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South Street Burger Co. ?

Has anyone tried this off shoot of NY Fries?

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  1. I have and Gourmet Burger Company which is just next to it on Yonge street near Yonge and Eglinton is way better.

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    1. re: garfield

      I want to like that GBC but the burger I had was super dry. Their toppings are great though. South St. Burger Co. was adequate, not the best burger ever, but hit the spot and wasn't offensive.


    2. I actually don't mind it and they are opening locations all over the suburbs. So if you're ever stuck and your choices are fast food chains, then SSB Co. is a great option.

      The meat is hormone-free, with no antibiotics or filler (according to their website). They have kid-sized combos too and you can top it your way just like you do at Harvey's or Lick's. Which is definitely a plus! The patties are also fresh and not frozen. I was equally impressed with all the gourmet cheese and sauce options.

      I actually really like the quality and texture of NY Fries, so it's a bonus for me. I go to the one at Eglinton & Laird and the place is always rammed during the day with people on their lunch break or kids! The line at lunch is usually 8-10 people deep, but it moves quickly.

      They also do milkshakes, veggie burgers and a decent poutine with that dark NY Fries gravy.

      Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

      1. It's better than Licks or Harveys which is good because it's also more expensive. It's a better than average burger, at least at the location I tried on Laird near Eglinton.

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        1. re: GoodGravy

          Yes it is. Awesome onion rings too.

          Simple menu. Burger or burger w cheese and/or bacon....sums it up...but very, very good. Good fries too. The Laird location is great.

        2. i tried south street burger at the woodbine location... it seems a bit understaffed as it toook a long time to get order in/receive order. they claim to cook the burger to medium, but it was pretty well done and dry while the fries were undercooked... if i go again i will probably try requesting them to make it as rare as possible.

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          1. re: Pigurd

            At the midscale fast food burger places, I tend to always ask for it to be "Juicy".

            I often gotten some sort of gripe when I ask for anything other than well done. Some places will say they cook to a specific internal temperature (although, I've never seen anyone actually use a thermometer).

            If I ask for 'Juicy', then it creates a certain imagery in the cooks mind that may help in getting a non dry burger.

            of course, one thing we always lack in the discussion is the specific cook making the burger. Cooking burgers well does take some knowledge and skill. I will assume that many of the min wage cooks at these places don't know any better or could use some better practice.

            1. re: Jamie Eats Burgers

              yea, i dont think the cook was particularly skilled... saw him squishing each burger with the spatula

              1. re: Jamie Eats Burgers

                They used a thermometer for the first week when the opened at Dufferin and Steeles.

            2. I love the burgers there. They are good. I have one near where I live and go there a few times a month. IMHO its better than Licks for sure!

              1. I have been there many times, usually the one in the big plaza SE of Laird & Eglinton (across from Best Buy). I love the fact they have many different types of toppings, but the main reason I like it is because, being a flexitarian (98% vegetarian but not totally), it's one of the few burger joints that you can get both a vegetarian burger and a whole wheat bun (and I think their milkshakes are made with real milk - imagine that!)

                1. I have also been to the Eglinton and Laird location a couple of times. I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian and the veggie burger at South St. is really good (I also like the Harvey's veggie burger but it depends on what you're in the mood for). I personally don't get the veggie burger on a whole wheat bun because as a vegetarian everything else I eat is on the healthy scale so this is a "splurge" and I think it tastes better on a white bun. I love that South St., has different kinds of cheeses to choose from too which is cool.

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                  1. re: Sandybandy

                    What is it with Laird and Eglinton...? Isn't that where the Olde York or whatever it's called is...the best fish and chip shop in toronto / the world is ?...ps anyone interested in trying a south street burger...they often twitter offers and freebies..but i guess you have to get to Eglinton and Laird to redeem them.

                  2. Many times @ the Laird location. Big, bright location is a great way to end a Home Depot trip... while quite busy they have ample seating. I'd give it a top 3 for fast food burgs in midtown (Burger Shack = #1) Agree with other posts, the unique toppings are a big plus.

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                    1. re: delamothe

                      Agreed. Have been to the Laird location several times. One of the better places as far as fast food burgers go, with decent toppings, and of course the NY Fries. I like that the meat is hormone/antibiotic-free. If there's a line, it moves quickly, and the turnaround is quick with ample seating, so usually it's no problem finding a seat. Definitely not the best burger I've ever had, but it works.

                    2. I go to the SSBC at Dufferin and Steeles by Supercenter. My son adores it. I find the burgers pricey for what you get. They're fresh and cooked well but I prefer Licks. I don't know why, I just like the way they taste and the way they fall apart as you eat it so when your done the burger you get to eat the toppings after.

                      Dufferin Cafe
                      2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

                      1. I had a burger and fries at the new location in Ajax the other night. I thought the bun and toppings were excellent...... Cajun onions were very tasty.

                        Burger dry, fries limp and oily. I read somewhere in the dining room that because they cook from fresh, their burgers 'may contain traces of pink'. Yeah right, mine was taken to well done and beyond. My dining partner said he exact same thing.

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                        1. re: Dr Butcher

                          Has anyone tried the chicken burger there? I am hoping they don't overcook that too.

                        2. well all my other responses have been deleted, but i think this place is crap.

                          No kidding they cook it to well done and beyond, because i've certainly never seen anything else. "gourmet" toppings everyone is ranting and raving about shouldn't qualify anything as gourmet. I'd be surprised if theres a single condiment there that isn't out of a bottle or bag.. Just because they have alot of supermarket sauces doesn't make it "gourmet" if you ask me..


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                          1. re: duckdown

                            Agree with you on the "gourmet toppings". So, they have a few more different types of mustard. Big deal. I tried the location on Woodbine as it is quite close to where I live. I was underwhelmed. The burger was overcooked and the guy putting the toppings on did not know what he was doing. He piled all the toppings on to one side of the burger, so most of the burger was without any condiments. I actually prefer the taste of McDonalds Angus burger over the one I had at South St.

                            However, having said all that, this appears to be the only chain burger place that offers hormone and antibiotic free beef. I am giving up eating any other type of meat. So, for that reason alone, I will give them another try.

                            1. re: ManAbout

                              Hormones are not allowed in Canada.
                              There is a lot of antibiotic free ground beef available, if you look.
                              If a burger place said they Cumbrae meat, or Loblaw 'Free from', for example, your specs would be met.

                              1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                              1. re: jayt90

                                Then why does Health Canada say otherwise?


                                From the link:

                                There are six hormonal growth promoters approved in Canada for use in beef cattle: three natural - progesterone, testosterone and estradiol-17ß; and three synthetic - trenbolone acetate (TBA), zeranol and melengestrol acetate (MGA). Hormonal growth promoters are not approved for use in any species other than beef cattle.

                                1. re: ManAbout

                                  OK. That means chickens, turkeys, and pork are exempt, but each requires an individual search.
                                  It is easy enough to find "free from" or similar products in a grocery store; but we should demand this from butcher shops and restaurants.

                                2. re: jayt90

                                  I think hormones are not allowed in dairy cattle, might of led to some confusion

                            2. I've been to the Burlington location. My comments echo many of those already voiced.

                              The Good - Fresh burgers with no artificial preservatives. Build your own burger with a wide variety of toppings.

                              The Bad - Would not grill it medium the way I like. (Yes, I know about the risk of bacteria in ground beef.) Burger was a bit on the dry side.

                              Verdict - Much prefer this over fast food chains. A bit more expensive but better quality. I also like the NYF much better that the frozen, processed fries you get at most of the chains.

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                              1. re: cynalan

                                Now I am wondering whether they grill their vegetarian burgers on a separate 'veggie-only' area of the grill or whether I am having my veggie burger cooked on the same place that beef was being grilled on, which would mean I could end up with small bits of meat on my veggie burger. (ok ok I know it's not going to kill me, but still) Does anyone know?

                                1. re: Flexitarian

                                  I can't swear to it but I'm pretty sure they were using a separate grill and tongs for the veggie burger.

                              2. The one I had in Thornhill was thin, overcooked, and tasteless. It bore some resemblance to mickey d's. The one I had in Markham was slightly better, a little pink, but still completely bland. The toppings are whatever. In short, this burger sucks.

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                                1. re: Chester Eleganté

                                  I've only had good experiences at the one located on Islington, south of Norsman, North of the Queensway. I love that place!

                                  1. Been to the new Ajax location twice. Not impressed AT ALL. Burgers too dry, and tasteless. Portion sizes too small. Second attempt at dining here, ordered the chicken, found it extremly SALTY!! The only good thing about this place is the new york fries. But def would not order another burger $ 12.00 for a hamburger combo ? Are you kidding me? I get its hormone free and everything, but they're not hormone free gold burgers that your grilling up back there is it? Just curious....

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                                    1. re: traceylee

                                      I wouldn't mind if they actually tasted GOOD..... but they don't taste like ANYTHING.. bland, bland, bland.

                                      No wonder theres 500 condiments to add to your burger -- it doesn't taste like anything without it

                                      1. re: duckdown

                                        The one and only time I've been, I thought i was funny (in a bad way) how they had this one poster describing how much research went into their burger.

                                        I've had worse, I guess.

                                        1. re: grandgourmand

                                          Haha, I think I've seen that same poster. They also have a huge sign claiming their burgers are cooked to be pink on the inside, but I haven't really been fortunate enough to have that happen either.

                                          Sure, theres worse, like burger king or mcdonalds.. but this is nowhere near my idea of a great burger when all is said and done.. Love the $1 charge, EACH, for 1 piddly slice of cheese and 2 pieces of thin bacon..

                                      2. re: traceylee

                                        I agree with traceylee and duckdown. The burgers at the Ajax location, even though they were pink in the middle, seemed dry and lacked flavour. Lots of toppings though. It could also be the fact that I've tried the Burger's Priest and so all other burgers right now can't compare. Also I enjoyed the fries at Burger's Priest more than NY fries (although NY Fries still beats most fast food resto fries).