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Johnny's Hamburgers – Toronto

May 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Johnny's Hamburgers Johnny's Hamburgers Johnny's Hamburgers Johnny's Hamburgers Johnny's Hamburgers Uptown on business with V. In Markham, at the Hwy 7 and 404. This is where business happens in Canada, my friends. As much as in the boardrooms on Bay Street, it’s the office parks surrounding Toronto where the deals are made and the handshakes happen that drives the economy in Canada. But – this is where people live as well. The ‘burbs around Toronto – Richmond Hill, Markham, Scarborough, Brampton, Mississauga seem at times to be half-houses, half office buildings.

And so when you’re uptown on the east side, where do you go for a quick, easy lunch after your meeting? You head to Johnny’s Burgers – near the 401 and Victoria Park Avenue. V is a serious carnivore and I’m never one to turn down a good burger. He hadn’t been here before, so on our way back downtown, we decided to hit up Johnny’s.

Johnny’s is nothing amazing – it’s just cheap, good food that will fill your belly. The fries don’t suck, the burger isn’t amazing but it’s not bad, and the only place to eat is outdoors on picnic tables – but there’s just something about this place that I like.

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Let’s start with the burger – it’s a huge, thick bun – but it’s soft too – for a bun this big, you’d expect it to be tough, but it’s not at all. They grill the bun. The burger patty comes out of a frozen box, and so it’s nothing to write home about, but it’s not bad. The fixings – the usual – lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, ketchup, relish, onions – all good. The fries and onion rings are somewhere between good and great – never soggy, and the pop in a cardboard ‘Coca-Cola’ cup makes you nostalgic for summer days on the beach or at the pool.

The total price for fries, burger, and pop – about $7.50. The run-down picnic tables are comfortable enough, the view is the usual Toronto suburb view – low-rise buildings, roadway, and parking lot (I never said it was a pretty suburb). But like I said, there’s just something about Johnny’s that I like.

If you’re visiting the city, don’t go out of your way to go to Johnny’s – there’s better food downtown. But if you happen to be uptown near the 401 and 404, and you’re in need of lunch, and it’s a nice sunny day outside, and you want to eat at a place with some character – then Johnny’s is my choice any day.

Johnny’s Hamburgers
Victoria Park Avenue & Sheppard Avenue East
2561 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, ON


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Tags: Cheap Eats · Toronto · Western Food

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  • 1 Jessica // Jan 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Johnny’s reminds me of my childhood- young adulthood. For quite some time my dad would pick up johnny’s on his way home from work on a friday night for dinner. I just LOVED their onion rings. That is one thing I miss about Toronto (don’t live there anymore). It probably has more to do with missing the memories of my younger days then anything, although I quite like the food.

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