Showing posts with label Burgers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Burgers. Show all posts
Spork App:

A few weeks back, I was invited to test out a new mobile app for food lovers called Spork. The app allows people to discover real-time promotions and deals from nearby restaurants. Spork is completely free and is available for download on the AppStore. They are currently working on an Android app that will soon be available on Google Play. The app is barely a few months old, and  have already partnered up with several known establishments such as Snakes & Lattes, The Burgernator, I Went to Philly, The Red Bench, Firken on Yonge, Senator Restaurant, and many more. 

 One of the co-creators of Spork, Jed, expanded on the app and the future goals of the company during our dinner. The app is beneficial to restaurant owners as it allows them to increase their revenues and customer base during off-peak hours by offering deals. On the consumers' side, the app allows them to check for nearby deals and to potentially eat out and save some money.

In order to get these deals, your location setting (on the iPhone) must be turn on. This is so the Spork app can locate the deals nearest you. The good thing is that the deals are all accessible to people walking in the area. For example, we were in the middle of Kensington Market, and the app pinpointed a few nearby restaurants offering deals around that time (5 pm). The deals are curated for customers based on (high) online reviews, and they also hope to build relationships/partnerships with these restaurants.

Additionally, Spork has finally confirmed that they will be launching in Vancouver by the end of July with a pilot of at least 12 restaurants including Le Petit Belge, Basil Pasta Bar and Leonidas. 

The Burgernator:

Address: 269 Augusta Ave Toronto, ON M5T2L7


Jed turned on the app, and I had a choice between a few deals in Kensington Market; I opted for The Burgernator. The The Burgernator is a small restaurant specializing in burgers, and offering freshly made burgers priced between $5-$10 each. The Spork deal entails one to get free fries if you purchase a burger from their B.M.D (Burgers of Mass Destruction) menu. There were nine different burgers that you could order from that list.  


The Terminator inspired restaurant was small with a few chairs seating. Likewise, their white and black decor was modern and simple. I liked that the restaurant had an open kitchen concept where customers are able to see the cooks cooking the beef patty on the grill.


 I ended up getting the Atomic Burger ($8.50) - all beef patty, deep fried herb crusted cheese, tomato, lettuce with a sun dried tomato aioli. The freshly ground beef patty was rather good and well-seasoned, and I liked that it was freshly made. The deep fried herb crusted cheese was thick, and warm cheese oozed out of it with every bite. Liked I mentioned earlier, the deal that I got from using the app was free fries. Apparently, the fries are home-made and not frozen or store bought. The fries weren't cut too thick and tasted okay. I am not sure if it was from a fresh batch, but I found the fries to be quite soggy, and lacked crispiness. I may have not been a fan of the fries, but I did enjoy the burger from The Burgernator, and would return in the future. Portion-wise, it was a filling meal and with the deal, it was under $10 per person.



 

The Bazooka Jr ($8.50) - beef patty, fried egg, sauteed hot peppers, jack cheese, and spicy chipotle aioli.


The creators behind Spork are not only working on the Android version, but they are hoping to expand by adding restaurants more out West (in T.O). More information on their app can be found on their official website, and you can sign up for their email updates there as well. I recently downloaded the app on my iphone5S, and will be using it whenever I am looking for a place to eat downtown.

Download: Spork on the AppStore here.
 Official Website: http://www.sporkit.co/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/spork_it
 Twitter: https://twitter.com/spork_it

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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary (courtesy of Spork). However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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The Burgernator / Spork App

by on Friday, July 04, 2014
Spork App: A few weeks back, I was invited to test out a new mobile app for food lovers called Spork . The app allows people to discover ...
South St. Burger Co is a fast-food chain brought to you by the people behind New York Fries. There are a few locations scattered throughout the GTA and uptown including Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, and a few other cities. Based on the information on their website; they tout themselves as a gourmet burger joint serving burgers with fresh ingredients, no additives or preservatives, and the beef is grilled to order.


I ordered their 6 oz burger combo ($10.95) which included a regular fries and soft drink. They have a few condiments (cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, ginger glazed pineapple) that you can add to your burger for an additional $1 each. I opted to add a slice of cheese for $1 to my beef burger. Unfortunately, I fail to see how their burgers are gourmet, but I have to say that the beef used is fresher than other fast-food chains. Additionally, the beef was tender and seasoned well. The one thing lacking was their presentation, as my burger wasn't presented that neatly. The fries were crispy and weren't overly salty. Actually, the fries are the exact ones that are served at the New York Fries fry stands found in malls or movie theaters.


One of the standouts of the is probably the assortment of toppings that are available for customers. These condiments include garlic wasabi, ketchup, curry mayo, gourmet dill pickle relish, hot pepper relish, jalapeno sour cream, Dijon mustard, and etc. ...


My brother opted for a hot dog ($4.75) which looked delicious on the menu backboard. However, he thought that the hot dog was only decent, and wasn't worth the price that they were charging.



 My brother also got the solo 6 oz hamburger ($6.75) with no additional toppings. He liked the burger beef, but unfortunately his burger bun was cold so it wasn't too appealing.

Lastly, the staff at this particular location were fast, and friendly. Overall, South St. Burger Co is a good alternative if you're sick of the usual fast-food joints in the GTA. It's appealing that they do grill their burgers when it's ordered instead of cooking pre-cook meats. I was also  looking at their menu, and their The True North burger looked appetizing (double cheddar, extra bacon, maple syrup infused onions, and signature sauce), so it's something that I'd definitely try.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.6/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $

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South St. Burger Co. on Urbanspoon

South St. Burger Co

by on Friday, June 06, 2014
South St. Burger Co is a fast-food chain brought to you by the people behind New York Fries. There are a few locations scattered throughou...
A couple of weeks back, my friends and I decided to go for drinks after an early dinner at Grill Time. We decided upon seeing W Burger Bar as the weather got colder, and we didn't want to walk any longer. The modern establishment on Yonge and College offers a variety of burgers, alcohol, and other bar items.



pink lemonade (shots) ($2.00 each) [raspberry sourpuss, triple sec, lime juice]

While the others opted for alcoholic beverages (pic omitted but they got beer and cocktails); I decided to just get the strawberry milkshake ($4.99). The frothy milkshake was made perfectly, and you can really taste the strawberry flavor of the ice-cream used. For those who love alcohol with their milkshakes, you can get the alternative version which is their spiked milkshakes with 2 ounces of alcohol.

They offer a selection of 10 different burgers priced between $6.99 to $18.99. Every burger is served on a freshly baked homemade regular or whole wheat bun. They also have a variety of complimentary sauces and toppings. However, cheese is extra for $1.50 per slice.

My friend ordered the bison burger (farm-raised bison seared on our flat top to seal in flavor and tenderness) ($10.99), and liked it. According to him, the burger meat was solid, and the onions caramelized into the meat making it a tasty burger.


One of my friends and I decided to share the WBB signature sauce chicken wings (double dusted and fried to perfection) ($10.99/lb). I love the wings, and unfortunately these wings are one of the worst wings that I have ever tasted. The wings were of a good size, but the sauce made them so overly bitter and salty at the same time. I really had a hard time eating them, and downing them down with milkshake didn't help with the bitter aftertaste.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$
 
Address: 10 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

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W Burger Bar

by on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A couple of weeks back, my friends and I decided to go for drinks after an early dinner at Grill Time. We decided upon seeing W Burger Bar...