September 2, 2014
May 4, 2011
11:40 AM
Eat

First Look: Burger Brats, a further addition to T.O.’s burger craze on Adelaide

Raza Jafary, Burger Brat guru (all images by Lu Fong)

Raza Jafary, Burger Brat guru (all images by Lu Fong)

With twelve years of restaurant work under his belt — first at Licks, then as a manager at Johnny RocketsRaza Jafary has made quite a few friends in the food industry. So when he opened up Burger Brats in the club district two weeks ago, many of those friends followed him willingly as employees, a testament to the young restaurant owner’s good will. He’s also crazy about burgers.

“I love burgers,” he says. “Whenever I go to eat after a long day of work, I’d order a burger. My friends ask me ‘Raz, you cook burgers all day, why don’t you try something else?’ and I say no … Burgers are simple; it’s hard to find people who say they don’t like burgers.”

And it may also be hard to find people who won’t like the easy-going feel of Burger Brats. Though it’s surreptitiously tucked down a set of stairs, the restaurant already has a steady flow of customers — perhaps due to the restaurant’s late hours (open till 10 p.m. on week days and 4 a.m. on weekends), or perhaps due to Jafary’s determination to say “hello” to everyone in the restaurant.

The concept: Chalkboard menus and unpretentious red diner tables make Burger Brats an equally appropriate hangout for financial district folks looking for a lunch break, or for late night bar rats looking to quell their beer munchies. Wondering about the name? Jafary admits he thought of it while watching Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs with his nephews.

The hood: Adelaide Street, just east of John Street.

The eats: Fresh, never-frozen meat with some serious heft set out to sate the brattiest burger-lover. The joint’s signature burgers feature names like “the Firehouse” ($6.99), “the Angry Texan,” ($9.99) and the soon-to-be infamous “Great Canadian Hangover,” ($15) a triple-decker monstrosity served with two strips of peameal bacon, tomatoes, onion, grilled mushrooms and an egg on top. (The meat alone weighs over a pound.) Wash it down with a milkshake ($5).

Owner’s favorite: “The Adelaide” ($7.99, pictured at right), topped with garlic mayonnaise, chopped onion, goat cheese and a maple syrup barbecue sauce.

Burger Brats, 254 Adelaide Street, 647-352-4786


 
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