We found our way east of Greenwood today, and while originally in search of Ethiopian fare, we were enticed by two happy locals basking in the sunny afternoon on Morgan’s Patio. A not-so-surreptitious glance on the food on their plates cemented the decision to dine here instead.
Alas, we had landed ourselves on a yet-undiscovered (by ourselves) gastro pub, with a great selection of bottled and draft beers (IPAs and microbreweries abound), and I always give extra points for establishments who offer half-pints. I would like to say that it’s because it makes sure that my beer is cold, as per a tip I received from a fireman who bought my girlfriend and I a round of Guinness whilst at a pub in Kilkenny Ireland many moons ago — we were sipping at our beers too long, you see. Apparently you’re not supposed to do that, you drink it and drink it fast (and if you can’t handle a pint, then order the lady’s pint — i.e. half-pint to the rest of the world). So, after that huge digression, I will tell you that I order half-pints, because I’m a lightweight and I don’t finish a whole pint. But who cares about me?
Let’s talk about Morgan’s… Best burgers we’ve had in awhile. Details below…
The Skinny: Stuff we loved…
- The burgers. Delicious 7 ounce chuck and brisket made to your specification (unless your specification goes below medium — no medium rare for me apparently), served with frites or garden salad. I first ordered the ‘ topped with applewood smoked cheddar and double smoked bacon. Both burgers were delicious — the meat was tender with a lovely smoked flavour, topped with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. The buns are warm and insides grilled that makes for a very interesting texture, in contrast with how tender the meat is.
- The sides. The burgers come either a side of frites or garden salad. The husband loved the garden salad. Fresh ingredients and seasoned simply. Of course I had the frites, which were a great complement to my burger. Not the best plate of frites I have ever had (parts of it were a bit on the soft, soggy side, and I prefer my frites crispy).
- The beer selection. Well-curated, and they carry one of my faves on tap, Blanche de Chambly. It complemented my meal just right. The husband had the Flying Monkeys Smashbomb Atomic IPA — more his taste and thoroughly enjoyed.
- The Ambience. Great little patio, indoor seating well-spaced out and the bar is lovely — dark, intimate, friendly. Just what you would want for a little neighbourhood gastro pub with live jazz on select nights.
The Skinny: Room for Improvement…
- Get a bit faster at removing really lovely sounding menu items if you are no longer going to serve them. I still dream of what that Truffled Yolk Burger would have tasted like. He also told me that poutine was off the menu. I mean, it made me want poutine, just because I couldn’t have it.
The Verdict: It’s a gem and a we’ve been looking for a neighbourhood watering hole. We will be back many times, and will recommend to all.