The White Brick Kitchen

: 641 Bloor Street West, Toronto

I’ve gotta say, it was a bit of a struggle to order the burger at this place.  Having just watched this restaurant’s episode of You Gotta Eat Here, I was seriously tempted to order one of the dishes featured on that show; they looked so damn good.  But at this point, checking off more restaurants to add to this blog has become a borderline obsession.

Must… review… every… burger…

Impossible, I know.  Still, it’s a nagging enough compulsion that I was able to resist the siren song of some of the best looking fried chicken I’ve seen in my life.  My dining companion was getting the Joe Fries and said I could try some, which did help strengthen my resolve.

The White Brick Kitchen has two burgers on the menu — the revolving Featured Burger, and the 6oz Brisket Burger.  I went with the latter, which is described as coming with “house dill pickles, fry sauce.”

After last week’s Senator fiasco, I was very relieved to see a patty with some crust and colour.  The Senator’s deathly gray, colourless patty will be haunting my dreams for weeks to come, I’m sure.


And after the grim mediocrity served at that diner, this was just what the doctor ordered.  Though the well done patty was a bit too tightly packed and slightly on the dry side, it was still fairly juicy and otherwise well above average.  First and foremost, the quality of the beef is obviously pretty high, giving the burger exactly the sort of rich, beefy flavour that you hope for.  Really good.

The aforementioned crust could have been more pronounced, but still adds a good amount of taste and texture to the hamburger.  The toppings were pretty good, too, with the pickles adding some nice vinegary crunchiness for contrast without ever overwhelming the beef.  The fry sauce did a great job of adding some flavour, but letting the beef shine through.

Though the bottom got a bit soggy, the bun otherwise complimented the burger perfectly.  The griddled, buttery crunch on the inside of the bread was a nice touch.

I ordered the cider slaw in lieu of the fries since I knew I’d get to sample the Joe Fries.  It tasted more like a less-fermented sauerkraut than like coleslaw, but it was pretty good for what it was.  As for the Joe Fries, they were just as amazing as I had hoped.  I think I’m going to have to come back just to get those.

Oh, and the fried chicken.  And the shepherd’s pie.

I think I might have to come back a couple of times.

3.5 out of 4

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