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Burger's Priest 3rd best according to Zagat

GoodGravy Feb 8, 2012 10:59 AM

As linked to in The Star: http://www.toronto.com/article/712828...

"The Burger’s Priest has been awarded third best food in Toronto after upscale compatriots Scaramouche and Chiado/Senhor Antonio Tapas and Wine Bar."

Congrats to them. Whether I agree doesn't matter, but I'm sure everyone will have an opinion so let's hear 'em!

CHT: I didn't know if this went here or Food Media & News so move it to wherever it's appropriate.

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  1. estufarian RE: GoodGravy Feb 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    I found the 'Most Popular' List the most illuminating.
    Canoe - #10 just behind Spring Rolls, Brampton!

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      T Long RE: estufarian Feb 8, 2012 02:33 PM

      Spring Rolls takes the top 9 places! Probably they mean Springs Rolls is #1 (with multiple locations) and Canoe is # 2.....yes illuminating!

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      Tatai RE: GoodGravy Feb 8, 2012 12:07 PM

      Just goes to show you that you can't rely on Zagat's for food guidance in cities you know nothing about.

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        HandPay RE: GoodGravy Feb 8, 2012 12:19 PM

        I finally had plans to go to Burger Priest tonight, now I am not so sure, will be busier then ever after today's press!

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          HandPay RE: HandPay Feb 9, 2012 12:30 PM

          I did end up going to BP last night. Was expecting a mob, but only a few people ahead of me. Not what I expected at all. Extremely small space, the customers waiting for their food and to order kept sidestepping around each other. While I had no complaints about the food, I don't get what all the fuss is about. A good cheeseburger, but I have had similiar ones from road side chip wagons. Fries were good. Canned drink. $10 plus change. I would eat there again, if I happened to be in the area, but not a place I would make a special trip to.

          Side note, I saw on the other posts that people mentioned stools and a shelf to eat at. No more I guess, now there are signs that say no eating so it's take out only I guess!

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            bytepusher RE: HandPay Feb 9, 2012 05:57 PM

            At the original location they switched to take out only in November last year, I'm guessing they got sick of having to mediate disputes over the three stools.

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              Gritseeker RE: bytepusher Feb 10, 2012 05:51 AM

              More likely a TPH crackdown. You can't have seating unless you offer a bathroom.

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                petek RE: Gritseeker Feb 10, 2012 07:33 AM

                The "seating" in there was kind of a joke anyway...

        2. GoodGravy RE: GoodGravy Feb 9, 2012 12:25 PM

          At least he's keeping it in perspective. From his facebook post:

          "It is with mixed emotions that I write this. One side of me is very humbled, flattered and joyous, for not just the Zagat honor, but for all of the recent media attention that The Burger's Priest has received. The other side of me however, is very mindful of the fact that some of this comes quite undeservingly. The restaurants and chefs represented in the places mentioned below The Burger's Priest in the Zagat review (or not mentioned at all) are in my opinion far better not just in food quality, but also in talent."

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            Tatai RE: GoodGravy Feb 9, 2012 12:41 PM

            Now that's a class act.

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              justxpete RE: GoodGravy Feb 9, 2012 06:34 PM

              Wow. That's shocking coming from him. Wouldn't have expected that in a million years. Maybe he's not such a bad guy after all.

            2. Charles Yu RE: GoodGravy Feb 9, 2012 06:26 PM

              I'm trying to put some 'funny logic' into the discussion!
              If BP ' 3rd best' rating was based on food only! And BP's food is 'just burgers'. Then, if foodies found the exotic burgers at Bymark and David Lee's Wagyu burger at Nota Bene both tasted better than the BP version. Comparing burger with burger, shouldn't those latter two places trump BP in the food rating and rank accordingly?! Ha!!

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                Flexitarian RE: Charles Yu Feb 10, 2012 07:29 AM

                Chowhound is my Zagat

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                  themiguel RE: Charles Yu Feb 10, 2012 08:47 AM

                  Ive had Bymark's burger - not better than BP. Never had Nota Bene, but that place is very underwhelming in general (which is a shame because I loved Lee's work in Splendido)

                  A lot of silly gourmet toppings does not make a good burger.

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                    jamesm RE: themiguel Feb 10, 2012 08:49 AM

                    The Nota Bene burger is pretty good but also very different from Burger's Priest. I have no idea what the point is that's trying to be made there.

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                      robb RE: jamesm Feb 10, 2012 09:34 AM

                      IMHO...Harbord Room is the best burger in the city...comes with great fries and a small salad...all for $15.00.

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                        justsayn RE: robb Feb 10, 2012 09:47 AM

                        Yes! Harbord Room - a GREAT burger and fries!

                  2. re: Charles Yu
                    prima RE: Charles Yu Feb 11, 2012 01:50 PM

                    I love most of the food at Nota Bene, and recommend NB for its seafood and side dishes frequently, but I like Harvey's Original hamburger better than the Wagyu burger at NB. I've had ridiculously crappy service at Bymark, so I'll probably never end up trying their burger, regardless of how good other foodies tell me it tastes.

                    There's no accounting for taste, so logic doesn't work on these boards!

                    Still haven't tried BP. Might see how it compares to Harvey's. ;-)

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                      justxpete RE: prima Feb 12, 2012 10:44 PM

                      Bymark's burger is good - not great. You're not missing anything, so don't worry yourself. Last time I was at Bymark, we waited 32 minutes for our glasses of wine. Have not been back since.

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