I live in Uptown Toronto and after hearing about the much hyped Burger Joint "The Burger's Priest" I finally had a chance to check it out. I didn't check out the new uptown one but was down in the King St. Area so headed over to the original location on Queen St. East
Seems this place is a well known Secret location with a Secret menu apparantly. I didn't know about the secret menu so I just ordered a cheeseburger and fries. Probably what I would have ordered anyway. We got there just about 9pm and they closed at 9:30 so I guess we were sort of the last run of customers that night...which was also a snowy winter night so the streets were kind of empty.
This place is kind of a whole in the wall with about 4 stools you can't sit and eat at... only for waiting for burgers so we had to eat the burgers in the car in the parking lot while it was snowing. Not a real plus when you aren't anywhere near home.
I have to say that the burgers were delicious though with a taste that was a throw back to the burgers I could get as a kid. Real meat...no extra who knows what in it. This burger just tasted like good quality fresh ground beef cooked on a flat top grill... That's it... no tricks or hidden things or stuffed with random things. Just a burger you would find at one of those old drive through American diners in the 50's with the toppings to match. Simple toppings you would find at home like ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickle. No fancy sauces and cheeses....a purist's dream.
I have to admit that I loved the taste of the pure burger and didn't miss gourmet toppings that hide the taste of meat. I had all the basics minus the pickles... but it wasn't overpowering and you could still really taste the seared beef.
I can't say as many good things about the fries though. They tasted ok but kind of soggy... like they were sitting around all day in grease and got mushy. I like my fries crispy outside and soft inside. That's probably more of a european way but that's how I like them. The fries just tasted like they were cooked in oil that was around for a long time...so the fries were dark brown in color but not crispy the way you would think for that color.
I didn't take a pic of the fries but this is what the burger looked like.
Next time I will try the one closer to home at Yonge and Lawrence and see if there is any difference. There were line ups when it first opened so will see if I can get into that one sometime soon.
I would recommend the burger for sure... try the fries and tell me what you think.
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