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Jul 12, 2012 10:45 PM

Guess I went to the wrong "stockyards" because my experience wasn't that great

I've been following these boards for a while now and I've discovered that everyone has different tastes. Ironically the rave reviews about certain places "Burger Priest" "Stockyards" that were highly lauded by the masses here and on yelp weren't that great in my opinion.

Burger Priest was not bad, but I wouldn't say it was the best burger I ever had. Plus I didn't care for the wait or the overall attitude of the joint at the queen location "This is a waiting area, do not consume food here" what seemed like the pushing of religion.

On the other hand, Banh Mi Boys which I discovered on my own when they were at the waterfront market last year and closely followed their opening was a nice surprise. Though it's great alot of people like it, I didn't jump the band wagon on that because I already knew of them before they exploded onto the scene.

Anyways, back to stockyards. I've read alot of good reviews based on people's experience at Stockyards. I was really excited to go and I wasn't expecting five star dining in any way but here's what I ordered.

Classic burger combo with a home-made iced tea.

We went on a hot day 29C+ and this place doesn't have AC. We decided to stay by the front because the back was even hotter with the kitchen.

Burger was good, but as other people mentioned the bun gets soggy if you don't eat it right away. The fries were dry and cold. How they became cold I'll never understand because it wasn't busy but my fries were made to order because i asked for no salt. My dining companion's fries were also cold and his were regularly salted I presume.

The iced tea was cold, but it was 3/4 fill in the cup (I thought it was wierd they didn't put ice in there to fill it up and given that it was a hot day). Not a fan of the ginger taste, I like ginger but I don't like iced tea with ginger.

Service was kinda meh, not great but not too bad.

Did I order the wrong thing? A good burger should stand alone by itself without any bells and whistles of double patties, grilled cheese sandwiches, and the such.

Big turn off with the cold fries and iced tea. I'd like to come back to try the chicken but I don't think it's worth it. Did I go to the wrong one? Do they have a better one on the other side of St Clair?

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    1. That's too bad about your experience with Stockyards. I'd have said something about the fries. I've had nothing but amazing fries from there.

      I will touch on something about BP on Queen. That area is for waiting not food consumption. If they allow people to eat food there then they are required, by law, to provide bathroom facilities. So they're just enforcing the rule. Sorry if you don't like it. I don't either but unless the convenience store next door moves out and they expand, you have to take your food to go.


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      1. re: Davwud

        Thanks for that note Davwud, was wondering why they changed that policy because I had eaten there on the two occasions I had been before.

        Re: Stockyards, I haven't had the burger but really enjoyed the fried chicken, enjoyed the ribs too (not "wow, amazing, but good"). Friend is a big fan of the burger and she goes all the time for it.

        I found the service very friendly when I have been there in the past.

        1. re: ylsf

          if you're interested in trying the burger, consider the butter burger. bone marrow, blue cheese, crispy fried onions. now i want one, but i've already had lunch!

      2. I'm going to Stockyards this weekend. This will be my first visit. I'll order the cheeseburger, and give the Board my 2 cents after I try it. I won't bother with the fries, since I'm a snob when it comes to fries in Toronto. Only 3 restaurants are capable of meeting my high standards, and the type of fries I like would be an inappropriate match to the genre of burger I'll be ordering at Stockyards.

        Besides ginger iced tea and standard pop, does Stockyards stock any less common soft drinks?

        This is an important phrase all relatively new posters should learn: Your Mileage May Vary.

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        1. re: prima

          They make a delicious limeade (with mint, I think).

          I know you're going for a burger, but if you have stomach space or a friend to share with, get the biscuits and gravy. Their biscuits are addictive and the sausage gravy is the best I've had in Toronto (I still like mine better, though -- which I actually think is a recipe I snagged from Davwud years ago on the home cooking board!).

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Thanks, TorontoJo :-) I love limeade, and will try out the biscuits and gravy. Too bad they don't make 2-bite biscuits. (Yet. Maybe Stockyard's will read this thread? )

          2. re: prima

            Prima, if you're a fries snob you should probably try theirs. Even if you see an order being put together maybe ask for a sample. IMHO they're the best fries I've had.


            1. re: Davwud

              Ok Davwud, now I'm curious. I'll try the fries, but only because of your encouragement.

              By the way, does your def'n of fries include frites? :-) Or do you judge like fries against like fries, depending on the school of the fry?

              1. re: prima

                i find the stockyards fries a bit jk-esque. not as nicely done, but similar regards to size, herbs and overall flavour. the texture could be improved.

                i kinda love/hate stockyards. my last few experiences haven't been very good but the things that i love are executed amazingly. god damn, i need that pastrami.

            2. re: prima

              Which three restaurants meet your high fry standards?

              1. re: Full tummy

                Back in the day JK Wine Bar had amazing fries. Splendido has great fries. And for cheap and cheerful I like the ones at Le Select done in peanut oil.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Oddly enough, very seldom do I have the fries at Splendido. You think they're really that good? Don't they have the same at Note Bene? I like more of a "frite" than a "fry", so perhaps that's where the discrepancy lies.


                  1. re: justxpete

                    Have you had them at the County? They are the same. Water blanched and then twice deep fried. More of a fry than a frite.

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      Many, many times.

                      My favourite fries ever were during two weeks last year at Burger Priest - perfectly golden, tender, and potato-y. Sadly, they no longer produce them that way, and the fries are now just better-than-average.

                      I really don't have a favourite fry now, although I do like the fries at Stockyards.


                2. re: Full tummy

                  My current top 2 are the frites at Nota Bene (hold the cheese) and Starfish.

              2. Sorry you didn't have a good experience there. Sidestepping the bandwagon-hopping business, or why you think this is important to tell us (since I don't want my post deleted as well), I'd have to say:

                I've been a number of times, and have always had great fries. I'm not disputing that yours were subpar, I'm just suggesting that it was probably an exception, and not, in my experience, or those of the people I've gone with, the rule.

                I don't really get some of your comments, though - it seems a bit like you want to find fault. If you don't like iced tea with ginger, then why did you order it, when the menu clearly states that their iced tea comes with ginger? Similarly, about the soggy bun, well, I've had burgers there quite happily, and without undue sogginess, but didn't you say you eat there? Why would you not eat it upon receiving it, and let it get soggy?

                Anyway, too bad you didn't like it. I suppose any restaurant can have an off day, and expectations can vary pretty widely.

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