On Friday GC and I went to The Burger’s Priest for lunch.
We went to the second location, which is at Yonge and Lawrence. We had tried to go the the original location on Queen St East months ago, but as it was Sunday, it was closed. We tried to go again, early this past week, and it was crazy busy and we didn’t have any cash on us (they do have an ATM in the restaurant but we didn’t realize that). I knew I was going to have an issue with The Burger’s Priest. I had a feeling it was going to be like The Grilled Cheese – we had tried to go so many times and when we finally did go we were underwhelmed. Unfortunately, this happened again.
If you love The Burger’s Priest and hate me right now, you should stop reading. Or continue so you can refute every point I make. It’s your choice. Please just don’t rage at me.
Let’s start with some of the things I actually liked about The Burger’s Priest.
1. I liked the aesthetics of the place.
I liked the painted brick wall, the Bible quote with a reference to Nebuchadnezzer, and that the menu boards were clearly formerly from a church to display hymns numbers. Sleek, modern, with a hint of old world religion. This was well done.
The vibe was also great. The clientele was a mix of young and old, families, couples and work friends. The staff clearly liked each other and was busting out renditions of “We Are the Champions” and Motown hits. I wanted to work here and I never want to work in food service.
2. I liked the French fries. This pretty much never happens as I don’t like French fries really. They were lightly salted and crispy. Some of them were slightly soggy but I got over that.
And that’s it. I’m sorry. And you will see I only had two major beefs with this place (and yes, that pun was intended) but since my major beef was with the burger I think that out weighs the good.
And here’s what I didn’t like:
1. I didn’t like the menu didn’t contain any descriptions of the actual burgers. I’m sure the staff is knowledgeable and would have perfectly explained each burger but I should be able to have the choice of reading a proper menu in order to not waste someone’s time.
2. GC and I both The Cheeseburger with all the toppings.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a tasty burger. It is not my favourite burger in Toronto and it is not a burger I would say, “You have to go out of your way to try this.” If I was in the neighbourhood and craving a burger, yes, I would eat it again. That being said, I think this burger is going for the pure, beef simplicity often associated with Mom and Pop diners but it is falling short. The meat is not good enough quality to stand alone without much flavouring. The crispy outside is too crispy for the lack of juiciness that it should be protecting. The patty isn’t thick enough to stand up to the bun and this many toppings.
If you are looking for a burger with this kind of feel, or if you love The Burger’s Priest and want to try other burgers like this, then definitely check out Holy Chuck. I think it is more successful attempt at creating an old school diner burger.
I think The Burger’s Priest was too built up for me to completely enjoy it. I’m sorry but happy munching!