The first star on the Jack’s Burger Shack menu is the scrumdelicious concoction created specifically for the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour stop next weekend in St. Albert.
The popular Perron Street eatery scored a winner with its Hometown Hockey burger, a mouth-watering two-fister loaded with delectable delights.
“We had a competition to see who could come up with the best burger that we could use and represent us for two weeks,” said co-owner Tu Le, during a special Thursday taste test for the Gazette. “It was a pretty big deal for us. It had to be good so we could serve it on the menu for everybody for two weeks.”
Patrons were asked to submit their version of what the ultimate hockey burger should be and the result is the Connor McDavid of St. Albert burgers.
“We love St. Albert and I thought it would be a neat idea to kind of get people who come here or people going to the event to get involved and we got a lot of responses,” Le said. “We found it a little bit of difficulty doing it. I thought what represents St. Albert and how are we going to depict that as a burger so we kind of picked the burger that we thought tasted the best and kind of represents certain parts of St Albert.”
Freshness is a Jack’s trademark and the Hometown Hockey burger symbolizes the sum of its parts.
It starts with beef ground every day by D’Arcy’s Meat Market and buns fresh from the oven from the local Sobeys made from a special recipe.
“We’re representing St. Albert every day with our burgers and the Hometown burger reflects that,” Le said. “We went with some back bacon from the Grapevine Deli and smoked cheese, which is a big thing, and just things like that. There is maple to represent Canada, plus sriracha.”
It’s the proverbial party in your mouth from the first big bite until the last morsel is consumed.
“It’s somewhere between sweet and savoury,” said photographer Bryan Young, who devoured the burger faster than a Colton Parayko slap shot. “There is some spice to it.”
The patty is bigger than a hockey puck and covered in juicy richness.
Overall, it’s scintillating but sloppy in a good way, with plenty of spillage, so be prepared to use lots of napkins.
And it’s a steal of a deal at $9.
Full disclosure: It’s the new clubhouse leader for this sports editor, surpassing the Triple Baconator, a staple after many late-night assignments.
The Hometown Hockey burger has already caught the attention of Tara Slone, the sideline reporter for Sportsnet on every Tour stop, who is expected to check it out for journalistic purposes.
The lineups into Jack’s will be longer than usual because of the walkup traffic associated with the two-day hockey festival – St. Anne Street, from Sir Winston Churchill to Perron Street will be closed during the event – and the Hometown Hockey specialty promises to pack the small joint with wall-to-wall burger lovers.
“It’s not so much everyone coming down here to try it. The whole process of it was what was important to us, like having customers in the community involved and throwing their ideas out there and just getting people to think about it and then having it up for the two weeks and having our customers know that we’re an integral part of this downtown and an integral part of St. Albert,” Le said. “When you come here and you see the Hometown burger, maybe it strikes a conversation or maybe some people who are here don’t know what’s happening and it’s not so much of serving the burger that day or serving the burger in general, it’s just getting the people to know about it and getting people involved in that process.”
Jack’s is open Monday to Saturday. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the dinner hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., or when it’s all sold out, whichever comes first.