Year in Review: The Albertan bonds of Burger Baron – Edmonton Journal

Omar Mouallem has made a documentary on the Burger Baron restaurant chain.
Omar Mouallem has made a documentary on the Burger Baron restaurant chain. Photo by Greg Southam /Postmedia

We’ve got hoodoos, the Rocky Mountains and the best hockey player currently in the NHL, but for many of us nothing represents Alberta more than Burger Baron. Which is why Omar Mouallem’s engrossing documentary on the origins of the fast food chain-that-is-not-a-chain hits all the right buttons.


Mouallem interviews Burger Baron fanatics on the mystery of the beloved mushroom burger, checks in with the original owners in California, and untangles the confusing tale of how the once mighty chain fell into the hands of Lebanese immigrants, all acting independently of each other. It’s a great story with a few unexpected twists, a fun film, and Mouallem is both a fantastic interview and filmmaker.

If all goes as it should, The Burger Baron — it debuted on CBC Gem in the early fall — will be rising again in the future as a feature film with a deeper look at the characters involved. Make sure to check it out when it does.

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