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Jul 29, 2012 12:57 PM

Holy Chuck- Anyone tried this burger- there's a coupon

There is a coupon on R-deal or Onespout. I thought that I would get one. Looked a the menu. Thee is a long list of burgers but all except two have cheese on them., which I don't want. The Holy Duck above is one of them. Anyone tried this one?

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  1. I seem to recall you laughing with disdain at anyone who would spend money on a Holy Chuck or Burger's Priest burger. So why would you bother, even with a coupon?

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      This one is special. Not one that I could make at home.
      Besides, I am looking for some place that is open on Monday.

      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

        Gotcha. By the way, you can ask for any of their burgers without cheese.

        They've been making a burger with a brined, roasted and glazed pork belly that looks amazing. It's not on the menu, but they make it as a special occasionally and post on twitter. Might be worth asking for if you are in there.

        1. re: TorontoJo

          <They've been making a burger with a brined, roasted and glazed pork belly that looks amazing.>

          That sounds real good!

          1. re: petek

            That does sound amazing - definitely asking next time! Their milkshakes are the best!

          2. re: TorontoJo

            It's typically available on weekends (starting Fri evening).

          3. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

            we Holy Chuckians will be busy laughing at you for your submission to the Burgers Priest machine.
            sitting down at a table and eating your burger with the staff being nice and friendly isn't all that overrated.
            but I do thank you for letting me know about this coupon.

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

              Are there any other restaurants around the area
              that serve similar food with reasonable prices.

          4. How much is it with the coupon??
            A friend of mine had it and said it was real good..

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              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                I say go for it! And let us know what you think.

            1. I've had the Holy Duck.
              Really more of a gimmick - not a Burger at all - which is fine as I don't like Burgers anyway!

              The main issue (for me) is the crappy bun they use - maybe just exceeds Wonderbread - but it's the same one they use for all their offerings.
              It just absorbs the grease from the foie gras (which, incidentally was surprisingly well prepared, so no complaint on the main ingredient) - but the bun just disintegrates. Some people seem to like the grease running down their parts - but it's a texture turn-off for me.

              The bacon is excellent - didn't detect any truffle participation, but the maple starts to dominate part way through and the aftertaste is completely maple. Although I didn't concentrate particularly on the maple syrup, my reflection afterwards was that this was Quebec maple - which (for me) has a specific aftertaste that lingers and spoils my palate for the next hour or so. I'm used to the Ontario style which is 'more elegant' - sort of an accent flavour rather than a dominating flavour. So, if I ever repeat (AmuseGirl is a Burger fan - and for harmony it's only fair for me to participate occasionally) I'd probably skip the maple syrup.
              So, loved the foie and bacon. Hated the bun and maple syrup. Couldn't detect truffle.

              Will definitely try the pork belly (if available) - and find their Lambburger acceptable (which as far as Burgers go, makes it the best item there for me).

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              1. re: estufarian

                I really dig HC. can't eat the fois gras burger because the truffle oil stands out way too much. my wife loved it but i couldn't eat a bite of it. strange you say that it was MIA

                1. re: atomeyes

                  <can't eat the fois gras burger because the truffle oil stands out way too much.>

                  Not a fan of truffle oil.Think they'll leave it off if you ask real nice?

                  1. re: petek

                    maybe they'll toss it in your face out of burger anger.

                    dudes there are awesome. i'm sure they'll listen to your request.

                    1. re: atomeyes

                      I tried The Holy Duck and really liked it. I found the truffle flavour was nicely prominent, and the maple more of a sweet accent to the bacon (not too strong for me, though I think overall, the burger leaned a little sweeter than I was expecting). Foie was rich and creamy. Definitely a drippy burger, you'll want fries to sop up the juices. Note that they won't serve this burger to-go because the foie will just melt.

                      And I agree that the people working there are extremely nice. Most times I've eaten there one of the cooks/owners have stopped by to check how I liked the food (and I'm not a regular or anyone they know). I can't imagine that they wouldn't accommodate a reasonable request (no cheese, no truffle oil, etc.)

              2. Here's a picture of the pork belly I was referring to. They're calling it "belly of the beast".

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  That does look awesome.

                  I may have to lean into the strike zone and take one for the team soon.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    Your sacrifice is appreciated. :)

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        BTW after the problems they had with the name of one of their burgers I decided to give it a go. It was awesome.
                        2 50/50 beef/bacon patties, cheese and chili. I added diced onion and mustard. Phenomenal.


                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      <They're calling it "belly of the beast".>

                      SICK!! In a delicious kind of way.. :D

                      1. re: TorontoJo

                        OMG that looks so good. How does it compare to other pork sandwiches you have tried?

                      2. I went on Monday night and had a Depressed Cow Oklahoma Style and a Greek Bahahahstard (sp?) lamburger. I can go on at length complaining and mocking, but what's the point. Holy Chuck is no different than the other "moderne" burger places that I have tried. - simple food badly executed, pretentious and over priced. It differs only in details although there are common areas of failure.

                        So let me get it over with.

                        Either the owner has no food sense and is trying to jump on a bandwagon or he is trying to jump on a bandwagon and has mistakenly underestimated the standard required for a good greasy spoon burger.

                        The bun was a low Wonderbread nothing, as estufarian has stated , even though the (:normal" )burgers are between $9 and $13 pre tax.
                        The beef in the patty was probably good, but is was overwhelmed by the mess surrounding. Frying the patty and pressing the patty flat detracts from quality beef's potential but this would be OK if they had achieved their populist goal.
                        I don't think that the meat in the lamb burger was lamb. The taste was ovine but it was extraordinary strong and skewed. I don't know what they did; I don't have the requisite experience to opine.
                        The onions were steamed or boiled before hand and were probably sweet onions. They were then put on the patties and the griddle. They ended up as a mushy and unpleasant nothing.
                        Part way through the cooking a whole lot of powder was shaken on the patty and onions. This was mostly and perhaps all salt. I couldn't get rid of the salt taste until the middle of the next day.
                        The Depressed Cow called for sweet:"Heinz" mustard . I have never seem so much mustard put on one place. It would have overwhelmed the burger but for that the mustard had equally unpleasant competition.
                        As for Oklahoma Style, I used to live in Oklahoma but I don't remember anything like this . Perhaps I went to the wrong places.

                        I asked for pickle and tomato on the side because I didn't want to spoil the food designer's concept. What was given was parsimonious. The pickle was overly salty but firm, which perhaps is its virtue. It slices thinner. It was not Strub's and I don't bother with others so I can't identify it.

                        I threw away half of each burger even though my practice is to finish my food.

                        I didn't have the "Holy Duck" for a number of reasons. One reason was that I was afraid that I would vomit from all the sweet, fat , excess and suspected clumsiness. I view estufarian's complaint about the provenance of the maple syrup as a form of humour.

                        I was in Scarborough earlier in the day and had a " burgeresque" lunch at Al Tanoor (Lawrence east of Victoria Park). A kefta kebab in a laffa (thin flat bread without a pocket ), with salads, all rolled up. The kebab was a mixture of beef and lamb, formed on a skewer. The laffa was housemade. The whole thing and every part was delicious and I would give it to anyone with pride. On a bought outside pita it is $4.99, on the laffa it was $6.25. (Spring for the laffa)

                        A world of difference in basically the same things.

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                        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                          Wow! Are you sure you went to the holy chuck on Yonge s/of St.Clair?

                          Different strokes for different folks.......

                          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                            You had already declared your hate for Burger's Priest and you saw all the posts saying that HC was the same type of burger. It's clear that this style is not to your taste, so how can you be surprised at your experience?

                            1. re: TorontoJo

                              I am always open to teh possibilty that I am wrong. Besides, it was marauding Monday and I got a coupon.

                              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                and it reads like today's Whackjob Wednesday.

                                you ordered a burger griddled. not charred. griddled.
                                you ordered a burger griddled in mustard. then you're complaining it had mustard on it.
                                you're complaining about the cheap bun; this is the same shtick any American-style burger joint does. want designer bread? go to Hrvati.

                                these guys are basically grinding higher end steak cuts to make burgers. hence, the price and, for people like me, the great flavour.

                                seriously, dude....

                            2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                              Not really sure how you can complain about the basics of this place. This type of burger clearly isn't up your alley. There are a lot of us who strongly believe it to be the best type of burger. So that's that. As people have said, different strokes. To complain that cheddar is orange or chocolate melts in the sun is just plain dumb.
                              I've seen a few Oklahoma places on TV that do a burger like that. Perhaps it's regional in Ok.

                              As for the price, I see it a couple of ways. First and foremost, they're in the high rent district. That'll add to the cost. Secondly, they're using a far superior beef than that of McD's or Wendy's. As such they can't compete price wise. If you want that kinda burger cheap, go there.
                              On the flip side of that last point, Collegiate Lunch seems to be able to provide a good quality (same style) burger at reasonable prices. The difference per unit may only be a buck at the most though.

                              I do think it's awesome that you compared apples to tomatoes and called them "basically the same things."


                              1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                Comparing a smashed burger with kefta kebab is so ridiculous I'm fully dumbfounded by your logic.

                                1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                  Couple of comments.
                                  I also wondered about the provenance of the lamb. It didn't taste Ontario to me - too strong. So I enquired further and they quoted 'chapter and verse' on their lamb supplier in Ontario and confirmed they ground it in-house. I have no reason to doubt that - although I'm still suspicious on the age of the 'lamb'.
                                  As for the maple syrup I was completely serious. My father-in-law made syrup for over 60 years (recently retired). Not that I was around for these - but I have tasted at least 15 vintages he has made and 'learned at the master's knee'.
                                  He can detect Quebec maple from aroma alone (I have to taste it) and his explanation is that different maples are used - in Quebec (and Vermont) he says they use 'hard' maples, whereas Ontario uses 'soft' maples - they all look the same to me! BUT (the important thing) - the Quebec version has a distinctive aftertaste (hard to describe but reminds me of botrytis cinerea - if that helps).
                                  But amuseGirl likes the burgers, so I tag along anyway - I've certainly had worse - and at least there are some alternatives.

                                  1. re: estufarian

                                    There are differences in the composition of old growth and new, commercially grown trees. It may (or may not) explain some of the differences in taste you've found in Maple syrup.

                                  2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                    I, as always, enjoyed reading your dissenting opinion VVM. You have a unique voice AND you always make me laugh.

                                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                      Thanks for an enjoyable read. As one who has not yet succumbed to sampling either BP or HC, I don't relate yet first-hand to your experience or to any of the others who have commented on your review. In the past you've led me to Bistro Camino, so your opinion has a lot of weight with me. This makes a visit to HC more interesting!