Location: 326 College Street, Toronto
Though the hot dogs are clearly the thing to order here (they are fancy, after all), there is a burger on the menu at Fancy Franks.
You can get a single cheeseburger, a double cheeseburger, a bacon cheeseburger, or a Fancy Patty, which comes with lettuce, chicken bacon, and Fancy sauce. I went simple with the single cheeseburger, and had it topped with tomato, pickles, and mayo.
There’s nothing that particularly stands out about it, but it’s a solid burger. I have very few complaints.
As you’d expect, it’s a smashed and griddled burger, and it’s nicely prepared. There’s an impressive amount of crust from the griddle (maybe even a little too much? It’s slightly crunchier than you’d like), and the American cheese is satisfyingly gooey. And while the flavour of the patty isn’t particularly beefy, it’s not unpleasant.
It’s cooked to well done and then some, however; while I wouldn’t call it dry, it’s not particularly juicy, either. The grind is also slightly too fine, but otherwise everything is pretty much where it should be. It’s a tasty burger.
The condiments were standard issue (though the mayo was globbed on a little bit too enthusiastically), and the soft, lightly toasted sesame seed bun was supermarket fare — but it works.
As for the fries, they were a little bit oily and weren’t quite as crispy as they should have been, but they were still tasty enough.