Burger's Priest comes with a lot of accolades and hype. With most restaurants I have encountered, the reality hasn't matched the hype. And so my journey began with the thought in the back of my mind if I would be batting zero. On a first swing through Burger's Priest was still closed, opening the door at 11:30 AM. I returned for a night burger and the tiny interior was jammed with customers. Is Burger's Priest a tourist trap much as Pat's King of Steak's in Philadelphia?
The burgers are cooked fresh griddle smashed before you. It took a few minutes to through the earlier customer orders. When my order was called, I grabbed it disappointed in the lack of heft. I paid $10 for a this tiny burger? But two bites into The Priest and I was a true believer.
- Bun: Soft bun. A little too soft and easily falling apart.
- Toppings: Deep fried Portabello mushroom, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, mayo, mustard, catsup, pickles. The deep fried portabello mushroom offered a crispy contrast and beefy moistness. A moment after ordering I rued ordering mayo, mustard, and ketchup, believing it would be too tart and overpowering but the amount they slathered on was perfect.
- Cheese: American. Wonderful gooey mess.
- Meat: Fresh ground beef. Soft, crumbled too easily in the mouth, leaning toward the fluffy airy side, breaking apart easily, lacking some substance.
- Price: $10
- Burger Rating: 9.1
For once, the hype and the reality matched. My complaints: The price and size.
1636 Queen Street East Toronto
ON M4L 1G3, Canada