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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...

DT

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

    1. praise the lord

      1. 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).

        1. i believe the location is on wellington beside le select

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          1. re: Main334

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

            1. re: Main334

              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

                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

                  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

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

                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                      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

                        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

                          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.

                          DT

                          1. re: justsayn

                            Aaaaah OK. Understood.

                    2. re: Main334

                      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

                        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.

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

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                      1. re: metalmicky

                        My bet is the old Grindhouse location then :)

                        1. re: ylsf

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

                          1. re: ylsf

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

                          2. re: metalmicky

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

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                            1. re: justxpete

                              Parkdale!

                          3. 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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                            1. re: num nums

                              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.

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

                              1. 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

                                  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

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

                                    1. re: JennaBean

                                      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.

                                      DT

                                      1. re: Davwud

                                        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

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

                                    2. re: kwong

                                      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

                                        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

                                          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

                                            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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                                            1. re: justxpete

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

                                              1. re: Bobby Wham

                                                Right on brother Wham.

                                        2. re: Miss Cassandra

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

                                          1. re: Miss Cassandra

                                            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.

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

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                                        1. re: ylsf

                                          Looks like King and Spadina.

                                          DT

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            My prayers have been answered; the burger priest has arrived

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

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

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                                          1. re: bringonthelbs

                                            They tweeted it earlier

                                            DT

                                          2. 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

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

                                            2. 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

                                              1. 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

                                                  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.

                                                  DT

                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                    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

                                                      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.

                                                      DT

                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                        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

                                                          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.

                                                          DT

                                                          1. re: Davwud

                                                            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

                                                            Woody's burger also terrible.

                                                    2. re: fryerlover

                                                      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

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

                                                        - khao san road

                                                      2. re: fryerlover

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

                                                        1. re: fryerlover

                                                          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.

                                                          DT

                                                          1. re: Davwud

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

                                                      3. 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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                                                        1. re: ylsf

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

                                                          1. re: petek

                                                            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

                                                              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

                                                                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.

                                                            2. re: ylsf

                                                              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).

                                                              1. re: squirms

                                                                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.

                                                                1. re: squirms

                                                                  Is it open now? Or still under construction?

                                                                  1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                    Not open yet.

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

                                                                    1. re: squirms

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

                                                                      1. re: petek

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

                                                                        1. re: pakmode

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: Michael N

                                                                            Haha, so true.

                                                                          2. re: pakmode

                                                                            And free parking!

                                                                    2. re: squirms

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

                                                                      1. re: roostermom

                                                                        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.

                                                                        1. re: fryerlover

                                                                          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.

                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                            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!

                                                                            1. re: fryerlover

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

                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                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.

                                                                                1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                  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.)

                                                                          2. re: fryerlover

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

                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

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

                                                                              I do not reccoment Kumo! I DO reccomend Kaji!

                                                                            2. re: fryerlover

                                                                              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.)

                                                                          3. re: squirms

                                                                            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.

                                                                            1. re: Michael N

                                                                              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.

                                                                              1. re: Michael N

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

                                                                                DT

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

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                                                                          1. re: damonster

                                                                            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?

                                                                            : p

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

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                                                                            1. re: 5andman

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

                                                                              DT

                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                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?

                                                                                1. re: 5andman

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    1. re: fryerlover

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

                                                                              2. re: 5andman

                                                                                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

                                                                                1. re: MaxHa

                                                                                  Some people refuse to play the Secret Menu game.

                                                                                  DT

                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

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

                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                      That's where a Smartphone comes in handy.

                                                                                      DT

                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                      2. re: Davwud

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        1. re: abigllama

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          1. re: lister

                                                                                            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

                                                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                                                              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!

                                                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                1. re: Davwud

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

                                                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                      <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! :)

                                                                                                      1. re: petek

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

                                                                                            2. re: MaxHa

                                                                                              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.

                                                                                              1. re: mstestzzz002

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

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                                                                                            1. re: rosieintoronto

                                                                                              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. 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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                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

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

                                                                                                Well played, Food Tourist, well played!

                                                                                                1. re: tikiliberationfront

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

                                                                                              2. Even further west, they have opened a location in Mississauga! (Port Credit) and are planning to open a location in Guelph:

                                                                                                http://www.insauga.com/burger-s-pries...