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Nov 2, 2011 06:36 PM

Big Moe's Burger Review

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:


            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.


            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.