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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."
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bu...

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    ThoughtForFood RE: Davwud Jul 21, 2012 01:28 PM

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

    1. dannyboy RE: Davwud Jul 21, 2012 03:29 PM

      praise the lord

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        Michael N RE: Davwud 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 RE: Davwud Jul 22, 2012 05:45 PM

          i believe the location is on wellington beside le select

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            baabaablacksheep RE: Main334 Jul 22, 2012 06:17 PM

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

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              fryerlover RE: Main334 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.

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                Jacquilynne RE: fryerlover 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.

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                  fryerlover RE: Jacquilynne 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.

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                    Davwud RE: Jacquilynne 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.
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                      piccola RE: Jacquilynne 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.

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                        justsayn RE: piccola 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.

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                          Davwud RE: justsayn 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.

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                            piccola RE: justsayn Jul 23, 2012 02:21 PM

                            Aaaaah OK. Understood.

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                      ylsf RE: Main334 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.

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                        bytepusher RE: ylsf 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 RE: Davwud 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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                        ylsf RE: metalmicky Jul 23, 2012 12:37 PM

                        My bet is the old Grindhouse location then :)

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                          metalmicky RE: ylsf Jul 23, 2012 01:36 PM

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

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                            CarNut RE: ylsf 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.

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                            justxpete RE: metalmicky Jul 23, 2012 12:51 PM

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

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                              Pantz RE: justxpete Jul 23, 2012 02:15 PM

                              Parkdale!

                          3. num nums RE: Davwud 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.

                            http://bit.ly/MDV6kS

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                              ylsf RE: num nums 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 RE: Davwud 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 RE: Davwud 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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                                  kwong RE: damonster 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.

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                                    JennaBean RE: kwong Jul 25, 2012 09:43 AM

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

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                                      Davwud RE: JennaBean 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.

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                                        baabaablacksheep RE: Davwud 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.

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                                          5andman RE: baabaablacksheep 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

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                                      Miss Cassandra RE: kwong 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.

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                                        kwong RE: Miss Cassandra 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. :)

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                                          5andman RE: kwong 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)

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                                            justxpete RE: 5andman 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 RE: justxpete Jan 26, 2013 02:05 PM

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

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                                                Vinnie Vidimangi RE: Bobby Wham Apr 29, 2014 04:11 PM

                                                Right on brother Wham.

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                                          fryerlover RE: Miss Cassandra Jul 29, 2012 05:23 AM

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

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                                            Food Tourist RE: Miss Cassandra 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 RE: Davwud Oct 3, 2012 02:07 PM

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

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                                          Davwud RE: ylsf Oct 4, 2012 06:34 AM

                                          Looks like King and Spadina.

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                                            sdicroce RE: Davwud Oct 4, 2012 08:30 AM

                                            My prayers have been answered; the burger priest has arrived

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                                          bringonthelbs RE: Davwud Jan 25, 2013 05:01 PM

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

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

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                                            Davwud RE: bringonthelbs Jan 25, 2013 05:08 PM

                                            They tweeted it earlier

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                                          2. Bobby Wham RE: Davwud 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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                                              damonster RE: Bobby Wham Jan 26, 2013 03:38 PM

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

                                            2. duckdown RE: Davwud 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 RE: Davwud 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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                                                  Davwud RE: fryerlover 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.

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                                                    fryerlover RE: Davwud 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.

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                                                      Davwud RE: fryerlover 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.

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                                                        fryerlover RE: Davwud 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.

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                                                          Davwud RE: fryerlover 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.

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                                                            fryerlover RE: Davwud 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.

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                                                            Food Tourist RE: fryerlover Oct 23, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                            Woody's burger also terrible.

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                                                      ylsf RE: fryerlover 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 :)

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                                                        KhaoSanRoad RE: ylsf Oct 9, 2013 03:53 AM

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

                                                        - khao san road

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                                                        fryerlover RE: 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.

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                                                          Davwud RE: fryerlover 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.

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                                                            petek RE: Davwud Oct 23, 2013 01:09 PM

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

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                                                        ylsf RE: Davwud 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 +

                                                        http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

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                                                          petek RE: ylsf Jan 24, 2014 05:17 PM

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

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                                                            ylsf RE: petek 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.

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                                                              petek RE: ylsf 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.

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                                                                bunnylicious RE: ylsf 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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                                                              squirms RE: ylsf Apr 28, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                              FINALLY

                                                              Just drove by their new home in Etobicoke. Further west on the Queensway, closer to the 427, in the old Sizzling Jacks location. Sandwiched (lol) between California Sandwiches and Licks (whom I suspect will go out of business any day now).

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                                                                Michael N RE: squirms Apr 28, 2014 04:25 PM

                                                                Oooh, that's a big location. Should be lots of seating in there. And that's even closer to where I live than where I thought it was going to be. This pleases me. I am pleased.

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                                                                  FrenchSoda RE: squirms Apr 28, 2014 04:30 PM

                                                                  Is it open now? Or still under construction?

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                                                                    squirms RE: FrenchSoda Apr 28, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                    Not open yet.

                                                                    Just randomly drove by it and saw some signage though. Shouldn't be too long from now.

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                                                                      petek RE: squirms Apr 28, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                      Damn! I thought they were opening up closer to Islington.. :(

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                                                                        pakmode RE: petek Apr 29, 2014 09:16 AM

                                                                        That's a good spot as they will get alot of Suburban Mississauga folks drive down.

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                                                                          Michael N RE: pakmode Apr 29, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                          Indeed. And Mississauga/Etobicoke is a complete wasteland for decent burgers. This is going to go over like a tall glass of ice water after spending a couple of days wandering the desert.

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                                                                            pakmode RE: Michael N Apr 29, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                            Haha, so true.

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                                                                            Food Tourist RE: pakmode May 1, 2014 08:52 AM

                                                                            And free parking!

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                                                                      roostermom RE: squirms Apr 29, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                      now there will be a good place to eat other than IKEA!!!!

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                                                                        fryerlover RE: roostermom Apr 29, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                        While I'm happy Burgers Priest is coming, I think the area already has some great places to eat. Woody's on Lakeshore makes great wood fired burgers. The Pie Commission, Buon Giorno Caffe & Panini, Kumo Japanese, New Toronto Fish & Chips, Maurya East Indian Roti, Chodang Soon Tofu, Burrito Boyz, Brown Sugar and Bua Thai to name a few.

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                                                                          petek RE: fryerlover Apr 29, 2014 03:14 PM

                                                                          Funny you should mention Woody's. A co-worker mentioned that she had a great burger there recently.
                                                                          I'll have to check it out.

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                                                                            fryerlover RE: petek Apr 29, 2014 07:43 PM

                                                                            A burger is not a food item that tempts me, although I find Woody's burgers to be very well prepared and super tasty. Last one I had there was stuffed with Gorgonzola. Definitely a must try place!

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                                                                              Food Tourist RE: fryerlover May 1, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                              Woody's burgers are hit-or-miss. Not consistent.

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                                                                                fryerlover RE: Food Tourist May 1, 2014 09:13 AM

                                                                                Sorry to hear you've had a miss there. What did you have that was a miss? How many times have you been? Was each time a miss or have you had any hits there as well.
                                                                                (OT, but I've given up on a place in Miss. that makes great pizza when they are great, although have had so many misses that I stopped going there as the pricepoint is at a point where there should be zero miss's.)

                                                                                I guess I've been lucky. I've been to Woody's about 5 times over the last 4 years and they've been great each time. Hopefully my lucky streak does not end.

                                                                                I do see up post you've said before that you don't like Woody's. I guess we have a difference of opinions on it.

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                                                                                  Food Tourist RE: fryerlover May 15, 2014 02:38 PM

                                                                                  I've eaten Woody's at least 4 times in past few years. It was good once in four visits. It is not in the same league as good smokehouse places nor good burger places. Definitely not worth a drive. What about the actual patty appeals to you? (e.g. take out the cheese and toppings, what about the actual meat is good? Do you ever separate out the meat and just think about the texture and taste of that alone? I do. The texture is off, for sure.)

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                                                                            Food Tourist RE: fryerlover May 1, 2014 08:51 AM

                                                                            I really don't recommend Woody's nor Kumo.

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                                                                              fryerlover RE: Food Tourist May 1, 2014 09:14 AM

                                                                              Agreed, Kumo has gone downhill unfortunately. I meant to writer Kaji Sushi, not Kumo.

                                                                              I do not reccoment Kumo! I DO reccomend Kaji!

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                                                                              Food Tourist RE: fryerlover May 15, 2014 02:41 PM

                                                                              I would agree that Pie Commish, Maurya, Chodang, Burrito Boyz are good standbys in that 'hood. But you can find better in other 'hoods (Chodang excepted.)

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                                                                            Michael N RE: squirms Apr 29, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                            I happened to be picking up a sandwich from California Sandwiches today, so I walked over to the new location and peeked in the window. It's a complete construction zone in there right now; raw materials on the ground, nothing finished. It looks like they've basically just started. I know they said they were on schedule to open in May last month on their Facebook page, but based on what I saw that seems highly unlikely. Granted, I don't know much about how long it takes to build a restaurant from scratch, but I'm assuming June at the earliest.

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                                                                              Michael N RE: Michael N Jun 6, 2014 06:04 AM

                                                                              I decided to take another peek to see how things are progressing. The outside looks completely done at this point (and looks fairly snazzy). There's still no furniture on the inside but the construction looks to be nearly done. My completely uneducated opinion is that they'll probably (hopefully!) be opening later this month.

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                                                                                Davwud RE: Michael N Jun 6, 2014 03:23 PM

                                                                                Assuming all inspections don't slow the process. They can be ready to go and be waiting on outside influences.

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                                                                        2. damonster RE: Davwud Jun 20, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                          Well they tweeted last night that opening will occur June 28 at 6PM.
                                                                          Been waiting for this for a while.

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                                                                            squirms RE: damonster Jun 28, 2014 03:11 PM

                                                                            Happened to be in the area and just drove by it.

                                                                            Big lineup snaking outside the door. Are they giving away free food or something?

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                                                                            5andman RE: Davwud Jun 30, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                            Planning to check it out during off hours. Wish me luck!

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                                                                              Davwud RE: 5andman Jun 30, 2014 03:51 PM

                                                                              By off hours I assume you mean next January 22nd between the hours of 2 and 3 am??

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                                                                                5andman RE: Davwud Jul 2, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                Went yesterday Canada Day, 2pm-ish.
                                                                                It was busy, but not to busy (3-4 people in front of me during ordering).

                                                                                Didn't bother w/ the Secret Menu and went for the double bacon burger. It was good.

                                                                                But, as far as I'm concerned, BP isn't worth lining up if there are super mega-crowds.

                                                                                Drove by the Mandarin on Queensway afterwards and saw a 'ginormous' line up for their Canada Day free food promo. I guess a 2-3 hour wait for Candian-ized Chinese Food is worth it?

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                                                                                  petek RE: 5andman Jul 2, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                                                  Drove by the Mandarin on Queensway afterwards and saw a 'ginormous' line up for their Canada Day free food promo. I guess a 2-3 hour wait for Candian-ized Chinese Food is worth it?
                                                                                  Same thing at Yonge& Eglinton.. crazy
                                                                                  I agree that BP(or any other place for that matter) are worth waiting in a huge line up for.

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                                                                                    fryerlover RE: petek Jul 2, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                    OT I know, although regarding Mandarin, there are people that LOVE a free deal, there are people that could not afford Mandarin if it was not free and there are people who just LOVE Mandarin! And many other reasons I will never know I guess.

                                                                                    Back OnT, I'm kinda turned off now by this secret menu. I'll get there to try it eventually, although that just slowed me right down.

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                                                                                      petek RE: fryerlover Jul 2, 2014 03:10 PM

                                                                                      I love free stuff as much as anyone but......... :D

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                                                                                MaxHa RE: 5andman Jul 1, 2014 05:07 AM

                                                                                Was there yesterday @ around 1:30 or so for lunch with my son and 2 friends.(Upon leaving around 2:15 there was no one waiting to place orders!!)
                                                                                There were 10 or so people in line to place their orders (they do have 2 cashiers!!) and about 15 waiting for their number to be called to pick up their orders.
                                                                                The place has about 30 stools and associated tables for people to sit at (finally a BP that you can sit in!!).
                                                                                We waited about 20 minutes or so from arrival to first bite.
                                                                                The burgers had their usual goodness and as always the fries were food but it was what I have come to expect from BP having been to 3 of their other locations.
                                                                                Bill for the 4 of us was $76 but all off the secret menu.
                                                                                Find it surprising to see new people come in and look at the menu over the cash and decide what to order.I guess the BP's famous 'Secret Menu" still is secret to some

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                                                                                  Davwud RE: MaxHa Jul 1, 2014 05:28 AM

                                                                                  Some people refuse to play the Secret Menu game.

                                                                                  DT

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                                                                                    petek RE: Davwud Jul 1, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                                                    I can never remember the "secret menu" items.. my mind just goes blank!

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                                                                                      Davwud RE: petek Jul 1, 2014 08:28 AM

                                                                                      That's where a Smartphone comes in handy.

                                                                                      DT

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                                                                                        Food Tourist RE: petek Jul 9, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                        And they won't help jog your memory, claiming it's secret. So unhelpful and downright annoying in terms of customer service! My tip: if you're adventurous, just blurt out the first bible story you can think of, and pray for the bill to be under $20.

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                                                                                        abigllama RE: Davwud Jul 8, 2014 12:33 AM

                                                                                        They Jarge Style burger is my fave and it's on secret menu. Their regular burgers are great but the Jarge with the mustard rubbed patty blows me away.

                                                                                        It more than takes care of my occasional In & Out Animal Style cravings.

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                                                                                          lister RE: abigllama Jul 8, 2014 07:07 AM

                                                                                          While we've never been to an In & Out, the Jarge style is quite tasty at BP and we routinely do that at home now. Both sides while I think BP does just one (correct me otherwise.) We don't even bother going to BP anymore despite one of the locations being a mere three minute walk from us.

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                                                                                            Davwud RE: lister Jul 8, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                                            FWIW, I went to InO after first having a BP burger. All I had heard was how awesome InO was. Well, thoroughly underwhelmed. Tasted pretty much like a FF burger. A bit better but nothing at all special. I'll take a good 5G's over them.
                                                                                            It was however, just one visit in San Diego. Perhaps a lousy InO. 5G's can vary wildly from location to location. Even within the same geographic area.

                                                                                            DT

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                                                                                              katdog RE: Davwud Jul 8, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                              I completely agree DT - I was recently in LA and lined up for a good fifteen minutes to order and waited another ten to get my InO burger. I was so disappointed! My burger was completely overwhelmed by the standard toppings and I could barely taste the meat. BP's burger is so much better!

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                                                                                                Michael N RE: Davwud Jul 8, 2014 10:13 AM

                                                                                                I completely agree, but honestly I don't think it's a fair comparison. In-N-Out is a big fast food chain with prices to match. The more apt comparison is to McDonald's or Burger King (or to other American chains like Checkers or Sonic). On that level it's above average. But no, compared to a place like Burger's Priest it's no contest.

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                                                                                                  Food Tourist RE: Davwud Jul 9, 2014 05:48 PM

                                                                                                  Your acronyms are OTT. :) Who's FF again?

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                                                                                                    Food Tourist RE: Davwud Jul 9, 2014 05:53 PM

                                                                                                    Good to know. I've been attempting to eat at In-N-Out since 2009 unsuccessfully. I finally tried Holy Chuck today at Yonge & St. Clair. Great first impression of the small cheeseburger with fried hot peppers. Not-so-impressed with the too-sweet nutella salted caramel milk shake but I realize the contents should have tipped me off to the potential sugar shock.

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                                                                                                      petek RE: Food Tourist Jul 9, 2014 06:48 PM

                                                                                                      <Not-so-impressed with the too-sweet nutella salted caramel milk shake but I realize the contents should have tipped me off to the potential sugar shock.>

                                                                                                      Blasphemer! :)

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                                                                                                        Food Tourist RE: petek Jul 9, 2014 07:16 PM

                                                                                                        I will stick to fudge-bacon-salt next visit. :) Or any of the fresh fruit shakes (strawberry).

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                                                                                              mstestzzz002 RE: MaxHa Jul 1, 2014 08:39 AM

                                                                                              Only the original BP near Coxwell & Queen does not have tables & chairs for eating.

                                                                                              Lawrence & Yonge (North Toronto) location got rid of the stools and counter along the wall and replaced with proper chairs and tables.

                                                                                              Queen & Spadina location has always had tables and chairs.

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                                                                                                ylsf RE: mstestzzz002 Jul 1, 2014 04:51 PM

                                                                                                Maybe it was more of a comment that there were more tables/chairs than other locations. I haven't been to the Yonge location but the Queen/Spadina can be hard to find a spot!

                                                                                          2. rosieintoronto RE: Davwud Jul 2, 2014 01:44 AM

                                                                                            Went by last night, it was PACKED! Thrilled it's opened

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                                                                                              stephen RE: rosieintoronto Jul 5, 2014 06:12 PM

                                                                                              Was there with a friend for lunch today...and it was very busy. My first time at any location and it was delicious! Fries and double cheese burgers were sublime...

                                                                                            2. Food Tourist RE: Davwud Jul 16, 2014 03:43 PM

                                                                                              I hate to be sacrilegious and will certainly seek confession if I'm wrong here - but the jarge-style cheeseburger didn't cut the mustard. Literally, it was missing the mustard taste I've grown fond of at the Beach location (the only BP I've ever eaten at until today). Yes, it had the fried onions and the up charge on my receipt - but mysteriously the patty had no additional taste. As for the coffee shake, well - there's a reason it doesn't appear on most top 10 milkshake lists. Okay, give me my penance.

                                                                                              (Note: it feels weird to be mixing Catholic and Protestant analogies. I wish he had just named the place The Burger's Pastor, for heaven's sake.)

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                                                                                                tikiliberationfront RE: Food Tourist 1 day ago

                                                                                                "...for heaven's sake..."

                                                                                                Well played, Food Tourist, well played!

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                                                                                                  Food Tourist RE: tikiliberationfront 1 day ago

                                                                                                  Thank you. Though I've since learned that mainline ordained Presbyterian leaders can be referred to as Reverend or Minister. Evangelical branches use Pastor.

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