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Big Moe's Burger Review

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So I'm walking home from Pacific Mall around 8pm tonight and I stumble upon this burger joint called Big Moe's Burgers on the S/E corner of Kennedy and Steeles, just below the Petro Canada gas station. Somewhere on there signage it says they use fresh grinded ground beef or something along those lines. So, if your familiar with the area it sticks out like a sore thumb because all the business in that particular area are chinese. So I go in and decide to give it a try.

Here is my review:

I order a burger with fries and a drink ($4.79 for the burger and $2.99 to make it a combo).

Surprisingly the burger was quite good, nicely seasoned, pretty juicy and a nice soft bun. I use Burger Priest as my measuring stick for burgers. If Burger Priest is a 9.5/10, Big Moe's is at least a 7.5/10. The reason for the point differential is because Burger Priest has a slightly juicier burger and I asked Big Moe himself why he doesn't cook the burger a little bit more rare and he indicated it was because of the demographics of the area and it's not something they might be accustomed to but I'm sure if you ask, he would accommodate you.

They also have veggie burgers on their menu, the girl sitting next to me at the counter ordered it and I quietly asked her of what she thought of the veggie burger and she said she really enjoyed it.

The fries were pretty good too, fresh cut fries that were nicely salted.

In addition the places also sells funnel cakes oddly enough.

The owner Moe indicated that they just opened last Saturday. Normally my first option would be Burger Priest but since I live near Pacific Mall, I think this place is a great option for people that live in upper Scarborough that want a good gourmet burger and don't want to make the trek to the beaches.

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  1. I too am a fan of Burger's Priest but it's a little out of the way for us.
    It's nice to know that there's a place closer to home... will try to go this weekend and report back.

    1. was it still "Pay what you want" when you went?

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      1. re: plug

        It still is "Pay what you want" but I didn't mention it in my review because it's a small independant local business that serves a pretty good burger and is definitely a welcome addition to the area.

        Also the owner Moe told me a story, how some high school kids gave him 20 cents because that's what they thought the burger was worth which is really unfortunate. The prices they charge for their burgers are really fair considering what you are receiving.

        1. re: plug

          What is "Pay what you want"?? I don't get it.....

          1. re: magic

            What it means is you pay what you think the food is worth... They probably have a "suggested" price but if you have the burger and think it is awesome you can pay more, or if you think it is crap you can pay less...

            Based on their facebook page it sounds like a Grand Opening special/event:

            http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Moe...

            1. re: ylsf

              only issue is ... most ppl would take it to go.

              1. re: ylsf

                Ahh, so it's not a permanent thing...

                1. re: magic

                  one of the workers said it will probably end this week.
                  but it didint sound very concrete.

                  i asked what meat(s) they grind for their burgers but he didn't know.

                  1. re: plug

                    I've never heard of a pay what you can for burgers. Museums and what not, sure. I think this is the first I've ever seen pay what you can for something food or restaurant related. Wow. Interesting.

                    1. re: magic

                      There was a restaurant in Montreal doing it, not sure if they still are.

                      1. re: Pincus

                        Hmm, very interesting. Learn something new every day and all that...

          2. I'll have to give this place a look see.

            DT

            1. Going to try this place tonight and will report back :)

              1. had one tonight after dinner (burgers are a bad addiction)..

                had the normal burger cooked medium. 2 guys working and one was being trained. the newbie was poking the burgers with toothpicks, picking off crust and flipping the burger every 10 seconds and smashing it into the grill. luckily when i mentioned i wanted mine medium the other guy working cooked it.

                unfortunately whatever blend they use is too lean. the burger crumbles, the patty was thin and it was fairly dry to be honest. toppings were fresh and the bun was a fairly typical burger bun with some butter on it. i'd rank five guys and stockyards over this.. burger's priest doesn't have much to worry about. to be honest i'd probably have to think long and hard before choosing moe's over harvey's too.

                1. Hey kids!
                  Went to Moe's for lunch today, my 1st visit... and I liked it!
                  A colleague & I each ordered a cheeseburger & fries, plus we also split a Twister-Dog, just because it was criminal to not try one.

                  To my taste, a great burger, very similar in style and intent to The Burger's Priest, with a fresh-ground beef ball pressed into a patty on the grill-top, with grilled onions and toppings of my choice, all on a soft, toasted bun - and frankly, they pull it off quite well. Add my order of nicely browned 1/4" fresh-cut fries and I'm good-to-go!

                  Overall, I'd score Moe's slightly AHEAD of 5-Guys for flavour of the beef, cheese, and bun, with slightly thinner fries that I like better than 5-Guys, as well.

                  When comparing Big Moe's to Burger's Priest, it's closer than I expected on all counts! I actually like the meatiness of Moe's burger a little better - seemed slightly less fatty and held together a little better, but I'd give a slight edge to the Priest on the intensity of beefy flavour of the beef, however I liked Moe's toasted bun slightly better (very similar), and yet, Burger's Priest edges Moe's for flavour of the fries, even if BP's fries do tend to be pale and quality inconsistent. All in all, Moe's is slightly behind BP, but based on just one trip so far, it's a very solid effort!

                  The Twister-Dog was fun and silly, with a spiral-cut whole russet potato surrounding a foot-long dog on a stick, like Saturn's rings. Fun, but nothing special, to my taste.
                  Like BP, Moe's is also very minimalist, with a counter and some stools only.

                  All-in-all, based on one visit and one cook, a solid job by Moe's, plus it's halal for those who care, and they tell me that a secret-burger menu is coming too, so let the fun begin! I'll be back.

                  Cheers,
                  .James.

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                  1. re: TorontoTips

                    I'd second TorontoTips review. I went for the first time on Saturday. Ordered the Juciy Lucy. I really enjoyed it! The burger had that nice crust and it was just oozing with cheese. Very flavorful too. Never had a problem with the seasoning. Not a big fan of their fries tho. I found it very greasy and I just prefer twice fried fries. It is cut fresh to order tho.

                    For this type of burger, I would rate it behind BP but ahead of 5 Guys like TorontoTips. Would definitely go back. Next on my list tho is Holy Chucks

                  2. This is my fist mention to any resto so here it goes!!

                    BIg mutha f'in Moes.. LOL

                    This place was great. my sister and i were chowhounding/Uspoon'ing buger joints in Scarborough and this place came up.. As i was going through there menu i notice the juicy lucy and there funnel cakes, i quickly told the sis to pop in the car and lets roll (she almost forgot her puffer, that would of sucked) anyways!!!!!

                    We got there post haste and i was so excited to try this burger stuffed with cheese(thelucy) and i turn into the wrong lot, just a heads up the first turn is a garage!

                    So we get into BM's and i notice that this place is busy @ 830 pm on a sat night. only a few benches but all were taken and there was about 7 people ahead of me in line. just the smell alone of the meet sizzleing meat made me drool.

                    finally get to order my food and dude says.. WERE OUT OF THE LUCY's (you should of seen the mean death stare i give these guys.. Thank goodness he said he will hook me up with something on the invisible secret menu... all he said was we use grilled cheese.... and i cut him off before he could say anything and i responded YUP THATS FINE!!!

                    I forgot the name guys, but it was long.. so it was 2 beef patties made with grilled cheese sandwiches.. yah i know a few other places do it downtown but in SCARBOROUGH/MARKHAM... gtfo!

                    me and my sister also split a diner style poutine and funnel cake.

                    burger was juice with very little crumble, kosher salt and pepper and some other spices.

                    Grilled cheese buns.. your cant really mess up grilled cheese, well done!

                    Poutine.. shoe sting to med cut fries. Better then real macoy better then dangerous dans.. dinner style, instead of curds they used mozzarella i believe. basic beef gravy.. but compliments the meal very well.

                    FUNNEL CAKE...All i am going to say is if you don't live in vaugn and its not the summer. you better go to BIg Moe's for your funnel cake. the ice cream option is a strawberry cheesecake flavor! YUP!!!!!! it was DOPE! wayyy better then pickering fle market!!!!

                    The staff was friendly and super funny, big guys just like myself..

                    Staff made the atmosphere, when i was waiting for my food they were bumpin Rick ross and 50cent, lol dont you know they beefin..

                    Staff very proud of there food, he asked me to come check out the burger before he wraps it!! it was soo big they had to double wrap it.. lol

                    all round good place to get a burger in Scarborough if you want to try something different besides the Johnny, the real mcoys, markham station, shamrock, tbones.. ect..

                    I am def going back to Big moe's!

                    -filled

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                    1. re: retrospekt

                      The most entertaining post I've read on Chowhound in months - and I don't even give a damn about commercial burgers, being eminently satisfied with the burgers I make for myself at home. I'll probably never get to Big Moe's, but thanks for the laughs anyway. What a hoot!

                      1. re: juno

                        Agree.
                        I think Dope is the highest compliment one could give for funnel cakes.

                        I am bringing my dad there this weekend.

                    2. Okay, so my visit has come and gone and unless I'm in the area, I shan't return. As has been mentioned in this post, the burger was kinda dry.

                      Here's the thing. I'm no expert (not being from the Twin Cities and all) but any Lucy I've had the cheese oozes out. It does not spew molten hot cheese all over the place. Needless to say, that meant the burger was over cooked. In fact, I watched as they cooked it. And cooked it. And cooked it. Had it not been for the cheese it would've been bone dry.

                      All in all the flavour was good and has potential but the execution was terrible. It's not at all convenient for me so unless I'm in the area and hear that they've picked up their game, I'll pass.

                      DT

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                      1. re: Davwud

                        We went a few weeks ago. good value using groupon. Had juicy lucy and regular burgers. Overall, pretty good. But we prefer five guys. Agree patty is a bit dry.
                        Fries at $2.49 - portion was generous. And overall good service.
                        Going back to try tornado potatoes. Hope this place does well. Not too many independent burger joints in the area.

                        1. re: caitlink

                          Just FYI - I MUCH prefer the regular burger to the juicy lucy, which I agree they overcook, and I think is just gimmicky but poor execution.

                          1. re: caitlink

                            just saw that big moes is opening up in mississauga. Dixie and eglinton area, the plaza with the bamiyan kebab

                            1. re: boochinder

                              I just checked out that location -- no sign of Big Moe's, though there is a new burger place called "Burger Factory" in the plaza. I wasn't able to check it out (they're closed on Sundays), but a quick search online reveals that they do have a similar menu, so I'm assuming they're affiliated.

                                1. re: Michael N

                                  they are affiliated. same exact menu as big moes. they are still working out the kinks...didn't enjoy the food as much. i asked for medium rare and the guy who was cooking my burger put a lid on my burger after pressing it onto the griddle and cooked it for wayyyy too long. the lcd menu wasn't working properly either, kept switching channels and people were confused as to where the menu was.

                          2. I finally gave a visit.

                            My double cheeseburger burger was quite good - ordered and delivered medium and juicy. Perhaps slightly too seasoned for my taste, but that was a minor complaint. Generally it was a very decent burger. Fries were quite good too –although curiously they were not salted. But I’d rather add my own than have them be oversalted so no harm done.

                            The staff was very nice. The place however is a bit of a dump. It could really use some love. Not an overly pleasant environment in which to eat.

                            The prices are amazing for the quality you're getting.

                            I put it ahead of Stockyards' burger but perhaps not at the level of Holy Chuck or Burger's Priest. Still, I would definitely go again. Especially for the price. And the burgers have got to be twice the size of Burger's Priest, which I appreciate every now and then.

                            Cash only :(

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                            1. re: magic

                              Which location did you go to??

                              DT

                              1. re: Davwud

                                The original Markham location.

                                1. re: magic

                                  Big Moe's Burgers
                                  3517 Kennedy Road
                                  Scarborough, ON

                                  1. re: T Long

                                    one weird thing tho .. i went on the w/e and they dind't smash my burger
                                    like they did the first few times

                                    it was left has a thicker patty

                                    1. re: plug

                                      They were smashing when I was there. It was a bit thicker, but still smashed.

                              2. re: magic

                                Finally gave a second visit. Kennedy location, again.

                                Stiil quite good! Just as good as the first time. Perhaps even better. Double cheeseburger and fries.

                                And again, great staff.

                                There will be a third time in my future.

                                Still cash only :(