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ISO a good burger on Yonge between Davisville and York Mills

phoenikia Jan 14, 2011 06:58 AM

I realize there's a Gourmet Burger Co http://thegourmetburgerco.com/index.html , Bamburger and South St near Yonge & Eg http://www.southstburger.com/locations.php , and Burger Cellar n of Yonge & Lawrence (which seems to get more pans than raves) http://www.theburgercellar.com/HOME.html
What other burger-focused shops am I forgetting?

Which is my best bet? What other burgers do you recommend at other restaurants btwn Davisville and York Mills Stations?

How is the burger at the Abbot?

2112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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    garfield Jan 14, 2011 09:16 AM

    Burger Shack

    Burger Shack
    233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

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    1. re: garfield
      C mac Jan 25, 2011 01:57 AM

      I was about to say the same thing. Drive 10 minutes west on Eglington until you almost get to Avenue Rd. and you have the best burger in the city as far as I'm concerned.

      1. re: C mac
        torontofoodiegirl Jan 25, 2011 10:42 AM

        It's not even a 10 min drive west - more like a 2 minute drive/5-10 minute walk. Get the homestyle burger (or whatever it's called), not the frozen one. It's old-school and delicious.

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      Snarf Jan 14, 2011 09:19 AM

      I've tried the ones you've mentioned. South St tends to have a frozen, prefab taste to it, though the toppings are a good effort to differentiate it from the big chains. Bamburger tastes fresh, and is probably the pick of the bunch, not to mention the benefit that you can get a pint there to go with it. Gourmet Burger was charred (in a bad way) and gray, with an overly thin patty.

      If you don't mind paying the price, (north of 15?), the Miller does a decent burger that comes almost to pink in doneness. I haven't tried the Cam's Place burger, but their other food has improved drastically, and Marlon from the Butchers stops in there from time to time, so it might be worth a try.

      A moment of silence for the closure of the last Harry's.

      2112 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

      Cam's Place
      2655 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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        phoenikia Jan 14, 2011 10:48 AM

        Thanks Snarf & garfield.

        Appreciate your comments. Ended up at the Abbot, (the decision was made before your replies) and the burger was decent for the neighbourhood, and certainly much better than Hazel's burger. Came with nice, crispy fresh-cut fries and coleslaw for $11.

        Maybe this will be the year I finally get around to trying Burger Shack ;-)

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        1. re: phoenikia
          smudgebee Jan 14, 2011 02:20 PM

          I love the Shack, but I am unclear if it is nostalgia or a really good burger. I am inclined to suggest the latter. They are a grumpy bunch, that is for sure. I just am reluctant to suggest it should be a destination. More a late night stumble after some drinks.

          I think the Abbot is pretty good. They used to offer some nice hot mustards and hot sauces if you asked nicely.

          1. re: smudgebee
            wontonfm Jan 15, 2011 06:54 AM

            I only recently started going to Burger Shack and I really enjoy it. The burgers are good, the onion rings are REALLY goo and I find the staff pleasant.


            Burger Shack
            233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

            1. re: smudgebee
              magic Jan 15, 2011 08:47 AM


              Anyone that has a homemade burger at Burger Shack and tells me it's simply nostalgia keeping that place going.... well, what can I say.... ridiculous.

              Also, their fries are spectacular.

              Love Burger Shack, even if it is not on Yonge......

              1. re: magic
                C mac Jan 25, 2011 01:59 AM

                It'a funny because my friends and I all love the patty ones better then the homemade...lol.

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                  magic Jan 25, 2011 05:01 AM

                  Hey to each their own, right.....

          2. TorontoTips Jan 15, 2011 09:32 AM

            Anyone ever go to Harry's Charcoal Broiled on Yonge St?

            It looks like my kind of dumpy-dive for a burger and fries with gravy, or maybe a toasted western sandwich, but I wonder why nobody talks about it, yet it seems to have been there forever! I've never braved the Yonge St. parking to try it.

            For the record, I love Burger Shack, Golden Star is great, The Real McCoy in Scarberia is better than both, in my not-so-humble opinion, but I'd like something a tiny bit closer, and I wasn't blown away by Burger Hut near Sheppard/Leslie.

            So, Harry's Charcoal Broiled, Anyone?

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            1. re: TorontoTips
              TorontoJo Jan 15, 2011 09:45 AM

              Harry's is closed.

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                Idas Jan 15, 2011 05:04 PM

                We miss John and Mary of Harry's. I've eaten hundreds of breakfasts there and nowhere have I found scrambled eggs so simple and so perfect. and served with such kindness.
                They are I am sure enjoying a well deserved retirement.
                I was really hoping a new couple would buy it an run a soda/burger shop keeping a vintage feel...it appears to be under renovation but I have no idea what is going to appear yet...

            2. Davwud Jan 25, 2011 07:34 AM

              I need to try Burger Shack soon.


              Burger Shack
              233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

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              1. re: Davwud
                magic Jan 25, 2011 07:44 AM

                Yes, get thee to the Burger Shack.

                Order the 'homemade' burger. And fries.

                Cash only.

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