Hello again! Welcome to another of my mouthwatering food review posts. This time I checked out the top burger joints in the Durham Region! I know writing this only made me want to go out and eat more burgers, so I hope it has the same result for you, and that you get the opportunity to check out one of these great burger spots!
Baldwin Street Burger
Baldwin Street Burger is a local burger spot located (much as its name states) at 53 Baldwin Street in Whitby. Baldwin Street is what Brock Street turns into when you go north of Taunton Road (towards Brooklin). It’s just north of the Baldwin/Winchester intersection and situated on the right hand side if you are going north. Referred to as Baldwin by regulars, this take-out style restaurant’s major selling point is the quality of their meat. The meat is farm fresh and each patty is made in house by hand. They use only naturally raised, local beef with no antibiotics, no growth hormones, ground to specification and delivered fresh from the butcher daily!
For this visit, I opted for the Starr Burger with bacon, because when a place has a burger named after themselves it’s generally going to be good! The Starr Burger is a homemade patty, and you have a variety of options for toppings, from your standard ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle, tomato and onion to tzatziki and cheese curds! There are also a multitude of sauces you can put on anything you order. I went for mustard, banana peppers, lettuce, onion and chipotle mayo. When this beautiful creation was placed down in front of me I knew at that very moment that today was going to be a great day. And it was – it was delicious! The burger patty itself was juicy, and the bun was like a bakery bun – I cannot stress how awesome it was. The Starr Burger with bacon is $8.50 with tax.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could order a double, but I would recommend taking the single, especially if you’re going to make it into a combo. I ordered the burger by itself (I’m not a huge fry fan – surprising, I know, given I love poutine) and it was a perfect serving. If delicious was a food group this burger would most definitely fill all daily value requirements. The only thing I might change next time would be to order peameal instead of strip because it’s an available option and it did catch my eye. Everything at Starr Burger is made to order, so if something on the menu sounds amazing that you want to add to it you can.
The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro
The Works is located at 1794 Liverpool Road in Pickering. Like Texas Burger, The Works is right on Highway 2 essentially, so for students taking transit you would take the 900 pulse bus to Liverpool, walk south for a little bit and The Works will be in a plaza on your right. The Works is definitely more premium than some of the other options on this list, as it is a sit-down restaurant and the price points are definitely higher, at $20 a head tax in. They have a HUGE selection of possible burger combinations though, hence its namesake!
Here’s how it “works”! First you choose a topping – there are literally way too many to list. It ranges from the Notorious P.I.G. (chipotle ketchup, caramelized onions, Havarti, and bacon) to the Son of a Beech (Avocado, Beechhouse sauce, sundried tomato, and feta cheese) to the Crappy Tire (grilled pineapple ring, sweet & spicy sauce, and brie cheese). After you’ve picked the toppings, you can choose a patty, of which they have seven options. There’s beef (6 oz), whole chicken breast, ground turkey, Portobello mushroom cap, gourmet veggie, or if you are feeling extra adventurous lean domestic elk. You then choose a side with traditional options like fries, poutine or salad, or out of the ordinary options like steamed broccoli. Last you choose a bun: white, multi-grain, gluten free, or if you want – no bun at all!
I went with the Tidball Baker, with a standard beef patty and multigrain bun, which comes topped with spicy die-cut chips, sour cream, bacon, and green onion. As you can see from the photo, it’s truly a beautiful creation, as the die cut chips are covered in sour cream drizzle and bacon bits. The Works definitely awed me with the sheer amount of selection available. I also upgraded my side to a poutine, because why not! The burger was great, and most definitely unique. The chips basically work out to be spicy kettle chips, which was an awesome crunchy topping, and it combined well with the bacon and sour cream. The only thing I would change is adding another sauce under the burger like mustard or mayo, for my personal preference of making it a little less dry, as the chips are a thirst-quenching, crunchy topping. Overall The Works is a great place to go if you want full customization and many unique options, but it is a higher price point.
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