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Fat Phill's

Posted by Josh Wise / Reviewed on July 4, 2014 / review policy

fat phills torontoFat Phill's is back. After a couple of moves from the original Marlee Ave. location, and a short hiatus, Fat Phill's has re-surfaced in Midtown. And yes, it's still the same Phill. Now just north of Davisville on Yonge, the new shop maintains the same casual feel as the original location. Familiar caricatures of Phill and his burgers decorate the walls, and old dinosaur toys direct you where to leave your trays.

As we approach the counter, Phill quickly introduces himself and starts running through the menu. He offers three burger sizes: the 'Little Guy' (4 oz), the 'Big Guy' (7 oz), and Suicide (two 7-oz patties), as well as turkey and veggie burgers, peameal sandwiches, ice cream, milkshakes and many other diner-style meals. We place our orders, grab our seats and in less than 10 minutes are called back up to the counter to dress our burgers.

fat phills torontoThe Big Guy Swiss Melt burger ($9.50), came topped with a generous portion of a mild Canadian Swiss and freshly sautéed mushrooms. The thick patty was cooked to a perfect medium over the char grill. My high school memories of this burger rang true and were enough to sell me on a repeat visit to Phill's - but next time, I'll skip the mediocre onion rings.

fat phills torontoThe Little Guy Blue Kahuna ($6.99) was topped with blue cheese as thick as the burger patty, two slices of grilled pineapple and four strips of bacon. Once topped with lettuce, tomato and pickles, this 'little guy' stood nearly a half-foot tall. The strength of the blue cheese mixed surprisingly well with the sweet pineapple and smoky bacon.

The flavours were nothing if not bold, making this burger a good choice for someone with an adventurous palate. Meanwhile, the Big Kahuna burger ($9.50) swapped the blue cheese for mozzarella - another dynamite burger, though it required at least a half dozen serviettes to maintain some semblance of manners while eating.

fat phills torontoThe chicken souvlaki platter ($10.99) was a skewer of char-grilled chicken atop a bed of rice, served with a side of pita bread and a romaine-based Greek salad. The chicken was a touch over cooked, but still had a nice seasoning. This platter was fine, but certainly not the thing that is going to pull you back to Fat Phill's.

In a city of endless gourmet burger shops, Fat Phill's is a great throwback to the homestyle burgers many of us grew up on. With hefty portions, reasonable prices and a lot of walk-by traffic, it looks like Fat Phill's has found its new home.

fat phills torontoPhotos by Marni Wolf.

Discussion

13 Comments

Tony / July 5, 2014 at 12:48 am
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Wow looks good! Love that they have a classic Harvey's/Subway topping bar, where you get to choose what you want on it. Awesome.
SarahJ / July 5, 2014 at 10:07 am
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i work across the street from his old location on marlee and was SO sad when he left. but, i'm SO happy to see that it wasn't for good and he's still around. all the best phill!!
Bobbobobbobob / July 5, 2014 at 10:57 am
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Good luck to Phill, that spot has been restaurant death for a while now. Hopefully he can thrive in the berumda triangle of overpriced pub fare in the area.
Karen / July 5, 2014 at 11:48 am
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I work beside Fat Phil's on Marlee, and I didn't even know they moved...... LOL Thanks for the info!
cathie / July 5, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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Is this the same place that had a location on Steeles just west of Yonge, about 15-20 years ago?
New City Food / July 6, 2014 at 10:11 am
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Check out New City Food's Summerlicious picks here! - http://www.newcityfood.com/2014/06/25/summerlicious-2014/
Tre / July 6, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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Looks like a good burger patty. looks like its cooked well done but what happened to the bun did the cook punch it on the way out. Looks like a mess before you even start. If you gonna have a loaded burger make sure you have buns than can handle it.
TJ / July 7, 2014 at 08:59 am
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"In a city of endless gourmet burger shops, Fat Phill's is a great throwback to the homestyle burgers many of us grew up on."

Isn't the Big Guy Swiss Melt burger at $9.50 right around the "gourmet burger" prices? So we are getting homestyle burgers at same price as gourmet, except, you don't get a nice looking burger (better buns) or higher quality meats (AAA, angus, sirloin, beef raised without use of hormones, etc.)? Isn't that actually worst value?
Nick / July 7, 2014 at 09:08 am
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Great spot for a quick bite. Big portions friendly staff.
eeew / July 8, 2014 at 03:24 am
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Yuck
Sarah / July 8, 2014 at 09:57 am
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I used to visit the Marlee location often, and miss it terribly. So glad Phill is back up and running. Definitely in my top 5 burgers list in Toronto.
Bassbeast / July 8, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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Went once last week. Waiting over 20 minutes for my burger and fries for take out. Burger was greasy and flavourless, fries were average. Sexism abounds, as the pretty girl who waiting for her food as long as I was got a coupon for a free meal and shake. I got a half-hearted sorry muttered under breath. Will NOT be going back.
Mike / July 10, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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I have worked in the Yonge & Davisville area for about 5 years now and have pretty much tried all the lunch offerings. I've always said it was missing a burger joint. Fat Phill's will do well there.

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