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Need a birthday place with a good gourmet burger!

Would love to go to the Harbord Room, but they can't accommodate a group our size (they do make it quite difficult to make a reservation there). Looking for something similar - we tried Sidecar last year and didn't love it. We went to Tatti Bistro the year before and it was quite good.

Looking for something with a burger and steak frites on the menu that will appeal to the adventurous food fearing dads in the group. And prefer to try a new(er) place.

Thanks for your help!

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Harbord Room
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

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    1. Beast? They have a burger, and steak (although not steak frites specifically). They do well with red meat, but have changed the menu substantially since I was there, so I can't comment too much on other dishes.

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      1. Either of the Globes.

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        globe earth
        1055 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4W 2L2, CA

        1. How about the Queen and Beaver?

          1. Would Nota Bene do it? I loved their burger.

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            Nota Bene
            180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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            1. re: Manybears

              Love the burger at Nota Bene too but I'll point out they've raised their prices by a couple dollars across the board. This includes the previously $19 burger, which is now $21.

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              Nota Bene
              180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

              1. re: Yum2MyTum

                Thanks for the suggestions. I think Nota Bene has the best burger in town, but it's a bit too fancy/sophisticate a place for our family. I've heard good things about the Queen and Beaver, but the menu looks VERY gamey, no?

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                Nota Bene
                180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

                1. re: kosherdill

                  The bar menu is pretty straightforward - the dinner menu is a bit more adventurous - but there should be something for everyone. The food is really great and fun atmosphere/drinks.

                  1. re: kosherdill

                    To be honest kosherdill, the first time I had the hand-chopped burger at the Queen and Beaver, I couldn't stop singing its praises. But the last time I had it, the meat was fatty and too chewy, and the texture was off. I really didn't enjoy it. I'd be willing to try it one more time, based on my first attempt... but I felt I had to disclose that consistency may be an issue.

                    1. re: Yum2MyTum

                      Weezie's has a great burger and some prettysafe, but very well executed dishes. Reasonably priced as well.

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                      Weezie's
                      354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                      1. re: jamesm

                        Second Weezie's! My favourite bistro in the city. Well priced and well executed, like jamesm says.

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                        Weezie's
                        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                      2. re: Yum2MyTum

                        I had the same experience at Queen and Beaver as your last one, Yum2MyTum... the burger had far too high a percentage of tough, chewy fat for me. Although, the fries were fantastic. It may be just my own taste (maybe so) but personally I would not say that their menu has something for everyone.