North­side’s best burger re­vealed

Com­mer­cial Street Deli crowned Bar­town Burger Bat­tle cham­pion

Cape Breton Post - - Northside / Cape Breton - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

For the past two weeks, burger lovers on the North­side have voted for their favourite burg­ers and the win­ner has been crowned.

Com­mer­cial Street Deli, coowned by James Donato and Amanda Sh­effield, has claimed vic­tory in the first an­nual Bar­town Burger Bat­tle event, part of the an­nual Bar­town Days Fes­ti­val.

Con­test re­sults were re­vealed dur­ing the clos­ing con­cert at Car­men Young Sports Com­plex in North Sydney on Sun­day.

Danto was en­joy­ing a day off in In­ver­ness when he found out the busi­ness had been given the hon­our.

“With the feed­back we were get­ting from cus­tomers we knew we had a shot at win­ning,” said Danto. “It was a nice win for sure.”

As part of the con­test, which ran July 17-30, res­tau­rants on the North­side were asked to create a spe­cially made burger for its cus­tomers.

With that in mind, Danto and Sh­effield cre­ated a ba­con jalapeño burger.

“It wasn’t too spicy be­cause we used fresh jalapeño, so we took the seeds and the mem­brane out of the pep­per and we chopped it up and made some rel­ish with it,” said Danto. “We used jalapeño jelly and we brushed the ba­con with that and cooked the burger, so it wasn’t crazy spicy, but you did have the taste of a jalapeño pep­per.”

In to­tal, 12 res­tau­rants par­tic­i­pated in the con­test in­clud­ing the Deli, Alexan­dra’s Fam­ily Restau­rant, Bette’s Kitchen, Bian­chini’s Pizze­ria, Blue Mist Tav­ern, Carvella’s Take Out, Jane’s Restau­rant, Kitchen 1409, Mariner’s Gal­ley, The Black Spoon Bistro, The­atre Pub and Grill, and Win­nie’s Wagon.

Genevieve An­drea of the Bar­town Days Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee said the con­test was an over­all suc­cess.

“It was pretty good, I tried six burg­ers my­self, so ev­ery restau­rant I went into I chat­ted with the own­ers and asked how things were go­ing and every­one ba­si­cally said the same thing — it in­creased busi­ness,” she said.

Win­nie’s Wagon was the run­ner-up, while Bette’s Kitchen, Kitchen 1409 and The The­atre Pub and Grill rounded out the top five. Vot­ing num­bers were not re­leased.

Donato said they sold about 40 burg­ers day, sell­ing out daily.

“The last day that we were open, the Fri­day, we got 30 pounds of ground beef and then we had to go back and get an­other 10 pounds and then we just had to shut it down,” laughed Donato, who added he and Sh­effield ate burg­ers from other res­tau­rants.

“I re­ally liked Jane’s burger,” said Danto. “I’d go back for an­other one of those.”

Donato said the ba­con jalapeño burger will re­main on the menu un­til the end of the week and then be re­tired.

The Bar­town Days Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee plans to make the burger bat­tle an an­nual event.

“We liked hav­ing 12 res­tau­rants, but if we do get more next year we are def­i­nitely not turn­ing any­one away,” said An­drea.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Genevieve An­drea, cen­tre, of the Bar­town Days Fes­ti­val, presents James Donato and Amanda Sh­effield, co-own­ers of Com­mer­cial Street Deli in North Sydney, with a plaque for win­ning the Bar­town Burger Bat­tle. The best burger was un­veiled dur­ing the Bar­town Days Fes­ti­val clos­ing con­cert on Sun­day.

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