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Feb 9, 2008 02:43 PM

craft burger

wanted to check out the veggie burger at "craft burger"...but there was a line up of 8 people in front of me, on a friday at 1:45 p.m.
Is it worth the wait?....

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  1. i had a regular burger there nothing special at all. Have you tried to Veg at Burger Shop there Hamburgers are pretty good, so guessing the veggie should be to

    1. I had a reg burger there and like visual hornet, it was nothing special. the BF had the veggie burger. He didn't complain but said he wouldn't get it again, and doesn't recommend it but wouldn't elaborate further.

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      1. re: chocabot

        And it's more expensive than meat.

      2. I work close by and a huge burger fan (and yet to find the mother of burgers in toronto). I went in, and decided i'll give them their best shot. Got the organic burger with the works (bacon, cheese and mushroom) came to $14!!! Normal burger is $7 i think without cheese.

        I asked for medium rare, the said they only make it one way, medium. Came out well done and over cooked. I won't go back. Much better burger at Wood Oven Grill in Kensigton. Superb in comparison and cheaper in deed.

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        1. re: gastronom

          You will always pay more for organic.

          1. re: grilledcheese

            Ya - apparently organic now contains arsenic! Maybe that is what the extra cost was for. See the recall news from loblaws for details.

            Nothing is organic......

            1. re: MindGrinder

              Like I said, you will always pay more for organic.

        2. I went to Craft Burger for the first time today at about 3 in the afternoon. It wasn't busy at all, and as I've been walking past it ever since the sun started to poke through the clouds during my lunch breaks I've been wanting to try it. So after a coworker mentioned that she wanted McDonalds for lunch, I knew I had to intervene and bring her there. Plus, at that time I knew it wouldn't be lined up out the door.

          We ordered the burger combos to go. I went with the onion rings, she with the fries. Her eyes lit up after seeing fresh, thick patties being laid out on the grill and after about 10 minutes we were on our way back to continue working away while working away at our lunch. After my first bite, I messaged her and asked "So?" She replied with a smiley emoticon.


          The burgers there taste a bit like Harveys' used to, crossed with how Lick's once were. Not too greasy and certainly not dry. Not quite well done (mine had just a tiny bit pink after walking for 10 minutes) with the right level of charred flavour and mixed with the standard toppings they offer, I honestly think its the best deal in the area. The buns were substantial, but not eggy or sugary or overly fluffy. My burger stayed intact and didn't drip condiments all over the paper wrapping or my desk right to the last bite.

          I mentioned previously that I'd ordered the onion rings which were a bit disappointing given the caliber of burger Craft served up. They were overly battered and obviously frozen - I had two that were stuck together. I'd hoped that they were made in house like their fries were (my coworker remarked that she could tell they weren't frozen) and really, how hard are onion rings to make from scratch? Nonetheless, they were crunchy and substantial and not greasy but I also of wish they'd package them differently instead of in a muffin/bagel type bag. They're kind of hard to apply ketchup to and fork out that way.

          But in all, today's lunch was a wonderful treat which I hope to introduce more of my coworkers to. I grabbed a couple of their menus and distributed them around to my foodie friends there as we all need a diversion from what Zupa serves from time to time.

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          1. re: eller

            Glad you enjoyed it. My burger was so chewy and full of gristle that my jaw actually hurt after eating it. Never again.

            1. re: eller

              That is a decent review. Especially for the onion rings. Good onion rings are hard to find.

              There may be many "burger purists" around here saying this and that but your review is bang on!

              1. re: MindGrinder

                I work practically across the street but the crowding has kept me away (I'm a little claustrophobic). I tried it yesterday for the first time, having lunch very late. It was a decent burger, but not super special. A little gristly, a little overdone. I'd eat there again, but wouldn't wait in line.

                1. re: betsy

                  I can't believe how many people describe the burger as gristly - eww

                  1. re: betsy

                    I've eaten there twice, and while I don't know about the use of the adjective "gristly", the burger was overdone and simply so-so. Fries and onion rings were also both merely so-so. Worth a stop if you're frequently in the neighbourhood. Otherwise don't bother, IMO.

                    1. re: vorpal

                      When I hear a gristly burger I imagine that there are parts that are difficult to chew... was that the case?

                      1. re: Blueicus

                        I haven't noticed that either time, nor has my husband, who's eaten there maybe five times.

                        1. re: Blueicus

                          I have eaten there maybe 5 times. I havent ordered the frozen rings since the first disappointing visit but then again I also cant stand the frozen A&W rings that everyone seems to love.

                          Of the burgers, I've only ordered the organic beef patty and I too have had one that was gristly (yes - difficult to chew chunks in the patty), but the other 4 were "normal". I have enjoyed the chicken sandwich when I've requested extra seasoning. It is generous.

                          I work nearby so I eat there sometimes. I find the burger too dry to get excited about it - even though slightly pink inside. I do like the bun.

                          1. re: Blueicus

                            Yeah, there were a couple of small bits that weren't really chewable. Not enough to make me stop eating, but still, I was surprised.

                  2. I had their burgers recently and thought they were excellent. Great flavour and juicy. The Craft Bleu was particularly good. Also, excellent poutine. I found no gristle in two burgers. The meat had great flavour and the burgers were not over coked.