Le Burger Week has gone nation wide! From September 1st to the 7th, burger lovers can enjoy gourmet burgers throughout Canada. This year, there are over 400 participating restaurants in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Cornwall, Saskatoon, Quebec City, Kenora, Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. That’s a lot of burgers.The festival first started in Montreal. (more…)
b.good is a new fast casual restaurant in the St. Lawrence Market area with a mission to bring good food with locally sourced ingredients to Canada. Already successful in the USA, this is the chain’s first Toronto location. It gets its name from the founder’s Uncle, who would always tell everyone to “Be good,” before they left the house. (more…)
The Burger’s Priest has got me singing the gospel…literally. Now here’s a religion you can really sink your teeth into. (okay, I’ll stop!) I have always heard great things about Burger’s Priest and meant to check it out but never quite found the time.
With the opening on their new location at 339 Yonge St, I was in luck. This is only 15 minutes away from work! I talked a co-worker into joining me and off we went.
The first thing I noticed was how packed it was. It was crammed with people and every stool was taken. Luckily for us, people did tend to finish their burgers fairly quickly to head back to work.
The menu is simple, although it lacks description. The “option” is two Portobello mushrooms stuffed with cheese and fried in panko crumbs between a bun. The Vatican + the option is a cheeseburger with one of the stuffed mushrooms. I ordered a combo (it came to around $13.00) that came with drinks and fries. My friend stuck with the same burger on its own. (around $9.00)
Burger’s priest is decked out simply in black and white, with some interesting elements such as foreign text on the walls and pretty ceilings. We managed to snag a spot on the stools, and waited about ten minutes to get our burger.
When we finally got our burgers, they were amazing. Fresh ground beef that was so tender it barely formed a patty, but not rare or pink inside. A slice of cheese, and of course, the mushroom. The mushroom was fantastic. Crispy on the outside and gooey with cheesy goodness on the inside. The bread was also fresh, but to be honest I hardly noticed the bread (and as a bread-a-holic, you should know that this is unheard of)
The fries were pretty good, but I found that the burger was more than enough to fill me. This is now my favourite burger in Toronto. Why did I wait so long before trying it? No matter…I’ll make up for lost time.
PS: Word on the street is that there is a not-so-secret menu that you can order from.
Ahh. Goody’s diner. I expected big things, and they did not disappoint. Goody’s Diner, located at 133 Manville Rd in Scarborough. We visited this retro diner on a Friday night, and it was pretty busy! The decor was casual, with red chairs and a view into the kitchen.
The host was very friendly, and told us all about their specialty- burgers. (duh.) Each 8 oz sirloin burger is hand formed and mixed with a special blend of spices. The special burger of the night was the Sicilian, topped with caramelized onion, jalapenos, cheese sticks, salami and tomato. I had the more restrained classic Goody’s burger with peameal bacon, jalapeno, cheese, mushrooms, havarti, caramelized onion and tomato.
When the burger arrived it was massive. I literally could not get it to fit inside my mouth! It was was good though. Now, I don’t know if you know, but I’m actually a picky eater. Even though I am a foodie there are some foods I really just don’t like. As I was eating my burger I noticed two things. 1. There seemed to be some sort of creamed corn spread on my burger, and I didn’t like it because it was quite sweet. 2. My burger was pink in the middle. Like, really pink. Like, a tad uncooked pink.
Meanwhile, my boyfriend (who I think I’ll refer to as the boy from now on.) really enjoyed his burger. He declared it the best burger he’d ever had and won’t stop talking about going back. His sweet potato fries were delicious. My shoestring fries were also good. Goody’s diner has tons of unique burgers (including one on a pretzel bun!) The verdict? I definitely plan on going back, but will ask for my burger to be well done. I still get pretty hungry thinking about their burgers!