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Best Burger around Eaton Centre

dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 08:27 AM

I'm taking my friend out for his birthday, and he is a huge burger fan.

Where to?

Johnny Rockets?

Not a burger man myself, so not exactly sure.

Thanks in advance :)

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  1. redhead RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 09:00 AM

    if you can get yourself up to Utopia at College and Clinton, I think he will be very happy with the burger and you will find lots to pick from as well...not a lot of good burger eating around the Eaton Centre unfortunately..you can get to little Italy in about 15 minutes on subway/streetcar from the Eaton Centre though!

    1. deelicious RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 09:26 AM

      Nothing wrong with a Johnny Rockets burger - very good tasting burgers. Fries - not so much.

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        childofthestorm RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 09:59 AM

        I'm a fan of Johnny Rockets - I love the "squish" griddle technique for burgers if I'm eating a thinner patty. Really nice crust develops - this method is also used by Shake Shack in NY and LA-based chain In-N-Out , two of America's finest.

        Get a double with American cheese, oh yeahhhh.

        1. pinkprimp RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 11:23 AM

          Walk on over to Nota Bene at Queen and University. I think it'd be nice to go there for a birthday burger.

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            aser RE: pinkprimp Aug 11, 2009 11:42 AM

            Good idea, Beer Bistro is another close option.

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              pinkprimp RE: aser Aug 11, 2009 12:13 PM

              While the Beer Bistro burger is serviceable, I find that no matter what I ask, the bun always comes out too thick and too toasted. It makes it quite difficult to pick up and eat without everything falling out.

              Oh, they also have a "burger" at The Queen and Beaver, which sounded interesting, though I'm not sure it is a "real burger." On the menu, it says hand chopped, though when I asked, she said they *sliced* a steak and mixed it with bone marrow.

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                gregclow RE: pinkprimp Aug 11, 2009 08:40 PM

                It's definitely a real burger. Not sure what the waitress meant by "sliced" as the beef is chopped fairly finely, although it's still chunkier than ground, and the bone marrow holds it together nicely.

                Plus, it's awesome.

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                  pinkprimp RE: gregclow Aug 12, 2009 10:14 AM

                  It seems like a fair bit of work to hand chop the beef for so many burgers! I am nearby, so I may have to pop in for a visit later to try it out (especially after being let down by the Weezie's burger last night).

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                    Yum2MyTum RE: gregclow Dec 23, 2009 10:20 AM

                    Oh man. It is IS an awesome burger. Had it today. Strong stilton, delicious, beefy burger, good size (not too big, not too small), good bun, and homemade ketchup with the fries were a great touch! Thanks for the recommendation, gregclow!

                    Queen & Beaver
                    35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                  pescatarian RE: aser Aug 11, 2009 01:39 PM

                  I think Beerbistro's burger is only available at lunch.

              2. gregclow RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 12:10 PM

                The burger at Queen & Beaver is outstanding. Hand chopped beef topped with double smoked bacon and choice of cheddar or stilton.

                Queen & Beaver
                35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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                  abigllama RE: gregclow Sep 14, 2009 12:30 AM

                  I had the burger at Queen & Beaver tonight and it was excellent. It's not a traditional burger at all but super delish. It's almost like the filling of a really good steak pie was made into a burger. Thanks for the rec, it will be hard to not order it on next visit.

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                    JPJ RE: gregclow Sep 14, 2009 09:01 AM

                    I'll throw my support behind the Queen & Beaver as well. Had mine medium rare, it was excellent. Not quite as good as the Bymark burger but about 1/2 the price as I recall. The fries that came with it were also good, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

                    It's also a lot closer to Eaton's Centre.

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                    blogs RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 05:27 PM


                    On Temperance St. near Yonge St. they are relatively new and I have not tried them yet, but it smells good when I walk by.

                    1. Googs RE: dlw88 Aug 11, 2009 07:20 PM

                      If it's a birthday lunch, try Barberian's:

                      Call ahead and see if they'll serve one at dinner for this special occasion. Everyone wins that way. THE most incredible wine list.

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                        childofthestorm RE: Googs Aug 11, 2009 07:27 PM

                        Oh yeah they serve a really good burger. I'm sure they would bend the rules for a birthday too.

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                          tjr RE: Googs Aug 11, 2009 10:31 PM

                          Barberian's burger is great. Bymark's burger is really incredible (in a league of its own), but you'd have to walk down to Wellington (not a far walk by any means).

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                            aser RE: tjr Aug 12, 2009 01:37 AM

                            If money is no object then it's really a no brainer, go w/ bymark.

                            Your friend will be talking about this burger for years to come, it'll make a memorable birthday gift. Aged striploin goodness.....

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                          jakhtar RE: dlw88 Sep 14, 2009 08:17 AM

                          I can't believe nobody has mentioned Bymark. It's pricey ($34?), but it's unique and interesting. It comes topped with brie-de-meaux, pancetta, porcini mushrooms, and shaved truffles.

                          IIRC, it doesn't come with any sides, but Bymark does make a pretty mean poutine.

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