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I ONLY LOVE MY BURGERS AND MY MOMMA, I’M SORRY


It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a burger review on here, so what better way to start off the new year than with a review on a burger joint I’ve been meaning to cross off my list for quite some time now! Harry’s Charbroiled is a hidden Parkdale gem complete with taxidermy animal heads, (faux) mounted fish, festive string lights and beer signs galore. It’s a scene straight out of a movie, really. My fav photographer, JC, put it best when she said that Harry’s reminded her of a stop you would make for a quick bite on the way to or from a long road trip lol. I’ve only heard good things about the food here, especially since Harry’s takeover by the gawds behind Bar Raval and Bar Isabel. I was so excited to finally get to sink my teeth into a Harry’s burger... and lucky for y’all, you get to come along with!

 
DON’T PULL UP AT 6AM TO CUDDLE WITH ME


Leme set the mood...


(a few of the many things to stare at in here)


Bread like Wonda’


Their menu can be found here.


Here's what I ordered – The Plain-Jane Burger (bc I always try and get their most simple burger... for optimal flavour comparison, of course): a beef patty, cheese, pickles, onion, ketchup and a bed of fries – all this for the price of $13.00 incl tax


The Plain-Jane ready for her close-up


It me...


...plus boo


Also on their menu is The Banquet Burger: two beef patties, cheese, bacon, the works and fries – this one comes up to $15.50 incl tax


This place is also a local neighbourhood hang... if dive bars are your kinda thing.



I got to Harry’s a bit earlier than JC and her fiancé, Michael, did, so I had a few more moments to take in the eclectic surroundings. When I first had a look at their menu, it seemed like the price was right. $13.00 incl tax for a burger and fries – for downtown, Toronto standards – I would consider that pretty fair. Until, that is, the burger arrived. I didn’t take in how small the burger was until I took a second look and realized that what I thought was a monstrous burger actually turned out to be a baby burger sitting on a HUGE mountain of fries... but I mean, it could be worse right? With that kind of price tag, I prayed that the flavour would make up for it... and boy, did Harry’s deliver! The bun was so soft and buttery and the patty was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! I mean, if I was completely starving before I walked in here, I might have had to order another, but personally, I think it was the perfect bite! Oh and the fries... THE FRIES!!! They were the perfect balance of crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside – what more could you ask for?!

If I had to comment, there were only a few minor setbacks. For one, the shop was a little hard to spot at first glance – wedged in an alleyway beside a No Frills and a convenience store whose sign is so huge, it probably wouldn't even fit in the shop itself! Also, the space was smaller than expected, which wasn’t bad for the time we went, since we were a small party and it wasn’t busy at all. I would anticipate that it may be a problem for a larger group and at more peak hours (say dinnertime and on the weekends). Finally, one thing to note is that Harry’s is a cash only establishment... buttttt they do have an ATM in there, so don’t fret!

All in all, I would rate this place a solid 4 stilettos because the food really knocked it out of the park for me – I just wish the portion size was slightly larger for the price. Definitely a must visit at least once in your life... I know I’ll be back for sure!