About the joint
Tucked slightly out of the way off the strip on Main St., Stouffville, this local joint is easy to miss, but well worth the finding. It seems to be primarily a take-out joint, without much in the way of seating, but what seating there is is comfortable. The staff is young, cheerful and friendly, and the decor presented a modern-rustic charm. It emits a warm, familial atmosphere, and it's not unheard of to see kids doing homework in the corner while their big brother or sister works a shift at the grill.
But while the Shoppe itself might be on the quaint side, the menu is anything but. Burgers like "The D.O.A." and "The Hangover" grace the cook top, and patrons are encouraged to "Think More Meat" by adding pulled pork, bacon, pork belly or brisket to their 1, 2, 3, or 4-patty burger (that's 4 oz each, folks). The burger reviews will speak for themselves, but a quick word about the fries. They are, in the opinion of Burger Derby, the ideal when it comes to fresh cut fries. Simple, not too thick or too skinny, and cooked just right. We'd give'em 2 thumbs up but we're too busy eating them.
Where There's Smoke...
by basil on November 4th, 2013
The Smokestack is a phenome of a burg. I've never experienced that caliber of smokey flavor on any burger, let alone one that was cooked by my preferred method (on a flat cooktop). Everything on this burger was smoked except the bun, and I loved it. Hours later, I was still burping up a little smokey goodness, which I welcomed like a fond memory of an evening spent with a dear, old friend.
I added BBQ sauce (which on other burgers has assaulted my mouth by masking the natural flavors with too much sweetness) and in this case, it totally worked. Perfect compliment. I also added grilled onions which rounded out the flavor profile beautifully.
You could tell they used quality, fresh beef (two patties on this one, thanks very much!) and the cheese was great - not processed. But don't get me started on the bacon. Thick cut, straight from the farmer's market, this bacon was stellar! This burger is a clear representation of quality ingredients producing a quality meal.