Eating & Drinking

Chow down, do good! Burgers n’ Fries Forever launches the Mishon burger

Messy, magnificent Mishon! BFF’s “Mishon Accepted” burger is a thing of beauty — and here for a limited time only. The name is a play on words that touches on the daunting mission of settling in a new country and “mish”, which is the yogurt portion of the burger (read on for all the juicy details).

You have until May 30 to order this Burger n’ Fries Forever burger that was created to raise money for new Ottawan Anaam Ali and pay tribute to her original homeland of Sudan.

The Mishon Accepted Burger features spicy yogurt and ful medames, and jibna salataa. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

The background: As part of a new program aimed at helping refugees settle and thrive in Ottawa, BFF is donating $1 from each Mishon Accepted burger to Refugee 613 and their support for Ali. The program is the brainchild of the volunteer-run CapCity Community Project, which aims to welcome and support refugees new to Ottawa.

The burger: BFF’s classic juicy 5-oz patty is topped with a dollop of mish (spicy yogurt), a spoonful of ful medames (fava bean stew), and a layer of jibna salataa (Sudanese tomato and cucumber feta salad).

Those fresh flavours have their roots in African cuisine, but are also very familiar to Ottawans, who associate spicy yogurt, as well as the fresh flavours of tomato, cucumber, and feta salad, with shawarma restaurants and Middle Eastern cuisine.

BFF owner Jamil Bhuya (left) and new Ottawan Anaam Ali. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

The bigger picture: BFF owner Jamil Bhuya is hoping the Mishon Burger will inspire many more local businesses to step up to find ways to help refugees settle and thrive in Ottawa.

Cost: $10.99 (including tax).

Find It: 329 Bank St. and 278 Dalhousie St.

Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen

Hot Tip: Yes, you really do need fries with that. Hand-cut and double-fried, BFF’s are a thing of beauty.

Hot Tip #2: BFF is open till 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and till 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, making it a perfect late dinner spot during Ramadan. Everything on the menu is halal.

Hot Tip #3: Follow CapCity Community Project on Facebook to see what they’re up to and how you can help by supporting the restaurants (and other local businesses) as they join the project.