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Where is a good place to go for Burgers that seats 12? Burgers priest is my favorite but since there is no seating it really isn't an option.

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  1. The new Burger's Priest is bigger apparently.

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    1. re: iMarilyn

      My guess is there's little chance of fitting 12 people in the new BP location. I think it's something like 16 seats. I've been in that space. It's tiny. But who knows, maybe they'll accomodate if you call in advance.

      What kind of burgers/digs are you looking for Jakis??

    2. If you are willing to try something different than burgers, but still casual and yummy why not go to WRVST? Great variety of house made sausages, fries, beer, and lots of space for 12.

      1. Since BP is your favourite - griddle smashed American diner style - why not try Holy Chuck? They're doing the exact same style and can seat 12.

        I would've recommended Stockyards as they do the style very well, but seating 12 there, fat chance.

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        1. re: childofthestorm

          If you're willing to make the trek to Scarborough,there's 5 Guys and Goody's,Warden & Eglinton area...both can accommodate 12 ppl no problem.Both have great burgers..

          1. re: petek

            Goody's Diner burgers blow the doors off of 5 Guys. 5 Guys only edge is their hours.

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            Goody's Diner
            133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. re: Googs

              "Goody's Diner burgers blow the doors off of 5 Guys"
              I wasn't comparing the 2.Two different animals(grilled vs griddled).
              Haven't tried BP yet.Still waiting for their uptown location to open..

          2. re: childofthestorm

            second Holy Chuck, easily compares with BP.

          3. I would suggest Five Guys. Great burgers, even better fries and all you can eat peanuts!

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            1. re: farmgirl1836

              Forgot to mention "The Shack"(Burger Shack).Solid burgers + other stuffs.I think it seats about 20ish ppl,so you might want to get there before the lunch or dinner rush.

              1. re: farmgirl1836

                all you can eat peanuts???!!!!

                forget their meg burgers, I'm so there!!!!

                1. re: atomeyes

                  The quality of the peanuts has been deterioting consistently sinc ethey have opened.

                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                    IMO the peanuts at the US locations were never worth eating. I haven't been here in GTA.

                2. re: farmgirl1836

                  Not just all-you-cat-eat peanuts, but ALL TOPPINGS INCLUDED at Five Guys. Most places don't give you that.

                  1. re: TexSquared

                    Too bad the burgers are pretty lame. Compared to the shake shacks, in'n'out (and BP), 5 guys just doesn't do it for me.

                    Has the Scarborough location been busy?

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      OK, since you mentioned them in a Toronto burgers thread, where are the Shake Shack and In-N-Out locations in the GTA?

                      Five Guys in Scarborough is still doing fine. If they weren't, they would not have expanded to Oshawa. And I'd rather give them my business than any of Jetsun's, South St., Lick's, Johnny's, etc....

                      1. re: TexSquared

                        Shake Shack and In-n-out are obviously not here. I'm just lamenting the fact that the worst, in my opinion, of the "quality" burger chains set up camp here rather than one of the others (acknowledge that in-n-out is impossible given their distribution setup).

                        At least it's a step up from south st., hero's, etc.

                        1. re: grandgourmand

                          I wish they had in n out here. I love that place. I've had 5 guys a few times and think it's totally over rated. I think Havery's is way better than five guys.

                          Buger Shack is my favorite in Toronto.

                          1. re: C mac

                            Funny, I finally got to try In n Out last fall in San Diego and couldn't understand what all the fuss was. It was better than McD's et al but not buy much. Give me a 5 Guys any day over InO

                            DT

                    2. re: TexSquared

                      A DIY salad burger at 5 guys? That would cover lame.

                  2. W Burger does several OK burgers in a lounge-y sports bar setting. Fairly large so a group shouldn't be a problem. Yonge & College.

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                    W Burger Bar
                    10 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K3, CA

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                    1. re: iMarilyn

                      Yeah, I'll second the W Burger Bar. The burgers are quite good. Onions rings are a delicious heart stopper, and cheap jugs of Sleeman's everyday.

                      1. Grindhouse at King and Peter could seat 12, and does a great burger (I like the black and blue) and equally great onion rings.

                        1. The Drake Hotel does a pretty great burger.

                          1. it depends where in Toronto you are. If you're north of Toronto (yonge and steeles) try Golden Star it sits like 40 people and its a great ma and pa shop

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                            1. re: kobo88

                              kobo, you 'bumped' a dormant discussion from January, but ...
                              I'll add my agreement to the quality of Golden Star burgers & fries, which personally I'll take 100 times out of 100 over Johnny's, 5 Guys, Lick's, Hero, etc. It's just a burger joint, no atmosphere other than Mediterranean grillmen debating hockey, but the homeburgers & fries are both great. If only they'd trash that crappy pre-fab gravy and make the real thing.
                              I also love take-out-only Real McCoy and yes, Burger Priest, as well as Big Moe's, (but skip the juicy lucy and just get a regular griddled burger). Burger Shack is also very good, just something about the unusual spicing of the meat and gravy that is a tiny bit off-putting for me, but BS is still much better than many.

                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                No way Johnny's belongs in the same sentence as any of the other places you listed. Johnny's is garbage. Even Lick's beats them, let alone Five Guys!

                                That's like saying "Ichiban, Zen, Kaji, Hiro, Hashimoto" in a Japanese food discussion!

                                1. re: TexSquared

                                  It's a debatable point. I'd rather eat a Johnny's dog burger than that Lick's piece of bread inside a bun it's so full of filler. They're both cheap, but if I'm going cheap I better get sleazy food too. Agreed 5 Guys doesn't belong in that sentence though.

                                  1. re: TexSquared

                                    Just for clarification, the list was just because they were mentioned in the above comments by YOU, Tex :-) I was basically agreeing, because they all fall well below Golden Star, in my opinion.

                                    I would sadly agree with Googs on Johnny's over Lick's, but that's like saying I'd rather be kicked than hit with a bat - I'll pass on both Lick's and Johnny's, thanks! Golden Star, Big Moe's and Real McCoy are all within a short drive depending on which direction you're going, and well worth a few minutes detour. :-)

                                    1. re: TorontoTips

                                      I cannot disagree with anything you said here. The only thing I will add is that my one trip to Big Moe's I got a burger that was cooked to death. It was the Juicy Lucy and had it not been for the cheese, it would've been dessicated. That said, from what I understand the cheese is supposed to melt and ooze, not be liquid lava.

                                      DT

                                      1. re: Davwud

                                        Yeah, unfortunately the juicy lucy is bad - it's over-handled meat, with a little ball of cheese in the middle, so it doesn't lie flat on the grill and the beef ends up getting way overcooked just to get the cheese to melt. The idea seemed cool on Triple-D, but either doesn't work for me, or Moe's can't pull it off.
                                        I go for the regular double with grilled onions and ask for it cooked medium, and it's a really solid alternative when I can't deal with the driving and lining-up at BP's... but lately Golden Star has been calling me back more often when I need my burger & fry fix.

                                        1. re: TorontoTips

                                          JL is not very hard. They just can't pull it off.

                                          People come by car to get the best by far......

                                          DT

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            Whereas Goody's Diner can pull off the stuffed burger every time.

                                            1. re: Googs

                                              I'll have to give it a try.

                                              Always available??

                                              DT

                                  2. re: TorontoTips

                                    I'm going revive this thread for a specific reason Ill mention at the end...lol.

                                    Anyway, funny how we all have our own preferences. I ate a golden star once and thought it was terrible.

                                    Burger shack is my favorite, and the funny part about that is I like the frozen patties over the homeburger which is what every will tell you not to do. I like the grease taste from the forzen patty. I also really like Johnny Burger. I find it taste kind of similar to Burger Shack but not quite as good.

                                    Anyway, I kind live a bit far from these places now as I live in Vaughan, and was hoping if any you guys go to burger shack regularly, you could ask them where they get their forzen patties and report back...lol. I want to buy a box so I can BBQ them at home. I know I'm asking a lot, but I thought it one of you guys go there regularly you might do me this favour...lol

                                        1. re: Davwud

                                          ya but I feel kind of weird calling them up over the phone spefically to ask that. A little awkward if your in there grabbing a burger and sort of casually throw it in there.

                                          1. re: C mac

                                            It's really not that big a deal. Just pick up the phone and ask them nicely.

                                        2. re: C mac

                                          I know this isn't what you're asking for, but living in Vaughan, you might be interested to know that Holy Chuck is opening in Vaughan @ the end of the month.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              If you're planning on a pilgrimage there, drop me a line. We could hook up.

                                              DT

                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                Funny, was going to be dropping you a line anyways. We'll chat!

                                              2. re: magic

                                                Yes. They were supposed to open the 1st week of September, but it's been pushed back until the end of September (if all goes according to plan).

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  Happy for them. They deserve their success.

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    Is it the same one that was supposed to be open in July??

                                                    DT

                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                      Yes. Originally it was July, then it was the 1st week of September, and now it's the end of September.

                                                      I think it's going to be located @ Hwy 7 and Weston Road (but don't quote me on that).

                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                        Close. Hwy 7 & Pine Valley. I believe in the row of restaurants where the Galaxy Diner is.

                                                2. re: kwass

                                                  Never really paid too much attention to your reply since I had my attention totally on trying to find good pre-made frozen burger patties. I never even heard of holy chuck. Just checked out the website and damn it looks good!!! lol

                                                  1. re: C mac

                                                    Fabulous burgers and the best shakes (I vote for Salted Caramel, Nutella) in the city.

                                                    DT

                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                      I have to vehemently disagree with DT here. I think they're the worst shakes in the city, bar none. Highly polarising!

                                                    2. re: C mac

                                                      Mac See my prior posts.
                                                      Holy chuck, wholey yuck, wholey fuck.

                                                      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                        I can't believe I agree with VV for once. I'm scared. Someone hold me.

                                                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                          V V,

                                                          Are you just talking about the shakes? Or you don't like the food in general?

                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                              Holy Chuck works for me. HC Signature au naturel. A fine burger.

                                                              Comically saw the owner (or a least one of them) ripping the bun supplier a new one. Seems the buns were arriving damaged (and allegedly leaving the bakery that way too). Liked the passion about getting things right.

                                                              Plus you can pick up a dozen excellent bagels a few doors down. How 'bout that for a double header !!

                                                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                                            tried this place for the first time today. Most over rated, over priced, greasy garbage I've ever had. Can even believe there name would come up in a good burger thread.

                                                3. The Burger Cellar and Wine Bar on Yonge Street (east side) between Lawrence and Yonge Blvd. is very nice, albeit perhaps more expensive. BTW CHers, my wife and I tried Burger's Priest for the first time this past weekend. I can only assume that this is a franchise location, not a corporate store. All of you who've lauded the original Beach location would be shocked by this outlet. Overpriced ( over $23 tax in for two burgers), WAY oversalted, greasy, and, despite the balls of fresh ground beef waiting to be griddled, shockingly devoid of beef flavour. Is the Beach location different? If so, we will have to try it before passing judgement on the brand.

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                                                  1. re: Big Kahuna 1

                                                    Nope, it's not a franchise. There are only two stores, both owned and operated by the same guy. And no, no one who loves the original location would be shocked -- it's the same stuff at the same price. I'm not a fan either.

                                                    To be fair, I don't think Burger Cellar is particularly good, either.

                                                    1. re: Big Kahuna 1

                                                      Sounds like you got the same salty beef i used to get before I stopped going....

                                                      1. re: canmark

                                                        Reading the comments on the link are interesting. Obviously there will be some disagreement with which is really the best and many will complain that so and so was left off the list. All in all I agree with many of the choices. I would have like Fanny Chadwick's to have made the list and I consider lamb burgers a separate category with Le Select's being the best, mind you, I haven't tried Blue Plate's. I guess I have some homework to do.

                                                        1. re: canmark

                                                          I think this deserves its own thread.

                                                          1. re: canmark

                                                            finally a respectable list in Toronto Life, I may put the rankings differently, but they cover pretty much everything at first glance at least

                                                          2. Quite interesting. There are waaaay too many "Pretentious" burgers on there for my liking but over all I think it represents a pretty good cross section and I like that they seem to worry more about taste rather than provenance.

                                                            DT

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                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                              It's a good list and a burger is a burger. I prefer to break my tops down to the experience. Going to Harbord Room is a very different burger experience than the line up at Burgers Priest.

                                                              Harbord Room still has my vote for best burger in the city. Richmond Station and Museum Tavern are up there as well but not quite as good as Harbord. MT's burger can be a bit inconsistent.

                                                              Best quick service burger for me is Burger's Priest.

                                                              1. re: abigllama

                                                                chalk me up to one of the guys that loved BP. I think I am over it now though (feeling very sad). I know find the burgers too greasy. I think they probably always were, but that was the initial appeal. now I find the dripping grease to be a turn off rather than a turn on. When the burger conversations started I did not like gbk at gerard and jones. now I find myself going there more than BP. Make what you will of my about face but this is how I feel

                                                                1. re: abigllama

                                                                  Just had Harbord Room's burger and it is still as good as ever. They come with the most addictive frites especially with the home made ketchup.

                                                                  The burger was juicy and still a little pink in the middle and is well balanced and well constructed.

                                                                  It's hard to judge what the 'best' burger is as everyone's taste is different, but Harbord Room's version is one that I've always enjoyed. Other's I liked include Marben's, Nota Bene's and Burgers Priest's.

                                                              2. I'm in for the Burger Cellar on Yonge north of Lawrence. Lots of burger options, good beer and wine.

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                                                                1. re: franpelyk

                                                                  what do you all think of steer-inn burger at Yonge and Major mac? I like this places. These old school ma and pa type of burger places are the kind I like.

                                                                2. The mojo burger at the real mc coy in scarborough is still the best. a generation ago it was already known as such accordin to local listeners of AM690. MMMMMM juicy and fresh

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                                                                  1. re: heybaldy

                                                                    It is an excellent burger. ONE of the better burgers in Toronto, but as much as I love TRM, my vote still goes to Burger's Priest as the best burger in Toronto. Now for charbroiled only, I would give my vote to the Mojo.

                                                                    I just had a cheese burger from Big Smoke. I was travelling over the holidays to my inlaws in Waterloo and dropped by the enRoute service centre. I was happy to find Big Smoke burgers open in the westbound centre. I would give their burger from this location a pass. It was decent, a bit undersized for me in comparison to the rest of the bun, but it did have good flavour. It is the best choice at the service centre when travelling IMHO. Now for their fries I definitely enjoyed them. The small is bigger than a McD's large. I would stop by Big Smoke IF travelling through, but I wouldn't go out of my way just to eat there.

                                                                    1. re: heybaldy

                                                                      Hey heybaldy ever tried the steak sandwich from Real McCoy? Excellent sandwich IMHO. I get mine dressed with tzatziki, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomatoes. What a sandwich and as always accompanied by some of the best fries in Toronto. As I mentioned in another thread their fries are never the same type of potato throughout the year as they use whatever the type of spud that's in season.