20 Aug, 2013
Looking for great burgers in Ottawa? You should check out the Baja Burger Shack!
It’s been a rather hectic week here at the Fishbowl. I’ve been wearing my editor hat and working on the paper (it comes out Friday!) and also wearing my freelancer hat and doing other writing too. BUT, that is neither here nor there. Let the record show that I’m officially 41 now (my birthday was yesterday!) and as per birthday tradition here at Casa Fishbowl, the birthday person gets to pick where he or she wants to go for dinner. I chose the Baja Burger Shack at Britannia Beach.
The verdict: it’s not a cheap burger, but it’s a very good one. It gives Hintonburger a run for it’s money (I think that’s the closest comparison).
Baja Burger Shack offers a pretty limited menu. I don’t have a problem with this, I only mention it in case you’re thinking it’s something like The Works. Here’s a pic of the menu (click to enlarge):
Nothin’ fancy here! Baja is basically a patio right beside a beach. Expect plastic chairs and wobbly tables, but hey, that’s just part of its charm if you ask me.
We ordered one french fry to share (this was plenty for us – and they were perfectly done), four cheeseburgers, canned pop for the girls and beer for the parents. (Hooray for licensed beach patio!). I ordered my burger all-dressed, with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a special sauce that may or may not have been mayonnaise and taco seasoning. (But it was good.) The patty is thick and extremely juicy. No pink in the middle here. I gobbled it right up.
Here’s a peek at my meal:
The bun was not a regular burger bun. There were mixed reviews about Baja’s buns online so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought it was really good. It was made out of a mildly sweeter kind of egg bread, which was super fresh, perfectly toasted yet soft without being overly bready.
Want to try Baja Burger for yourself? You better act fast. Summer is almost over, as evidenced by the signage on the cash register:
And here’s a tip: BRING CASH. They don’t take debit or credit.
It was a great little meal and I was happy with our dinner destination. In fact, I found myself wondering why we don’t come here more often. It’s such a pretty setting. We went for a stroll afterwards and were not disappointed.
What about you? Have you been to the Baja Burger Shack? I’d love to hear about your experience if you have. Someone on Twitter mentioned that their veggie burger was pretty good. Maybe I’ll go back next week!