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Jakis Jan 7, 2012 09:58 AM

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. iMarilyn RE: Jakis Jan 7, 2012 11:44 AM

    The new Burger's Priest is bigger apparently.

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    1. re: iMarilyn
      magic RE: iMarilyn Jan 7, 2012 12:22 PM

      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??

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      cubmike74 RE: Jakis Jan 7, 2012 02:19 PM

      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.

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        childofthestorm RE: Jakis Jan 7, 2012 09:50 PM

        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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          petek RE: childofthestorm Jan 7, 2012 10:12 PM

          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..

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            Googs RE: petek Jan 8, 2012 12:24 PM

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

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

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              petek RE: Googs Jan 8, 2012 07:27 PM

              "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..

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            shekamoo RE: childofthestorm Jan 8, 2012 06:45 AM

            second Holy Chuck, easily compares with BP.

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            farmgirl1836 RE: Jakis Jan 8, 2012 06:09 AM

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

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              petek RE: farmgirl1836 Jan 8, 2012 06:48 AM

              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.

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                atomeyes RE: farmgirl1836 Jan 8, 2012 02:59 PM

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

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

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                  Vinnie Vidimangi RE: atomeyes Jan 9, 2012 01:37 AM

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

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                    justsayn RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 9, 2012 06:50 AM

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

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                  TexSquared RE: farmgirl1836 Jan 9, 2012 10:25 AM

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

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                    grandgourmand RE: TexSquared Jan 9, 2012 01:47 PM

                    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?

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                      TexSquared RE: grandgourmand Jan 9, 2012 03:17 PM

                      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....

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                        grandgourmand RE: TexSquared Jan 10, 2012 04:55 AM

                        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.

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                          C mac RE: grandgourmand Apr 28, 2012 08:31 PM

                          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.

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                            Davwud RE: C mac Apr 30, 2012 05:50 AM

                            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


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                      jayt90 RE: TexSquared Jan 9, 2012 04:13 PM

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

                  2. iMarilyn RE: Jakis Jan 8, 2012 03:55 PM

                    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.

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

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                      mjcrowe RE: iMarilyn Apr 27, 2012 11:41 AM

                      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.

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                        justsayn RE: mjcrowe Apr 27, 2012 12:54 PM


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                      TexSquared RE: Jakis Jan 8, 2012 08:57 PM

                      Five Guys.

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                        Strongbad789 RE: Jakis Jan 9, 2012 01:23 PM

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

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                          plasticanimal RE: Jakis Jan 10, 2012 11:49 AM

                          The Drake Hotel does a pretty great burger.

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                            kobo88 RE: Jakis Apr 27, 2012 01:05 PM

                            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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                              TorontoTips RE: kobo88 Apr 30, 2012 01:49 PM

                              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.

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                                TexSquared RE: TorontoTips Apr 30, 2012 09:14 PM

                                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!

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                                  Googs RE: TexSquared May 1, 2012 08:51 AM

                                  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.

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                                    TorontoTips RE: TexSquared May 1, 2012 10:23 AM

                                    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
                                      Davwud RE: TorontoTips May 1, 2012 11:34 AM

                                      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.


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                                        TorontoTips RE: Davwud May 1, 2012 12:08 PM

                                        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.

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                                          Davwud RE: TorontoTips May 1, 2012 03:59 PM

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

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


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                                            Googs RE: Davwud May 6, 2012 09:40 AM

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

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                                              Davwud RE: Googs May 6, 2012 12:23 PM

                                              I'll have to give it a try.

                                              Always available??


                                  2. re: TorontoTips
                                    C mac RE: TorontoTips Sep 13, 2013 01:14 AM

                                    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: C mac
                                      Davwud RE: C mac Sep 13, 2013 02:58 AM

                                      Do you own a telephone??


                                      1. re: Davwud
                                        fryerlover RE: Davwud Sep 13, 2013 05:28 AM

                                        This made me chuckle.

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                                          C mac RE: Davwud Sep 13, 2013 10:26 AM

                                          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
                                            justxpete RE: C mac Sep 13, 2013 12:55 PM

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

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                                          kwass RE: C mac Sep 13, 2013 08:53 AM

                                          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.

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                                            magic RE: kwass Sep 13, 2013 11:43 AM

                                            I did not know this!

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                                              Davwud RE: magic Sep 13, 2013 11:49 AM

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


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                                                magic RE: Davwud Sep 13, 2013 12:21 PM

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

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                                                kwass RE: magic Sep 13, 2013 11:52 AM

                                                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).

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                                                  magic RE: kwass Sep 13, 2013 12:21 PM

                                                  Happy for them. They deserve their success.

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                                                    kwass RE: magic Sep 13, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                    They really do!

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                                                    Davwud RE: kwass Sep 13, 2013 02:10 PM

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


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                                                      kwass RE: Davwud Sep 13, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                      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).

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                                                        Midknight RE: kwass Sep 19, 2013 06:58 AM

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

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                                                          kwass RE: Midknight Sep 19, 2013 07:37 AM

                                                          Oh. Ok. Thanks Midknight :)

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                                                  C mac RE: kwass Oct 5, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                  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
                                                    Davwud RE: C mac Oct 5, 2013 10:27 AM

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


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                                                      justxpete RE: Davwud Oct 5, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                      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
                                                      Vinnie Vidimangi RE: C mac Oct 5, 2013 11:07 AM

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

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                                                        justxpete RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 5, 2013 11:20 AM

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

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                                                          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: justxpete Oct 5, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                          Matthew 18:12–14, Luke 15:3–7

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                                                            justxpete RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 5, 2013 06:28 PM

                                                            Oh pookie

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                                                          C mac RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 5, 2013 10:37 PM

                                                          V V,

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

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                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi RE: C mac Oct 6, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                            Had burgers only.

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                                                              PoppiYYZ RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 10, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                              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 !!

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                                                            C mac RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Mar 22, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                  Big Kahuna 1 RE: Jakis May 7, 2012 07:00 AM

                                                  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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                                                    TorontoJo RE: Big Kahuna 1 May 7, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      justsayn RE: Big Kahuna 1 May 7, 2012 07:55 AM

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

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                                                      canmark RE: Jakis May 17, 2012 10:39 AM

                                                      Toronto Life: Toronto's 25 Best Burgers


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                                                        dubchild RE: canmark May 17, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                        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.

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                                                          Michael N RE: canmark May 17, 2012 11:08 AM

                                                          I think this deserves its own thread.

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                                                            shekamoo RE: canmark May 17, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                            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. Davwud RE: Jakis May 17, 2012 02:43 PM

                                                            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.


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                                                              abigllama RE: Davwud Oct 7, 2013 04:11 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                raybon RE: abigllama Oct 7, 2013 09:18 PM

                                                                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

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                                                                  ragged25 RE: abigllama Oct 15, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                franpelyk RE: Jakis Sep 13, 2013 06:35 AM

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

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                                                                  C mac RE: franpelyk Dec 30, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                  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. heybaldy RE: Jakis Dec 30, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                  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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                                                                    scarberian RE: heybaldy Dec 31, 2013 04:47 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      scarberian RE: heybaldy Mar 22, 2014 05:43 PM

                                                                      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.

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