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Oct 15, 2009 12:32 PM

Patty melt in Durham region?

I am pregnant and the baby REQUIRES (now, this is serious) a patty melt. I am from the States and could get them anywhere back home. I live in Whitby now and have only found one place that has them--Fifth Wheel Truckstop in Bowmanville. The melt at the Fifth is not so good...the burger has too much filler to be considered "beefy" in the least.

The baby requests a beefy burger, perfect grilled onions, lots of cheese...grilled on rye bread. Delicious fries to compliment the burger would be great, but are not required!

Thanks, hounds!

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  1. Regretfully, in the entire GTA and surrounding, I have yet to find this.

    I make them myself. Wish I had better news, but this fellow expat only gets them a few times a year.

    The filler-filled burger seems to be a regional thing around these parts. . .I actually had an acquaintance compliment a restaurant's burger because it had "a lot of great filling and breadcrumbs added to the meat." Wha?

    As you can tell by my screen name, they're a favourite. :)

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    1. re: pattymelt

      Good beef is sold in the states much cheaper than here in Canada. the Beef market is an interesting animal.

      So for a local 'burger joint' here in Canada to sell burgers at competitive prices means to sell filler burgers.

      It's my major complaint as well. (it not just in Toronto) but IMO most Canadian non-foodies don't complain because they don't know otherwise.

      Thus, finding a good burger is a gem. Hence, my website.


      Not in the Durham region, But the pilot does have a patty melt with rye bread. I heard its great. I haven't tried it myself though, but I would love to in the near future.

    2. It is a little far from the 'Bee, but The Pilot Tavern makes a great patty melt.

      Actually, I haven't been there in a while, so hopefully, it hasn't changed too much. But last time I had one, it was divine.

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      1. re: Lazar

        I can't find a menu online but I bet that Teddy's in Oshawa would have one.

        Maybe call them to find out.

        1. re: paper_bag_princess

          I agree -- Teddy's would likely custom make it to please the jonesin' mummy-tummy!

      2. Star Burger at 900 Brock St at Manning makes a great burger. Kind of 50s style. Not sure about the rye bread. May be worth it to bring your own. Good luck.

        1. Massey's in Pickering doesn't have one on the menu, but I bet if you went when they weren't too busy you could get them to make one for you. The do lovely sauteed onions, well done on request, and a pretty good burger. I love their sweet potato fries.

          1. Thanks, friends. I guess I am going to have to hit The Pilot. I have tried Massey's (I used to live in Pickering) and was very disappointed (although I didn't ask for a patty melt). Star Burger, as is Johnny's North End (basically across the street), but I don't want to have to bring my own bread and then teach them to make the sandwich. I will call Teddy's. I have read both good and bad things about them, but it's worth a shot.

            Oh, to have a local Steak and Shake outlet...(so sad, but I love that place).

            If The Pilot doesn't work out, I might have to make my own. They won't be the same without the greasy, seasoned griddle, though!

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            1. re: Gormlaith

              take some pictures and write a review while you're at it !