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  • Sam I Am Jul 28, 2004 02:35 PM

are north of toronto on the way to cottage country i hear?
a lot of hype surrounding their burgers from what im hearing....any thoughts? anyone tried them?
thanks.

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  1. Hwy 11 in Orillia, a bridge crosses south and northbound traffic so you can park on either side.

    Try their Pearson terminal 3 location if you're not sure if it's hype, but if you're going up north this long weekend be prepared for a long wait in line.

    I like Webers myself (not a big meat eater either) and try to visit the Hwy 11 spot once a year at Thanksgiving before they close up for the season.

    Link: http://www.webersrestaurants.com/home...

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    1. re: Derek

      I USED to really enjoy Weber's.....but.....I have been a few times over the last several years, and honestly, I can't remember why I was ever excited! I find the burgers to be oversalted, thin, and more filler than beef.

      JMHO.

      1. re: Cheech5001

        Weber's is over rated. I think Super Burger, NW corner of Hwy 89 and Hwy 10, is far superior. The best and most deliscious BIG burgers, and they even have a train... or is it a subway car? The atmoshpere and experience is not as unique as weber's but there's hardly any line and the food is way better.

        1. re: Alison

          Interesting, I am often forced to stop at Super Burger and really am not that impressed with it! Ordinary burger, chicken breasts and souvlaki, fries very light coloured, chunky with no peel so they get soggy quickly. The lineup even when longish does move quickly, I'll give them that. I thought the Weber's at the airport was actually a little better, although maybe it was just the novelty, vs. the enforced stop at Super Burger sometimes twice in a weekend...

          1. re: anon
            m
            Mississauga Matt

            Super Burger is in Primrose (near Shelburne), and I agree with anon, nothing special but, like Weber's, is a bit of an institution.

            They have encorporated an old TTC streetcar into the restaurant.

            1. re: Mississauga Matt

              Just stopped at Webers on the way back to TO this weekend...food is average and kinda pricey- two burgers, two drinks and two fries for $18!!! Love the clean lawn they have. Not worth the trip up the highway but a nice pit stop if you happen to be passing by.

              I thought I saw a Webers at the airport in one of the terminals.

              1. re: LoveToEat

                As previously stated, it's not really worth a stop unless your kids and dog are driving you nuts and they need a place to stretch their legs. I'd suggest the double burger. It's not that bad.

      2. re: Derek

        There is a Weber's in Barrie as well.
        It faces the lake.

        1. re: erley

          And does anyone know how they compare to the US chain White Castle?

      3. Reasonably good burgers; not better than any other independant burger joint in the city.
        Reasonably bad fries (plain old frozen .... yuck!)with a sprinkling of what looks like Lowry's seasoned salt.

        I Never could understand the buzz about this place.
        I guess after a weekend in the woods people are hungry enough to eat anything!

        Having said that, I still stop there .... a tradition, I suppose ....

        1. Check out the previous Weber's discussion below.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. As someone said, it's the tradition. You park, stand in line, slather ketchup or mustard on the perfectly adequate burger (nothing special, in other words) and eat it on the lawn, or even back in the car. It marks the end of the weekend, or the beginning of the weekend, or whatever. Not worth going out of your way for, but better than your average route-to-cottage-country food. Enjoy.

            1. d
              dionysus & maenad

              Weber's on HWY 11 is not bad at all, I agree.
              Line up ehh...?!

              1. The big draw for me (and now my children) has always been the trains. They have maybe half a dozen actual trains that they've moved to the site that give the place a certain ambience that just seems to fit. In the "old" days, kids used to be able to climb all over the caboose... no more, thanks, no doubt, to liability concerns. But they do have a 50's era Via Rail passenger car that they use for their indoor seating. Kind of fun, if a little bit long in the tooth after years of being a fast food restaurant seating area. Also a large yard with lots of picnic tables, clean and nicely sodded.

                Also, people stop here to let their dogs stretch their legs. They have an actual, working old-style water pump hooked up to a well where you can bring up H2O for your pooch and get a workout yourself.

                The burgers: utilitarian. The ambience serves to make them taste better. And don't be too deterred by lineups: they have a tried and true system to make 'em move quick. As others have said, I stop here often, possibly more out of duty and tradition than anything else.

                alan

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                1. re: Alan

                  New owners at Webbers I believe.

                2. Ya the buzz, I never got that either although it is nothing special there really is NO where else to stop and eat. I am jealous of the hwy 11 people my cottage is up 69 and we have no where to stop unless you go into Parry Sound...just not the same

                  1. It's a burger place... on a stretch of road where you see nothing but trees and old farms. If it wasn't for the hype (and the subsequent curious lineup) it could be missed or dismissed altogether. That said, the burger IS okay and you can have the satisfaction of telling your friends that you've been there.

                    Also on the brightside, it looks like a place where you can go during a family road trip and not wonder if you have suddenly stepped into the wrong part of town.

                    If you are en route, hungry and don't mind a long line, it's fine; yet, I wouldn't bother making it the reason for your trip.

                    1. Weber's got purchased by a large frozen / processed food conglomerate years ago. There is absolutely no reason to stop there anymore, unless you like lineups, screaming kids, barking dogs and passable food.

                      1. I sit corrected - it wasn't a large conglomerate (for some reason I thought it was now owned by Versafood Services), but things did change when they got sold a couple of years ago. Keep driving. Unless your kids need to pee.

                        Webers burgers in new hands
                        Last updated Mar 11 2004 11:54 AM EST
                        CBC News

                        A landmark restaurant popular with cottage-bound vacationers for the past 40 years has been sold to new owners.

                        Webers, a hamburger stand on Highway 11 near Orillia, has become an institution among the thousands of summer motorists who travel along the cottage-country route.

                        Paul Weber sold the family-owned restaurant to local businessman Tom Rennie this week.

                        Weber, who took over the drive-in restaurant from his father Paul Weber Sr. in 1978, said the time seemed right to sell.

                        The new owner promised he wouldn't tamper with the formula of home cooking and friendly service that has contributed to the restaurant's success.

                        Rennie said many of the staff, including 40-year veteran grill chef Mike McParland, would be back on the job when it re-opens for business Thursday.

                        1. On a fairly recent Vinyl Cafe on CBC radio the host mentioned a mom & pop burger joint in the town near Weber's. Stuart McLean said they served better burgers in a nicer place for less money. Anybody have a clue where he meant? I've been seeking the answer ever since.

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                          1. re: Googs

                            I stood in line ONCE for Weber's out of pure curiousity and I have to say...I don't get it! Horrible, unsatisfying food. I actually think McDonald's is better!

                            1. re: Googs

                              A few years back we’re heading up north and as we pass the crowds at Weber’s I get a hunger for a burger, but I’m damned if I’m going to stop and line up in that mob scene.

                              But wouldn’t you know it, less than a mile down the road there’s this little shack of a place that has a big sign saying The Toronto Star rated their burgers the best.

                              So what the heck, we stop and get out at this “mom & pop” place. They have the article from The Star pinned on the wall, and it’s from ... 1972!

                              But we’re there, so we order, and the burgers are of the same quality as Weber’s, maybe slightly better, but again, nothing to get excited about.

                              I tip my hat to the owners for the sheer chutzpah of displaying that sign.

                            2. Passed Weber's on the way to the Lake this weekend. The line-up was horrendous so we didn't stop. I never understood the hype about this place, other than that about 15 years ago, it was the only place to stop for something to eat north of Barrie. Now there are plenty of other places, including all the fast food chains.

                              1. The burgers are just very average - thin little patties, averaage buns and the usual condiments. Nothing special really - I think the attraction is that it is part of the "cottage experience" really. That and the fact that it is easy on-easy off from the highway. Don't go out of your way to go there.

                                1. If you don't want to take the trek, but are still interested in giving webers burgers a try, they now sell frozen patties at the grocery store. I was a box at Loblaws last week.

                                  Its an alright place, kids probably appreciate it more, and its cool to walk across the highway in the old skywalk they bought from TO. But thats about it. Nice atmosphere, average burger, decent fries. . . .like the seasoning on them.

                                  1. Wildly over-rated, IMO. Go to the Lick's in Barrie.

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                                    1. re: francelonian

                                      Ate a great burger at Webers in August of 2009. Double Cheeseburger, with crispy fries, and a malted shake. Can't beat that!

                                      1. re: dharma

                                        I agree with the over rated...never knew what the draw was with this place..been twice years apart and both average or sub par....people draw to it like cattle herding to the lineup thinking something is great and then believing it because why would all the other cattle be there?

                                        1. re: ebay3392

                                          I went here once on the way to Muskoka when I was cooking up there. I waited in line for 45 minutes, and it was NOT worth it.

                                          1. re: Marumari

                                            For 23 years I have been going to Webers and never have I stood in line for longer than 20 minutes. They have a system that even with a line 100 people deep they can fire you through quickly (especially when they have both grills fired up). Its not the best food, but they do a different variation of salt on the fries, and with a double cheese burger they get the patty to bun ratio correct. I enjoy it due to tradition, munchies from the car ride, the fact my dog can run to his hearts content while I fill up and when meeting people I dont have to be precise with directions..."Drive till you see the orange bridge and lots of people".

                                            Perfect? No.
                                            Good? Extremely.

                                            that article posted has put a few questions in my head, most notably wondering if the family across the lake from me with the same name has purchased it....

                                            1. re: craigger

                                              It seems the perfect burger may be the most subjective thing we write about on this board. More difficult to define than the finest of haute cuisine. Some day we may have to agree to disagree.