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Oct 31, 2007 08:00 AM

Craft Burger - opening soon @ King + Portland

Hello, I was just on my way back to work with a coffee and I noticed a new place opening soon, sign is up in window but still paper covered...called Craft Burger and could be the best thing along that strip for cheap eats...*fingers crossed!*....anyone know if it is the only one off it's kind? If not how were other locs?

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    1. Please tell me this isn't another over priced, under whelming burger joint??


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      1. re: Davwud

        It is VERY small looking, the front facade consists of a window and a door, and isn't much wider than 10' the past I was disappointed by Hal's & Hero, so far (although I must admit there really isn't much to go on) it doesn't look like it's that kind of place...we see...

      2. My educated guess is that it is owned by Burger Shoppe.

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        1. re: deelicious

          your educated guess is kinda right. it's is being opened by one of the former co-owners of The Burger Shoppe.

            1. re: Recyclor

              I haven't eaten at Burger Shoppe, but from what I've read about it on here, I'd say most people would say no. But, on the positive side, maybe the ex-partner was the one with good taste ;-)

              1. re: pescatarian

                Here's hopin'!...thanks for the reply pesc...

              2. re: Recyclor

                Its a good thing if...
                they give us juicy burgers
                they season the meat
                we get a thick burger option
                they will allow for pink centres
                we get a quality bun that is burger-complimentary
                they pay attention to bun-to-burger ratio
                one can choose from interesting toppings that arent required for enjoyment
                one can buy chicken and fish and veggie options
                they offer HOMEMADE onion rings
                they offer fresh cut fries
                they perfect poutine
                they offer interesting salads
                Awesome milkshakes are available - BONUS
                they aren't pretentious and overpriced
                and finally,
                IF they don't taste like, Hal's, Hero, Harvey's, South Street or Burger Shoppe!

                TOO MUCH TO ASK?????

                  1. re: embee

                    lol embee. Yes, it does seem to be too much to ask for. But I have hope that someone will do it right. The original Licks did.

                    1. re: deelicious

                      You know, I would settle for about half of those. If necessary, I could live without the milkshakes, poutine (other places for that), optional thick burger, and super wide variety of toppings (I don't need peanut butter for my burger, thanks).

                      My must-haves would be: veggie options that go beyond a defrosted Yves veggie burger (preferably made in-house), good buns - maybe even a couple different choices, good homemade fries/onion rings/sides, casual atmosphere and reasonable prices.

                      1. re: piccola

                        For sure I could live without the poutine. The milkshakes would be great but I could do without that too. But I need the thicker burger and I need some interesting toppings to mix things up. Not 48 choices, but more than the usual suspects.

                        1. re: deelicious

                          Deal. Now let's hope the owners are reading.

            2. The discussion of proper cooking of burgers has been split off into a new topic and moved to General Chowhounding Topics. Please keep this thread focused on burgers in Toronto.

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              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                Oh snap don't mention pink centres or it will be deleted!

                I'm one of the few who had a fairly positive experience a TBS. It was overpriced but tasty. No where near the cheap, sloppy burgers I enjoyed as a youth growing up in New England. For us, TBS was declared tasty but not a destination. Havn't been back since we havn't been in the area and hungry in awhile.

                But a new stab at burgers and their side order friends in this city would be appreciated! Looking forward to this!

                1. re: abigllama

                  I have tried the burger shoppe twice. The first time (which was earlier this year) was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I kept reminding myself that I had to go back soon.

                  The second time, which was about 2 weeks was good...but not great. So something definitely had changed. The burger was not as juicy or as tender as I had remembered it. And the staff behind that counter seemed to be less than enthusiastic to say the least.

              2. apparently opening soon meant opening yesterday night!

                their first day and it was fairly quiet. i was one my way to toshi and queried the staff who seemed eager but disappointed that i didn't walk away with a burger.

                it is definitely run by the former burger shoppe owner, we saw him running around in a yellow t, but i still couldn't tell if it was a second location or not. they couldn't seem to get straight that all their burgers were NOT organic but everything was certainly sourced local. the menu reads nearly exactly like the burger shoppe's from what i could tell.

                one woman by the grill was nearly ready to cook me up something medium rare if i wanted it but what seemed to be the "manager" said that the industry prevented him from doing it any less than medium well. hah! we offered to sign a waiver and while he agreed with our sentiment, he certainly wasn't going to let up.

                their hours, however, are likely what will get me going there frequently (that is, of course, if it's any good) because for the next four weeks they're going to test out opening until 3:30am on fridays and saturdays! with a real curd poutine on the menu, it it could very well be great junk food for a nabe with a wealth of clubs but a dearth of late dining. during the regular week they're aiming to be open until 11pm.

                i'll likely have a try this weekend sometime and report back soon.

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                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  fair warning here... the food was taken to go by someone else at 2:30am and ended up walking about 5 minutes in the cold.

                  my second hand info about the ordering experience is as such: most people in the small line were asking for medium rare and manager gave a big NO, asked for suggestions and was told to get cheeseburger with everything (a bit ridiculous since i want to taste my beef), poutine was the first thing out and sat on the countertop as the burger cooked, the concept of pickles on the side required a lot of communication.

                  a single bite revealed some very very pink beef but at the same time a grey and char-less exterior giving an overall mushy burger. quite flavourless in my opinion. a side order of onion rings (estimating 7 or so rings) was crisp and tasty but i can't vouch for any housemade vs prefrozen qualities. they were, however, the best part of the whole meal and seemed like they could have been housemade. poutine was an absolute disaster. handful of soggy bland fries doused with salty beefy gravy that tasted like a packaged variety. the curds were dropped on top of the whole mess without any melty ooziness.

                  $17 for 3 items. expensive and poor quality does not encourage me to go back, although there will be a little bit of nagging hope for a good poutine that may find me in their shop.

                    1. re: Davwud

                      none whatsoever. although i'm surprised that they didn't make a real effort to go above and beyond what the burger shoppe seemed to be producing.