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New Burger Joint @ Yonge & St. Clair - BYO Artery widener!

meatnveg Sep 18, 2011 08:34 AM

A new place has opened where the Retro Burger used to be.

Read the menu here: Bewarned, there is a bacon, fudge and sea salt milkshake on the list.


Retro Burger
1450 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA

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    Pincus RE: meatnveg Sep 19, 2011 01:04 PM

    I passed by this place yesterday and was curious about it.

    "Beer chocolate chili"? That sounds intriguing enough to get as a topping. I might spit it out, but I do want to taste it.

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      atomeyes RE: Pincus Sep 19, 2011 04:09 PM

      eh. its the same concept as mole.

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        Davwud RE: Pincus Nov 4, 2011 04:54 AM

        I put cocoa powder in my chili all the time. I've also used beer in it. So this is not really some sort of revelation.


      2. TorontoJo RE: meatnveg Sep 19, 2011 01:12 PM

        There's a not-so-good review of it in this thread:


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          damonster RE: TorontoJo Oct 7, 2011 10:11 PM

          Well you order a double burger with fresh ground beef (think 80/20 min fat, bacon, cheese, and caramelized onions) and don't think its gonna be greasy?
          Went to today, good burger, loved the flavour. I only had a cheeseburger with onions, mustard and ketchup with fries. Only wish they had relish, as a condiment. (what is so wrong with it on a burger? BP guy is ridiculous about it, hint you're not in the US anymore).
          Liked the fries but could of done with a little less herb flavouring, but that's just me. They were nice and crispy and really liked them.
          I'm a great fan of gridled burgers with fresh meat, given a choice I'd prefer Burger Priest but this is great alternative if you are sick of charbroiled frozen patties. Actually there is no choice if your option is frozen.

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          Toronto Fastfoodie RE: meatnveg Sep 25, 2011 07:42 PM

          I ate there with my husband last week. Super-delicious. The burgers were fresh and juicey and meaty…the way a burger should be. I had mine with cheese, chipotle mayo, and the best carmalized onions I've had in a loooong time. I really hope people visit this place so it stays around for a while. I know I'll be back.

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            wontonfm RE: meatnveg Oct 8, 2011 08:20 AM

            I enjoy the Holy Chucks! Went for the first time on Saturday, craved it for a few days and went back on Wednesday.

            I'm not into the crazy big burgers so I stick with the cheeseburgers and a few toppings. It is pretty delicious. I'm still on the fence about the fries. They are well cooked but sometimes I don't want the herby goodness that they put on it. Totally a personal preference.

            The owner seems nice and open to feedback which is always good.

            I live not far from Yonge/St Clair and I have a feeling this will quickly become my local burger spot.


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              estufarian RE: wontonfm Oct 8, 2011 09:25 AM

              I won't see you there.
              Adequate burger but very high price for what you get. Fries were pathetic - soggy and little taste.
              I have to admit though, the lamb burger was quite enjoyable - fresh mint taste. Also a noticeable lamb taste - so it can't have been Ontario lamb - this version had far too much flavour - so given their claim that NONE of their meat has been frozen, I'm curious about the source.

              And I'm teed off that they didn't honour the discount coupon - could have been a mistake but I figured out later that I'd been charged the 'full' amount - but didn't take a receipt so couldn't prove it.

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                callitasicit RE: estufarian Oct 8, 2011 10:07 AM

                Anyone try their shakes yet, they sound interesting to say the least.

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                  Carruthers RE: callitasicit Oct 26, 2011 12:11 PM

                  I have tried both the Bacon, Fudge, and Sea Salt and the Reese's Pieces and Banana shakes. The bacon one was good on one sip but then a bit too much. Maybe I'm just tiring of bacon in *everything*. Reese's Pieces was excellent. Both very thick.

                  In related news, a group of friends and I conducted a blind taste test between the Holy Chuck double cheeseburger and the one from The Burger's Priest. We were all impressed by how similarly excellent both were. By a 3 - 2 vote we preferred Holy Chuck. A sixth taster arrived ten minutes late and independently chose the Burger's Priest burger.
                  Nearly a tie but still remarkable, I think.


                  Holy Chuck
                  1450 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA

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                    Davwud RE: Carruthers Feb 23, 2012 11:04 AM

                    I'd rate it pretty much a tie as well. Win, win as I put it on another thread about this place.


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              ylsf RE: meatnveg Nov 2, 2011 09:34 PM

              Holy Chuck is featured on Teambuy today...

              Likely will pick one up based on reviews in this thread.

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                magic RE: ylsf Nov 3, 2011 05:51 AM

                Thanks for the scoop! Picked one up.

              2. eller RE: meatnveg Dec 1, 2011 01:17 PM

                Having moved jobs into the area I am really enjoying the fact that I no longer have the usual six food court/power centre choices and took advantage of Holy Chuck yesterday. I visited after the lunch rush and ordered a cheeseburger and fries along with a Coke to stay. As I was about to eat my recommended daily intake of calories (with a substantial amount of them stemming from fat) in one sitting, I knew that sugar and caffeine were going to be needed to keep me awake through the afternoon.

                My burger looked much like the ones I'd been served at Burger's Priest although my the cheese never melted fully. I don't know if that's because my BP meals have always been consumed off-site after travelling some distance in a paper bag or not but I thought it'd be worth mentioning. As such, the cheese had a pronounced flavour that seemed to cut the burger's greasy richness somewhat, kind of like how it does on a Big Mac.

                I appreciate burgers grilled on a flat top. The crust that forms on a burger cooked this way is something quite special and that on my Holy Chuck cheeseburger delivered. Beneath it, tender meat still a tiny bit pink sat on a soft, sweet bun that I believe was supplied by Weston's. I also enjoyed my fries, although I found them quite salty. Their herbed flavour lent some sort of relief to the guilt of eating such an outrageously unhealthy lunch, however I didn't finish them.

                I will go back to Holy Chuck but not for a few months as their price structure makes it prohibitive to enjoy their product any more frequently. Perhaps that's for the best, given how sinfully unhealthy this place's food is.

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                  PJO2007 RE: meatnveg Feb 3, 2012 01:15 PM

                  I was there today. This is a summary I provided to a friend of mine who shares my passion for burgers, and pension for eating them medium rare. It was done as a +/- to Burgers Priest:

                  Holy Chuck:

                  Nice space with good seating, flat screen on the wall, a comfy place to eat so you don’t have to eat in your car +1 HC
                  Service was good and prompt, no long line +1 HC

                  Bun – I would call this a draw. Both use basically a wonder bread bun. Draw
                  Meat - This is a pretty tough call. The meat was good. I would say on par with BP. Flavour was similar and also no additives. Just meat and salt. BUT IMHO there was a touch too much salt. This is the kind of thing that can be a bit different each time depending on who prepares it. I just felt it was a touch to salty, and have never felt that about BP. +1 BP (but not by much)

                  Toppings – I had their signature one which is just processed cheese fried onions and Bacon – Bacon was not as good as BP. Onions were good. Cheese was processed cheese. BUT IMHO there was too much cheese for the burger and was left with the overwhelming flavour of cheese as being dominant in the sandwich. +1 BP
                  Fries – crispy well done as I like them. Again maybe too much salt (maybe it is just me) Draw

                  Cooked to order? - Really good job here. Ordered Medium Rare – received exactly med rare. Juicy pink and slightly red meat. +1 HC
                  Price – I suppose the best way to put it, is that neither is a real value. DBL w cheese and bacon , fries and drink = $16 tax in. I think the equivalent at BP is around $14. BUT IMHO it is a wash. More expensive location, better facilities, comfortable and clean with washrooms all has a price. Draw

                  So there you go. Basically the result is that if Burger Priest could cook to order as they used to, I am confident that it would be better (not by a huge amount mind you but still win). However, work in location, space, service, comfort I think HC is a good offering and certainly competes. A worthy alternative if you are in that area.

                  This has been Dining with LaRue.

                  Holy Chuck
                  1450 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA

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                    Shimso RE: meatnveg Feb 4, 2012 04:58 PM

                    I think Holy Chuck is very underrated; I find myself going there far more often than BP.

                    There's much more seating (and less cramped of a waiting area) and the fries are better than BP too.

                    Part of me wants to try the foie gras burger for $25.

                    1. atomeyes RE: meatnveg Feb 4, 2012 05:13 PM

                      Milkshakes are insane.

                      You know they're damn good when BP "suddenly" buys milkshake machines for their 2nd location.

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                        Davwud RE: atomeyes Feb 23, 2012 11:06 AM

                        Not suddenly, they'd have had them at the original location if not for space.

                        Had the Salted Caramel and Nutella shake. O! M! G!


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                        setofdueces RE: meatnveg Feb 23, 2012 05:47 PM

                        Ugh.. how do people eat these things? I feel a heart attack happening just reading the menu!!

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                          Davwud RE: setofdueces Feb 24, 2012 04:14 AM

                          Occum's Razor: The implest explanation will be the most plausible until evidence is presented to prove it false.

                          Thus, IT TASTES GOOD. That's how.

                          If reading the menu is enough to give you a heart attack then perhaps you need more exercise.


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