About the joint
The Burger's Priest is a Toronto favorite, taking home the 3rd place ribbon in the 2012 ZAGAT guide for places to eat in Hogtown. For those not in the know, the ZAGAT guide is based on a survey of regular people - so although probably only people with reasonably good taste care enough to vote, the resulting zeitgeist is still going to be a little bit based on what's popular or faddish at the time. And The Burger's Priest certainly is popular.
Don't expect to have a leisurely sit-down meal. There's next to no seating, and if you're lucky enough to snag a bar stool (God help you if you're there with friends who also need seats), you're likely to get jostled by the 30-odd people standing in line to order. But if you're prepared for all that, then the hungry, happy crowd certainly lends a kind of electricity to the experience.
by benjamin on July 2nd, 2013
I'd been to The Burger's Priest before. It is arguably the most important burger chain in Toronto. Despite its cultural significance, however, my previous trips had left me underwhelmed. Yeah, they're burgs. Yeah they're greasy. Yeah, they taste good. But there was a flatness to them. The culprit, in my view, was the underseasoned beef. Now, I realize that this simplicity is part of Priest's raison d'être; it's a conscious choice, not negligence. But one does not eat philosophy, and no amount of reasoning can make up for a limp flavour profile.
Then I had The Vatican.
While using grilled cheese sandwiches in lieu of simple buns is not new, this formula perfectly frames what Priest is trying to do. The balance and treatment of ingredients in The Vatican really strikes a chord.
Though tiny when compared to the gargantuan Four Horesemen, The Vatican can still seem like a formidable burg to many. If you can get past the perception (after all, it's no more than two, normal cheeseburgers), it is, I think, the best representation of what Priest is about. Pure deliciosity.
The Vatican made me a convert. I love Priest, and I don't care who knows it.