The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro has been making headway into their planned nationwide expansion, with more than 20 restaurants throughout Ontario and one in Newfoundland so far. Yet the fast-growing full service restaurant chain has been experimenting with what they can put in between burger buns since they first opened their doors in Ottawa. With more than 50 burger options on their menu today, they show no signs of stopping their domination and innovation on the gourmet burger scene.
I recently had the chance to preview their newest burgers, which will be sold from Oct. 20 to Jan. 4. The new theme, Cooking With Beer, was highlighted by thoughtful beer pairings and beer-based ingredients in every dish.
Root For Mah Piggy– Jones root beer BBQ glazed pulled pork, crunchy onion strings, beef patty, topped with housemade root beer BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato, on a toasted pretzel twist.
Barking at My Cow – Smoked brisket, Barking Squirrel beer-braised onions, Jack cheese, bacon, beef patty, topped with Barking Squirrel beer BBQ sauce.
Beer Goggles Burg– Beer battered and deep-fried beef patty, topped with creamy Moosehead beer cheddar sauce, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.
All of this was capped off with a beer nut milkshake which was the perfect blend of sweet, salty and crunchy.
There were also awesome sides, like the Tower O’ Rings, which came with a variety of sauce options, and fresh baked pretzels, with a cheesy dipping sauce made from beer.
The clear winner of the day was the Root For Mah Piggy. The housemade BBQ sauce was so delicious I wanted to take a jar or two of it home with me and I can’t wait to head back to the St. Lawrence Market location, to give each of these burgs another try.
This post also appears on Fat Girl Food Squad