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Best takeout burger..in the core?

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Alright everyone, been reading all the threads on great burgers and I am dying for one right now, but alas I am at work (Bay/Front) and would love to get a good burger. I don't know of any decent places around here. I'm considering the usual fast food places, but would prefer something better. Does marche have a good burger? I might try the burger van thats on the side street just north of Front/Yonge, is it any good? Any one with recs withing walking distance of where I am?

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  1. The Jersey Giant pub on Front east of Church has good burgers and great fries. We were even able to get one that was still pink, though I got the feeling that this option depends on who is cooking at any given time.

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    1. re: embee

      Mmmm, sounds good, I might have to try it out soon. Thanks!

    2. Go to Hal burger. You can phone ahead to place your order. It is not too far north of where you are (although I can't remember the intersection right now, it is across the street from Crocodile Rock). If you go, make sure to get a Kawartha Dairy ice cream while the weather is still nice.

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      1. re: cream

        Too bad Hal burgers are Hal-acious! WAY overpriced and very boring. A GREAT burger/fries and late hours is Shanghai Cowgirl on Queen W. (east of Bathurst).

        1. re: torontoeh

          In several burger threads 'torontoeh' has bashed Hal Burger. This time it's for being "WAY overpriced and boring". Then Shanghai Cowgirl is given as an alternative. The price of a burger and side at Hal's is $10.50 while at Shanghai Cowgirl it's $8.50. I've eaten at both places and both are good. Every burger I've had at Hal's has been moist and juicy, not dry. Seems to me that the Hal-bashing is a little over the top.

          1. re: Yongeman

            You are not telling the whole story. "Both are good" = Shanghai is MUCH better than Hal. Admit it. AND, that price difference is almost 20% less. Then try adding things to the burger and ordering a drink - Hals is WAY over priced. Meat ground on premise doesnt mean anything. Who cares?! Quality, texture, taste and value in the end is all that matters and Hal fails on 3 out of 4. Who cares if they make their own ketchup? It is watery and bland and too much money. Give me free ketchup that tastes good enough with good consistency. And that mayo costs 75 cents to add!! And the bun...dont try to defend that bun...crap! Ultimately "the people" decide. Let's see where Hal is come next Christmas...

      2. I'll add a 3rd vote for Hal Burger. Don't know how fast they'd do take-out though. It's more sit-down pace. I'd see about placing a phone order so you don't get yourself fired over a burger fix.

        1. if you want a good greasy burger go to mars at bathurst and college. at hals they grind their beef on site, make their own ketchup and mayo. they go the extra yard for their burgers. some people dont get it but alot more do. if you love a styro buger and want to check out hals dont bother, its for serious burger fans only.

          1. Hal's is fine with takeout. There are few restaurants in Toronto that don't do takeout. I have had Hal burgers on several occasions and have never actually sat in the restaurant.