Bug Chubby Burger
Bug Chubby Burger, with its bright green facade and giant logo in the window, is nestled between Bungalow and Good Egg in Kensington Market. Also in the window are two signs for the $5 - yes, $5 - special which includes a classic burger with fries and pop.
The burger joint has only been open for a few weeks, but seems to already be a go to place to grab a quick bite to eat without feeling any fast food remorse afterward. We arrive for a late dinner Friday night and the place is pretty quiet. But as we eat several people wander in and grab the $5 special to go.
We survey our options - Crafted Larges, Crafted Signatures, and Crafted Classics. I order the Canadian Burger ($7) and my friend has the Mexican burger ($7). We also share an order of fries ($3). When our food is ready, one of the guys behind the counter brings it to our table which is a nice touch.
The Canadian Burger is topped with a sizable piece of peameal bacon, cheddar, onion, lettuce, tomato, and a healthy smear of garlic mayonnaise. The bun is a Kaiser with sesame seeds. I take my first bite and am overwhelmed by the mayonnaise's garlic-y flavour. I get used to it soon enough and begin to notice the moistness of the whole burger. The patty is lean but not dry. The cheddar is perfectly melted on top of the patty. Big Chubby Burger says they use only AAA Canadian beef to make their hand-formed patties.
My dining partner is also digging her Mexican burger (top photo) which is essentially the same as mine except the mayonnaise is a spicy chipotle and it comes with sautéed onions instead of raw ones. She does point out that there aren't enough distinctly Mexican flavours or ingredients to warrant it being called a Mexican burger. There's no guacamole. No salsa. No mole. Nothing really Mexican except the chipotle.
In addition to the burgers listed, there are a number of extras ($1 each) that can be added to any burger order. Adding fries and a pop to any burger is an additional $2.
By the end of our meal we are pretty stuffed, having also been slowly eating away at our order of fries. They are hand-cut, shoestring fries, lightly salted and perfectly crispy with the skins on.
Now that both fast food chains as well as Toronto's burgeoning gourmet burger restaurants are paying more attention to decor than in the past, Bug Chubby Burger's interior looks unfinished in comparison. But it's the food that's worth coming here for - and getting burgers to go seems like the most popular option.
Bug Chubby Burger offers good quality food for a fair price. They keep it simple and deliver where it counts with a quality beef patty and fresh ingredients.
Bug Chubby Burger is open from 11am to 10pm daily. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible, but the washrooms are down a flight of stairs.
Photos by Elizabeth Vu
Note: Big Chubby Burger is the new name for what was once called Craft Fat Burger so the name in the review has been updated accordingly.