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Jul 1, 2010 09:34 AM

Great Burger Kitchen - Is it worth stopping in on the way home from work?

I see mixed reviews. I gotta tell ya, though, Ted Koutsogiannopoulos used to rock my world when he was keeping it simple at Mr Tasty. Yup, Mr Tasty. Finding a good greasy spoon is like finding money on the street.

Mr Tasty Restaurant
348 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A1T1, CA

Great Burger Kitchen
1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

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  1. I didn't think the burger was bad, but I'm not sure I'd say it's worth stopping for unless it's convenient and you felt like a burger. I thought their poutine was more of a draw-back feature than the (still decent) burger. But that was my one and only experience. I should go back sometime to taste-check (it's super close to work).

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    1. re: jlunar

      I would say the opposite as far as what products work. The burger was unremarkable, while the poutine is one of the better renditions in toronto (had the plain version only, curds and cheese). I would stop to try the poutine, but not the burger.

      FYI...poutine is a big portion too.

      1. re: grandgourmand

        Agreed, skip the burger but definitely go for he poutine.

        1. re: grandgourmand

          Sorry, I meant draw-back as in "pull me back" not as a negative :) Definitely agree that the poutine is better than their burgers.

          1. re: grandgourmand

            Oh that's too bad. Poutine isn't the hook for me. Good sides are a beautiful thang, but the burger's the main event.

            grandgourmand, what's wrong with their burger?

            drjolt, you made me realize that I now go by abut 6 burger places on the way home including Gourmet Burger Co, Jetsun's, Lick's, etc. Boy do I miss a normally priced, simple Mr Tasty Homeburger.

            1. re: Googs

              from my singular experience the burger was ok but i think that why it mostly didn't work for me might be preference. the grind of the meat is quite fine and i don't think they incoporate much fat, so i find the texture too... spongy because of that. they also cooked my burger past medium and i think with that grind it is less forgiving.

              i did like the bun though and the flavour of the meat was fine, but the texture really took away from it all. i can`t imagine that they would make it significantly different from the old mr. tasty days besides using higher quality ingredients.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Their poutine was okay, I guess, not amazing or anything. The burgers just aren't good at all and you can get the same thing anywhere. They'll give you the 160 degrees schtick and it comes out well, and, well, it definitely isn't helping the dry, flavourless patty.

                If you really need a burger, it may suffice, but if you have other options or would rather eat something else: do so.

              2. re: Googs

                Was pretty dry (though I didn't tell them to cook to pink, or anything) and not much flavour. Nothing special. Not a "Great Burger", as the name would suggest.

                Also, between the burger, can of pop, and the poutine (admittedly large enough for two people) I ordered, I was out $15. Did not seem worth it.

          2. I think the burgers definitely meet the "on the way home from work drive-by" standard, unless you drive by some pretty impressive places on a typical day. The poutine, of course, is pretty great. The burgers have decent options for toppings and offer bigger patties than the Burger Shoppe. Nice place to have in the neighborhood.

            Burger Shoppe
            688 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1G9, CA

            1. If you want to try this spot it is featured on Groupon today. Church Street location and another location on Gerrard. $7 for $14 worth of food.

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              1. re: ylsf

                Thanks for the tip! A great deal for an upcoming trek to get me a portobello burger!

              2. Googs - finding really great corned beef hash, crispy and not greasy, with lots of carmalized onions, tiny fried white potatoes and limp green pepper chuncks -THAT is MAJOR money on the street!

                I challenge you to find that anywhere today in Toronto! (I'll PAY)

                1. Hey Googs

                  I quite liked GBK burgers. If you're really looking for a good, inexpensive burger, stop at Collegiate Lunch, just west of there. Ground in house and dang tasty. Well less than $10 for a bacon cheese burger with fries (frozen but still good).


                  Collegiate Lunch
                  1024 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Z5, CA

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                  1. re: Davwud

                    The burger presented well. The grill marks looked good.
                    The taste was sub-par.

                    Poutine was terrible, and disappointing - given the positive comments above.
                    Old cheese, mediocre fries and glutinous gravy.

                    It's a shame as the vibe was good. Will not return.