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Holy Chuck... Priest has nothing on this place.

Went yesterday (after wanting to go since it's opening).
I am a huge Shake Shack fan, I go to NYC at least 2-3x a year and go there probably 3x each time a visit. You can't get a comparable product in Toronto, the lack of Martin's potato rolls make it impossible.

However I find Priest pretentious, the product is often way to greasy and the fries are crap. Holy Chuck is none of that. The burgers are fresh tasting, the fries above average, the toppings fresh, the bun soft (and seems slightly larger than Priest). The location more convenient (right next to a subway station), much more (and more comfortable) seating and a full washroom for washing off all the grease.

Below are pics from the meal.

Double Cheese Burger

Go Chuck Yourself (6 Patties, Cheese, Bacon, between 3 grilled cheese sandwiches

My friend trying to devour the Go Chuck Yourself (he did it

The Holy Chuck

Side by Side Comparison (Holy Chuck, Shake Shack, Priest

Holy Chuck
1450 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA

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  1. +1

    I had the Depression (was it called that? I can't remember) yesterday. I reeked of onions afterwards but I didn't care. It was fantabulous.

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    1. re: radiopolitic

      Sounds like the Oklahoma.

      When I went this past week, they had a sandwich board outside that listed four new menu items.

      I remember three of them.
      - a Duck burger - foie gras with some other stuff
      - the Oklahoma - the board said to ask inside about it, so I did - it's a burger with a LOT of onions in the burger meat
      - the "Pampered Cow" - two Wagyu beef patties with cheese

      1. re: mstestzzz002

        here are menu items on the sandwich boards I've seen the past couple of times I went to Holy Chuck:

        1. re: mstestzzz002

          I so want to eat the cheeky cow...

    2. +1 too. Had the Holy Chuck. Was deelish. Also, the funnel cake is awesome for shiggles.

      1. It's very good there. I'm a fan of BP, and Shake Shack is my favourite of the 3, but Holy Chuck belongs in the conversation.

        1. Liked the burger here for sure. Had their signature and it was good. Mine was as greasy as BP if not greasier though. Had a large pool of it coagulated on my tray after I was done.

          I wonder why they went with a religious theme to their brand? A bit too similar to the Burger's Priest if you ask me. Kind of a wack move on their part.

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          1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

            A few random phrases from their website and online menu:

            We Don't Chuck Around
            Go Chuck Yourself
            The Farmers Threesome
            The Greek Bahahastard
            The Dirty Drunken Pig

            I have a feeling they're not all that religious.

            1. re: 5secondrule

              Ah, but you're wrong my friend, this clearly fits within the religious theme.

              Religious Hypocrisy.


          2. I'm also a pretty big fan of HC; BP is overrated...for me, I rather save the few minutes of time to travel out to Lawrence and actually have adequate seating.

            I like the Grind n Shine burger and their fries are far better than BPs.

            1. To me, having visited both places a number of times, it comes down to this: The quality of the beef and the cheese is a tie. the fries are a tie. the buns are a tie. As a basic burger goes, therefore, it is a tie.

              However, BP has the Option, which is fantastic, and for me, the tie breaker, in their favor.

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              1. re: shekamoo

                Not sure why one has to be a winner and the other a loser. It's nice to have some options. As for the name I thin Holy Chuck is less religiously inspired than profanity inspired.

                1. re: shekamoo

                  HC's fries look so good in various pictures, do you mean to tell me they are as good as BP's dreadful ones?

                  1. re: callitasicit

                    Their fries aren't spectacular (I wish they were cut bigger) but they are better than BP's.

                    And I agree with shekamoo that the option is far better then the comparable one at HC (can't remember the name). The Priest burger is the only reason I go to BP.

                    1. re: callitasicit

                      HC fries were never a revelation for me(maybe I have been consistently unlucky), dont see how they are better than BP's which IMO are not dreadful in any sense of the word I know. I think HC all in all is a great addition to the Toronto burger scene, but they just dont have anything to go against BP's Option with for me.

                      1. re: shekamoo

                        Had BP yesterday. It was a little cold by the time it got to me, but it was really really tasty, except for the meat texture. i agree with everyone, the patties fall apart when you eat them. Love Holy Chuck burgers, but their chili cheese fries left a lot to be desired.

                        1. re: jayseeca

                          With you on the chili cheese fries issue, jayseeca. There's no spice in it. Hope they fix it, because right now, it's just beefy beans cheesy fries...

                          1. re: Full tummy

                            i'd also like something less juicy and more thick saucy/gravy. it was too wet.

                            1. re: pinstripeprincess

                              The chili cheese fries at BP is super thick and meaty. Could use a good shot of hot sauce, but otherwise I really enjoyed them.

                  2. How's their rendition of animal style (cooked in mustard)? I find it hard to top stockyards' version, it's also the cheapest of the 3 ($10 including fries). Their fries sons BP, by a wide margin.

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                    1. re: aser

                      their cooked mustard burger is quite different... they actually blacken mustard on the grill and put it on. it's spectacular looking but they don't offer a traditional (ha ha ha) animal style, i got the pickles and cheese put on.

                    2. what kind of buns are they using at hc? does it compare to a martins roll? had my first batch of martins the other day. hands down ..it is the best Burger bun. period.

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                      1. re: boochinder

                        Sounds interesting......

                        Is there tables or mainly just take out at HC's?

                          1. re: millygirl

                            Plenty of tables. Nice place. Great service. I really enjoyed the burger, especially, and would be tempted to sneak in for burgers more often than I should if I lived closer.

                            1. re: Full tummy

                              Okay, can't wait for Saturday to check it out. Mr. MG loves his BP so this will be interesting.

                              1. re: Full tummy

                                Yeah, really great service. They were all very friendly. And no SUPER LOUD music either :)

                                I have only been to the original Burger Priest location and while I enjoyed my two experiences I liked Holy Chuck as well

                            2. re: boochinder

                              It isn't a Martin's bun...I'm from NJ and they are the BEST. But it is very close approximation. I went for lunch yesterday and had a single cheesburger with bacon and fries. Sublime! And for me I don't want to schlepp my food away and let it get cold and soggy, especially the fries. HC has enough seating so you can stay and eat.

                              1. re: boochinder

                                Try their gluten-free, it's a nice soft bun that holds together well with a touch of sweet, and I think it's primarily potato flour as well.

                              2. Okay, I'll wade in on this debate.

                                Buger: I had the "Holy Chuck" burger and it was fantastic. I'd say the same as BP but since they're both doing the same style burger, there's no surprise. Draw.

                                Chili Fries: The Holy Chuck Fries at HC are fresh cut, topped with sliced cheese, bacon and chili while BP does fresh cut with chili and cheddar. The potato itself is better at HC as they seem to be more well done. That's all the win at here. The chili is better at BP and I prefer cheddar on my cheese fries, not sliced. I pointed out to the owner that the addition of bacon did nothing to them. I think they'd be better served with chili cheese fries and bacon cheese fries, not bacon chili cheese fries. BP wins here.

                                Shakes: I opted for the Nutella and Salted Caramel shake and it's far and away the best shake I've had in the city. Perhaps ever. Absolutely incredible. I have not been to the new BP campus so haven't had one of their shakes. HC wins by default.

                                Place: The original BP is cramped and the music is too loud. HC is spacious enough and had a decent volume for the music. HC wins here but with an asterisk.

                                So overall on food I'd have to give the nod to BP but only minutely. I have absolutely no problem going to either. Win, win is a better way to judge it.


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                                1. re: Davwud


                                  Thank you for your post. I have been trying to decide between the 2 for my next burger/food run into T.O. (ok, my family is there too...)

                                  Have not been to either...but it would seem to me that the lack of seating and lineups at BP would suggest a visit to HC over BP if the food is comparable.

                                  If I'm driving in from KW, would you agree that HC makes more sense?

                                  Or should I just hit The Stockyards as usual? LOL

                                  1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                    Get off the 401 at Yonge and head south. You'll pass by BP. If you think it's empty enough, stop there. If not, keep going. When you get to Yonge and St. Clair check HC. Should it be busy continue across St. Clair to SY. Easy peasy.


                                    1. re: Davwud

                                      Not sure how you 'continue across St Clair' if you're outside HC.
                                      And SY is usually packed (and you're on the wrong side of the LRT).

                                      1. re: estufarian

                                        I wouldn't know about SY being packed or not. As for "Continue across St. Clair", I think you should be able to figure out that since it's like 4 doors south of St. Clair that I don't have to explain to turn around.


                                    2. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                                      Parking is also lacking on Yonge north of lawrence (you will be searching for street parking if you don't find one right away).

                                      If you're going to Holy Chuck there is a city parking lot right at yonge and rosehill (one block south).

                                      OR subway to St. Clair station and its a min walk. BP is probably a 7-8min walk from Lawrence Station

                                      I would suggest Holy Chuck, just based on the accessibility, seating, washroom AND it isn't cash only.... oh and the food is better.

                                    3. re: Davwud

                                      "Shakes: I opted for the Nutella and Salted Caramel shake and it's far and away the best shake I've had in the city"

                                      Had one today for lunch(+ a Holy Chuck&fries) both were excellent. I could do without the fries next time,not that they were bad,just didn't need em.
                                      I rate HC higher than BP,not because the burger is better(liked them both) but the lack of seating and way too loud music at BP, gives Chuck the upper hand,for me anyway.
                                      I will continue to patronise both of these fine establishments,+ Burger Shack,but I'll definitely go to HC more often..

                                      P.S you gotta try the Nutella shake,it's killer... :D

                                      1. re: petek

                                        the wasabi shake is awesome too

                                      2. re: Davwud

                                        I stopped in for a Cheeseburger combo today and while I enjoyed my delicious, lunch I overheard four different customers rave about the shakes they'd had with their meal.

                                      3. No doubt this is delicious burger and I'm glad fast food is moving in this direction. But I find that eating one of these is like smoking a cigar, great fun at the time only to be regretted later. I find it so greasy and heavy that I feel dopey afterwards. I've only been once a couple of months ago, loved it, but haven't gone back and I live in the area.

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                                        1. re: dubchild

                                          Doesn't that suck??

                                          I'm not that sensitive but I know that when I get back from vacation I need to decompress from all the rich, fatty and otherwise bad for you food I endulge in.


                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            Went today and really enjoyed our lunch and yes, that milkshake is wicked.
                                            We had the nutella and salted caramel one. OMG good!!!

                                            The restaurant itself is much nicer and the staff are very nice also.

                                            Fantastic. Thanks for the tip Flying 101. I cannot believe I hadn't heard about this place earlier.

                                          2. re: dubchild

                                            Go for a nice long hard run then devour that wickedly heavy stuff. That's how the pros do it.

                                            1. re: dubchild

                                              ." I find it so greasy and heavy that I feel dopey afterwards."

                                              this condition is called the "itis".I too suffered from it soon after eating at HC,but I had no regrets :D

                                            2. Be sure to try the funnell cake too, it is fantastic

                                              1. I went for the first time last night, had a single cheeseburger and creamy feta fries. The burger was okay, not exactly my thing, which is my problem not theirs, so whatever. Maybe I'll shell out and try something more exotic next time, the Oklahoma sounded tasty. But the fries were sooooo good!! Lots of chunky feta, greek dressing, herbs...yum, nice and crispy fries too. However, you have to eat them quick, cooled down they weren't nearly as appetizing. But totally worth it. I'd eat the fries with a fountain coke for supper any time.

                                                1. After the row they've been having over the name of one of their burgers and wanting to go sometime in the near future I decided today was the day. Show some support for them as it were.

                                                  Anyway, I had the offending burger and it was awesome. 2 patties 50/50 mix of beef and bacon with cheese and chili. I added onion (fresh diced) and mustard. Incredible.

                                                  The strawberry cheesecake shake was amazing too.

                                                  BTW, I had reported about a year ago that their chili didn't do much for me. They've improved it to the point of it being quite good. It had a nice little bit of kick to it.


                                                  1. I really disagree vehemently with the title of this post - I'm completely convinced of the opposite. To me, HC's burgers are vastly inferior to BP. The last time I had a HC burger (two weeks ago), a blind taste test was conducted amongst 7 people. Only a single individual preferred HC over BP. When we were served the burger, I came to the following conclusions and/or assumptions:

                                                    The meat used at HC was of an inferior quality.
                                                    The beef is much more finely ground than at BP, which makes the texture at BP superior (IMO)
                                                    I'm not certain the meat at HC is ground fresh, or even on-site.
                                                    The meat at BP had much more flavour.
                                                    My cheese wasn't even melted at HC when it was served
                                                    The fries were good.
                                                    The Chocolate milkshake is still completely undrinkable, and is probably made almost entirely of plastic.

                                                    Now, given that I'm a bit of a cheeseburger purist, I don't have the burgers with all the other "stuff" on them - I only ever get a plain cheeseburger - sometimes I do get the jalapeños at BP, but that's about it. Maybe, just maybe, for those burgers, HC is better - but I highly doubt it, given my two overly disappointing visits. I also very much prefer natural ice cream, as opposed to whatever they're serving in the shakes at HC.

                                                    In any case - for me, BP is the clear winner. I only prefer HC slightly over a McDonald's cheeseburger. And definitely not, over a Big Mac! (wow, those are strong words. I really think I don't like HC! Ha!)


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                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                      I like it when some posts HC is not preferable to a Big Mac because it helps me gauge how seriously I should take that person.
                                                      Obviously everyone is welcome to their opinion and some critical points have been made. The comment which, I feel, needs clarification is "The milkshake is still completely undrinkable, and is made almost entirely of plastic." What does that mean?

                                                      1. re: dubchild

                                                        lol, Good for you. I'm happy that makes you feel better! Seriously though - I'd eat a big mac over an HC cheeseburger any day (just not several days in a row).

                                                        That comment was obviously slightly tongue-in-cheek (you can't drink plastic, can you!?!). Although the ice cream"or whatever it is, used at HC is more akin to a McD's shake. It's soft-serve something or other, I'd guess. It tastes extremely artificial to me, and I don't think there's any natural flavouring whatsoever (and no, I don't like McD's shakes, at all, nor will I drink them).

                                                      2. re: justxpete

                                                        re your points from the general consensus of people i know that have visited both:

                                                        2. BP is MORE finely ground than HC, hence it's pastier texture
                                                        3. i've seen it ground on-site twice and have had various friends witness it at other times as well
                                                        4. i'm going to say this is subjective, since i disagree but think you're fair to your opinion
                                                        5. my cheese has always been melted
                                                        7. sugar maybe, but this plastic business is a bit ridiculous. i don't like the shakes but i don't think the ice cream is that poor quality. la paloma tastes like oil to me.

                                                        1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                          I'm 99.9999 percent certain the meat is more finely ground at HC. I find the pattie much thinner too.

                                                          re: the shake - people say the shakes at McD's are "plastic-y", this was just an exageration (see tongue-in-cheek, above). I think these shakes are as bad or worse than McD's. I'd love to know who's ice cream they're using as well.

                                                          ps, I'm only specifically referring to the chocolate shake, as that's the only one I've had. I have no idea whether the other shakes are even remotely similar.


                                                          1. re: justxpete

                                                            I've never had a shake from there that was anything short of excellent. Today's Strawberry Cheesecake was particularly awesome.


                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                              You don't find them sickly sweet? I have a severe sweet tooth, and find the Chocolate undrinkable. Perhaps they make their other flavours differently?

                                                              1. re: justxpete


                                                                The SC I had today had a bit of salty tang from the cheesecake flavour which would've helped balance out the sweet.
                                                                I've had the Wasabi, Nutella, Apple Pie and Fudge w/bacon flavours and all were terrific. No issues what so ever. Save for I didn't care for the bacon in the fudge shake.


                                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                                  bacon and fudge and Nutelle and salted caramel.
                                                                  only had those 2 shakes because they're perfection.

                                                                  best shakes i have EVER had. not just in toronto, but best to my recollection.

                                                                  1. re: atomeyes

                                                                    i don't know if i would go quite that far, but the nutella/salted caramel shake is pretty tasty.

                                                        2. re: justxpete

                                                          The meat is ground on site, right in frond of you, the meat grinder (at least it was two weeks ago when I went), was right next to the fountain pop machine (with the service counter dividing the two).

                                                          While BP keeps the meat grinder hidden in the back of the place (not saying they don't use it on site). But fresh ground on site is a gimmicky marketing ploy that BP started to push to the Toronto crowd. In n' out and Shake Shack both don't grind on site. And neither does the black label burger at Minetta Tavern... And I would prefer all the later two over HC and BP (and most people I think would agree). Although all are never frozen like your McD's patties...

                                                          1. re: flying101

                                                            I saw on their website that they say that they actually grind their meat daily on-site. I didn't notice it, but would not dispute that now, either.

                                                            I disagree about it being a "gimmikcy marketing ploy", however. I can appreciate the freshness of food when I happen to enjoy it. I really liked so few things about the HC burger that I thought it was probably ground elsewhere. I was wrong. I still like the BP burger so much better though - and I'd encourage anyone to do a 1-1 comparison, next time they're in the area.

                                                            And btw, I've eaten McD's once in the last two years (very late at night) .. but if that makes them "my" McD's patties, so be it.


                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                              McDonalds is great. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They are truly in a category of their own.

                                                              They, much like Burger's Priest also have a secret menu...

                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                      After the stupidity of what you just ordered sinks into the cashier, they usually just charge you for two fish filets.

                                                                    2. re: justxpete

                                                                      Yeah, if you ever go into a McDonalds and see a man grab his left arm and collapse come say hello.

                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                    "I'd encourage anyone to do a 1-1 comparison, next time they're in the area."

                                                                    Been there and done that. Of the 4 of us who sampled both, BP won 4 - 0. Clearly the winner. HC's burger was second (of 4) and still very, very solid.
                                                                    I prefer the atmosphere at HC by leaps and bounds while I prefer the burger at BP slightly. So I usually head to HC.


                                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                                      In ours, BP won 6-1, but by a wider margin of preference. I agree that the "atmosphere at HC" is better - probably in leaps and bounds as well (despite the owner smoking in front during my first visit) - but I'll take the food over the atmosphere, personally. I also tend to go to the Queen street location - but that doesn't improve anything in terms of atmosphere. They're just not a friendly lot - but it bothers me not. The guy from HC, I'll give you, is much more friendly and personable than anyone at BP. No argument here.


                                                                      1. re: justxpete

                                                                        See, for me, with the burgers being so close I'll take the atmosphere. Otherwise I'd go for taste.
                                                                        The unfriendliness of BP doesn't bother me. I just much prefer Bill and the gang at HC.

                                                                        That is all. You may now return to normal duties.


                                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                                          Davwud's group sampled four burgers. Did your group sample just two? The margin or preference may look different if you added a couple of other burger options to the mix...

                                                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                                                            Indeed, we only did the two. Those that liked BP thought it was far superior, however - I don't think that would change by adding other burgers in to the mix.

                                                                            Dave, which burger joints did you do?

                                                                1. Going here on Monday or later in the week. Have a $20 voucher to spend. Recs? I will likely get a milkshake unless it is crazy cold outside.... So many options on the burger menu, anyone have favourites? Will likely go for a more expensive one this time around.

                                                                  Some really weird combos now... Like... a truffle oil/fois gras milk shake! Looks like you can add truffle shavings to fries too..

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                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                    I had the Farmers Threesome a couple weeks ago. It was greasy and salty in the absolute best possible way.


                                                                  2. I've been to HC, and I have to say that BP is still my fave in the whole of the city. I am also a huge Shake Shack fan as well ;)

                                                                    My issue with HC is that I felt it was ridiculously greasy (in comparison to BP). Tried the "Holy Chuck" and the crazy $25 "Holy Duck" with foie gras (actually really, really good - not sure if worth the price though).

                                                                    I didn't like the texture of the burger patty, and moreover I felt like it was cooked far too raw. I know this is a debate for many CHers but I usually prefer mine cooked med well or medium. This was....almost rare. No blood but it was far too red.

                                                                    Fries were definitely decent (I recently gave those BP fries another go and they weren't half as bad as I remembered them to be).

                                                                    The salted caramel milkshake was crazy good. No cardboard taste, just really creamy and old fashioned.

                                                                    Overall, I wasn't too impressed. Haven't been back since!

                                                                    On a slightly diff note: has anyone been to that new The Works chain from Ottawa??

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                                                                    1. re: thecupcakegal

                                                                      I like the burgers at BP better but the overall experience at HC. I think the HC burgers are only just slightly inferior but I don't care for the "Vibe" given off at BP.

                                                                      I'm just glad we have both. Both are excellent IMHO.


                                                                      1. re: thecupcakegal

                                                                        I think there is another thread on The Works here but, quick summary... I had an "okay" meal there but every friend that has gone so far said "not worth it" or "not good" , so, your mileage will definitely very on that one. Anyway, you can see other negative comments in the CH thread if you come across it.

                                                                        I think I will be making it out to HC tomorrow night... One good thing is that they are open on Sundays vs. BP :)

                                                                      2. Ended up going and having the smoked cow. Double patty, smoked mozzarella (i.e. real cheese vs. american processed cheese... although, might be "chemical" smoke vs. real smoke, not sure which cheese they used) and double smoked bacon + smoked sea salt (I asked them not to salt it, enough sodium I am sure!). I also added a fried egg since I had some voucher value left over (again, the guy said he didn't salt it for me, so, maybe they normally do). Also added a nutella/salted caramel shake based on recs here (I think last time I had a peanut butter or Peanut butter/nutella one).

                                                                        Overall I enjoyed my meal. I won't be rushing back because of the calories/fat/cost but with the voucher it was a decent deal (out of pocket, all in, cost me $12 vs. 22 without voucher).

                                                                        Place was super busy, sunday evening around 6:45pm

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                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                          I also went to HC this weekend. It was PACKED on Saturday. And even with it packed I STILL got a seat no problem. Which would not happen at BP (which I also love).

                                                                          Everything was delicious but I was a little irked that I was not allowed to have their special sauce on the side of my burger. They wouldn't even let me pay for it! They simply flat out refused - the owner said that the Big Chuck is the only one they allow customers to have with special sauce as that is their take on the Big Mac. Fair enough, but not even if I pay for it?! Wha? They don't like making money? They also screwed up a couple things in my order but everything still tasted great.

                                                                          The owner, despite not allowing me to pay for the special sauce, was unbelievably nice, as were the rest of the staff, even though they were slammed. I cannot say enough nice things about them overall.

                                                                          Despite being a bit irked about the whole special sauce fiasco and them screwing up my toppings I would go back for sure.

                                                                          I just hope they reconsider special sauce requests - especially if customers offer to pay!

                                                                        2. Yeah this place is good, hella greasy, pretty much the same as priest. Five Guys still destroys all these spots in Toronto. Shake Shack will always be king, 3 times in one visit though? You know there's other food in NYC right

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                                                                              1. re: justxpete

                                                                                Ha, I was thinking the same thing. I'm a fan of Five Guys, but saying it "destroys" places like Holy Chuck and Burger's Priest is downright bizarre. The beef at both of those places is tastier, juicer, and has a more pronounced crust from the griddle. So I'm really not sure in what way Five Guys is superior. Toppings? Bun?

                                                                              2. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                                Is it just me or is Five Guys not over-rated? There for lunch today and didn't enjoy dry pebbly textured burger patties. Granted I didn't have cheese nor mayo, but why should that be required for "juice"? It was a truly dreadful burger. I was at the yng/dundas location. It was my third FG burger over the years and I just don't get it. Sorry but a fresh Wendy's is WAY better when talkn fast food!

                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                  No, it's not just you... I think they're OR, even though they're not generally rated too high, in my books. I don't agree that Wendy's is better, though. I put FG a notch or two above Wendy's. That being said, I've only had FG's twice. Perhaps I got lucky.

                                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                                    I just haven't had a good FG but I have had a very good Wendy's and I find the patties to be similar. A more crumbly texture than your average burger. But FG is tough and dry. I would drive twice as far for Wendy's over FG if they were the only two burger spots.

                                                                                    Priest is so much juicier, greasier and tastier. Priest falls apart in a different way than FG.

                                                                                2. re: Bobby Wham

                                                                                  sadly, have eaten about half a dozen burgers at now 3 different five guys locations. . .in a word, they were all terrible. if the criteria is an overcooked, dry, somewhat burnt burger with mediocre beef flavour, then yes, five guys 'destroys' hc and bp. . .otherwise, not in a million years. hc makes righteous burgers that i would travel to get. . .and yes, shake shack is good, but burger joint in nyc does it better, imho.

                                                                                  1. re: afong56

                                                                                    "overcooked, dry, somewhat burnt burger with mediocre beef flavour" Perfect description!

                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                      I have to agree about Five Guys. Really enjoyed the first and second visit out here in the "sausage"...and went to the recently opened one by Sherway last week.

                                                                                      Very disappointed...dry and not much flavor. And overpriced for sure. I miss working close to St. Clair as I could zoom down from Davisville every other week and have a guilty pleasure lunch at HC.

                                                                                      1. re: stephen

                                                                                        Therein lies the problem with 5 Guys. They're known for wild inconsistency.


                                                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                                                          I guess even burger to burger they vary. My buddy's burger looked juicy but I wasn't sure if it was because of the mayo and cheese that I didn't have. Mine was terribly dry and tasteless.

                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                            The burger at 5G isn't the best, but they do have the best American style cheese of any of the American style burger places in the city. For that reason I crave their cheeseburgers.

                                                                                            1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                              Then I MUST go back and get it with cheese!

                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                Never had a bad burger at 5 Guys(probably8-9 visits,all at the Warden& Eg location) always consistently good and juicy.
                                                                                                No more overpriced than the rest of the burger joints.Certainly not the best in the city,but one of my favorites

                                                                                                P.S you gotta have it with cheese..

                                                                                                1. re: petek

                                                                                                  They are hugely successful - my mind is open. I will hit up W&E.

                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                    There is also a little-known Laird location. No idea how it is. (Never been to a 5G.)

                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                      Saw one at York Mills and Don Mills too. They are expanding rapidly!

                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                        The Laird location is so close to me,but I always end up at the W&E location because some of my family still lives in the Scarbs..

                                                                                                        The thing that kills me about 5 g's is the size of the fries,which I think are decent,A small order is enough for 2-3 people easy.I wasn't crazy about the fries at HC.I like my fries fried in oil with salt..that's it.

                                                                                                      2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                        That's the one I usually go to, post Costco.

                                                                                                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                          I went to the W & E location once and thought it was good.

                                                                                                          The one at DM & YM has been better the 3 - 4 times I've been.

                                                                                                          The one at Weston and 7 was dreadful.

                                                                                                          The best one in the GTA AFAIC is Green Lane & Yonge in East Gwillumbury. But that's too far to go just for 5 Guys. Even from Aurora.


                                                                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                            the york mills and don mills one was great when i went there
                                                                                                            i also went to one in hamilton that was delicious
                                                                                                            the one way out west in i guess mississauga, the first one that opened here i think, has always been a crowd pleaser too

                                                                                                            i dunno it's totally an acceptable thing. i'd take it over any other fast food/chain burger you can find in the gta any day. little cheeseburger and split an order of fries, i wouldn't get those if i was solo

                                                                                                            1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                              Completely agreed. It's definitely not on the level of places like BP, but it blows all the fast food places out of the water for sure.

                                                                                                              1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                It may blow away all fast food chains, but not when half the visits suck and the outcome at some locations vary so much against the next. Who wants to roll the dice to have a great lunch?

                                                                                                          2. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                            Thanks Lex. I hit 5Gs at Sherway on the weekend. I took your advise and ordered it with cheese and then added some simple toppings - ketchup, mustard and raw onion.

                                                                                                            First off, this is the first 5Gs burger I've had where I noticed that the bun is toasted. It had a crunch all the way around the edges. Really added to the enjoyment. Second, I agree it is great tasting cheese that is a perfect compliment and it does make the burger. The burger patties were juicy and good tasting and the texture was not overly crumbly like I have had in the past but it lacked the good crust a griddle can provide. All in all it was a great sandwich. Very satisfying, very good, the best 5G example I have had.

                                                                                                            In summary for me - a properly executed 5G burger with cheese blows away the chains but doesn't necessarily elevate the burger.

                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                              Glad you enjoyed the cheese! Sometimes I just get the grilled cheese with onions and mushrooms on it. Giong down south to visit the fam when iI was a kid, and stopping at diners along the way makes American cheese a total nostalgiaic pleasure for me! :)

                                                                                      2. Last couple of times I went to Holy Chuck, I noticed that there was a Hero Burgers under construction half-a-block south on the opposite side of the street. Pretty bold or stupid to be opening so close to another burger place, I thought.

                                                                                        Then I went to BP North (Yonge & Lawrence) this week and I saw a Hero Burgers under construction, along with a Starbucks, two blocks south of BP North, on the opposite side of the street.

                                                                                        I recalled the new BP downtown is opening near Banh Mi Boys @ Queen & Spadina - where there's a 24x7 Hero Burgers already.

                                                                                        Strange, huh?

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                                                                                          1. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                            "Hero" burgers are a plague on this city and should be eradicated. If only more of the general public had a clue how much better burgers can be, HB would be out of business.

                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                              Hero is so bad I wouldn't even consider them burgers. They're nothing but grease soaked sponges.

                                                                                              I'm all for the "Eat and let eat" philosophy but this place is so bad it's a joke. And they don't seem to be able to open enough of them.


                                                                                          2. I just wanted to add that on top of this place having the best burgers in Toronto, I feel that the service there is always top notch.

                                                                                            I go there on average 2-3 times per week and the girl who works the cash in afternoons is always extremely friendly and remembers my name and order and always has a big smile. The owners are usually there and always say hi and seem friendly as well.

                                                                                            What really stands out though, is that a few times they even gave me my order on the house as a way of thanking me for repeat business. This really is a great spot.

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                                                                                            1. re: thrillhouse

                                                                                              Are you talking about Hero Burger or HC?? ^^^^^

                                                                                                1. re: thrillhouse

                                                                                                  2-3 times a week! How many calories are you eating? :)

                                                                                                  Yes, I think HC is top-notch, my only qualms is that I don't feel like eating a burger for another week at least afterwards, and their somewhat fast-food over-simple dining area. For that, I very much like Stockyards (great burger too- just different, but has a "fun" atmosphere).

                                                                                            2. Holy Chuck is on "Astraldeals" today.. $50 for 10 $10 gift certificates with no expiry... However, you need to spend an extra $5 on delivery (really don't like how Astraldeals does that).


                                                                                              Limited quantities... only 50 ish left

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                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                $50 worth of food @ a burger joint?! I don't think I could even spend that much.

                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                  Oh wait...I just re-read your post. It's $50 for 10 $10 gift certificates. My mistake. Sorry!

                                                                                                  1. re: prima

                                                                                                    So worth all that fat and caloric intake!! :D

                                                                                                  2. There's a group buy for Holy Chuck on Buytopia right now. "$10 for $20 worth of specialty burgers, fries, drinks, and more!." Worth the buy for those of you that frequent the place and for those of you who have been meaning to try HC.

                                                                                                    1. All of these places are pathetic. If you have to through a bunch of junk on top of something to disguise the real flavor and to make it taste good, then it wasn't very good to start with. A good hamburger should stand on its own.

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                                                                                                      1. re: evansl

                                                                                                        They certainly have a lot of extravagantly-topped burgers, but try the plain cheeseburger some time. It's the real deal.

                                                                                                        1. re: evansl

                                                                                                          Except that you don't "have to."


                                                                                                            1. re: evansl

                                                                                                              Just another obnoxious post here on Chowhound. Yes, I can un-read the post after I read it, sure, but what these types of posts do well, is deter good people from posting.

                                                                                                              1. re: chowfinder

                                                                                                                I've tried to get CH to address "trolling", to no avail.