Location: 3575 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke
So, it turns out it’s actually not a great idea to go to a restaurant based on one post from some random guy on a message board. Who knew! (What? That’s just common sense? Literally everyone knew that? Hmm.)
George the Greek is one of those really old school places that has two types of burgers on the menu: a cheap hamburger (i.e. a bottom-of-the-barrel frozen patty) and a more expensive “homeburger” (which, logic dictates, is one that they make themselves).
I ordered the homeburger, only to find that George the Greek has pulled a C & Dubbs — it’s also a frozen burger. It’s one of the thicker, premium varieties of frozen burger, but a frozen burger is a frozen burger: rubbery hot dog texture with a mildly unpleasant, salty, off-meat flavour.
If you could see me right now, you’d see that I’m giving a very vigorous thumbs down while making a farting noise.
The burger had a pleasant, mild smoky flavour from the grill, and the toppings were fine (I went with pickles, tomato and mayo — and the mayo was actually mayo, not Miracle Whip, which a frequent and unwelcome substitution at old school joints like this. So that was nice.). The bun was pretty good too — it was standard supermarket fare, but it suited the burger quite well.
Alas, there isn’t much you can do to make a lousy patty like this particularly palatable.
As for the fries, they were slightly better than the hamburger, but they were a bit undercooked and completely unseasoned.