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.

">

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


Published:

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

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

First Look: Ricarda’s opens on Peter Street with a Mediterranean menu

First Look: Ricarda’s opens on Peter Street with a Mediterranean menu

The restaurant is located on the ground floor at 134 Peter St. in the QRC West building.
Posted 3 days ago
Lunch Pick: Venture off the menu at Salad King for the Islamic noodles

Lunch Pick: Venture off the menu at Salad King for the Islamic noodles

The Islamic noodles are surprisingly popular, given that they're not even on the menu at Salad King.
Posted 4 days ago
Restaurant Review: Uptown Kwan does decent — but unexciting — dim sum

Restaurant Review: Uptown Kwan does decent — but unexciting — dim sum

This peak eating moment has made the good stuff less exciting. And the Kwan dim sum isn’t. Exciting. All the regulars are here and done pretty nicely.
Posted 6 days ago
What to Eat this Minute: This summer’s  perfect sundae

What to Eat this Minute: This summer’s perfect sundae

Patrons choose two flavours (such as ube, jackfruit, corn and cheese and more), which are joined by ube turon: a spring roll wrapper filled with ube halaya, which sees ube cooked down with condensed and coconut milks.
Posted 7 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module