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20 Aug, 2013

Looking for great burgers in Ottawa? You should check out the Baja Burger Shack!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa|Recipes and Food

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):

Baja Burger Shack menu. Voted best in Ottawa!

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.

Baja Burger Shack

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:

Baja burger!!

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.

Britannia Beach

Finding things on clear water

Walkabout at Britannia Beach

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!

Baja Burger Hut on Urbanspoon

3 Responses to "Looking for great burgers in Ottawa? You should check out the Baja Burger Shack!"

1 | Solange

August 20th, 2013 at 11:03 am


I went recently and agree, burger was nice and juicy and the fries were pretty good too.

My disappointment was with the chicken fingers. I saw the $8.99 price and asked if I could get half an order for my 3 year old, figuring it would be too much for him.

They said no (which wasn’t the problem) so we got a full order. Turns out the order had only THREE average size chicken fingers, which were too browned to boot. It comes with fries but I still think it is way overpriced for the meager amount. My 3 year old wanted more!

2 | Solange

August 20th, 2013 at 11:06 am


Sorry, price is $7.99. My point still stands tho!

3 | Natalie

August 20th, 2013 at 11:25 am


I have had the veggie burger, in fact it’s the only item I order there and it’s delicious! :)

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