I am finally back! If you have been keeping up-to-date with my Facebook or Twitter, you’ll know that Nouman and I had an absolutely amazing early anniversary holiday. I rushed straight into my sisters bridal shower as soon as we were back but I’ll be blogging about the trip soon! In the meantime, here is a review about a local burger joint. Who doesn’t love burgers, right?
As you know, I am a huge food lover and thankfully so are some of my co-workers. Last week, my team decided to go for a group lunch to check out The Works burger joint near our work. Anyone else notice all the burger joints that have opened up in Toronto recently? Love it!
The ambiance of The Works is laid back and casual. While there is a fair amount of seats inside, there is no bar as you would find in a pub. The restaurant is set up with wooden chairs and tables as well as booths. Something I found unique – light bulbs were filled with salt and pepper. Our server was upbeat and friendly and attended to us very well.
The drinks are served in a measuring cup!
Our table started off the meal with an order of tower-o-rings which is a gigantic tower of deep-fried onion rings. The onion rings were divine. There was a strong onion flavour, which I love, and the batter was not too over powering. The two dipping sauces, chipotle mayo and tzatziki, perfectly complimented the rings.
The menu is huge. I mean, HUGE. There are so many choices that it is overwhelming. Yup, there is a surprisingly large selection for vegetarians too! The Works not only offers a veggie patty but also portobello mushroom caps. They also clearly mark all the vegetarian options – and the variety is plentiful. I had been looking over the menu for five days so I knew what I wanted when I sat down at the restaurant. I ordered a Little Italy – pesto, grilled eggplant, sliced tomato and havarti cheese – with a veggie patty on a white bun and a side of sweet potato strings.
Although the patty was flavourful – unlike most veggie patties – my first few bites of the burger were dry. I was a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to enjoying a yummy pesto burger for almost one week. As I bit further into my burger, the oil from the pesto sauce started to spread and the burger became more moist. After the initial few bites, the burger was no longer dry. The pesto was very good and the cheese was a great compliment to it. The burger was not too saucy (no juices running down my elbow) and it held together well. By the end of my burger (yup, I finished everything), I was addicted to the taste and was inhaling my food. The sweet potato fries were yummylicious too.
The portion sizes are massive – the poutine is served in a bucket – and worth the price ($14 including a side but not a drink). Overall, everyone on our table was happy and satisfied.
I will definitely be going again and can’t wait to try toppings until I find my favourite.
*p.s. Certain locations may offer Halal patties – check with your location to find out!*