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Burgers Priest to open West End Location

Davwud Jul 21, 2012 01:24 PM

Announcement on FB page.

"West Side HERE WE COME!!!!!!!! don't ask for details....just know that pen has met paper. Dec. 2012."


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    ThoughtForFood Jul 21, 2012 01:28 PM

    Nice. This west end snob is stoked! Thanks for the update.

    1. dannyboy Jul 21, 2012 03:29 PM

      praise the lord

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        Michael N Jul 21, 2012 10:04 PM

        As someone who lives on the west end, this excites me greatly -- though I have to admit, I would have been more excited about this a few months ago. My last couple of visits have been a little bit disappointing. It's still good, but the rich, smacks-you-in-the-face beefy flavour that BP used to have has been greatly diminished. I don't know if they've changed their beef supplier or what, but it's definitely not as good as it used to be (it's still pretty delicious, don't get me wrong).

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          Main334 Jul 22, 2012 05:45 PM

          i believe the location is on wellington beside le select

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          1. re: Main334
            baabaablacksheep Jul 22, 2012 06:17 PM

            Is it really? This would be amazing as I live within walking distance!

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              fryerlover Jul 22, 2012 06:38 PM

              Hmmmm.......maybe I'm not up on Toronto areas/mapping, however as someone who grew up in southwest Etobicoke, I find the West End reference so not west end. Is West End a certain area? Or a reference to West Toronto? For me, west Toronto is west of the EX. Keep in mind I grew up there, although have lived in the burbs for over four years now.

              1. re: fryerlover
                Jacquilynne Jul 22, 2012 08:24 PM

                It's not something I find to be clearly defined -- could be just about anything west of Yonge St. and East of Oakville, depending on who you're talking to.

                1. re: Jacquilynne
                  fryerlover Jul 23, 2012 03:48 AM

                  Ahhh, okay. Got it now...lol. Thanks. Need to be up on these area names so I know which areas to search for on the boards if I'm ever in them.

                  1. re: Jacquilynne
                    Davwud Jul 23, 2012 05:42 AM

                    I took it to mean west of Dufferin at least.
                    When I read it I was thinking Bloor West Village.

                    1. re: Jacquilynne
                      piccola Jul 23, 2012 05:45 AM

                      I've never heard of anyone using "west end" to describe an area just west of Yonge. Usually it has to be at least west of Bathurst (and often as far as the 427). But it's true that the term is vague.

                      1. re: piccola
                        justsayn Jul 23, 2012 05:49 AM

                        I agree piccola, but it turns out that they didn't say West End, they said West Side. They were quoted incorrectly by the OP.

                        1. re: justsayn
                          Davwud Jul 23, 2012 06:11 AM

                          Well not really. I quoted them directly in the subject field. Just (I guess) took some liberties in the title.

                          As I said, when I read it I immediately thought BWV. So I just had it in my head that it meant west end.

                          Sorry for any inconvenience. You may now go back to your daily routines.


                          1. re: justsayn
                            piccola Jul 23, 2012 02:21 PM

                            Aaaaah OK. Understood.

                    2. re: Main334
                      ylsf Jul 23, 2012 09:03 AM

                      Seems like a weird location if that is indeed the location. Not much foot traffic, etc.
                      Grindhouse location at King/Peter is now available but I think they are tearing down the building to build a condo at some point soon.

                      1. re: ylsf
                        bytepusher Jul 23, 2012 09:10 AM

                        Reality is that neighborhood is chock-a-block with advertizing, PR, web development and design firms in all those old garment factory buildings. Combine that with all the people moving into condos on the south side of the train tracks and others and there's plenty enough to sustain a place like that. As soon as you go east of Spadina you're in a whole different universe, especially rentwise.

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                      metalmicky Jul 23, 2012 10:08 AM

                      I just floated this rumour by them on FB and their answer was "Not true. But close."

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                      1. re: metalmicky
                        ylsf Jul 23, 2012 12:37 PM

                        My bet is the old Grindhouse location then :)

                        1. re: ylsf
                          metalmicky Jul 23, 2012 01:36 PM

                          He also confirmed it's not that - said i was "getting colder."

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                            CarNut Jul 23, 2012 02:10 PM

                            It's definitely not the old Grindhouse location and they are not tearing down this building for a condo.

                          2. re: metalmicky
                            justxpete Jul 23, 2012 12:51 PM

                            He'd be wise to take a spot on the strip in Liberty Village.


                            1. re: justxpete
                              Pantz Jul 23, 2012 02:15 PM


                          3. num nums Jul 23, 2012 07:05 PM

                            This Postcity article is suggesting "King and Spadina area". It seems to jibe with the FB post about the Wellington location as being "not true but close".

                            I haven't tried BP yet so having them (potentially) close by is exciting.


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                            1. re: num nums
                              ylsf Jul 24, 2012 10:28 AM

                              So according to the link that num nums posted, the place they are going to take over isn't an existing restaurant and they need to check permit/zoning issues first.

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                              blueandyellow Jul 24, 2012 08:20 AM

                              Great news! I was just thinking last week that BP is a place that really needs another location.

                              1. damonster Jul 24, 2012 01:12 PM

                                Crap, if that's the vicinity of the location. Was really hoping for something a touch more west(like my street). Frankly I don't even consider that west, although i suppose geographically it is, i'd just lump into downtown.

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                                1. re: damonster
                                  kwong Jul 25, 2012 08:24 AM

                                  Yeah, I got excited for nothing. I was hoping they'd put one near Kipling subway station. I'd also be okay with one near Fairview Mall (although not related to the "west" story).

                                  As far as what counts as west? You shouldn't be allowed to say something is "west side" unless you're at least at Parkdale or Downsview Airport.

                                  1. re: kwong
                                    JennaBean Jul 25, 2012 09:43 AM

                                    West of Yonge is west IMO and isn't that how the city is divided?

                                    1. re: JennaBean
                                      Davwud Jul 25, 2012 09:54 AM

                                      I would think that for a city this large simply dividing it into east and west is far, far too vague. Really, is the Eaton Centre on the city's west side?? By your definition is it.


                                      1. re: Davwud
                                        baabaablacksheep Jul 25, 2012 10:04 AM

                                        I think JennaBean is referring to Yonge St being the dividing line for E and W streets (like Queen East and Queen West), which it is.

                                        I think the whole thing was just meaning they were coming west of the river, and I think the term "west end" has confused everyone.

                                        1. re: baabaablacksheep
                                          5andman Jul 28, 2012 02:34 PM

                                          I gues BP considers that "west" since they are from the east-side ... but sounds like "central" to me

                                    2. re: kwong
                                      Miss Cassandra Jul 28, 2012 02:45 PM

                                      I was hoping for Kipling too! Although there's already some heavy burger competition there with Apache Burger, Gourmet Burger Co and Royal Meats all within 5 minutes of each other.

                                      1. re: Miss Cassandra
                                        kwong Jul 28, 2012 09:43 PM

                                        Sure, except that none of those places is even remotely close to being as good as BP. I bet if BP opened up around Kipling station, the burger places in the area could expect a sharp drop in sales. :)

                                        1. re: kwong
                                          5andman Aug 2, 2012 07:27 PM

                                          The Apache banquet burger w/fires and gravy are pretty damn good (and yes, I've been to BP many of times) ... it's an institution in the westend (deservedly so)

                                          1. re: 5andman
                                            justxpete Aug 2, 2012 07:47 PM

                                            I went to Apache a few months ago and was completely disappointed. I'm not certain what I used to like about them.


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                                              Bobby Wham Jan 26, 2013 02:05 PM

                                              ya Apache is one of the worst spots, along with Johnny's in scarborough

                                        2. re: Miss Cassandra
                                          fryerlover Jul 29, 2012 05:23 AM

                                          Don't forget about Woody's Burgers. Only a few extra minutes from those places.

                                          1. re: Miss Cassandra
                                            Food Tourist Oct 23, 2013 05:16 PM

                                            Had Apache double cheeseburger, fries, onion rings and malted chocolate shake this evening. Horrible, overpriced, too-salty, bland, greasy, no substance, sinewy, chewy, won't be back.

                                            Gourmet Burger has gone way downhill with awful patties.

                                            The only decent burger still in the area is Royal Meats in a pinch...or Magoos.

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                                        ylsf Oct 3, 2012 02:07 PM

                                        Any updates on the location or hints to where it will be yet?

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                                        1. re: ylsf
                                          Davwud Oct 4, 2012 06:34 AM

                                          Looks like King and Spadina.


                                          1. re: Davwud
                                            sdicroce Oct 4, 2012 08:30 AM

                                            My prayers have been answered; the burger priest has arrived

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                                          bringonthelbs Jan 25, 2013 05:01 PM

                                          Looks like it's official - Queen and Spadina in May.


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                                          1. re: bringonthelbs
                                            Davwud Jan 25, 2013 05:08 PM

                                            They tweeted it earlier


                                          2. Bobby Wham Jan 26, 2013 02:03 PM

                                            west end starts at ossington and ends at the humber river, st. clair is the cut off to the north, this burger priest will be a downtown location, not west end

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                                            1. re: Bobby Wham
                                              damonster Jan 26, 2013 03:38 PM

                                              Agreed Bobby, was really hoping for something closer to the High Park area.

                                            2. duckdown Jan 26, 2013 08:41 PM

                                              I remember reading an article with the guy who owns it, who lived in Mississauga at one point and said that a Mississauga location is definitely coming in the future...

                                              Might not be this new location mentioned in this thread but I'm still hoping it holds true for Mississauga soon!

                                              edit: http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

                                              this isn't the article i had in mind, the other one was alot more specific on his appreciation of Mississauga but still cool to see

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                                                fryerlover Oct 8, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                The Kelsey's at on The Queensway at Islington Ave. is now closed, under construction with a sign that reads "New Joint, Oh wait for it". Could this be it????? I have a feeling.

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                                                1. re: fryerlover
                                                  Davwud Oct 8, 2013 10:36 AM

                                                  There was a picture floating around that showed it as the optical store on the N/E corner but I drove by there a couple weeks ago and it was going great guns.

                                                  So you may be onto something.


                                                  1. re: Davwud
                                                    fryerlover Oct 8, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                    The sign around the building says "Oh wait for it" and another sign says "new joint" and "hiring event". It's the wording "Oh wait for it and new joint" that has me thinking.
                                                    When construction first started Kelsey's had a sign stating "still open" and then boom, sign gone and new joint sign.

                                                    I have not tried Burger's Priest as we have Woody's out this way and so far it's the best I've had. Although I will definitely try it as soon as it opens.

                                                    1. re: fryerlover
                                                      Davwud Oct 8, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                      Woodiy's is a flame broiled burger right??
                                                      BP is flat top. IMHO it's far and away a more superior way of cooking a burger. But others disagree.

                                                      Ultimately, a great burger is a great burger no matter how it's cooked and a bad burger is bad no matter how it's cooked.


                                                      1. re: Davwud
                                                        fryerlover Oct 8, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                        Woody's is cooked on a wood burning grill. I don't know if that is the same as flame broiled?

                                                        Well, that is good to know as I will now pay attention to the flat top when I try it and see how it compares to other cooking methods. Now I'm curious why you feel flat top is better than wood fired?
                                                        I'm thinking flat top would give you more grease in the burger the flame cooking, although just guessing.

                                                        Thanks for the info. on cooking method.

                                                        1. re: fryerlover
                                                          Davwud Oct 8, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                          First of all, you typo-ed it seems. I assume you meant ...more grease than the flame cooking..... So I will proceed accordingly.

                                                          Yes, they're definitely greasier which is a big reason why I love them. Greasy is good. Too greasy, however, is not. So there's a fine line. It should be greasy but not so much as to disintegrate the bottom bun. If you see large grease stains on the outside of a take away bag and you didn't order fries, well.......
                                                          The flat top, when utilized correctly, gives a nice crust on the meat which is much more flavourful. It's like having 1 giant grill mark instead of a series of thin ones.
                                                          Also, the burger essentially is basting in it's juices as frying beef fat laps up at it.


                                                          1. re: Davwud
                                                            fryerlover Oct 8, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                            Thanks Davwud. Totally makes sense. My DH does most of the cooking while I prep and clean so I appreciate you explaining the cooking method for me.

                                                            Why am I now craving a flat top burger. You make it sound delicious.

                                                            Was just thinking, Kelsey's was a large establishment and from what I read, Burgers Priest is a small take out kinda place. Maybe my hunch was wrong unless they are trying something new with a big establishment.

                                                          2. re: fryerlover
                                                            Food Tourist Oct 23, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                            Woody's burger also terrible.

                                                    2. re: fryerlover
                                                      ylsf Oct 8, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                      Wow, that would be a HUGE space for a BP compared to their other locations. Would make me want to go to Queensway to see movies more often :)

                                                      1. re: ylsf
                                                        KhaoSanRoad Oct 9, 2013 03:53 AM

                                                        it appears shant is moving away from chapels and into cathedrals and abbeys.

                                                        - khao san road

                                                      2. re: fryerlover
                                                        fryerlover Oct 23, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                        I was incorrect. Drove by this place again this morning and noticed "Kelsy's" is now on the sign again.

                                                        1. re: fryerlover
                                                          Davwud Oct 23, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                          And the optical store on the N/E corner of Islington and Queensway now has a "Store Closing" sign on it.

                                                          Which is the location was understanding it to be.


                                                          1. re: Davwud
                                                            petek Oct 23, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                            Cool! This will be within spittin' distance from work!!

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                                                        ylsf Jan 24, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                        Any updates on the Queensway location?

                                                        I was just going through some old newspaper articles and came across a story about Via Cibo, and the guy who started it. It says in the article he runs it under a company called Crave It which includes brands like Burger Priest and Stoney's in Oakville. Says in the article that three new locations are under development. The guy who runs the company had started up Extreme Pita but sold it off to another company for $45 million +


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                                                        1. re: ylsf
                                                          petek Jan 24, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                          Queensway location is still not open. The Optical store is gone but no signs of BP yet...

                                                          1. re: petek
                                                            ylsf Jan 24, 2014 05:21 PM

                                                            Thanks. Any sign of what is going into the Kelsey's? Frylover mentioned below that sign said "New Joint, oh wait for it" back in October.

                                                            1. re: ylsf
                                                              petek Jan 24, 2014 05:24 PM

                                                              Sorry can't help you there..it was a quick drive by on my way home from work. I hope they(BP) open before the summer.

                                                              1. re: ylsf
                                                                bunnylicious Jan 24, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                A renovated Kelsey's went into the old Kelsey's :) No idea if the food is the same as I've never eaten at a Kelsey's but the outside is more colourful now.

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