08.17

To stand out as a burger joint these days, you really have to be something special. Hipster, Hawaiian, Classed-Up, Make-your-own… It’s all been done. So why is The Beauty & The Beef making enough waves to expand out so quickly? The answer is more complex than a one-word title. This burger bar is quirky but serious in whatever it does. It creates weird-yet-delicious burgers and deliciously different cocktails. It is in fact… beautifully beastly.

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The Beauty & The Beef is a great example of how burgers should be done. The best beef, choice of breads, and sides… and then a swath of interesting toppings. For example, the Cochon has your burger wrapped in a crispy bacon blanket, topped with onion jam infused with porto, and the whole thing drenched in peanut butter. Seems excessive? Sure. But does it taste good? Oh my yes!

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There is also the Beauty: a brie and Monterey Jack topped burger with in-house fig jelly, arugula, and caramelized onions. The butteriness and sweetness is cut by the arugula’s sharp taste to make a perfectly balanced burger.

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Despite these seemingly excessive burgers, at The Beauty & The Beef, these are the tame burgers. The Nuclear is so packed with spicy elements that you need to sign a waver. The Epic has four patties and a fried KitKat, among other toppings, and will earn you a bottle of Pepto Bismol and your picture on the wall of fame. Finally, the Spank Me is 5 pounds of beef and toppings that if not finished or shared, you get spanked with the paddle it comes on.

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That’s kind of the charm of The Beauty & The Beef: it takes its silliness seriously. For example, if you’re waiting for your burger and sipping on your sweet, sour, or spicy drink, and you get bored, why not ask for a board game. They have all the staples like Jenga, Connect 4, and even those rock ‘em sock ‘em robots. It’s a great place to have dinner or a drink deep into the night on any given day. They also have some interesting themed days like Tattoo Tuesdays where you get a gift if you show your tattoo. Our favorite is the No Cell Mondays where you can save money if you don’t touch your cell once.

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La Belle & La Boeuf (it just sounds better in French) is always a great place to eat a heavy meal and have great drinks. They’re continuing to push what they can do by introducing new dishes like Poké and Fish & Chips and constantly tweaking the menu to add seasonal quirks. All in all, it’s one of the stand-out burger bars that have popped up and continued to expand. They now have 8 locations including Downtown, Anjou, Laval, and both the north and south shores.

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1620 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3A 1L9
(514) 507-8558

Photos courtesy of La Belle et la Boeuf.

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