Allen's


Allen's 9.3/10

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About the joint

At one end of what used to be a strip of exclusively Greek restaurants in Toronto, is a New York-Irish Gastropub called Allen's. It's a gorgeous archetype of a dimly lit pub - the dark wood bar ushers you past the reception podium and into a smallish dining room positively rammed full of happy eaters. If it's a nice day you might go through to the rear patio, one of Toronto's best, according to BlogTO, and enjoy the shade of the enormous weeping willow there, voted, believe it or not, the best tree in Toronto by NOW magazine.

The staff are knowledgeable and swift, and the food is fantastic. The menu posted on their website states very modestly that they serve what are often considered to be Toronto's best burgers (have you noticed yet how many times the word "best" has come up?). Their printed menu says much more about their burgers, telling the story of each patty from farm to plate. From the purchase of a whole steer each month, the restaurant controls the whole butchering, storage and preparation process. Making for some of the best burgers you'll ever taste.