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Aug 7, 2006 09:16 PM

RARE Hamburger ???

Is there any place left in TO that will serve a RARE burger?
I love rare meat and am willing to walk on the wild side and order a buger RARE, but everywhere I go I am denied this pleasure.
I am tired of being told I HAVE to have my burger MEDIUM.
I do not have a BBQ ,or I would just cook them at home.

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      1. As best I know, it is NOT illegal to serve a rare hamburger. The TO Health folks -- that is, the folks who tried to ban sushi a couple of years ago ago (and Chinese BBQ before that) -- have nevertheless convinced restaurants that they can't serve a rare burger -- though almost all of the "hamburger disease" in Toronto has come from contaminated fruit and vegetables!

        In fact, could you please tell me where I can get a "medium" burger? Almost every burger I've seen lately has been cooked beyond well done.

        Every Ethiopian resto in town serves RAW minced beef. The ones I've been to all state this clearly on their menus, all have green "pass" signs, and none has poisoned me yet.

        The biggest laugh is Licks -- the one fast food place that would actually cook a rare burger in the past. They use PASTEURIZED beef cooked directly from frozen. They cook them until overdone, and then cook them a bit more. Their frozen burger patties are delicious cooked rare on my own grill, and I haven't poisoned myself yet. I gagged on my last burger in a Licks store and returned it.

        1. I had mine 'medium', with some pink at Hal Burger on Adelaide. They grind their own meat every day, so it's not shipped as 'ground beef'. It was damn good too.

          1. The burgers at Bymark are pink and juicy-of course they're also made from pure sirloin and are $36.