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Jun 25, 2009 08:45 AM

ISO: Good burgers and fries


I've read through a whole string of threads on burgers and fries but I'm hoping that CH-ers will give me some more good ideas. I have some NYC guests coming over for the Canada Day/Independence Day holidays and they've expressed hopes for some good burgers and fries. I cringed since they are NYC-ers, and what we have they have... and I'd even suggested cuisines that they don't do as well/specialize in (i.e., I'd treat to LWH) but was gently declined.

This would be for four adults and a newborn, so I'm not hoping for super-swank. We're not interested so much in what's on tap since we're mostly driving to any destination that would be suggested.

I'm hoping for locations that are within the Toronto boundaries because I do need to see my guests back to their hotel within a reasonable time.

I already have Golden Star (Yonge Street, north of Steeles) down as an option.

All of your suggestions are warmly welcome. :)

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  1. Wow, they sound pretty adventurous, eh? Just kidding.

    The new Queen & Beaver public house on Elm has a much-talked-about burger made of hand cut beef (not ground) and mixed with marrow for extra deliciousness. I've not tried it myself, but based on the quality of the other offerings there it's probably a decent gamble.

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    1. re: Gary

      I tried it about 3 days after the place opened. It's okay, but nothing special that I'd go out of my way for. I opted for the Stilton rather than the Cheddar, and felt the cheese overpowered the meat. A bit overpriced for what you're getting as well.

    2. Hoping to have a good fish and chips lunch at Olde Yorke on Laird last Sunday, my family and I were disappointed to find that the restaurant is closed on Sundays. Starving by this time, we ended up at South St. Burger Co. in the plaza just north of there. We were surprised to find that we enjoyed our meals, which included beef burgers, a veggie burger, onion rings and fries.

      The beef burgers are not running-down-your-arm juicy, but the texture and flavour were fine, the topping goods, plentiful and free (!), and the choice of a very tasty whole-wheat bun was most welcomed. They claim that their meat is antibiotic/hormone-free.

      The fries (NY Fries) were delicious, as were the breaded (as opposed to battered) onion rings.

      Better than Golden Star, in my opinion and, with a newborn in tow, I doubt you'd want a long, lingering meal in a full-service restaurant.

      It's a chain, by the way, so you're sure to find a location that's convenient. http://www.southstburger.com/

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      1. re: Tatai

        I was hoping to avoid chain restaurants but I'll float the idea and see what happens. :)

      2. Terra Burger
        Gone downhill, but everyone I take there seems to enjoy it. Amazing fries (and the sweet potato fries are even better) lots of options now. Kid friendly

        Burger Shack

        Allen's if you are looking for more of a bar/restaurant option.
        Craft Burger (both locations are small, wouldn't recommend a family outing, but tasty, fries are hit and miss)

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        1. re: flying101

          Of Craftburger - is there any difference on the locations? I'm pondering whether parking on King St. is any better than say... Yonge Street.

          1. re: HSz

            Street parking's better on King since on Yonge it's nonexistent!

        2. Unless you live close by, the Golden Star isn't really destination dining. It's a good burger — I've been going since the 60s — but there's lots better out there.




          http://www.thegourmetburgerco.com/ — Australian burgers but only a five seat lunch counter.

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          1. re: ChalkBoy

            I'm relatively close to the Golden Star and have been going there on and off for years so I'm aware of what's available there. When I'm told that the new-mother wants burgers and fries... I'm hoping to avoid serving up McD's ;-) although I'm certain that they would allow us to sit for a long while in conversation. :D

            Out of the four that you've mentioned here, are there any particular variations on the burger that you would suggest?

          2. Utopia on College has a good burger.