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Gangster Burger

Anyone been? looks good

http://gangsterburger.com/

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  1. From the website:

    GANGSTER BURGER IS A TOAST TO THE BAD GUYS. A TOAST TO THE GUYS THAT WE DREAMED OF BECOMING WHEN WE GREW UP. A TOAST TO THE GUYS WHO DID IT THEIR OWN WAY.

    HERE AT GANGSTER BURGER, WE'RE KEEPING TRUE TO THE GANGSTER PHILOSOPHY. IF THE PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING A GOOD F@$%IN' BURGER WITHOUT ALL THE MUMBO JUMBO, THEN WE'RE GOING TO SUPPLY IT.

    AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT OUR WAY.

    IT'S A NEW DAY AND WE'RE THE NEW BOYS IN TOWN. NO PRIESTS. NO HEROES. JUST GANGSTERS.

    AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU A BURGER YOU CANT REFUSE.

    Can someone explain to me why we should be toasting drug dealers and murderers?

    Hopefully this exercise in tastelessness signals the end of the burger craze, because after this, there's nowhere else to go. We've hit bottom.

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    1. re: dxs

      Looks like a bunch of old Italian guys to me.

      1. re: dxs

        Wow, that ranks right up that with Pink Burger as worst burger joint concept ever. Pink Burger lasted less than a year.

        1. re: dxs

          Its right by work. They are open now. Along with Thai Express across the street.

          ...I am sadface we didn't get anything more interesting in this latest turn-over.

          1. re: jlunar

            who says there won't be another turn over ;)

            all being said, i think it's actually really funny that they're referencing priest and hero. i'm dubious that mumbo jumbo might mean moist and nicely cooked meat but i'm pretty sure they're at least not doing pressed lean mushroom filler burgers. i might try one really soon... i might wait for the inevitable group buying coupon.

            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              I may almost have to check it out after all this... they'll have to try pretty hard to beat Holy Chuck for me.

              Then again, if they do, their proximity to work will not benefit my waistline.

          2. re: dxs

            I thought that Pink Burger fiasco was rock bottom? Guess not....

            1. re: pakmode

              No, Pink Burger was rock bottom. I see Gangster Burger as being in the same dark pit pawing around looking for the bottom though.

              DT

          3. Gangster goo? I think I'm going to be sick. What MBA comes up with this stuff?

            Wow...

            1. lol, I don't mind what the name as much as others do, but saying that they're a terrible restaurant just because they're named after murderers and criminals is just like saying Burger Priest is terrible because it's named after child molesters. What matters is the burger! That being said, I do avoid Weezie's for the name, so, to each their own. I don't find GB's name offensive - just gimmicky - but so what? "Pink Burger" was a horrid name. GB, although somewhat silly isn't nearly as offensive, IMO. And perhaps this is all for not, and their burgers are horrible anyway...
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              1. re: justxpete

                I'm not sure that anyone is saying the food is terrible because the name is stupid. Personally, I just think it's a stupid "concept". But I hate high concept restaurants in general when they just don't make any sense. What do gangsters have to do with burgers? What do the names of gangsters have to do with the burger toppings? And more importantly, why don't they have just a simple burger on their menu? Why would I want to put something called "gangster goo" on my burger?

                If they have good burgers and good service at a decent price, I'm sure they will succeed. But the names and the kitsch do nothing for me. Even Holy Chuck uses names that actually bear some relation to the burger's ingredients.

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  Yes, it's ironic that they tout "...A GOOD F@$%IN' BURGER WITHOUT ALL THE MUMBO JUMBO" yet it's all thematic names that have no relation to what the burger is (as you pointed out) and no simple burger without the mumbo jumbo...

                  1. re: jlunar

                    I agree J. The word "WITHOUT" has 3 too many letters in it.

                    DT

                    1. re: jlunar

                      BTW j, I sent them an email last week asking what "Mumbo Jumbo" they were talking about since all their burgers seem to be full of "Mumbo Jumbo."

                      So far, no reply.

                      DT

                      1. re: Davwud

                        Waiting with bated breath. Or something.

                    2. re: TorontoJo

                      Sounds like it's the employment of a philosophy - also, I'm not sure how the "holy" part of "holy chuck" has any relation to the burgers themselves.

                      /Edit and I think "Can someone explain to me why we should be toasting drug dealers and murderers? Hopefully this exercise in tastelessness signals the end of the burger craze, because after this, there's nowhere else to go. We've hit bottom." is indeed a pretty severe condemnation.

                      1. re: justxpete

                        Oh, don't get me wrong, I think Holy Chuck and Burger's Priest are stupid names, too. :o) But Holy Chuck makes a good burger, and the "theme" doesn't carry into the atmosphere or decor in the restaurant itself. So I can forgive/ignore the name.

                        And as jlunar points out above, the whole "burger without the mumbo jumbo" statement on their homepage is so laughably ironic that it's on the verge of being satire. Which is maybe what they were going for?

                        Anyway, I hope the burgers are good and we can forget the stupid marketing concept.

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Ha. I agree with the glaring contradiction - it's pretty silly - but everyone needs a theme, some are just better than others... but they can't all be called "burger shop" or "chicken store".

                          And I think the name does carry in to Holy Chuck burgers.. I just think you might be making the wrong association. It's not so "holy", per se...

                      2. re: TorontoJo

                        Agreed, T.O. Jo. Even if they make a good burger, this "concept" seems distracting at best.

                        Questionable marketing, IMO.

                        But make sure to keep an eye out for my new restaurant concept: PM's Chicken, a salute to all our great Prime Ministers who loved eating those Rotisserie birds!

                        The Robert Borden on a Bun Special will be a huge hit, no doubt.

                        1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                          I'm looking forward to the Mackenzie King Talking Chicken Wrap.

                      3. re: justxpete

                        I'll give them a chance - no different than Holy Chuck or Burgers Priest and their schticks...
                        That being said, after some investigation and seeing some pics i noticed the owners probably do think they're gangsters ( ie the homey'ish kind) , they even got Drake to do the opening.
                        Either way, if it's a good burger i'm down as there isn't a ton i'm fond of around there and it IS on my way home from work ; )

                        1. re: dannyboy

                          I was under the impression Drake grew up in Forest Hill.

                          1. re: prima

                            Hah, he did, he went to my high school. "Gangster."

                      4. This thread is making my brain melt. For the love of pete, someone try the actual burger and let's stop talking about the (admittedly stupid) concept, a discussion which has been run into the ground in just a few hours.

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                        1. walked by today. my problem with that place is they don't have any seating and they clearly have room for it. Even the OG Burgers Priest location has 3 seats by the window!

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                          1. re: c_snapper

                            with the possible exception of the Lucas, there's nothing on that list that looks remotely good.

                            - "smoked provolone , sautéed mushrooms and onions, roasted red peppers in a marinara sauce. Finished with garlic aioli lettuce and tomato." - seriously?

                            unless i hear some rave reviews, i won't be setting foot inside this place until it changes concepts in 3 months

                            1. re: downtownfoodie

                              They call their spicy ketchup "Gangster Goo". Gross.

                              1. re: downtownfoodie

                                Downtownfoodie, you might want to rethink that statement about the Lucas burger.... check out their twitpic.... it has what they call "blue magic", so it is pretty safe to assume that it is the top left burger.

                                 
                                  1. re: Derksen

                                    You know, I was going to take one for the team, but this isn't helping.

                                    1. re: jlunar

                                      Likewise. I don't think I can bring myself to either, after seeing that.

                                      And remember, I reserved judgement... lol!

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                                      1. re: jlunar

                                        Double-Chowhound-dare you to take the Blue Magic for the team, jlunar!

                                        ;-)

                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          Hey

                                          I leaned into the strike zone with Taco Time and just a couple weeks ago with Billy Jack's but not this time.

                                          J??

                                          DT

                                          PS, at least Billy Jack's has potential.

                                        2. re: Derksen

                                          Oh man, I thought you were all over reacting about the "bad concept" until I saw that blue sauce!

                                          Ha, still curious for "someone" to try this!

                                              1. re: shekamoo

                                                The gangster goo is their spicy ketchup. Because nothing's more appealing than goo on your burger!