Hot off the unveiling of their new windows, Finley’s Irish Pub has brought light to a new menu featuring a huge list of delicious burgers.
Even though they are highlighting their new garlic and brie, and havarti and basil burgers as part of the Nelson’s Best Burger contest, at the core of every burger are a few simple things.
“We have put some serious care and attention in our burgers,” said owner Tanya Finley. “We’ve taken a lot of time to really develop our menu this year. That has been our primary focus and our chefs are happy when they are making those burgers, so they come out with love.”
In addition to the heart behind the burgers is the ingredients themselves which are locally sourced first, and then from elsewhere in Canada.
“Alberta beef is really important because it is the best in Canada,” said Finley. “You want to have the juiciness and perfection of the Alberta beef. It’s never frozen and we have a variety of burgers which go from the classically simple to the fancier garlic and brie burger.”
Finley’s chef said while the beef is obviously vital to a great burger, balance is key.
“Our chef thinks the key to a great burger is the balance between the fresh raw ingredients, like the crispy lettuce and thinly sliced onion, and the toasted bun and the melted cheese that complement the juicy burger. The balance between the bun and the burger must be perfect,” she said.
The new menu was made in collaboration with a chef from Sysco Canada.
In the development of new options, Finley’s began incorporating new flavours to the patty itself.
“We went to Alberta beef and we also added in new herbs and spices into the patty instead of just having the patty itself,” she said. “People seem to really like having basil and other flavours added in there. Using the market has been a really great help to have more local ingredients.”
Recognizing the dietary concerns of their customers, Finley’s has also provided a gluten-free bun as an option for those with celiac and there is also a delicious vegetarian option.
“We hear from our customers that our burgers are juicy, fresh,” said Finley. “Our vegetarian burger is really popular because it’s a unique option. The cod burger is really good too. Our customers are really happy with the size of the burger which comes with the criss-cross fries and salad.”
Finley’s is competing with Relish, Jackson’s Hole, the Hume Hotel, Bite, Kootenay Time, Uptown Tavern and Bogustown. To vote for Nelson’s Best Burger visit nelsonstar.com and click on the contests tab.