Relish Gourmet Burgers, Saint John NB

Exterior - Relish Gourmet Burgers, Saint JohnSerendipity lead me to Relish Gourmet Burgers today. A few weeks ago, I’d retweeted their announcement about a Tweetup Relish was holding in Saint John. I couldn’t attend, but the folks at Relish kindly sent a $20 gift card my way anyway.

Families with infants or toddlers, take note: the reason it took me so long to get to Relish Saint John is because they don’t have high chairs or booster seats. Walking in the door, however, I instantly realized why.

This eatery is in a historic building on Germain Street in what Saint Johners call “uptown” (I still want to call it “downtown,” I can’t help it), and the space is long and narrow. It’s a great space, with a tin ceiling painted a contemporary green and many architectural details preserved – but there really isn’t any space for high chairs.

Interior, Relish Gourmet Burgers, Saint John NB My husband ordered “The Great Fire,” Relish Saint John’s signature burger. It comes with chorizo sausage, jalapeño peppers, hotsauce and jack cheese. I ordered the Cabo Diablo, which comes with tomato jalapeno salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and hot sauce. You get a choice of beef, turkey, chicken or vegetarian patties, but neither of us could resist the pull of the traditional all-beef hamburger. Sweet potato fries rounded out our meal.

Burgers & sweet potato fries at RelishI love sweet potato fries, and these were very well executed. I’m always a little wary of the thin-cut ones because they’re so often overcooked and dry. Not these – crunchy, chewy, and delicious.

My burger was messy, but yummy… but Gary’s Great Fire burger was even better. It was spicy, but not too spicy, and far less messy. I know what you’re thinking – maybe he’s just less of a pig than I am. Trust me, no. (Love you, honey!) The burger patties are generous, but wide and fairly thin. Again, the chef was brilliant and didn’t over-cook the patty.

If I have one quibble with the food, it’s that there really aren’t any healthy or lower-calorie options on the menu. We’ll be back to Relish, but maybe not as often as we’d like 😉

Attractive location, delicious food – Relish Gourmet Burgers was a win for burger lovers. If you’re in Moncton, Halifax, Fredericton, Charlottetown or St. John’s, they’ve got locations there too.

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