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Backdoor Burgers – Velvet Glove

I first visited the Velvet Glove for their Backdoor Burgers in 2014. Last Thursday was their last serving for the year, so I went and gave them a try.

Every so often surprise invitations show up in my inbox. A couple of days ago I received one from the Fairmont Hotel with a complimentary offer to try one their Backdoor Burgers. The Backdoor Burgers idea was first run in 2013 and the hotel, through it’s restaurant the Velvet Glove, has decided to bring it back again this year.

Backdoor Burgers chicken burger
The Chicken burger on offer as part of the last day of the Velvet Glove’s backdoor burgers.

The Backdoor Burgers concept allows an indoor restaurant the opportunity to offer al fresco dining to their patrons. It also gives them the chance to bring in new customers who may never otherwise enter the hotel. The service area is at the back of the hotel between the hotel and the CIBC tower. There are a few planters with ledges that allow for sitting room.
This weeks feature was a ckicken burger. The picture at the beginning of this post shows you the toppings  with just a bit of chicken popping through. As copious as the toppings were, the bread chicken breast was equally large. It was well seasoned and cooked. The burger also featured a nice slab of side pork. 
The order came with a choice of fires, chips, and salad. I went with the chips, which were homemade and nicely crispy. The cost for the deal was $15.00 for burger, fries, and a canned dirnk. Given the increase in food costs over the four years since I tried it, this is still a really good deal. Good value for money.
Although the Backdoor Burgers are through for this year, I hope they will be bringing it back next year. I definitely won’t wait until the end of the year to try next year’s offering. 

Backdoor Burgers and Tacos;

The Backdoor Burgers offer is going to run simultaneously with Taco Tuesday throughout the rest of the summer. They are available from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
The burger deal comes in at $13.00, tax inclusive. At that price it’s a really good deal. The patty was 7oz and was fresh and homemade. On top of that there was a good spoonful of Bacon Jam and a grainy style aioli. This was addition to traditional burger fixings of onion, tomato, pickle, along with some greens. Flavour wise this was as good a burger as I’ve had. Also, there was a nice touch of sloppiness to the burger, making it a fun challenge to eat.
The order included fries. They were good and crispy and well salted but not too salty. I had the chance to ask Chef Eraj how they prepared them. He said they use a coated fry, with just a bit of sea salt. This helps them stay crispy throughout.
As I mentioned earlier the Backdoor Burgers and Taco Tuesdays will run through the rest of the summer. The burgers and tacos will change, so you won’t get the same one every time. Chef Eraj was behind one of my favourite dishes at the Taste of the Nation event I went to earlier this year. I’m sure he will be equally inventive with the burgers and tacos.
If you’re in the Exchange District this is a good way to enjoy the outdoors without having to search out the food trucks. Or perhaps, you’re simply looking for something different. Either way you want to make sure you get down to the Fairmont for Backdoor Burgers and Taco Tuesdays before summer ends.
On Thursdays if you are in the mood, there is music at 201 Portage. So, you can pick up your burger from the backdoor and head over to enjoy some tunes while you eat.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.