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Jan 14, 2011 06:58 AM

ISO a good burger on Yonge between Davisville and York Mills

I realize there's a Gourmet Burger Co , Bamburger and South St near Yonge & Eg , and Burger Cellar n of Yonge & Lawrence (which seems to get more pans than raves)
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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  1. Burger Shack

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

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    1. re: garfield

      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

        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.

    2. 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

      1. 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

          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

            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


              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

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

                1. re: C mac

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

          2. 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: TorontoJo

                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 appears to be under renovation but I have no idea what is going to appear yet...

            1. I need to try Burger Shack soon.


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

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              1. re: Davwud

                Yes, get thee to the Burger Shack.

                Order the 'homemade' burger. And fries.

                Cash only.