Half Stacks Serving Up Fun, Homemade Treats

Review by Susan Pretty, Photos by Keegan Richard

Looking for a new summer sensation? A take-out joint with the best grub is open and ready to serve burgers, dogs, and more—truly something for everyone.

Half-Stacks owner Rejeanne Charbonneau couldn’t be happier about serving up homemade goodness. This gal with a heart of gold speaks extremely highly about the help she receives from her friends and family to make her burger joint hopping. Charbonneau’s son, Michael Runciman (of the “Big Mike” burger—two homemade patties loaded with cheese, bacon, onion, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and secret sauce) and his friends were instrumental in helping out as well. Manager Michelle Waibel and sidekick Tori Nicholetts work hard behind the scenes while having fun at the same time. Charbonneau’s niece, Tehya May, works at the window (she’s the one with the bright smile shining through her mask on their Facebook page). “We are very family-oriented,” Charbonneau says. “The staff make my heart happy. They all go above and beyond.”

Let’s talk menu, though. The food is amazing and the prices are extremely reasonable. Burgers are homemade with Charbonneau’s mom’s secret recipe. They are so popular, in fact, that mom comes in three times a week and together they churn out approximately 400 burgers. Poutine fans can delight in the fact that they use hand-cut local potatoes for their fries, and the gravy is top-notch (they use real curds too!). Hot dogs, pogos (so crispy), chicken fingers, onion rings, and wings are all on-point as well. Shift workers may appreciate the fact that breakfast is served all day, and kids will be delighted by the spider dogs and fries. Top it all off with a milkshake (so many flavours—and mixing and matching is allowed!) festooned with whipped cream and sprinkles, and that will take care of your tummy for the rest of the day.

Charbonneau’s bright smile and friendly personality are sure to keep this resto hopping all summer long (and year-round too!) “It’s a crazy little fam here at Half Stacks. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she says. “Loud music, lots of laughs—and from-the-heart cooking.”

Catch the happy gang at Half Stacks at 701 Syndicate Street South, give them a ring at 285-4845, or check out their Facebook page for more information. Closed Mondays.