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What’s on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia

By Rebecca Fleming| Photography by Kayla Rocca
What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia

Name: Madame Boeuf and Flea Contact: 252 Dupont St., madameboeuf.com, @madameboeufandflea
Neighbourhood: The Annex Owners: Anthony Rose In the kitchen: Kevin Gilmour and Aaron Hallam

The food

A “stupid-simple” (Rose’s words, not ours) backyard barbecue menu of burgers, cheese fries, shrimp cocktail and Ed’s Real Scoop ice cream (in scoop, float or slushie form). “This was always the original idea,” Rose says. “Rose and Sons has Big Crow, Fat Pasha has Schmaltz and Bar Begonia has Madame Boeuf.”

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Fries with house-made cheese sauce. $8.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Keeping things summery, there’s shrimp cocktail. $15.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
The Banquet Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and, of course, bacon. $12.99.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
And the joint’s eponymous burger—the only French-inspired thing on the short menu—topped with a whole whack of Roquefort, pickled mushrooms and a mushroom purée. $15.99.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Two scoops of Ed’s Real Scoop ice cream (Tahitian vanilla, chocolate chocolate or burnt marshmallow). $3.50.
The drinks

Beer, wine, a few summery cocktails on tap and boozy slushies, including one made with rosé (it’s called “frozé" because of course it is). For the kids: pop, floats and non-boozy slushies.

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What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
To drink, there are margaritas, like this one here made with Tromba.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
And G&Ts made with house-made tonic.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
A Coke float made with vanilla ice cream. There’s a root beer one, too. $5.49.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Guests place orders at the shipping container bar counter and then seat themselves. They’ll be called when their order is up.
The space

Complete with a shipping container kitchen, picnic tables and a bocce ball court—the seasonal spot wouldn’t be out of place in cottage country. And on the last Saturday of every month, Madame Boeuf turns into a flea market. The current vendor lineup includes Badass Breads, Poppies, The Beguiling and Smash. There’ll also be vinyl for sale (which customers can try before they buy), coffee from Ezra’s Pound and baked goods from Wilder and Rose.

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Madame Boeuf was created by Toronto artist Marta Mckenzie. “I wanted a big, bodacious, beautiful woman eating or holding a hamburger,” Rose says. “And she nailed it.”

 

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What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
The space is mostly covered, so there’s protection from summer’s too-hot sun (or too-wet rain).

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Rose made these two tables out of wooden pallets. His son decorated the blue one in the back.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
There’s a bocce ball court.

 

What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
And there’s cornhole, too. (Because why call it beanbag toss when you can call it cornhole?) Anthony’s 11-year-old son picked out the Tupac poster. Cool kid.
What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
What's on the menu at Madame Boeuf, an outdoor burger joint and flea market behind Bar Begonia
Rose and some Grateful Dead bears.

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