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The Real McCoy

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Based on good reviews from CH and other sites, decided to try this place for lunch today. Had a home burger with cheese, fries and a pepperoni slice. All I can say is how disapointed I am. Disapointed because it has taken me so long to try their great food. The burger was juicy, delicious and very generous in size. Great toasted bun and very fresh condiments. Staff couldn't have been frindlier. Fries are hand-cut and delivered as ordered, well done. Pizza was outstanding. I am a little full now, but oh so pleased. Definately up there with the " Shack" and " Golden Star". Will definately have to make the trek out east a little more often now. And the souvlaki on a bun also looked great

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  1. Glad you enjoyed the food. I've been going there for the past 38 years. The burgers are good, but I really love the hand cut fries. There are a few places with better burgers, but then the fries leave something to be desired.

    I appreciate the larger hand cut fries.

    1. It is a great place. I have been eating their burgers and fries for 30 years, since I was a kid. Same burgers, same fries, same decor and menu board, same family (the next generation, though). Too bad it's so far away for me now... Still a treat when I get out there.

      1. I was there too robb. Just after noon.

        Here's my post on another thread.

        I had the Mojo burger for lunch with fries and gravy.

        First the burger, I thought it was good but not great. I'd have one again but only if I was in the area and wanted a burger.
        The fries were excellent however. Fresh cut and goooood.

        The thing is, I love the place. It's the kinda thing that's been going away in TO. Family run, almost all regulars, cheap signage and just a great feel. There was a few people eating at the counter and talking Leafs.


        1. After a flurry of posts about this place recently, I was ready to go back for a return visit. I can distinctly remember that the first time I went, I took a look at someone else's order of fries and decided they were not the kind I like, preferring thinner, crispier ones. But I decided to give them another try (tried them my second visit and not memorable) thinking maybe they'd changed. I guess not all "fresh-cut" fries are created equal, as to me they are too soft. I might like them if well done, but forgot to ask.

          Last two visits I ordered the MOJO burger; this time had the homeburger with cheese. A combo with pop and fries came to about $9.50. The burger was tasty, and the condiments tasted fresh. I like that they thin-slice their pickles, rather than a big, thick slab that overwhelms with pickle taste. The thin slices stay on the burger better as well.

          Overall, I'd say it's not a bad burger in that it's not trying to be a gourmet burger, and it's understood that they can't offer it cooked any way but well done (as per regulations, and I'm sure their meat isn't high enough quality, plus the handling protocols required that would allow it to be served medium or less). Mine was overcooked by my preferences, but still a little juicy.

          I'd go back and try the pizza, which looked good going out with other orders. A huge slice with a pop is about $3.50 (can't remember exactly), so a pretty good deal. I wouldn't return specifically for either the burger or fries, but I would get them if I was in the area and looking for that kind of meal.

          For me, I think I prefer the homeburger and onion rings from Harry's Drive-In at Kennedy and Lawrence, though I don't like the way the buns they use fall apart while consuming the burger. I'm crazy about their onion rings, cooked well done. Mmmmmmmmm. Only Shamrock Burger does them similar.

          1. I loved this place, old high school stomping grounds... haven't been back in years though. There pizza is a definite must have.

            1. LOVE this place! It's been my go-to place since neighbourhood fave Harris Drive-In closed back in the 70's :-)

              Definitely a better burger than Golden Star and Burger Shack, though of the same style.
              I'll have to go back to Harry's because my recollection after many visits over the years, is that they can't even pretend to hold a candle to The Real McCoy. And don't even mention Johnny's in the same breath or I'll slap you!

              The pizza is also excellent (better in a while pie than a slice, IMO) the fries are simply THE BEST fresh-cut fries in the city, (but I admittedly prefer Burger Shack's scary-dark gravy) but the onion rings are hand battered and really good, if inconsistent, and the Leafs-Talk cannot be beat.

              Been going for 30+ years, and it's not just nostalgia, The Real McCoy is a great choice for a solid burger-joint fix!

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                1. re: paper_bag_princess

                  1033 Markham Road, south of Ellesmere. On the east side in a plaza with a Mac's Milk. I went there recently and really enjoyed their MOJO burger.

                    1. re: Davwud

                      Oh, and don't expect to sit down inside. Stand up (if there's room) or take it to your car/home.

                2. re: TorontoTips

                  Oh yeah! Harris Drive-In was our family go-to burger joint in the late '60s/early '70s. After they closed we settled for Shamrock Burgers in Highland Creek, but it was never quite as good (although their onion rings rock if you get them cooked really well done – and like them that way).

                  I like Real McCoy's MOJO burger, but the last time I had their fries I wasn't thrilled with them. I'd have to order them well done next time and see how they are. I really disliked their gravy.

                  I like Harry's homeburger and onion rings, but the bun they use falls apart and sort of peels (the browned layer comes off the top part). I hate that. They do a good steak sandwich, though, and their Greek salad is fresh and tasty. I prefer their fake gravy to McCoy's and other places' fake gravies.

                  1. re: CeeQueue

                    Speaking of Steak on a Kaiser - if you're going to Shamrock (used to be great back in the day, but has fallen-down badly since the old guy left and since trying to franchise in my opinion) keep on driving a little further east and hit Masseys on Liverpool Road down by the lake in Pickering!

                    Been going there since it was a little dumpy take-out counter owned by relatives of Frank Mahovolich (also a big thrill for a Toronto kid back in the 60's) and they still make THE best steak on a kaiser anywhere - a huge pile of worcestershirey-marinated meat that melts in your mouth, flame grilled on a toasted kaiser, with really great fesh-cut fries and great gravy.

                    It's become a cheesy family-style 'ferns and brass' restaurant now, but the amazing steak on a kaiser and fries with gravy keep me coming back :-)

                    1. re: TorontoTips

                      Funny enough, across the the road from Masseys is a pretty good burger joint called the Big M. Generous size and great milkshakes. Not gourmet by any means, just a simple drive-in style restaurant.

                      1. re: Dimwit

                        Interestingly, the Big M was the name of Massey's when it was just a take-out joint in the 60's, and I'm told that a family feud led to a split in the ownership - some family members staying put as The Big M became Massey's and some splintering off to start a new restaurant elsewhere in pickering. They later came back to start a new Big M take-out joint across the road about 8-10 years ago.

                        Today, both lay claim to the "famous Steak on a Kaiser recipe", but my experience suggests that Massey's remains better for steak, and a lot better for fries and gravy. Plus you can eat-in and have a beer :-)

                      2. re: TorontoTips

                        I've had the steak sandwich at Massey's three times now. The first time was one of those magic experiences where everything was absolutely perfect and I was in steaky-fried onion heaven. My DC was laughing at me as I enjoyed every bite in a state of food bliss. My second and third experiences didn't even come close, though it was still a great steak sandwich. The first time was a quiet Sunday night and we were the last table in the place by the time we finished. I think the cook was more able to meet my requests: well done onions, rare steak.

                        I will definitely go back again for that menu item, which they claim is the best anywhere. Maybe one day I'll have one as good as the first.