For me, I suspected it was a burger joint that was elevating the status of the burger for the yuppie crowd. I wasn't far off in that it was a burger joint befitting its location in Osborne Village in terms of its menu and atmosphere, but I wasn't prepared for this seeming oxymoron: healthy burgers. Unburger's big selling point was that it sourced as much of its ingredients as possible locally. All the meat (your choice of beef, bison and chicken) were from local producers and never frozen, and notable local businesses on which this place relies included Stella's Bakery and Bothwell Cheese, reputable for quality food products. Another unique feature I found about Unburger once I was inside was that it was, compared to other burger joints I've visited to date, environmentally conscious. Paper napkins and food scraps were compostable (there was a separate bin for customers to dispose them beside the recycling and trash bins), all drinks sold were in recyclable bottles or in reusable mugs/glasses, and there was little left in terms of actual trash for the consumer to add to the landfill.
|Unburger's "The Donald" burger with a side of yam fries.|
|The Donald: Black currant Shiraz reduction, truffle aioli, egg, sauteed mushrooms, balsamic onions, Bothwell cheddar, tomato and lettuce.|
|Unburger's "Sweet, Sweet, Yam Fries".|
|Unburger's "Deliciousmosttastious Baconcheddar": Double-smoked bacon, Bothwell cheddar, lettuce, tomato and herb mayo.|
Unburger is definitely a bright and refreshing light in Winnipeg's world of fast food burgers. It is further proof that fast food can be classier while staying reasonably priced, and that fast food operations can be more conscious about health, the environment, and relying on local producers and sources.
Address: 472 Stadbrook Ave., Winnipeg, MB
Cuisine: Fast Food, Burgers
Price Range: $10-$25