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The Burger's Priest new location??

Is it open?
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  1. Nope. Drove by today, and there is still brown paper over the glass

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    1. It's going to open Monday January 9th.

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      1. re: katdog

        Huzzah!!
        Haven't tried them yet so I'm a little excited...

        1. re: katdog

          They had posted this on their Facebook page yesterday but the post seems to have mysteriously disappeared...

          WON
          http://whatsonmyplate.net

          1. re: Davwud

            Opening today! I'll be there!

            1. re: illy

              We expect a full report on our computer screens by 9am tomorrow morning.

              DT

            2. re: Davwud

              *ponders having a second dinner...*

              1. re: jlunar

                Pondering telling my cold to take a flying leap so I can have dinner there. Will probably wait for lunch tomorrow instead, when maybe the crazies will have dissipated...

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  It will probably be a zoo tonight.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    I dropped by this afternoon to wish them luck. The space is great (although he upped the anty with his religious beliefs).
                    I will go there - the minute they open at LUNCH.

                    1. re: domesticgodess

                      Drove by at six pm and saw lineup of twenty or so people waiting outside.

                      1. re: domesticgodess

                        I'm a huge fan of BP but the religion stuff on his website is kinda weird. If he's truly "upped the ante" at the new location it will be even weirder.

              2. Went for lunch today. This is my first BP experience and count me in the "let down by the hype" category. The burger was decent enough, but I really didn't care for the texture. Perhaps the grind is too fine, but the burger was very soft, almost mushy, in texture. Flavour was decent, bun was right, but the texture was the big downfall. The chili cheese fries, on the other hand, were really kinda awesome. Those could be a meal on their own. Grainy photo below.

                Stockyards will continue to be my go to for griddled, smashed burgers. Which is too bad, since BP is so damn close. But, judging from the traffic, they won't miss me. Even at almost 2pm, there was a steady line of traffic in and out. Apparently opening night was jammed -- 600 patties in 3 hours! I wish them continued success.

                 
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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  So is there seating in the new location??

                  1. re: petek

                    Yep, a bunch of stools at 2 counters -- one in the window and one long, shallower one along the wall. Maybe a dozen total? Very similar to the set up at Stockyards.

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Was the letdown big enough for you that you will not go back at all or just that the Stockyards are better and if timing is not an issue you rather go there?

                      1. re: CBlake

                        I won't go back for a burger, as I really didn't like the texture at all. I may go back for the chili cheese fries, though...

                      2. re: TorontoJo

                        I think there were 12-15 stools total in there. Space is nice, pretty much the beaches location, but with a bit more polish (the ceiling tiles were really nice).

                    2. re: TorontoJo

                      I don't think it's how fine the grind is. The burgers there are very loosely packed. (supposedly the way they should be) The resulting burger is very, very tender. Perhaps that's what you don't like about it. Just supposin' though.

                      DT

                      1. re: Davwud

                        I like loosely packed burgers. But I've had loosely packed burgers that have a nice beefy bite to them. These were just mushy to me, not tender. But hey, that's just my personal taste. Obviously there aren't many others that feel the same way. :)

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          I'm with you ToJo. But I keep trying it from time to time trying to like it.

                          1. re: TorontoJo

                            Yep. That's why there's chocolate and vanilla right??

                            Have you had a Hero burger?? Talk about awful texture. Like a grease soaked sponge.

                            DT

                            1. re: Davwud

                              Speaking of chocolate and vanilla, any word on when the milkshake machines will be put to use? I had a chocolate hazelnut milkshake from Shake Shack last night and was reminded of how well shakes go w/ burgers and fries. Also, will there be blizzards or concretes?

                              1. re: GoodGravy

                                Shake Shack? I admit I've been on another planet for the last while, but there is a Shake Shack in T.O. now? Please tell! Or did you just happen to be in NYC the night before?
                                Sigh. What I'd give for a concrete, a portobello burger and some of those curly fries...Jeb's Custard is good, but not the same.

                                1. re: punchythecat

                                  Still no Shake Shack in Toronto...sadly...

                                  1. re: punchythecat

                                    Sorry, I'm in NYC most of the time so I get my pizza and burger fix here before going to Toronto. But BP's fb page did mention a b&w shake (Riggs & Murtaugh) and the Jarge (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry). Not concretes and no mention of where the ice cream comes from, but at least now you can get a shake to wash down that burger.

                        2. Went this evening, lineups inside were probably 10 deep at worst. Most people were taking it to go, so it wasn't too hard to find a stool if you really wanted one. Obliterated a Priest with cheesy chili fries. The priest was fantastic, but not too sure how the cheeseburger would stand up on its own. Milkshakes are not available yet.

                          Burger Cellar a couple stores down cannot be pleased.

                          1. Okay, I'm finally going to try a Burger's Priest burger this week and I'm debating what to order. Does the secret menu still exist? Do I wink or offer a secret handshake if I order off it? Debating between a double cheeseburger and the high priest - are they the same amount of meat but just an extra piece of bun in the middle and "special sauce" on the high priest? Then again, I've never had chili cheese fries before so maybe a single cheeseburger and a shared order of those are the way to go?

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                            1. re: peppermint pate

                              I would start with just a cheeseburger to start, so you can decide if you like the burger before adding all sort of other things to it. A cheeseburger and a shared order of chili cheese fries is definitely a good way to go! Plenty of food.

                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                OK. After much anticipation and waiting for this place to open in my "hood", i finally went in today. I've noticed large Linwood since Monday, and even today, after 3pm, it was still busy. The place looks good, with nice finishings. It's not huge but I did snag a stool. Had the cheeseburger with bacon and the chili fries. The burger was excellent. Loosely packed with juice flowing from it. Not try, but exceptionally moist. Not a huge bun, but the perfect texture for the meat. He fries......don't ask. A meal in itself! I don't think the priest will be direct competition to the Burger Cellar, nearby, as they serve a very different croud. So in short, decent burgers have finally arrived in North Toronto, and not a moment too soon.

                                If I I had to make one suggestion, turn the music down a bit, as you can't hear the cashier, or your name when they call it out. Great tunes!!!

                                1. re: franpelyk

                                  Finally, decent burgers have arrived in North Toronto?

                                  The well established market for somewhat overpriced, decent burgers in North Toronto is the reason BP opened a location in North Toronto. Burgers and Canadianized Italian, that's what North Toronto is all about.

                              2. re: peppermint pate

                                Ask for the special sauce when you order the "altar boy" from the secret menu.

                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                  Okay, so I picked up this note just before heading over there yesterday evening. There were about 10 people in line ahead of us. I ordered a cheeseburger with fried onions, mustard and special sauce (when I asked the cashier what the special sauce was, she told me she couldn't tell me...too funny, I guess that's part of the secret menu mystique). Hubby ordered a cheeseburger with bacon and fried onions and we split an order of chili cheese fries. The burgers were great - well portioned, juicy, tasty and well-textured (it's definitely less firm than other burgers but it all kind of worked for me). Really liked the chili cheese fries as well.

                                  The place was hopping, though the wait was never more than 10-15 minutes and we easily got seats as at least half the people were doing take-out. Turnover is fast, service was friendly and the music mix was fantastic - loud, yes, but it made for a great vibe (and we could easily carry on a conversation).

                                  As a prelude to American Idiot, it made for a perfect double bill. Fun night!

                                  By the way, what's the "altar boy"?

                                2. Went today around 3PM, I had my usual, The Priest, S.O. had the cheeseburger combo. Fries seemed a little plumper than the usual skinny fries I've had at the original location.

                                  eager to try the shakes when they become available.

                                  here are some photos of the pilgrimmage...

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
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                                  1. re: mstestzzz002

                                    So I just got back from BP(around 9ish) and I have to say it was a darned good burger(1st time there) Got the cheeseburger w/ bacon they were out of fried onions and only had about 20 patties left.It was a bit on the small side(I finished it in about 5 bites) but very tasty.Service was friendly and quick.Good tunes but too loud for me(I'm old,what can I say..) Next time I'll try a double or the high priest,whatever that is.

                                    mstestzzz002..what is that thing in your very last photo????

                                    1. re: petek

                                      Why don't they turn down their music?!I I haven't been to the new location but it seems to be a common observation.

                                      1. re: magic

                                        agreed, it was super loud when I went!

                                      2. re: petek

                                        That's "The Priest" - combo of the cheeseburger and 'the option' aka portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese - it's on the menu.

                                        1. re: mstestzzz002

                                          That sounds good! I was still hungry after the reg cheesburger,so maybe I'll try that next..

                                    2. I just got back from lunch; count me as a convert! The burger patty was so juicy it was running down my chin. The texture of the burger was soft and crumbly, which I prefer to biting into a meat puck. Fries were ok, but who cares! It was 2:30 and there was a line up and steady stream of people coming and going while I was there. Music was on the loud side, but I'm eating a burger at a burger joint not foie gras at Scaramouche. I was more surprised that a Bose sound dock could generate that much volume. Finally, the counter staff were friendly and kept the counters wiped and tidy.

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                                      1. re: sloweater

                                        "Music was on the loud side, but I'm eating a burger at a burger joint not foie gras at Scaramouche."
                                        I know it's a burger joint and I wasn't expecting Scaramouche like ambiance,but when the Bose sound dock is right next to your head when yer trying' to order or waiting for your food,is cranked full blast,it's kinda annoying...

                                        1. re: petek

                                          Fair enough. I was at the front window, so the volume wasn't particularly oppressive.

                                          1. re: sloweater

                                            They had that Bose cranked(impressive little device) when I was there at 9pm.Maybe it was a pre closing,get the adrenalin pumping kinda thing.The music won't stop me from going back,but maybe I'll try sitting at the front next time.

                                            1. re: petek

                                              It's funny, I think I had the music on my mind when I went in because of your post. When I went to pick up my burger, I had the same thought about the Bose system - impressive little machine.

                                              Now I may end up getting one for home.

                                      2. This is my first time at The Burger's Priest.

                                        Had the double cheeseburger. Thought it was tasty with a good consistency but not worth price. I didn't find the music too loud so maybe they turned it down?

                                        1. Toronto Life has an online article today with a bunch of photos.

                                          http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

                                          1. I went yesterday and it was jammed. It took 25 minutes to receive the burgers. It was worth it! My personal favorite burger has been the Burger Shack. BP beats them on the burger but IMHO the Shack still has the best fries around. BP is my new burger fix. I just need to figure out how to drive from Yonge over to Oriole to get my Shack fries before my burger gets cold.

                                            1. finally had a chance to try the burger's priest today, yonge st. location. decent. not spectacular or world changing. for toronto, it's good. not as good as goody's in the east end, but solid. would still rate it below places like burger joint in nyc. it's about on par with shake shack in the danny meyer empire in manhattan. the burgers are 4oz patties like shake shack. their default their burgers to well done, so it's a bit drier than i thought it would be. the fries are slightly better than expected, and there's a hell of a lot of them in a combo (had the priest combo). relatively overpriced for what you get, considering you get a better all round product at goody's, imho. note: catucci's "you gotta eat here" was filming as i arrived, so the place is going to get some more publicity shortly. . .

                                              1. I decided to give BP North another try. During my visit, around 3 pm on a Monday afternoon, there were between 15 to 20 customers at BP. I ordered the double cheeseburger, since it was my first meal of the day, and I was famished. I received my burger in less than 5 minutes. Hunger is supposed to be the greatest chef, right? Even with the hunger bias, I found the burger to be ok at best. This cheeseburger was greasier than the cheeseburger I ordered at Holy Chuck, and some of the grease soaked into the bun. NTTAWWT. The patty was moist, and certainly not dry. I find their patty bland. Maybe I've become accustomed to highly-seasoned burgers, and a plain meat patty with American cheese doesn't do it for me. I'd take the often-bashed Webers burger, a Licks cheeseburger or a Wendy's Jr Burger with cheese over a BP cheeseburger, if I had the choice. That being said, I like the BP burger better than the awful burger at Hazel's diner, or the burger at the Abbot, so it probably is the best burger on Yonge between Lawrence and York Mills. I haven't tried the Burger Cellar burgers, although I've read negative reports from some Hounds who frequent the area.

                                                The music wasn't loud on a Monday afternoon.

                                                If I want a quick, less-than-$15 lunch in the Yonge & Lawrence neigbourhood, I realized yesterday I'd rather just go to Ciccio Sanwiccio.

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                                                1. re: prima

                                                  On occasion I've found the burger to be underseasoned but it wasn't anything a little salt and pepper didn't fix.
                                                  Licks, Wendy's and Webers (can't comment on that as I've never had one) over theirs?? Puleeez.

                                                  DT

                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                    ha ha. I had a feeling you'd respond, Davwud. Seriously though- might just be an indication of my seriously non-discriminating burger palate, but I find a Wendy's Jr burger hits the spot whenever I order it. Maybe I've been conditioned to like Wendy's. This BP burger was ok, and certainly edible, but it didn't hit the spot, so to speak. I didn't feel like I'd want to return soon for the same thing- whereas after my burger at Harbord Room (i know, different animal, relatively fancypants burger, and certainly not the same kind of burger) I remember thinking I'd order another one on another visit. I'll try adding some salt & pepper next time I'm facing a somewhat bland burger.

                                                    Do you get all the toppings when you order the cheeseburger or double cheeseburger when you're at BP, Holy Chuck and Stockyards? If not, which do you get? I'm not a big fan of ketchup or mayo on my burger, so I'm guessing my ketchupless, mayo-less burger might taste quite different than the the fully loaded burgers. I can see how ketchup would add a sweetness and tang that might compliment that patty.

                                                    1. re: prima

                                                      I'm in transition right now. For years it was K, Mu, P, O, Ma. These days it's just P, O, Mu.

                                                      DT

                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                        i think the best way to experience burger priest is a double double jarge style with pickles. mustard grilled patties, fried onions, delightful

                                                        1. re: disgusti

                                                          Ya, I've tried a lot of the different combinations and the last time was probably the best burger I've had from there. Double Double w/ Bacon, Pickles, Onion and Mustard. It was fabulous.

                                                          DT

                                                2. Anyone want to order a 12x 12 after watching this video :

                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHkCJs...

                                                  This was Furious Pete's entry into the competition:

                                                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7qrJs...

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                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                    Ha, I think the fix was on. Notice how the camera had its eye mainly on Furious Pete right from the beginning;) Don't think the others had a chance!

                                                  2. Apparently the Queen St location is aiming for a June 1st opening.

                                                    1. EDIT - Darn, false alarm. A comment says that it isn't open and that the building permit is back up. I had figured that someone would have posted about it... anyway, original post below.
                                                      http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

                                                      BlogTo is reporting that it opened on Monday..

                                                      You guys secretly going and not letting anyone know so you can avoid the lineups? :)

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                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                        I just walked by it yesterday, and it's not open yet. But construction looks like it's pretty close to being finished.

                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          Same, drove by yesterday and was not open as yet. Permits were still plastered to the windows.

                                                        2. Burger Priest Facebook post:

                                                          Etobicoke just got blessed by The Burger's Priest
                                                          Movies on Queensway will never be the same.
                                                          Expanded Ice Cream menu + parking.
                                                          Sept 2013

                                                          Sounds like The Queensway & Islington.

                                                          I wonder where exactly from CIneplex Queensway? Next door? Across?

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                                                          1. re: 5andman

                                                            Based on their MO so far I'd suggest a storefront on Queensway east of Islington.

                                                            DT

                                                            1. re: 5andman

                                                              Interesting!

                                                              Glad to see they are expanding but hope they don't expand too fast and not roll it out properly. Is there any quality difference between the Yonge location and Queen Street location now? I know at the start there was complaints that Yonge street wasn't as good as the original

                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                eh as far as i'm concerned that was just people bitching for the sake of bitching. i've eaten at both locations a number of times at various points in the lifespans and it's always ranged from pretty damn good to outrageously good

                                                                1. re: disgusti

                                                                  My one and only visit to the Yonge St location I was served what I believe was the single greatest burger I've ever had. Truly phenomenal.
                                                                  In my half dozen or so visits I've never had a burger less than excellent.

                                                                  DT

                                                              2. re: 5andman

                                                                Good for them. That area will serve them well and is right off the highway.

                                                                1. re: 5andman

                                                                  Trips to Costco will never be the same!

                                                                  Maybe where Max's Market used to be?

                                                                  1. re: Etobs_Finest

                                                                    Used to be? Did that location close down?

                                                                    1. re: Etobs_Finest

                                                                      Must be somewhere else, I drove past there today and it's a paint store now. I find it odd that Max's has been closed a while now but the sign is still flashing way up above.

                                                                      Looks like a good opening sale if anyone's after paint though...

                                                                      Can't wait to try the burgers.

                                                                      1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                        Ya,I noticed that as well as I drove to work. Max's really dropped the ball on that location..I still think Priest's new location will be in the "plaza" where the theatre is.

                                                                        1. re: petek

                                                                          Is there vacancies in the plaza where the theatre is?
                                                                          There are 2 chain restos and a bank there -- no other empty vacancy.

                                                                          1. re: 5andman

                                                                            <Movies on Queensway will never be the same.
                                                                            Expanded Ice Cream menu + parking.>

                                                                            Don't know if there's any vacancies in that plaza,I'm just speculating based on their Facebook page...

                                                                              1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                Well..I've been wrong before. :D
                                                                                Thanks for the link!

                                                                                1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                  Interesting indeed.
                                                                                  986 The Queensway (NE corner)

                                                                                  There is parking (back), not the most accessible.

                                                                                  It will be interesting once they are up and running.
                                                                                  Though, it is a very high traffic area, the retail there is a bit of a 'dead zone' for commerce.

                                                                    2. Ok, it is official now. June 1st as mentioned earlier in this thread but for dinner - 6pm... as per their tweet this morning:

                                                                      https://twitter.com/burgerspriest/sta...

                                                                      1. Went on opening night last night at about 7-7:30. There was a line out the door, but the employees were very efficient and I had my order in under 30 minutes, so no complaints from me. This was my first time at Burger's Priest and I must say this was one of the top burger experiences I've ever had! The burgers were flavourful, juicy and perfect size. (I read a lot of comments from people about their burgers being too small for the price. Mine was a double patty and I couldn't imagine wanted something larger than that.) Price was a tad steep, but that will not keep me from coming back. Their chili cheese fries came loaded and were very tasty (and I'm not even a big fan of chili) and their milkshakes were a perfect consistency.