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I just don't get the Burger's Priest deification

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air621 Feb 10, 2012 09:36 AM

Zagat review aside, they make a decent burger and fries. It's not that special. They don't elevate the burger. But they make a burger the way EVERY PLACE that sells burgers should. I'd rather hit Goody's

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  1. justxpete RE: air621 Feb 10, 2012 09:47 AM

    I think it's the best, cheapest burger in the city. As in - there are better burgers, but these ones are cheaper - and they're pretty good. The freshness is really important to me too - no other burger counter in TO has a burger that's as fresh - at least that I'm aware of. Most come from frozen, and the ones that are fresh as well aren't as good.

    I don't think anyone's deifying them - Zagat also had Mandarin or Boston Pizza or something equally appalling in their top 10 - this wasn't a survey for food enthusiasts, just the general population - so who cares?

    Where/how do you think BP is being deified?

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      Googs RE: justxpete Feb 10, 2012 10:39 AM

      Nobody needs to. They do it themselves:
      http://theburgerspriest.com/gospel.php

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        petek RE: justxpete Feb 10, 2012 10:44 AM

        I agree that BP makes a damn good burger,but the best,cheapest burger in the city I think not..
        "best" is so subjective.char grilled vs flat top/smashed,toppings,bun etc..
        I had a BP cheese burger w/bacon and a can o pop and it came out to almost $9.00.Not too bad I guess,but the burger was so small I was still hungry after I finished it(about 5 bites).
        Burger Shack on the other hand,I can get a home made banquet burger(char-grilled),fries and a pop for just over $10.00 and I can sit down and eat my burger! Is Burger Shack the best in the city? Different strokes for different folks...

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          Jakis RE: petek Feb 10, 2012 10:49 AM

          I think the problem with burger shack is that their burgers are char-grilled. Using a flat-top griddle is the way to go in my opion. With a grill the burger looses its juices and isn't nearly as flavorful as a burger cooked on a flat-top with fresh ground beef.

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            petek RE: Jakis Feb 10, 2012 11:35 AM

            "I think the problem with burger shack is that their burgers are char-grilled"
            I don't see it as a "problem",just a different taste/texture.You can overcook a burger on a grill or a flat top,both will result in a lack of flavour.
            I enjoy both styles equally..
            Not sure if Burger Shack grinds their own beef,but it sure is tasty.

            I also enjoy Goody's and 5 Guys.All of them make excellent burgers in my opinion.

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            justxpete RE: petek Feb 10, 2012 12:10 PM

            No problem. I didn't say you had to agree, as I said, "I think".

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            Flexitarian RE: justxpete Feb 10, 2012 10:44 AM

            They grind their own beef to make the hamburger meat. I didn't think this was common in burger joints. Or, is it?

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              foodyDudey RE: Flexitarian Feb 10, 2012 11:46 AM

              It may not be common for burger places to grind their own beef, but Fudrucker's was doing it 25 years ago.

          4. biggreenmatt RE: air621 Feb 10, 2012 12:21 PM

            I completely agree.

            Listen, there's no question they make a good burger but let's all take a step back: it's just a burger. The fact that BP got mentioned in the same name as Barque and Chiado in the Zagat survey, to me, shows Zagat's irrelevancy. How can you compare a burger with proper fine dining?

            The media (and everyone else), IMO, should get a grip on the hype. It's just a burger.

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              danionavenue RE: biggreenmatt Feb 10, 2012 12:29 PM

              they don't even cook their burgers to order... I was expecting more when I went due to all the hype.

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                haggisdragon RE: danionavenue Feb 11, 2012 09:00 AM

                They definitely do cook their burgers to order. You just have to ask.

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                  szw RE: danionavenue Feb 11, 2012 08:09 PM

                  The definitely cook it to order. Usually goes like this

                  "rare double please"
                  "Like true rare, you sure?"
                  "yep"

                  i get my burger before everyone else who ordered before me, walk out and sink my teeth into a nice almost raw burger.

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                  Googs RE: biggreenmatt Feb 10, 2012 12:35 PM

                  While I agree that consumer/voter statistics are irrelavant, not for the reason you may think. Large companies throw their weight behind the voting process by engaging their staff in it. Polls such as these are easily skewed towards the companies with the longest reach. Spring Rolls #1? I hardly think so. The fact that independent restaurants such as Burger's Priest made the list at all is a show of how well-loved they are whether you feel them deserving or not.

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                  Shimso RE: air621 Feb 10, 2012 01:40 PM

                  I agree. I think BP is overrated.

                  The chilli cheese fries at the Yonge location suck (ie I'd rather go to a NYF inside a movie theatre than BP), there's a very pretentious vibe, and they aren't exactly the pinnacle of convenience, but the Priest is a really, really good burger. The other burgers on the menu are good, but I'd never go out of my way to get them, but I'd easily spend the ~hour round trip to get there for the Priest.

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                    haggisdragon RE: Shimso Feb 11, 2012 09:06 AM

                    So you think its over rated but you're willing to spend an hour round trip to go there? I guess that's why there's always lineups.

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                      Shimso RE: haggisdragon Feb 11, 2012 11:33 AM

                      I said in general it is overrated (chilli cheese fries are worse than food court fries, "smoke" was literally 2 tiny slivers of jalapeno, etc.) but that one specific burger on their menu (The Priest -> a burger with a portabello with cheese and panko deep fried) was worth the trek there; I've tried other burgers on the menu and they're nice but I wouldn't go out of my way for them.

                      Basically, I'd go for a 1hr trip to only that one specific burger, but otherwise I'd go only if I was really nearby (which is unlikely due to their locations).

                  2. Charles Yu RE: air621 Feb 11, 2012 06:33 PM

                    Just braved the COLD, waited 15 minutes outdoor and 15 minutes indoor for one. Had the 'High Priest'. Very similar to a Big Mac but with bigger and better patties. ( very juicy and beefy tasting and very 'airy' ). A good burger?! Yes! But rated #3 amongst all food in TO?! No way!!!! Not even close!! I prefer the Teriyaki Chicken Burger of Ju-Izakaya over it any day!!

                     
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                      LearningHow RE: air621 Feb 14, 2012 06:18 AM

                      Every place SHOULD, but not every place does.

                      Went to Goody's for the first time last night, with high expectations due to the love on this board.
                      And honestly, I didn't find it all that special. I ordered the Goody's Burger -- I didn't like that the meat was seasoned (which may be just a personal preference, I realize), and the burger was OKAY. It was a burger (and a BIG one at that), but not something that I would go out of my way to return to.
                      The lobster bisque, on the other hand, was very good.

                      But nothing with the Goody burger made me say, "wow, this is a GOOD burger", like I did the first time I ate at Burger's Priest. I think at Priest that the meat speaks for itself.

                      Even my 5 year old daughter exclaimed "i like this burger -- the meat is sooo soft" when we got her the regular cheeseburger at Burger's Priest.

                      1. BeeRich RE: air621 Feb 18, 2012 06:21 AM

                        I completely agree. Great Burger Kitchen I lauded on more than one occasion, and this BP place was nothing special at all. Their burgers are second rate in my opinion. Took pictures of both and GBK won hands down in size and flavour. It's not the best, and being cheapest isn't really an accolade. It's like beer...first you pay for it, then you have to eat it. If it's bad, you pay for it twice.

                        I also find their burger to be loosely made. Their buns are nothing special.

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                          biggreenmatt RE: BeeRich Feb 18, 2012 05:17 PM

                          In complete fairness, they do make one hell of a good burger. Man, I had a High Priest yesterday and it was everything good about a Big Mac, but much better quality. Top notch by any standard- and both GBK and Shack are among my faves in the city.

                          All I'm saying is that it's not worthy of the praise that Zagat's lavishing- and I hate standing in line for 20 minutes for fast food. After all: it's just a burger.

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