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Goody’s Diner – Finally an Ontario candidate for Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives… and it’s in Scarborough

I haven’t had time to write a proper review, but I think it’s about time Goody’s Diner had it’s own post. It’ll give me a chance to answer some of the questions I’ve gotten so far.

Goody’s isn’t a gourmet burger restaurant. It’s a diner first with some mighty fine burgers. Those creations came about by customer demand. They add their own little signature twist to every dish they serve, but the burgers are their tour de force.

Yes, scarberian, the owner is a young guy. That older Santa Claus looking gent you probably saw mopping floors with a smile on his face is this guy: http://www.chefdb.com/nm/96/Neal-Noble He’s also dad. That apple must have fallen right next to the tree ‘cause those two are the Delicious Duo. It’s a father and son team with mom looking after their websites. Most restaurants create some sort of mythology to hook you. These guys are the real thing. Talented, nice, humble, happy to help you.

Get goin’ mom with that Twitter page. I want a tweet every time those two devise something new. I assure you I can be there in 5 minutes.

As to what they do well, I’d have to say everything I’ve had so far. I see the braised beef isn’t on the menu right now. That’s too bad. The one I had was lovely. Maybe a winter time comeback? Please? Served in a shallow bowl, the succulent chunks of beef were surrounded by tender-crisp root vegetables all served atop garlic mashed potatoes and swimming in braising liquid. Fab.

Salads, though not why people go there, come with house made dressing. And they’re good. C’mon you have to at least consider a little roughage if you’re going to take on their portions.

Their Reuben is a generous pile of pastrami perfectly Panini pressed and, of course, house made dressing and served with fries, or sweet potato frites, or salad. Scarberian may disagree, but I swear if those French fries have ever seen the inside of a freezer I’ll hang up my cast iron grill pan.

And you gotta try the steak sandwich. I’ve been looking for that exact composition and have had to be content with making it myself. Char-grilled steak served on garlic loaf with carmelized onions, jalapeno havarti (okay, I never thought of that) and sautéed mushrooms. Yay! 9 bucks and no dishes.

Now to the burgers. Start with 8 ounces of all beef deftly seasoned with just salt and pepper and handled lightly so it’s ever so tender, char-grilled to a moist interior and well, grill-marked exterior. Add to that perfectly matched bun selections (egg, pretzel, and more) and their creativity and every bite’s a winner. I hesitate to mention the varieties for fear of copycats. I will say that every composition makes perfect sense. It isn’t just about wow factor. Each topping they choose creates a harmony with the next it shares a bun with. The wow happens naturally. You really have to make the journey to the east side if you want to know.

Monday-Friday 9am-7pm only. Really. Their website hours are incorrect.

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  1. Have you tried any of their soups? That lobster bisque sounds nice.

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    1. re: callitasicit

      I'm not much of a soup person when it's 30 degrees outside. Once summer turns to fall I'll be trying them. You go first.

      1. re: Googs

        LOL, i love soup no matter what the weather is but I am likely to wait until I get home to try it anyways. I will likely try this place sooner than later.

    2. "all beef deftly seasoned with just salt and pepper "

      Their website says "ground top sirloin beef, roasted garlic and our secret spice blend." There's no mention of the 'creative' burgers?

      Also, do they have specials? The menu online doesn't seem to have any dishes that feature these unique twists you mentioned. They may be very well prepared and executed perfectly but it looks like a pretty standard diner menu.

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      1. re: jamesm

        I take a small piece of beef and taste it before I start digging in. I detect only salt and pepper myself. If there's garlic there it's sitting inthe right place which is to say it merely elevates, doesn't desecrate.

        They have daily specials on their chalkboard which includes a daily burger. However, they also have a wall-o'-burgers you can order from. They're not on the menu nor on their website, but they're not a 'secret burger' you have to be in-the-know about by any means.

        It sure does look like a standard diner menu. It's all in the execution with these two. I assure you there's a personal touch within each dish. The only stuff coming out of a bottle are the condiments they plunk on your table.

        And of all the thngs to forget... have a link.

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        Goody's Diner
        133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

        1. re: Googs

          I haven't tried it, I was just going off their website that boasts roasted garlic and a secret spice blend in their burgers. Perhaps that has changed. I have to be in the area in a couple of weeks and was thinking about stopping in.

        2. re: jamesm

          After reading all the hype I decided to try the burger as I work in the area. It was cooked perfectly for my tastes and very moist. The bun was fantastic and the perfect size. However, there is definitely more than salt and pepper in the burger and I found that whatever extra spices were added were done so with a very heavy hand. My initial reaction after the very first bite was 'whoa, that's salty'. After a few more bites the spices seemed to overpower the burger to the point where I couldn't taste the beef. I ordered the burger with everything other than relish. I don't know if it was the garlic mayo or the burger itself but something repeated on me for hours - two bottles of water later I was still thirsty and left with a salty-garlicky taste coating my throat. I would have loved the fries that came with the burger - (probably) frozen shoestring that came out of the fryer hot and crispy but, unfortunately, tossed in too much salt before plating (and I like my salt!).

          While I was waiting for my food they mentioned that their new menu was coming out today. I might go back to try some other items but I won't order the burger again.

          1. re: TG101

            Thanks for clearing up the 'secret spice' question. Odd that there are conflicting reports on the fries being of the frozen variety. It seems that if they, apparently, make everything else by hand they would also have hand cut fries.

            1. re: TG101

              I had the burger when I visited last week, and I didn't think that the patty was overly salted, nor were there any strong spice flavours. Granted, I had the Goody's burger, so there was already peameal bacon, cheese, caramelized onions, and mushrooms, but I could still taste the beef.

              1. re: TG101

                Indeed, that is a very odd report TG101. I don't even use salted butter at home. I should think I would notice oversalted in any restaurant. As I say, before I dig in I take a small bite of just the patty and it's very beefy. Perhaps it was the combination of toppings that did you in. Which burger did you order and what did you put on it?

                1. re: Googs

                  I ordered the basic burger with lettuce, tomato, onions, ketchup, mustard and garlic mayo. Perhaps that particular batch of burgers had double the seasoning added in error? As I mentioned, it was perfectly cooked and the bun was great...just really unfortunate it was so salty as I was really looking forward to it.

                  1. re: TG101

                    Likewise, TG101, but no ketchup , mustard , mayo. Try quadruple. I went Monday this week . How about you?

                      1. re: TG101

                        Perhaps there was an error in the making of the particular batch.

                  2. re: Googs

                    I'm not sure if this has been settled elsewhere in this epic thread, but I just visited Goody's for the first time today and can definitively confirm that they spice their burgers with more than just salt and pepper. The menu specifically states that they mix their burgers with roasted garlic and a "secret spice blend." Aside from that, there is no mistaking the burger for anything but a spiced and seasoned burger -- to me, a burger like this is more of a meatloaf sandwich than a genuine hamburger, but then I am a burger purist and I know that many people would disagree with me.

                    For what it was, however, it was quite good. Probably the best example of a meatloaf style burger that I've had, and I would easily get it again. But it's definitely not a pure hamburger.

                    1. re: Michael N

                      Just because a burger has seasonings doesn't make it a 'meatloaf'. All of the homemade burgers that I ate as a young person were seasoned with a blend of spices and/or eggs, bread crumbs, onions etc., etc. That doesn't make them 'meatloaf'. It's the shape and the fact that it's served on a bun that makes it a burger. When I buy a 'home burger' or 'homemade burger' from Burger Shack, It is seasoned with garlic and more. It's still a burger. If you prefer yours 'straight-up', no problem, but you can't exclude those with seasoning.
                      I like a steak with salt and pepper and sometimes garlic. If someone else likes theirs with Montreal Steak Spice or marinated, it's still a steak. Just cooked with different character.

                      1. re: Yongeman

                        I don't think your steak analogy applies, because seasoning something is different from actually mixing ingredients in, and imparts a very different flavour. A more apt comparison would be between an Oreo Blizzard and plain vanilla ice cream, or a frittata and a fried egg. They're in the same category, yes, but they're very different things, and should be labeled as such.

                        I do think that labeling this type of burger as a homeburger is fair, because every time I've seen a burger labeled homeburger on a menu, it is of the meatloaf variety. I just wish that this would be a universally accepted standard so that you can always know what you're getting when you order a burger.

                        1. re: Michael N

                          Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that we can call BOTH hamburgers. Michael N's example is the traditional, griddle top, slider or regular 100% pure beef patty. No fillers and spiced with just salt and pepper. It's your classic American burger. I can see his point in calling the Goody burgers as "meatloaf". I myself have described them as such, but they belong to that other burger camp where, like a meatloaf, you use breadcrumbs, egg for binding and spices. You usually grill them, but they can be fried on a griddle. Goody's is one of the best examples of this style. I do wish they try their hand at the "purist" burger, just thin patties of 100% beef. Sometimes you just want a classic burger.

                          1. re: Michael N

                            "I just wish that this would be a universally accepted standard so that you can always know what you're getting when you order a burger."

                            You could just ask.

                            DT

                            1. re: Davwud

                              @Davwud - Indeed. But the two burger styles are so vastly different that I shouldn't have to ask. That's my point.

                2. Can't wait to try this place out. Its been getting alot of buzz on CH the past few weeks so I really do want to check it out soon. It's near Warden and Eg right?

                    1. I noticed they have sticky toffee pudding listed on the menu.

                      Anyone tried it?

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                      1. re: LearningHow

                        Supposed to be a new website out for this restaurant as certain items are no longer offered. However when I go on the site, it hasn't been updated. Spoke with someone there and they assured me that the website had been altered. Perhaps it is under a different web address?

                        1. re: callitasicit

                          Looks like they only updated the menu. They still need to update their hours of operation.

                          1. re: lavender07

                            Did they remove the dishes with a 'unique' twist because that looks pretty straight forward, not ddd worthy. Granted I haven't seen the special menu apparently posted inside the restaurant. Is the special menu for burgers only?

                            1. re: jamesm

                              jamesm, I said little signature twist in each dish. Whether its an outrageous burger or their own homemade sauce for the Reuben, it's the little touches that make the difference and excite the tastebuds.

                              They don't reinvent the wheel. They take it from Goodyear to Michelin.

                            2. re: lavender07

                              Since when was the menu changed? I haven't seen any difference for a few weeks now.