The Burger’s Priest has been on our hit list for awhile. What sealed the deal was a recent lunchtime at my workplace.
My co-workers trooped into the kitchen, carrying sacks of burgers and fries from the establishment. I sat there as they chowed down on the most delicious-looking burgers, while my feeble salad looked less and less appealing.
When D and I arrived on a recent Saturday afternoon, we were ready. We’d been warned about lineups, but the slew of people outside the store were mainly just waiting for orders. We ordered a cheeseburger (~$5) and a double (~$7), and got our food in about five minutes.
We ate in the nearby Ashbridges Park (Burger’s Priest does not have eat-in facilities). Our burgers looked downright pornographic:
It’s like a photo of Men’s Health’s ‘Eat This, Not That’, but a picture of the ‘Not That’ section. Glorious!
The verdict? Do they live up to the hype? Well, sort of. If you’re looking for a bit of a nasty, cut-above-fast-food burger, The Burger’s Priest delivers. The meat patty is super fresh, and I love that, but aside from that – eh. It honestly tastes like a meatier, fresher McDonald’s cheeseburger.
Is that a bad thing? Well no, not necessarily. But why did I pay $5 for this again?
I’m torn. The beef is terrific, the buns are insanely soft, and the folks at the grill work quickly. I guess it’s just down to your expectations: I was expecting more of a ‘gourmet’ burger (along the likes of Big Smoke, or even Hero), and instead it’s like an upscale junk food burger.
There’s a time and a place, though. I’m sure my next Priest visit will involve a hangover.
The Burger’s Priest
Take Out Burgers
1636 Queen St East (Queen & Coxwell)