Location: 673 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
I like having a burger blog, but sometimes it’s a bummer. Greenwood Smokehouse is, as the name implies, a barbecue joint. And when I went there the other day, it smelled appropriately smoky, and I thought: I could go for some barbecue. But I hate to pass up a chance to review a burger, so yeah. I ordered the burger.
And it wasn’t great! Which just made me sad about the potential barbecue deliciousness I was missing out on, but then my dining companion had the brisket sandwich and wasn’t impressed, so there you go. Sometimes you’re not going to win no matter what you do.
Greenwood Smokehouse’s Black Angus burger is really simply topped, with just lettuce, tomato, pickles, and nothing else. You have to admire a place that’s so confident in their hamburger that they don’t even want condiments to get in the way.
And the large patty certainly looks impressive, with a decent amount of crust from the griddle.
But the texture’s a bit off. It was dense and chewy, and the well done patty was pretty dry. It’s certainly not the worst thing ever, but it’s not ideal.
The flavour, too, was off. It had a vague beefy flavour, but also a mild gaminess that I found unpleasant. Again, it’s not the worst that I’ve had, but… it’s not great.
Everything else was pretty good. The toppings were solid, and the bun — though standard-issue supermarket fare — was fresh and suited the burger well.
As for the fries, they were easily the highlight. They were perfectly fried, and were nicely seasoned with a tasty spice blend. This can sometimes be overbearing, but in this case it really worked.
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