About the joint
Big Smoke is emerging as one of Toronto's leading burger chains. Along side their normal grain-fed patties, they also offer organic, grass-fed beef. Huzzah! Fresh toppings, great atmosphere, Boylan's soda, killer fries. What's not to like? With several locations in the USA, and several more in other parts of the globe, it looks like Big Smoke is here to stay... and Toronto Derbists are thrilled.
Killer burg, no surprises.
by benjamin on April 12th, 2013
As happens frequently, the urge to derb overtook me one day, and off to Big Smoke I went. The King St location is always super busy, but I like when people are clamouring to get into a restaurant. It's a usually a harbinger of good things to come: like delicious burgs.
On this occasion I was torn between the namesake Big Smoke Burger and the Crazy Burger. The girl behind the counter recommended I try the Big Smoke, and far be it from me to argue with the girl behind the counter.
$7.50 scored me a frigging delicious burger.
The Big Smoke Burger is topped with grilled onions, horseradish mayo, smoked cheddar, tomato & lettuce. Of course, I asked them to hold the veg.
The beef was local, though neither organic nor grass-fed. However, I could have upgraded to an organic and grass-fed beef from Beretta Farms for $2 more. Maybe next time.
The bun as always is good, though, it breaks up slightly. However it is very soft good flavour and it held together long enough for me to finish the burg without exploding.
The onions, we outstanding. Very sweet and rich. The horseradish mayo was VERY mild, and didn't produce that "my nose is vaporizing" effect pure horseradish tends to have.
The flavours of this burg are extremely well balanced. A burg from Big Smoke is always immensely satisfying.
by theroan on January 28th, 2012
A local joint that's starting to expand. Top of the heap burger in my opinion.
by mackeye on February 1st, 2012
I had the veggie soy pattie. Fantastc burger!!!