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dannyboy Sep 17, 2012 10:40 AM

Anyone been? looks good

http://gangsterburger.com/

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    abigllama Sep 28, 2012 11:37 PM

    In the slew of burger joints that have rolled out in the last few years, I've never seen one fail so bad right out of the gate.

    Those food pictures on the blogTO are absolutely repulsive. I actually called the other half over to see and he howled. Bun with coarcoal on it.

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      brushfire Oct 5, 2012 10:58 PM

      their branding is cool though.. love the logo ;)

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        Brain of J Oct 15, 2012 10:29 AM

        Is this same Gangster Burger that had a restaurant in a small plaza on Burnhamthorpe in Mississauga? It went bust.

    2. justsayn Sep 28, 2012 09:27 PM

      This place is a BAD joke!

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        5andman Oct 2, 2012 11:36 AM

        Anyplace that calls their place "Gangster" has me thinking twice if it's worth a try (which is a no thanks)

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        justanotherdoan Sep 22, 2012 09:54 PM

        i was scratching my head when i checked out there webpage. it's really ballsy to be calling out one of the most beloved burger joints in toronto. i guess it could work in your favour since they are getting alot of attention with this approach.

        on the flip side though, it's easier to give places a second chance when u believe they are trying there best and the owners are super nice. not so much when they go out of their way to give the impression that they are extremely cocky and ready to destroy all competition.

        in the end, it's all about a great product. very interesting to see how things turn out.

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          kwass Sep 23, 2012 02:15 PM

          I'm not sure what exactly you're talking about. What burger joint are you referring to when you call it "one of the most beloved burger joints in toronto?

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            Davwud Sep 23, 2012 03:43 PM

            I'm assuming the Priest.

            DT

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              kwass Sep 23, 2012 05:35 PM

              Oh. Ok. That makes sense. At first I thought that he was calling Hero Burger "one of the most beloved burger joints in toronto", since there was a previous discussion about Hero Burger. But that seemed totally crazy to me, since it's so bad. And then I thought maybe he was referring to Gangster Burger, which again seemed odd since it just opened.

              Thanks for the clarification Davwud.

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                Pincus Sep 24, 2012 10:22 AM

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

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                  pakmode Sep 24, 2012 11:33 AM

                  These guys are taking a page right out of Mitt Romney's playbook - shoot first, aim second.

                  A bit lame to start off by taking shots at others - and if they dont start walking the walk soon, their restaurant will be 6 feet deep in restaurant heaven.

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                    Davwud Sep 24, 2012 12:15 PM

                    Their restaurant will sleep with the fishes.

                    DT

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                      justsayn Sep 24, 2012 07:32 PM

                      Went in today and they were so lost and confused with 5 people waiting.....I couldn't stand it and walked out. Went shopping and tried again and the smell of grease repelled me.

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                        ylsf Sep 24, 2012 09:37 PM

                        You are lucky you didn't. Read some of the newer comments on BlogTo. Maybe the guy is making it up, but, based on what I have seen so far I can totally see them doing this stuff (I won't post here because I don't have evidence of it actually happening)

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                          Davwud Sep 25, 2012 04:58 AM

                          I have no idea what you're talking about. Perhaps a link to the review to which you refer.

                          DT

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                            justsayn Sep 25, 2012 05:44 AM

                            http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/gan...

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                              Davwud Sep 25, 2012 08:45 AM

                              Thanks

                              It's so obvious that the owners or their buddies are shilling for the place. The whole thing just rubs me the wrong way. I have ZERO interest in trying what they're offering. Would likely turn down a freebie.

                              DT

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                                Michael N Sep 25, 2012 09:22 AM

                                That thread at blogTO is kind of fascinating -- you've got obvious shills for the restaurant on one side, and people (or perhaps just one person?) with an axe to grind on the other.

                                There are, what, six or seven people claiming to have gotten food poisoning from the place? It strikes me as unlikely that they're causing a mini outbreak of food poisoning in Toronto (because for every person posting about it, you'd have to imagine that there are several more who have never heard of blogTO). The posts from the "ex-employee" also seem a bit too over-the-top to be true.

                                On the other hand you've got comically obvious shills claiming line-ups around the block.

                                It's a fun thread to read, but I don't know how much of it I'd take seriously.

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                                  Googs Oct 15, 2012 11:18 AM

                                  Michael N, they were open a mere week before they got a loooooong list of violations, so yes, yes it is possible.

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                                ylsf Sep 25, 2012 06:10 AM

                                I had posted it on Sep 19th so didn't want to keep repeating myself but justsayn linked to it below. I a, sure their are some trolls on there but as outrageous as the ex employees claims are, I can totally see this happening as it seems the people running the whole operation are far from professional food/restaurant people. Sounded like it all started on a whim based on other articles.

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                                  pakmode Sep 25, 2012 09:27 AM

                                  I gotta admit some of the comments made me laugh.

                                  At the same time, these guys are tatoo artists who decided on a "whim" to open this business. Ah well, they've made their bed...

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                                    jlunar Sep 25, 2012 03:23 PM

                                    Yeah, the thread is gold! Had a good chuckle this morning reading it.

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                                      justxpete Sep 25, 2012 03:40 PM

                                      The one about the Ferraris is absolutely hilarious.

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                                        Pincus Sep 26, 2012 10:44 AM

                                        This is my favourite:

                                        This place is for connoisseurs of burgers, someone who has the palate to appreciate amazing out of this world cuisine. Haters should be grateful for this cultural hot spot. This place is bumpin, line ups for miles. Phenomenal fries.

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                ylsf Sep 20, 2012 08:08 AM

                In the BlogTO review the owners posted saying they are taking all comments into consideration. They say their grand opening is September 29th.

                I am guessing they are reading this thread too so keep posting feedback for them. They really should have had people taste test their product before using customers as guinea pigs. I am more concerned about the statement that this place is already looking dirty/grungy/greasy.

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                  jlunar Sep 20, 2012 08:40 AM

                  The ventilation isn't enough for that space, imo. There's a lot of smoke (OH from another patron) and you can pretty much feel the grease hanging in the air.

                  Also, the floor, when wet, is super slippy. I thought so myself when I walked in (it was rainy that day) and some other dude nearly took a dive.

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                  AngryPorkchop Sep 20, 2012 06:42 AM

                  Tried this on a whim, wish I had not, the amount of grease floating around in that tiny space is disgusting, I'm basically wearing the burger I ate with all the grease on the floor, the hard part was getting it off my sunglasses which for some strange reason had covered the lenses. The bun to burger ratio is spot on from the other posts too much bread and mine was crumbly which does not happen with fresh bread. The two sauces I tried Gangster goo and Chipotle mayo (mediocre), and the meat was basically a standard burger (Don C w cheese & Le,On,Tom), without the meaty flavour you’re expecting from a 6oz patty. If your going to griddle a burger make sure its seasoned correctly to enhance the flavour of the meat. I will not be giving this place a second chance, just too many strikes for me. I wish i had something more positive to say about this place as I don't like to be lumped into the troll category. Just seems like they have too many kinks to work out. Thanks

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                    pakmode Sep 20, 2012 09:34 AM

                    That's seriously gross. Grease on your sunglasses? Wow...

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                    ylsf Sep 19, 2012 10:01 AM

                    BlogTO write up. One of her burger's was burned and she couldn't finish it:

                    http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/gan...

                    Hope they fix their issues (like bun to beef ratio) and get the quality under control.

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                      Lily80 Sep 18, 2012 05:35 PM

                      I was there on Saturday and had the Lucas burger.

                      Totally agree with jlunar, far too much bun vs burger. The patty was more like a burger ball. And I doubt it was 6oz, more like 4. The bacon was brutal: it was pre-cooked and then reheated on the flat top - ended up shattering when you bit into it.

                      Skip the fries, overseasoned with some sort of weird spice mix.

                      I live in the neighbourhood, so I'll give them one more try (burger only though). Hoping it was just opening day jitters. Doubt it though.

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                        disgusti Sep 18, 2012 06:17 PM

                        yeah, this looks absolutely rancid. thanks, toronto, for another uninspired underachieving and this time unspeakably disgusting looking hamburger restaurant

                      2. jlunar Sep 18, 2012 10:58 AM

                        Mmmhm. So usually, I'd get the most basic burger I could get, but hey, blue sauce! Caveat: I'm no burger aficionado, so I may not know what I'm talking about.

                        Thankfully, the blue sauce isn't as blue as their promo photo. I was only told that it's a "cheese sauce" (the rest is secret), but there's a blue cheese taste to it. With garlic. Blue cheese aioli or something?

                        Bread is huge and a bit (tiny bit) on the dry/stale side. But it dwarfs my patty. I ditched the bun at the half-way point.

                        They have a flat-top in there and it's a smash-style buger... but not. Those who love Priest's style of burger... this is not it. Patty is solid/thick, but beef-taste isn't strong enough for me - and it has a slightly sweet taste to it. I would also like a slightly higher fat ratio in there. Nice crust. I dunno.

                        Fries... skip the fries. Too much garlic salt or something to that effect.

                        Overall, the taste is okay, and I don't totally regret eating this. I was expecting far worse after that photo of blue sauce. But once is enough! I'll stick with Holy Chuck. My co-worker says Hero Burger is better. I've not eaten at any of the burger places around here so... there you are.

                        The end.

                         
                         
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                          justxpete Sep 18, 2012 12:38 PM

                          haha. You actually had the blue stuff!?! My, you're brave. Good on ya!

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                            millygirl Sep 18, 2012 01:21 PM

                            Let me just add my 3 cents - WTF?

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                            terrycar Sep 18, 2012 03:20 PM

                            Hero Burger is better? Ayyy!

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                              ylsf Sep 18, 2012 03:49 PM

                              Wow yeah, the bun to meat ratio is totally off. It even looks a bit dry/stale from the pic :)

                              Thanks for trying it out though!

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                                Davwud Sep 19, 2012 04:32 AM

                                Hero Burger is better???

                                ROFLMAO
                                ROFLMAO
                                ROFLMAO

                                Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Mercy

                                DT

                                <Picks himself back up off the floor and tries to comprehend just how bad this place is>

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                                  justsayn Sep 19, 2012 07:48 AM

                                  The saddest thing about that is that just because Hero is better to that person, doesn't mean this place is all that bad. For some reason, some how, I can't even begin to imagine one reason, there are people who love Hero Burger burgers. People in my office - "Awesome - Hero Burger is opening down the street"! There are two items in Toronto that I refuse to eat and would rather starve to death - Ribs at Lou Dawgs on King and Burgers at Hero anywhere.

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                                    peppermint pate Sep 19, 2012 07:55 AM

                                    "two items in toronto that I refuse to eat and would rather starve to death" - do I smell a new thread idea...:)?

                                    (just about anything from Spring Rolls and the hot dog eclair I saw at The Ex this year)

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                                      justsayn Sep 19, 2012 08:04 AM

                                      Funny - I thought that when I wrote it!!! HAHA

                                      Hot Dog Eclair?!?!!?!?!

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                                        peppermint pate Sep 19, 2012 08:40 AM

                                        http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=hot+dog...

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                                          justsayn Sep 19, 2012 09:29 AM

                                          WOW - that really takes the cake - pardon the pun!

                                          All time low for Ex foods. But I really think it is a cool angle for the Ex - to have crazy food concoctions. Adds a lot of fun and interest to something that needs such injections! Next year - fried battered pulled pork with chocolate sauce.

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                                        justsayn Sep 19, 2012 08:08 AM

                                        See, I can stomach SR although it has been 4 or 5 years since I've been...and there are other places I can stomach.....but those ribs and burgers to me are poison! LOL

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                                          justxpete Sep 19, 2012 01:44 PM

                                          Brilliant idea for a thread, you two! There's so much stuff I wouldn't eat.. it's hard to narrow it down to just a few dishes. ha.

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                                        prima Sep 19, 2012 10:53 AM

                                        Nothing wrong with the veggie burger at Hero, justsayn. That's what I get when I'm starving and Hero is the only option. ;-)

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                                          Davwud Sep 19, 2012 11:06 AM

                                          I won't eat a veggie burger but the thing with the "Beef" patty is it tastes like a grease soaked sponge. The texture is all wrong and it just tastes fatty. Not in a good way. Not at all.
                                          Honestly, I'd eat my dog's food before I'd eat there again. Hell, I'd eat my dog before I ate there again. And he's my baby.

                                          DT

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                                            prima Sep 19, 2012 11:06 AM

                                            Ha. I trust your judgement re: the Hero beef burger.

                                            The Hero Soul Burger tastes better than the Richtree Marche beef burger (which is located a few doors from Hero at York Mills & Bayview). Hero's Soul Burger is also better than the off-tasting South St burger I ordered at Bayview Village. Wish they'd never replaced the A & W with that South St Burger location!

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                                              jlunar Sep 19, 2012 11:49 AM

                                              :( I miss that A&W.

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                                              kwfoodiewannabe Sep 19, 2012 03:18 PM

                                              Davwud... those 3 words...

                                              That was EXACTLY my characterization of the HERO burger when I tried it.

                                              Grease soaked sponge. You nailed it.

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                                                Davwud Sep 19, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                Have you ever seen my post after my very first visit??

                                                DT

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                                                  kwfoodiewannabe Sep 19, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                  No, I don't think so...

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                                                    Davwud Sep 20, 2012 03:07 AM

                                                    The store in question is still in business.

                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/320741

                                                    A couple years ago I gave it (different store) one more chance. It was every bit as bad as I had remembered.

                                                    DT

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                                                      kwfoodiewannabe Sep 20, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                      waiting for Allen Funt... hilarious!

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                                                  justsayn Sep 19, 2012 07:03 PM

                                                  Nailed it for sure! "Grease soaked sponge" Can I add one word? "Grease soaked dirty sponge"

                                          2. re: Davwud
                                            jlunar Sep 19, 2012 08:44 AM

                                            I know, I know! But it's all I got to relate it to in the area. I asked about Burger Press and he could draw a direct comparison b/c all he's had was the falafel burger.

                                            Personally, I think i would eat at Gangster Burger before Hero. But in all cases, I'd just rather walk down to Bahn Mi Boys, really.

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                                              Davwud Sep 19, 2012 09:37 AM

                                              Just had BMB for lunch and was thoroughly awestruck. Loved, loved, loved it.

                                              DT

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                                                peppermint pate Sep 19, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                Yay - post a report on the BMB thread (please)!!!!!!!

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                                                  Davwud Sep 19, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                  Done

                                                  DT

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                                                dannyboy Sep 19, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                I'm still going to try it but only the Don C - which you can customize yourself...
                                                will report back when i do...

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                                            c_snapper Sep 17, 2012 07:42 PM

                                            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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                                              downtownfoodie Sep 17, 2012 10:45 PM

                                              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

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                                                abigllama Sep 18, 2012 02:27 AM

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

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                                                  Derksen Sep 18, 2012 05:10 AM

                                                  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.

                                                   
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                                                    Michael N Sep 18, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                    Oh, the humanity!

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                                                      jlunar Sep 18, 2012 07:28 AM

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

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                                                        justxpete Sep 18, 2012 07:30 AM

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

                                                        And remember, I reserved judgement... lol!

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                                                          prima Sep 18, 2012 07:41 AM

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

                                                          ;-)

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                                                            Davwud Sep 18, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                            ylsf Sep 18, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                            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!

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                                                              Kelly66 Sep 18, 2012 11:18 AM

                                                              blue magic / soylent green...
                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VF...

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                                                                shekamoo Sep 18, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                is the blue stuff gangster goo?

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                                                                  jlunar Sep 18, 2012 10:47 PM

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

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                                                            Michael N Sep 17, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                            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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                                                              justxpete Sep 17, 2012 02:21 PM

                                                              lol, Amen.

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                                                                T Long Sep 17, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                Agree, for Pete's sake...

                                                            2. justxpete Sep 17, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                              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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                                                                TorontoJo Sep 17, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  jlunar Sep 17, 2012 01:54 PM

                                                                  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...

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                                                                    Davwud Sep 18, 2012 09:47 AM

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

                                                                    DT

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                                                                      Davwud Sep 24, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                      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

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                                                                        jlunar Sep 24, 2012 06:18 PM

                                                                        Waiting with bated breath. Or something.

                                                                    2. re: TorontoJo
                                                                      justxpete Sep 17, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        TorontoJo Sep 17, 2012 02:06 PM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          justxpete Sep 17, 2012 02:14 PM

                                                                          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...

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                                                                        kwfoodiewannabe Sep 17, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          Pincus Sep 18, 2012 11:34 AM

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

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                                                                        dannyboy Sep 18, 2012 08:13 AM

                                                                        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 ; )

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                                                                          prima Sep 18, 2012 08:22 AM

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

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                                                                            baabaablacksheep Sep 18, 2012 08:45 AM

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

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                                                                        kwfoodiewannabe Sep 17, 2012 12:45 PM

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

                                                                        Wow...

                                                                        1. dxs Sep 17, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                          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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                                                                            Serbaljub Sep 17, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                            Looks like a bunch of old Italian guys to me.

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                                                                              TorontoJo Sep 17, 2012 11:21 AM

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

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                                                                                jlunar Sep 17, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                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
                                                                                  pinstripeprincess Sep 17, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    jlunar Sep 17, 2012 01:59 PM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                  pakmode Sep 17, 2012 12:50 PM

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

                                                                                  1. re: pakmode
                                                                                    Davwud Sep 18, 2012 09:53 AM

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

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