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Betty's

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 22, 2007 / review policy

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Betty's is a favourite haunt for George Brown students to grab a burger and watch whatever game happens to be on TV.

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11 Comments

Darcy K. / March 31, 2009 at 08:49 pm
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Yikes, what a dive. And a dirty, not-very-charming dive, either.

Beer - we ordered cask ale, however it was noticeably oxidized (wet paper, vinegary taste) and should not have been served. Any decent publican makes a habit of tasting the taps at least once daily, and should pull off anything that's tasting bad. That wasn't the case here.

Food - one (small) step up from airport cafeteria food. My bean burrito had little imagination - just beans inside, nothing else, no salsa on the side; served with a tomato sauce that came from a can (very bland tasting). Despite asking for "little or no cheese" on my burrito, my dish had lots of cheese and was *identical* to a friend's who made no such request. Also, my side salad had tons of cheese and chopped egg on it. Gee, is it asking too much for the server to clue in?! - if I don't want cheese on my burrito, I probably also don't want it on my salad. It never crossed the server or kitchen's mind.

One visit here was enough. Again, the food is very mediocre - but it's not cheap. And the dingy interior is not cheerful. Definitely not worth a return visit.
Papi / April 29, 2009 at 02:58 pm
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If you enjoy surly staff, bland food and uncomfortable seats than Betty's is for you. Seriously, it was cool back in the day by namesake only but it's run it's course.
Ryan / June 23, 2009 at 09:12 am
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Betty's is a great spot that's a little rough around the edges, but that's part of what gives it its character. I have found that the service is usually very good, particularly when the staff and owners get to know you a little. Great apps, a lively atmosphere and a great little hidden patio make it one of my faves in town.
Anon / June 21, 2010 at 01:06 am
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"Gee, is it asking too much for the server to clue in?! - if I don't want cheese on my burrito, I probably also don't want it on my salad. It never crossed the server or kitchen's mind."

Gee, if you asked for no cheese on your burrito and didn't ask for no cheese on your salad, maybe you just don't want cheese on your burrito? Complaining that they didn't listen when you asked for no cheese on your burrito is fine but "They didn't do something that I didn't ask them to do!" is not really a valid complaint.
Dutchie / July 11, 2010 at 09:13 pm
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Great place. It was the first of only a couple places to host Dutch fans during the World Cup. I went to 4 games there and each time, the staff was awesome, the service quick and a good time was had by all.

Even today when the line started at 1130am for a 230pm game, the guys at the door were super nice about being asked the same dumb questions every two mins. And were extremely tolerant of the sometimes annoying antic of beer-induced-football fans.

I will be going again for sure.
TVG / January 17, 2011 at 01:29 pm
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Flat beer. Every time. We used to go there after rehearsal, but every single time the beer was flat. After we noticed they weren't doing anything about it (we'd brought their attention to it), we looked elsewhere. :(

This was last summer. We poked our head into the bar a month or so ago to see if they'd fixed the problem. Nope, every beer in the place looked like apple juice. Please fix the beer and we'll come back!!
Tom / January 26, 2011 at 07:50 pm
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I love the place. the decor is unique, the staff friendly and I find the food awesome. The specials are always inventive and the menu food, for pub fare is all very good.

I don't know of many places to eat cheaper downtown (outside of McD's or Subway)its fresh

As for stale beer, the place is always busy; one Friday evening when I was there, sitting at the bar, I saw 10 taps blow, so I'm guessing it is usually fresh.

I go there often and have no plans to change.
Ted / March 14, 2013 at 07:21 pm
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My favourite watering hole.
bob / April 4, 2013 at 09:11 pm
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Anon, maybe you should stop blaming other people for your lack of clarity; cheese on salad is awesome.
Toronto Tour Guy / April 15, 2013 at 08:52 pm
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Everyone stay away from Betty's, so us regulars can have the place to ourselves. :-)
Jennifer / April 24, 2013 at 11:28 am
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The booths are a great place to meet over pints. The staff is attentive (and keep those pints coming), but food is just ok. Go for the wings - those are among the best in the city. It isn't fancy, but it is a great low key place to hang out.

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