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Gourmet Burger Company - Cabbagetown

MindGrinder Nov 8, 2008 08:39 PM

So Cabbagetown's gentrification continues with yet another upscale foodie joint.

The paper isn't off the windows yet but The Gourmet Burger Company looks like it is set to open very soon. Just north of Johnny G's where the old Wing Machine used to be.

Anyone have an inside scoop on this place? Burgers are the one thing this area is really lacking in!

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    dgilks Dec 17, 2008 10:09 AM

    Was in here today based on the recs. One of the better burgers I've had in recent memory. The works burger was tasty, the meat was juicy, the bun soft and tasty and the fillings worked.

    The sweet potato fries were excellent; Crispy, perfectly salted and just nice.

    My only real complaints are that my requested substitution of garlic and mustard mayo for the normal mayo was not made and that the items like sauteed mushrooms and caramelised onions were room temperature rather than hot.

    Overall, the concept is good. The ability to completely customise your burger with decent range of toppings and creative condiments included in the price of the burger make this great value and nice place for a burger. I now want to go back and tryout the onion rings, milkshakes and another burger because it was good.

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      szw Nov 15, 2008 08:04 AM

      Can we get an exact address or at least the intersection? I'd like o try it for lunch today but don't know my way around this city very well yet.

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      1. re: szw
        MindGrinder Nov 15, 2008 08:13 AM

        Carlton and Parliament. West side of Parliament north of Carlton about 40 feet. (was posted on the original thread)

        1. re: szw
          foodyDudey Nov 15, 2008 08:18 AM

          Here's a link which mentions the exact address: http://cabbagetownnews.blogspot.com/2...

          1. re: foodyDudey
            szw Nov 15, 2008 08:34 AM

            Thanks so much. I visited that link when it was posted earlier but didn't see any burger news and left it. You have to scroll down to the burger part!

            82 Parliament

            1. re: szw
              foodyDudey Nov 15, 2008 09:04 AM

              That's 482 Parliament, not 82.

              1. re: foodyDudey
                georgebell11 Dec 16, 2008 02:02 PM

                Tried this place on Sunday - got a double-cheeseburger. Amazing flavour, fresh meat, beautiful bun and bun: meat ratio. This is quite simply the best burger I've ever had. Fries were also fantastic. A tad pricey (I think it was $14 for burger + fries), but when it's that good I don't really care. Will be back very soon for more, can't wait to try some of the other combos, as well as the shakes!

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          Cooking Koala Nov 14, 2008 09:19 PM

          Ok food dudes..

          This is it.

          Gourmet Burger Co Rocks it with the Best.

          I wondered in for lunch today and was pleasantly surprised to see the very first burger on the menu was called an 'Aussie Burger'.

          Now that's a tall claim to fame.

          An Aussie Burger is traditionally a hand molded beef paddy, Bacon, Fried Egg, slice of Beet, a slice of Pineapple and lettuce with BBQ sauce. Completely unobtainable in Toronto.

          Up and down the East coast in AUS it's a staple food.
          Best consumed after a solid morning's surf session and almost always accompanied by a chocolate milk OR a coke. A good one should see you through to dinner...

          So I sez to the gal at the front, "you've got a lot of nerve claiming you can make an Aussie Burger"! And she said "well actually we got an Aussie making the burgers"

          Ian ward is the man behind grill, behind the whole idea.

          Anyways, the place is buzzing and about 7 mins later (greater than 5. . <10).
          An Aussie Burger is packed in paper and placed lovingly in a brown paper bag with Gourmet Burger Company proudly on the front.
          10 / 10 for keeping it green folks.

          And the end product . .

          Bloody beautiful. Delicious actually.

          The bun was one of those square types with a fine flour dusted over it.
          No need to add the usual 'kill taste' satchels of colored flavored crap here.
          This Burger is made from All Fresh Ingredients.
          It's the real thing. A good AUS burger should drip, so be sure NOT to eat it in the car.

          The rest of the menu looks extensive and the decor has a tasteful up market feel.

          And I am so proud that Ian's picked Parliament Street to introduce it.

          It's sure to fly.

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          1. re: Cooking Koala
            embee Nov 15, 2008 04:56 AM

            But still no answer to the crucial question: WILL THEY COOK A BURGER TO TASTE???

            1. re: embee
              Cooking Koala Nov 15, 2008 07:57 AM


              The burger I had tasted great - perfect combo of flavor, ingredient variety and freshness. Was also juicy.

              Canadians have been ripped off for too long. . .
              Take Webber's for example, crowds line up for a dry meat patty with cheese on a below average bun with crap trimmings. Their patties are made with bread crumbs. What a rip off!!

              This burger joint is giving people what they're paying for; a quality product, in time
              and with a friendly smile.

              And I'm sure if you asked, they will accommodate your request of cooking your burger to your special taste requirements..

              1. re: Cooking Koala
                Jacquilynne Nov 15, 2008 08:03 AM

                I think he means in terms of doneness -- will they cook your burger medium-rare or medium rather than well-done.

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                  embee Nov 15, 2008 08:10 AM

                  Yes, that's exactly what I mean :-)

                2. re: Cooking Koala
                  jayseeca Nov 15, 2008 08:03 AM

                  i think embee means if they'll cook a burger rare/medium.. etc

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              MindGrinder Nov 14, 2008 07:55 PM

              Drove by tonight and the place was packed!

              Definately know where I am stopping off for lunch tomorrow. Mmmmm Burger and Onion Rings!!!!

              Will report in shortly after!

              1. duckdown Nov 14, 2008 06:08 PM

                Is there take-out or is it one of these overpretentious trendy burger places where you eat it with a knife and fork and bottle of expensive red wine?

                Address anyone?

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                1. re: duckdown
                  Googs Nov 14, 2008 06:20 PM

                  Dude, it's in Cabbagetown. Just extend your pinkie when drinking XXX from the brown paper bag. You'll fit in okay. Honestly I doubt they even have a liquor license yet.

                  There's a pic of the interior on this page. Do those people look like they'd kick your ass for not selecting the correct wine?

                  Not that I've had a burger there yet so this is not an endorsement, but... Take-out yes. West side of Parliament spitting distance north of Carlton. Not that I'm encouraging spitting.

                  1. re: Googs
                    duckdown Nov 14, 2008 10:49 PM

                    lmao, sweet

                    i got a kick out of that one, thanks

                    i'll check them out ;)

                    gotta say though -- i've been really happy with The Burger Shack on Eglinton lately , their home made burger (they have 2 kinds of burgers) is great and the rings are pretty good too (ask for them well done IMO)


                2. Googs Nov 9, 2008 03:23 AM

                  I thought that name sounded kinda chainy/franchisey. Most humans name it after themselves, their loved ones, their location, or something inspirational. Oh well. Hope they make a good burger.

                  Personally what I think the neighbourhood lacks is one great greasy spoon style burger served in a clean, safe environment. I have my Weezie's for upscale. Let's put it this way: I won't be ordering the "Foie Gras Burger". For once I wish a marketing firm would realize just how cute a word Wagyu is and stop misusing Kobe. Of course if this isn't the right company then, well, colour me embarrased.


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                  1. re: Googs
                    gregclow Nov 9, 2008 05:05 AM

                    Given that the website you link to is for a single restaurant in Dublin, Ireland, I sort of doubt that it has any connection to this new Cabbagetown joint.

                    And pretty much all of the fancy-pants indie burger joints that have opened in Toronto in the past couple of years have fairly generic names - Burger Shoppe, Craft Burger, Terra Burger, etc. - so I wouldn't be surprised if this is similar situation.

                    Then again, some Irish sandwich shop chain opened a location down on Toronto Street a while back, so you never know...

                    1. re: gregclow
                      embee Nov 9, 2008 06:11 AM

                      Although this website is probably not connected to the new Cabbagetown outlet, they ARE looking for franchisees. The pictured burgers look delicious and the product descriptions would be worthy of investigation. Anything is possible - Cob's bakery is based in Australia.

                      The only indie thing about Burger Shoppe is its failure to grow. They were talking about blanketing the area with franchise outlets within virtual minutes of their opening. Pretentious....

                      1. re: embee
                        Marimba Nov 9, 2008 06:39 AM

                        Isn't there a second Burger Shoppe opening on Ossington?...Marimba!

                        1. re: Marimba
                          embee Nov 9, 2008 08:03 AM

                          I have no idea but, if one is. I won't be going.

                          1. re: Marimba
                            gregclow Nov 10, 2008 06:11 AM

                            Yes. It's planned to be more of a sit-down restaurant with a longer menu as opposed to a fast-food place. Full name is to be Burger Shoppe Quality Meats, or something like that.

                        2. re: gregclow
                          Googs Nov 9, 2008 06:32 AM

                          Tell you what: If they're a franchise they have a slick logo. If they have a slick logo AND they have their marketing poop together it will already be up, open or not. I'll take a boo and report.

                          And what embee said: Ambition and pretention often leads to contraction. Deliver the goods and people will ask you to franchise.

                          1. re: gregclow
                            Googs Nov 9, 2008 02:13 PM

                            I didn't notice earlier that you think they have only one location. Gourmet Burger is all over the UK. I had one near my hotel last time I was there. That said, the logo is not a match. Not sure who these guys are. Inside looks kinda nice for where it's at right now. At least a nice burger bar. As far as chain/franchise or not I don't care one bit. Still a fan of Toby's Good Eats when they were still, well, good eats.

                            1. re: Googs
                              gregclow Nov 10, 2008 06:09 AM

                              I think Gourmet Burger KITCHEN is the chain you're thinking of - http://www.gbkinfo.com/ - as the Gourmet Burger CO. that you linked to looks to be a single location in Dublin, at least based on the website.

                              Anyway - agreed with you on the chain vs. non-chain thing. As long as the food is good, it doesn't matter to me that much.

                              And also agreed with you on Toby's in the good ol' days. Not to mention Lick's.

                              1. re: gregclow
                                Googs Nov 14, 2008 02:03 PM

                                I believe, Greg, that you are our winner in the "Who ARE these people?" contest. Cajun burger you say...

                                1. re: Googs
                                  gregclow Nov 15, 2008 01:17 PM

                                  Googs - I honestly have no clue what you're on about in your reply to me.

                                  What "people" am I supposed to be by winning this contest you're talking about?

                                  Seriously, you've totally lost me.

                                  1. re: gregclow
                                    Googs Nov 15, 2008 01:27 PM

                                    I have no doubt I'm making too much of it, but your link led to a menu. The common thread between your link and this place is the Cajun burger. A thin thread, but still makes me curious. Chain or copycat?

                                    I found a Toby's style burger in Amsterdam of all places. Just one on the menu, not a selection of a dozen, but one perfect Toby's burger in a pub with a LARGE selection of beer. Let me know if you're interested as to where.

                                    1. re: Googs
                                      gregclow Nov 15, 2008 01:33 PM

                                      Ah, got it. I didn't look at the menu on that link I found, so I didn't make the Cajun connection.

                                      And now that you mention it, that menu also includes a "Kiwiburger" which is pretty much identical to the "Aussie Burger" this new place has, according to the description elsewhere in this thread.

                                      I suspect copycat more than chain.

                                      And if I'm ever heading to Amsterdam, I'll let you know... ;)

                          2. re: Googs
                            MindGrinder Nov 9, 2008 06:09 AM

                            Hmmmm I thought Johnny G's could almost have a picture beside the definition 'Greasy Spoon'. There is also Chew Chew's which would probably meet your expectations in a pretty cool environment as well.

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