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Best Burger- Walking Distance from Eaton Center

spine64 Nov 23, 2011 09:35 PM

Christmas shopping downtown this Saturday. Need to feed a serious burger loving companon. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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    garfield RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 03:15 AM

    Senator is good.

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      Gary RE: garfield Nov 24, 2011 10:02 AM

      I second this. It's been there so long it doesn't get the hype of the new gourmet burger joints, but the Senator burger is really solid. And so are their fries.

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      childofthestorm RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 05:49 AM

      Queen & Beaver.

      Queen & Beaver
      35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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        dannyboy RE: childofthestorm Nov 24, 2011 06:48 AM

        second queen and beaver.

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        edfs72 RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 06:27 AM

        Gabardine is good too

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          ingloriouseater RE: edfs72 Nov 24, 2011 06:52 AM

          gaberdine isn't open on the weekends and the queen and beaver has lost its shine for me based on my visit there 2 weekends ago.

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            dannyboy RE: ingloriouseater Nov 24, 2011 07:40 AM

            what happened?

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              ingloriouseater RE: dannyboy Nov 24, 2011 07:58 AM

              food was awful this time round, cold items tasted like they were left unwrapped in the fridge, hot items were overly fatty, they never checked back on the table to tell them to correct it....they only had a 3 tables and 3 staff members out front so i don't get it...the b squad working i guess

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                camp1980 RE: ingloriouseater Nov 24, 2011 09:31 AM

                I am sad to report that on Saturday night we had a similar experience as ingloriouseater at the Q&B. Burger was not nearly as good as before and the service was CRAP. We will not be returning to the Q&B again.

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                  dannyboy RE: camp1980 Dec 6, 2011 01:48 PM

                  was there today and had the burger - still very tasty as were the fries...
                  service was good, the daytime bartender upstairs is a nice dude and on top of things if not a bit nonchalant. Guess it's hit and miss - but for me still the best pub anywhere downtown

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              edfs72 RE: ingloriouseater Nov 24, 2011 08:01 AM

              oops my bad. didn't see the OP that it was for Saturday

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            canadianbeaver RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 06:37 AM

            I actually really like the burger at Joey....good bun.

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              Tatai RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 06:56 AM

              Haven't been in quite awhile, but have had some excellent burgers at W Burger Bar on College just west of Yonge. Their fries, onion rings and spiked milkshakes are also great.

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                ingloriouseater RE: Tatai Nov 24, 2011 07:01 AM

                agree with the onion rings and shakes!!!!

                the restaurant in the hilton hotel does a bison burger with blue cheese and bacon that is really good....

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                  kwass RE: Tatai Nov 24, 2011 05:49 PM

                  i 2nd W burger Bar

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                  Wil RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 07:18 AM

                  There is smokehouse burgers in the new Eaton Centre food court which is decent

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                    iMarilyn RE: Wil Nov 24, 2011 07:36 AM

                    Big Smoke Burger?

                    Big Smoke Burger
                    573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

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                      Manybears RE: Wil Nov 24, 2011 07:49 AM

                      Do you mean Big Smoke (previously known as Craft) or is this something new?

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                        Wil RE: Wil Nov 24, 2011 07:54 AM

                        Big Smoke, sorry, I forgot the exact name!

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                          radiopolitic RE: Wil Nov 24, 2011 10:08 AM

                          I don't enjoy Big Smoke at all. I had a lamb burger there that was a disgrace to humanity.

                          Best burger within walking distance imho is Grindhouse @ 365 King St. W.

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                            Strongbad789 RE: radiopolitic Nov 24, 2011 01:53 PM

                            Although Grindhouse is maybe a tad further than I might be willing to walk from the Eaton Centre for lunch, I completely agree that it's the best burger you'll find within walkable distance. Their black and blue burger, cooked rare, is my favourite burger in the city (and I've tried BP, craft (now big smoke), bymark, Q&B, and a variety of others).

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                        spine64 RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 11:08 AM

                        Ok, plenty to choose from, but nothing really stands out. May have to get in the car and drive. I here plenty about Burger Priest?

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                          Cheech5001 RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 01:31 PM

                          I had my first Burger Priest experience last week, and it was very good, however be aware there is really nowhere to eat in the restaurant. I have been to W Burger bar several times, and it is obviously much closer to the Eaton Center, has tables, and I rate the burger as good, but different as Burger Priest. At W, you have the choice of a plethora of toppings, while at BP, just the basics. Both really good options.

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                            justsayn RE: Cheech5001 Nov 24, 2011 06:31 PM

                            Personally I pick W above BP. And yes the rings are very good at W. Senator was always a great burger and fries but i haven't had one in quite some time. Big Smoke makes a good burger at the king west location most of the time and other times they can be quite awesome. I can't say anything good about Grindhouse so it sounds like I need to try it again for the fourth time. Right up the street is a fantastic burger at Barberians for lunch. Havent been to Bannock.

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                            childofthestorm RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 02:02 PM

                            I also forgot - Bannock does a really nice burger.

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                              bogie RE: childofthestorm Nov 24, 2011 08:11 PM

                              Second on Bannock, it's an Alberta brisket burger that has an amazingly beefy flavor. It's served with root veg chips for a nice change.

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                            spine64 RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 03:27 PM

                            W Burger? Could you tell me the location?


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                              ThoughtForFood RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 03:37 PM


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                                Tatai RE: spine64 Nov 24, 2011 04:40 PM

                                W Burger Bar is at 10 College St., in the same block as Fran's.

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                                puffychild RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2011 07:12 AM

                                I don't really enjoy W Burger Bar... there are good things about it, the onion rings are awesome, the beer is cheap, and the toppings are plentiful, but I find the actual meat of the buregers to be very dry. Luckily, you can put a smackload of toppings on to disguise this.

                                To be honest, I much prefer Big Smoke Burger in the mall. It's closer, and I think the burgers are actually much tastier. The onion rings are also pretty awesome.

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                                  justsayn RE: puffychild Nov 25, 2011 07:27 AM

                                  Awesome onion rings, you enjoy? Go to the original Big Smoke on Queen East - called Burger Shoppe and grab their made-fresh in-house onion rings. Right up there with the best. beats anything frozen by a long shot!

                                  Burger Shoppe
                                  688 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1G9, CA

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                                    Strongbad789 RE: justsayn Nov 25, 2011 11:44 AM

                                    Grindhouse also has some great onion rings; breaded, not battered, and delicious.

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                                      justsayn RE: Strongbad789 Nov 25, 2011 03:41 PM

                                      yes now that you mention it, I liked those too. I just couldn't get excited about the place or the burger. Need to try it yet again maybe...I dunno.

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                                      puffychild RE: justsayn Nov 25, 2011 01:41 PM

                                      Thanks for the rec - I've been meaning to try Burger Shoppe for some time now. Is the one on Queen West (just east of Spadina) just as good do you know?

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                                        justsayn RE: puffychild Nov 25, 2011 03:36 PM

                                        On the west side I hit Big Smoke on King. Haven't tried BS on Queen because I never liked QBM or BQM or whatever its called on ossington.

                                  2. Bobby Wham RE: spine64 Nov 25, 2011 12:07 PM

                                    Mcdonald's is on the second level, and you don't even have to go outside, best burger within walking distance, or you could walk to Burger Priest.

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                                      Shimso RE: Bobby Wham Nov 26, 2011 06:40 PM

                                      A nice 75 minute walk from the Eaton Centre to BP? :)

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                                      spine64 RE: spine64 Nov 26, 2011 05:20 PM

                                      Just returned from our downtown shopping excursion and we lunched at W Burger. Beers were cold and so was the burger. Not impressed. There were three tables occupied, and still service was scattered. My dining companion ordered a plain cheeseburger and I had one with a few condiments. Well, both arrived fully loaded. Had to send hers back, no apology, as I waited patiently. The saving grace were the onion rings, best I have had in years.
                                      Would I return, a solid no.

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