Go to any city in the U.S. and Canada and you’ll find a great selection of hamburgers to choose from. There’s plenty of research and Instagram photos to supplement your burger decision making.
With my research, I use a conscientious algorithm, similar to how Nate Silver determines the electoral map on FiveThirtyEight.com. I read the top travel and food websites and blogs and if a name is repeated, I’ll add that to my itinerary. I avoid TripAdvisor, Yelp and FourSquare ratings because they’re just ridiculously inaccurate. Their good for facts and inside information, but not helping you decide.
When it gets to feeding time, I’ll see which place is closest or convenient and head over there. It’s impossible to complete everything on my to-do list, which I way I get bonkers reading food/travel material. There’s only so much eating you can do on a visit.
Which brings me to the one burger place I ate at in Toronto, The Burger Priest. The name alone sold me, even though there were no religious iconography at the joints.
The Burger Priest is a high-end fast food style burger in the mold of In-n-Out or Shake Shack. With 13 locations in Ontario and Alberta (I went to the one on Yonge Street near The Rolling Pin), the small chain relays on a simple menu with high-quality ingredients. No fancy toppings, it’s what you expect in a respected chain. Like In-in-Out, there’s a secret menu.
I housed my Low Priest (Beef patty, secret sauce, cheese, pickles, chopped lettuce, diced onions on a non-sesame seed bun). At the end I said to myself, “Well, I’m pretty sure I enjoyed that.”
My other places I picked out to try, but didn’t have time to visit included Holy Chuck and P&L Burger. I’ll will hit them up next time.