Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ongoing Discussions About Food Icons… The Bacon Cheeseburger Chez La Belle Pro

La Belle Province
Not all Belle Pro's are created equal. Price, portion and quality seem to vary from place to place. I assume this has something to do with ownership but in general this is reliable greasy diner food. At the better locations you get the feeling that the whole family is working behind the counter. 
The burger sampled today was at the Peel street location and the Bell Pro bacon cheese burger clocked in at just under $4.
All Belle Pro's seem to follow the same ordering procedure. Go to the cash order, usually the matriarch of the family is behind the cash, get your receipt (ticket) place it on your tray and follow the counter while your food is prepared in front of you.

Bun, seems to be prepared using a similar device as the bun caramelizer at McDonald's. Meat patty, cooked on a flat top grill. Bacon (2 slices), pre-cooked and warmed on the grill. Condiments, a real slice of tomato, mustard, relish, ketchup, onions, coleslaw and a slice of American cheese. There is the option of mayo that is added upon request.

The Verdict:
The Bell Pro burger seems twice the size of the McDonald's sandwich with a slightly thinner but larger patty. The bun is fluffy, the patty juicy and the bacon has a chewy smokey flavor. The coleslaw and condiments add an oniony, vinegar flavor. The condiments almost overwhelm the thin patty. The burger drips and oozes and is a messy experience when consumed. A satisfying experience, you actually feel like you have eaten meat or even real food. Very close to a homemade burger.

Recommendation: A good bet. If the meat was a little higher end it would be perfect. Nice homemade taste.

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