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Craft Burger

I was looking for some comfort food downtown near the theatre district this afternoon. I recalled reading a review on another web site rating Craft Burger as the best burger in Toronto. Dine.to also nominated it best burger of 2009.

So... visited the place in the gentrified area of King St West. It's a small restaurant seating about 16 people. Furnishings are basic black, nothing fancy. When my SO and I visited, we felt strangely out of place. Nearly all the clientele were 20 somethings with significant body ink, not a demographic we fit.

On to the food... service is a bit slow. It took about 20 minutes for our organic and veggie burgers to be prepared. Quite frankly, the burgers underwhelmed. They were a bit on the dry side and did not have a lot of flavour. The bun was dry and uneventful. Although I enjoyed the burger more than South Street or BQM on Ossington, give me a Dangerous Dan's burger anytime over any of the above.

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Dangerous Dan's
714 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1H2, CA

Big Smoke Burger
573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

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    1. I just ate there for lunch and would have to agree that the burger was dry... but not as dry and stale as the bun it came on...

      no idea how this place is mentioned in the same breath as Dangerous Dan's... Johnny's... or even severely over priced Apache...

      I would skip this place...

      p.s. everyone in there seems like their second job is at a tatoo parlour... lol

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      1. re: milzhouse

        my burger there was very dry as well, but as i was eating i noticed a lot of people with nice red/pink burgers... i was never offered an option so i guess u need to ask...

        1. re: milzhouse

          milzhouse, you wouldn't be able to get a decent meal here in the city without us tattooed chefs:)

          1. re: bogie

            I was thinking the same thing. My BF is a sous in fine dining and he is has a full sleeve.

          2. re: milzhouse

            I also found the burger a bit dry when I ate there, but I enjoyed the onion rings, and certainly, it was leagues ahead of Dangerous Dan's. I don't see the thrill at all with that place: everything feels sloppily prepared and the flavour reflects that.

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            Dangerous Dan's
            714 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1H2, CA

          3. I often eat at the Yonge/Bloor location and have always had great food and service. I phone in my order and specify how I want my burger cooked. The organic burger has a beefier taste than the regular one, so I recommend it. I've never found their buns "dry and uneventful", quite the opposite as it is a egg/brioche bun. Both the frites and onion rings are excellent sides, and I like that they have Boylan's sodas.

            Folks, if you want your burger less than well done take responsibility yourself and ask for it!

            1. I've been to the King/Bathurst location several times and have almost always had nothing but great burgers. It was dry once, but moist every other time. I always ask them to cook it as close to medium and juicy and possible. I think is the best fast food burger in the city. Aside from the meat, I love that they have smoked cheddar, make amazing chipotle mayo and other great toppings. Sides are also great.

              Too bad to hear about negative experiences. I'll keep going back.

              1. I find that it's a hit or miss with Craft Burger. I've enjoyed the ones in Yorkville - sometimes they're okay, sometimes they're awesome. When it comes to burgers, everyone is a bit different. A lot of people don't like W Burger Bar, but I really enjoyed their beef burger last week - garlic mayo, chipotle, roasted red pepper, tomato...yum!
                I have yet to try Danerous Dan's burger...

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                Big Smoke Burger
                573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA