Burger King treats its menu like a Lego set, combining and recombining pieces to make new or sort-of-new items. Whopper + burrito = Whopperito. Whopper + hot dog = Whopper Dog. Chicken Fries + hot dog = Chicken Fries Dog (tested only). Cheetos + mac ‘n cheese = Mac ‘n Cheetos.
So it’s only right that Burger King now crosses Cheetos with Chicken Fries to create, yes, Cheetos Chicken Fries. They’re white-meat chicken Chicken Fries covered with a crispy Cheetos-flavored breading. Cheetos Chicken Fries are a limited-time offer priced at $2.89 for a nine-piece order.
Canada’s fifth annual Le Burger Week festival was held Sept. 1-7 with participating restaurants in Montreal, Laval, Québec, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Since its inception, the party has grown from 30 restaurants and 10,000 diners in one city to more than 150 restaurants, and 150,000 participants. The stated mission is “to find the real best burger in each city with the help of burger-lovers and to engage restaurants around something fun.” A quest worth pursuing.
Here are the major winners in the four largest markets:
Judges’ Choice: Chez Tousignant: Le Tousi Burger (two beef patties, two slices of cheese, Tousignant sauce, iceberg lettuce, two slices of bread Pullman house and a touch house spice blend)
Voted No. 1 by Diners: Le Gras Dur: Cheeseburger Wrapped in Bacon (Certified Angus Beef patty, Cheddar mayo, mustard, ketchup and pretzel bun wrapped in bacon)
Most Toppings: Pub Bishop & Bagg: McDirty Bird All-Star Deluxe (grilled beef patty with mushrooms and melted Cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, pulled pork BBQ, fried chicken, dill pickles and poblano mayo on a toasted buttered bread with aïoli potatoes)
Judges’ Choice: Ramona’s Kitchen: Deluxe Patty Melt (6-oz beef patties, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, mayo and ketchup; topped with bacon and Cheddar cheese)
Voted No. 1 by Diners: Baton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar: Smoky Ranch Burger (half-pound of premium Angus beef, smoky pulled pork, sautéed onions & red peppers, shredded lettuce, Swiss cheese and house-made BBQ sauce, topped with garlic ranch dressing on a classic bun)
Judges’ Choice & Most Toppings” Frit’s Burgers Poutines: The Heavyweight (double-stuffed dumpling with cheese and bacon, iceberg lettuce, bacon, onion ring, mystery sauce and pepperoni pizza between two cheese pockets; crowned with sausages in bacon)
Voted No. 1 by Diners: La Belle & La Boeuf: Le Marto (rustic bread, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, 5-oz. beef patty, Cheddar, apple jam, onion, bacon, maple syrup, a 5-oz. sausage patty, bacon, Jack Daniels sauce and fried onions)
Judges Choice: Clementine: A Southern Affair (beef and bacon patty, pimento cheese, bread-and-butter pickles, dill milk-bun)
Voted No. 1 by Diners: Nuburger: Purple People Eater (Red Angus Manitoba beef, pickled purple cabbage, Spanish red pepper and almond romesco, avocado, creamy feta, and roasted pepper and basil aïoli)
Most Toppings: The Diner’s Grill: “Got to Get You Into My Life” Burger (Certified Angus Beef chuck patty, signature sauce, Bothwell marble Cheddar, thick-cut bacon, sunny-side-up egg, house-pickled beet relish & sesame chimichurri on a savory beer bun with smoked butter)