It's early January, and I was out for a walk on the streets. I had not had dinner, when I came across a little burger joint. While I had been on the look out for wings, I could do burgers on this night.
No Bull Burgers opened up in 2011, where they have been serving 'fresh' 'local' and 'organic' burgers. Hearing that makes me think I would be going into some shi shi restaurant, but this place felt more like a dive (and hopefully good burgers).
The restaurant is quite small - basically a take-out place with a few counter seats. It's owned by the same owner as Soulvaki Express next door, so you can actually go over there and sit too. The menu is pretty straight forward: burgers, cheese burgers, bacon cheeseburgers and how you can double the patties. There also a grilled cheese burger, a bunless burger, and an organic quinoa burger. There are homemade potato chips, fries, poutines and onion rings. They also have special burgers, such as their "Redneck" burger, a "beer battered deep fried peameal rolled in potato chips, paired with a patty, lettuce, tomato, drizzled with a whisk bbq sauce!"
I went with a simple bacon burger combo with fries and a coke which came to like $12.
First, my combo came with an icy glass bottle of Coke. The cost of glass bottled Coke drives me a little nuts because it's the same amount as a can (355ml) but there's something magical about drinking pop from a bottle.
The combo came with a mountain of fries. Seriously, they take up half of the tray. They were good too - fresh cut, crispy but soft inside. It's self seasoning and I went with ketchup, salt and some vinegar. Very good fries. I had to take 2/3rds home with me.
My Bacon Cheeseburger. Glory on a platter. I had a choice of strip or peameal, and I went with strip. I also had a choice of Swiss or cheddar, and I went with cheddar.
There were a ton of toppings to choose from and I was actually a little overwhelmed and just went with my go to's. Highlights to point out:
- the bacon was crispy and very flavourfull - this is exactly what I look for in bacon.
- burger was meaty, fresh and seasoned well. Not too thick, not too thin. Excellent patty.
- toppings all tasted fresh, crispy and nothing dominated the burger in terms of taste - it was a happy mosaic.
- Eagle eye readers will see the bottom bun above is actually a top bun. It made for a pretty awesome experience, especially as the bun was soft and white without it being a filler.
No Bull Burgers was definetely no bull. I was really impressed with the burger, the fries and the service. I like this place and definetly would go back for more - Redneck burger, you are on my radar!
No Bull Burgers
179 Parliament Street, Toronto ON