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Fry Haus

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on March 4, 2014 / review policy

Fry Haus TorontoFry Haus is a fast food counter fluent in German-Canadian street foods. Situated on Gerrard at Parliament, the tiny shop doesn't offer any seating but is equipped to handle take-out and delivery orders.

Fry HausThe menu from owner Rod Meyers is listed on backlit boards and features burgers and sausages made in-house from freshly ground meat (halal, btw), plus schnitzel sandwiches, baumstriezel (sweet fried pretzel bread), potato pancakes and an array of fully loaded French fry dishes.

Fry HausFries ($5/large, $3/small), as the name suggests, are a specialty. Done right, potatoes are freshly chopped, skins still-on and twice-fried for optimal golden crispness. House made dips ($1) are available in almost a dozen varieties like garlic dill cream and spicy (seriously they're not joking) three-pepper ranch.

Fry HausCurrywurst mit Fritten ($6) comes packed into a box with fries and a skillet-cooked sausage smothered in a rich tomato-based curry sauce and finished with a smattering of dry spice mix.

Fry HausShnitzel sandwiches ($5) are available in chicken, veal or fish loaded onto a long white bun customizable with a choice of house-made condiments, mustards, pickles and fresh toppings. I try the chicken, an enormous pounded poultry filet coated in blistering golden batter. Not only is it good, but priced at $5, it's an impressive value.

Fry HausSides ($5/large, $3/small) of krautslaw and potato salad are welcome cold, fresh accompaniments. The potato salad is especially good and is mixed to order with creamy house dill dressing, crumbled hard boiled egg and chopped pickles and red onion.

Come warmer weather, the plan is to add a range of house-made ice creams that will be available through the walk-up window. Delivery will be provided via JustEat and is expected to launch any day now.

Fry HausFry Haus is currently open Monday through Friday from 11am to 9pm and on Saturdays starting at noon.

fry haus torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

69 Comments

Muna / March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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OH MAN. So excited to try this place out!
Artzila.com / March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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Can't wait to try this place out! It looks really good!
Angela / March 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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AMAZING. I'm bringing the entire U of T German Studies Students' Union here. Very excited to have authentic German food again!
Borte / March 4, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I hope this place sticks, the spot has been a few different food joints over the past several years.
Fat Man / March 4, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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Looks healthy!
Dan Ha / March 4, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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Just went. LEGIT.

Seriously, the chicken schnitzel sandwich is MASSIVE and beyond tasty. A ton of different sauce variations as well. Coleslaw is NEXT LEVEL. I plan to eat there more, and respond accordingly with more CAPS because this place makes my tastebuds go BRAP, brap.
Paddy123 / March 4, 2014 at 01:46 pm
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Woah! Currywurst!!! I'm there!
cathie / March 4, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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Another must try added to my list. That chicken.woah!
Mayor Dodge / March 4, 2014 at 02:45 pm
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I do believe that sandwich in the top photograph is smiling at me. Excuse me, but I have to break into a run before they run out of chicken schnitzel.
Rob Ford / March 4, 2014 at 03:14 pm
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Do the schnitzels come in buckets? What about combo meals?
Mike / March 4, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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Went last night and it was great!
raccoonw/bread / March 4, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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Looks much better than what Das Gasthaus has to offer. That place is very overrated.
toomuchcoffeeman / March 4, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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BlogTO peeps: you have the map marker in the wrong place - fry haus is on Gerrard st.
David / March 4, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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I believe the address is actually 296A Gerrard St E. 296 Gerrard St E is the recently opened Mexican Burrito on the NW corner.
Suzanne / March 4, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Yup, echoing other commentators: the map marker is in the wrong place. It's on the other side of Parliament. What you have there is the Mexican Burrito place.
Liora Ipsum / March 4, 2014 at 06:02 pm
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We've updated the map marker to the right spot. Thanks y'all!
Maddy / March 4, 2014 at 06:55 pm
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Wonder why they went with halal meat and no pork schnitzel, either way I'm really excited to try this place out! Looks awesome!
regent replying to a comment from Maddy / March 4, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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Probably because they are in an area with a large Muslim population
nance428 / March 4, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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oh man... my mouth just watered!

NOMSS.com
jd / March 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm
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Like the food.

Understand the area it's in. Lack of pork was a draw back for me.

That said, at that price I will go back often. But lack of pork holds it back from being amazing IMO.
bill / March 5, 2014 at 12:13 am
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I wish I lived closer!
IanVen / March 5, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Was there last night. Amazing food. Would have tried more, but all you hungry BlogTO fiends ate everything! The currywurst is the currybest.
v79 / March 5, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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Looks great, and the affordable prices are a nice change in this town. I'll definitely have to check it out, although the location is kinda out of the way, so it will be tough justifying a trip out there just for a meal, especially with no seating in the shop. I don't understand the lack of pork though. If it's because of the muslim thing someone mentioned, then why open a German themed stop there? When I think Germany, I think pork schnitzel.
P / March 5, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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We came today for lunch after seeing this post on blogto and found the place PACKED. The girl behind the counter asked if we came from 'blogto', because we weren't regulars. They seemed a little overwhelmed with the amount of people that arrived and ill prepared to service such a strong demand. We ended up waiting half an hour since they forgot to make one of our snitzels and had the carve the meat up fresh. It was yummy, but the staff was very disorganized and it wasn't a pleasant experience waiting when everyone behind the counter seemed a little frantic. With better management, I think the issues we had today could have been easily avoided.
Fry Haus / March 5, 2014 at 07:24 pm
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Liora: Thanks so much for the great article on our take-out resto and to Jesse for the superb pics! Within 15 mins of you posting this we had BlogTO followers at our place :)

Regent is right on the money - As a small take-out place, we did out homework and wanted to have our food accessible to the neighbourhood which in our case was no pork and halal meat.

P: And for all you BlogTOers that came for lunch today, sincere apologies for the wait and shortages! We had more demand than typical at lunch and you caught us with our lederhosens down ;) We are fully stocked again and ready for dinner/lunch tomorrow. P let us know who you are if you come in again and your next schnitzel will be on us.

We take all comments/feedback about our food very seriously and appreciate your comments!

Fry Haus Team
Laura / March 5, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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Wow, refreshing to hear a restaurant actually post in their own review thread and sound so together. I can't wait to check this place out and try to the currywurst... Haven't had that since I was in Berlin!
Chris / March 6, 2014 at 02:36 pm
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Just went for a veal schnitzel and it was absolutely delicious, what a great addition to Cabbagetown & Regent. With the over saturation of barn board and gimmicks in the market, its nice to see a new entrant rely on an honest, quality product. Best of luck Fry Haus.
J / March 6, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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Just ate take out from here. Ordered the chicken schnitzel combo.

The sandwich was alright, chicken was made to order and crispy but bland. No flavor to the chicken to honest.

Fries where awful which really surprised me. The cook took a handful of raw fries and and a handful of fries that had been sitting in the warming tray and threw into the deep fryer. Basically half my fries were crispy and over cooked while the other half were under cooked. All of them were under seasoned and inedible.

At $9 a combo, it's a pretty big rip off. Wouldn't go again, if you want schnitzel I'd recommend Schnitzel Queen on Queen and Sherbourne.
Maddy replying to a comment from Fry Haus / March 6, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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Thanks for the reply! Makes a lot of sense and I'm really excited to come in and try!
Fry Haus replying to a comment from J / March 6, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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J: Sorry to hear that your meal didn't meet your expectations.

Chicken Schnitzel is traditionally breaded and under-seasoned and then eaten with different gravies/sauces. We have therefore developed our 12 haus sauces to complement the chicken for our sandwiches.

For the fries, we do twice fry our french fries so the person completing your order may have put a handful of the wrong fries in (one uncooked and one par-cooked). That is my best guess as generally we have gotten great feedback on our fries.

Nevertheless, if you are willing we would love a re-take on your order (of course on us).

Fry Haus
berlinkid / March 7, 2014 at 12:12 am
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And how would you know who J was to comp him/her a free meal Fry Haus? Just curious since you're doling out comp food to any tom, dick or jane that complains on here.

You must know that Bogto posters are synonymous with trolling restaurant reviews and by next month at the rate your comping out meals to every negative posters you'd be giving away your food..wurst (see what I did there) you'd be out of business.

By the Way when I come in I'm going to say I'm J to get the free meal.
Su / March 7, 2014 at 12:24 am
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I'm suprised at J's comments. I needed a quick bite and decided to try their fries. Honesty, these were the best fries I've tried in the city. Hands down. The combination of house-made sauces is SIN-credible. If not for my full stomach, I would've wolfed down more.

Best. Fries. Ever.

It's clear the owner of the restaurant takes great pride in his creations. I'm going back again this weekend to try the schnitzel.

Thanks Fy Haus!
Su replying to a comment from Su / March 7, 2014 at 12:25 am
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by Fy Haus, i meant Fry House :-)
A / March 8, 2014 at 08:10 pm
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An amazing addition to the community!!
With outstanding service and super tasty food the Fry Haus has won me over as my new favourite go to resto in the cabbagetown area. The Chicken Schnitzel never disappoints, its fair to say Im more than hooked. With such generous portion sizes the value is incredible. My faves include the Schnitzel and veggie fries, which when paired with the delicious homemade sauces and spreads are anything but bland. I look forward to trying the homemade burgers which are rumoured to be fantastic. I really can't speak highly enough of the food quality and service. Do yourself a favour and visit the Fry Hause, you won't be sorry!!

Rob Bergen / March 8, 2014 at 08:36 pm
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Despite a few haters. Tried it. Liked it! I was a bit overwhelmed by the selection of sauces and seasonings and in the end settled on a plainly dressed but amply portioned chicken schnitzel sandwich and a chicken gravy poutine ( again, 3 different gravies to choose from why not have just one? IMO). From my experience there I doubt they will be comping out too many free meals but I do wonder how they will survive doing everything homemade and at those prices? Being a schnitzel queen regular I wouldn't say they are better or worse. Just different. The hardest thing is going to be which other food to bump in favour of an extra schnitzel each week! BTW has anyone tried their burgers or sausages???
JS / March 11, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Went there last week and this place is great! Very friendly staff, food was made fast and tasted fresh. The portion sizes are great. Love the section of sauces. I am glad I live close by as I will be going to this place a lot.

Camille / March 13, 2014 at 01:48 am
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Tried it our for the first time yesterday....then again today....All i can say is AMAZING !!!
JF / March 16, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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What. What!! Currywurst!!! I am so excited.

Anyone have any information about the delivery zone? (Fry Haus, are you still out there?)
s replying to a comment from Fry Haus / March 23, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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Super Duper response. Like, Really super.
MB / March 24, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I found out about Fry Haus through Dine Halal and am excited to try out the various foods. It's a bit of a trek via TTC so I too would like to know what the delivery zone is.
megan / March 25, 2014 at 05:58 pm
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I'm dying to have the delivery work start on this place!
hungrytraveler / March 27, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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Really cheap, great portion sizes. The fish one was fantastic. The veal was underseasoned and needed salt - I read it above that this is how it's supposed to be but 0 salt is no good. Fries were not good, though. Although they fry it when you order it, they were super oily and soggy. Won't go out of my way to eat there again, but if I'm around, why not.
Casual Nerd / April 4, 2014 at 01:13 pm
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Had a Burger there today as the place is just around the corner from my work. Both Burger and Fries were yummy. Not sure, however, what the Burger made a German Burger. The menu looks good except I want to point out that there are a myriad of spelling mistakes. Not every German word has an Umlaut..... . I will be back.
Jlf / July 3, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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I am disappointed to find another badly executed attempt of bringing authentic German cuisine to Toronto. I am German, came to Canada a couple of years back and would love to see some real good German restaurants here. When I went to try the food At Fry Häus I asked why they were doing German stuff and was told the owner was German. Why are there then so many grammar and translation mistakes on the menu? Even the name of the place is spelled incorrectly: it's Haus, not Häus.
I had the chicken schnitzel and potato salad and both were bland. As per a comment above the sauces are supposed to make up for the consciously underseasoned schnitzel. Well, mine didn't. The bun was a cheap soft bun. You do know that Germans cherish their breads and buns and would never serve a schnitzel on something like this. The potato salad was nothing special and nothing typical German either. I get adapting to the area and even Canadian taste but then don't call it German. Did you ever ask an Italian chef to change the recipe of their pizza (dough)...?
Grober / July 21, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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A very nice twist on german canadian food. Best potato salad ever! One of the best hamburgers I have had in a long long time! Friendly staff. I will be back for sure!!!
Gravy / July 23, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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Solid food. You can notice the extra effort they take which separates it from your average quick serve joint.

Chicken schnitzel - The chicken was pounded, breaded, and fried to order. Not sure if they are always made to order since I visited at the end of the day, but appreciate the effort. Schnitzel was the star of the sandwich.

Currywurst - Got the last sausage before they ran out. The order came with fries. Good curry flavour without the sauce overwhelming the meat.

Fries - Pre-blanched and double fried to order. I liked the cut size and mash potatoey soft insides, but it could have used a tad more crunch on the outside. The spice they sprinkle on the fries makes them addictive.

Gravy - I like gravy (drinking the leftover Swiss Chalet sauce anyone?) I ordered beef gravy with the fries. What I got was closer to au jus versus a powder mix, at least the way it tasted to me. If they took the time to elevate a side sauce, I am coming back for more.
Schnitzel fanatic / August 13, 2014 at 05:05 pm
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Went there yesterday and thought the chicken schnitzel was great. I chose the horseradish mayo which really complemented the schnitzel. I am not much of a bread eater so it would be great if they offered an option to get the schnitzel as a plate or a sandwich. I would buy the plate as often as I could.
flo / August 13, 2014 at 07:32 pm
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Can't say Im overly impressed. I have noticed the food quality as well as the portion sizes begin to change. There is half as much chicken in the schnitzel sandwiches lately as compared to when the Fry Haus first opened a few months back, not to mention a price increase. If you're looking for an alternative try the Schnitzel Queen located just a short distance away at Queen and Parliament. I've recently made the switch and have been quite satisfied!
jamil replying to a comment from Jlf / August 13, 2014 at 09:30 pm
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This review was quite informative. Thanks for the write-up, sir.

I am a (non-practicing) muslim and am disappointed that they do not have pork wurst. I had the same in Germany and the sausage has to be pork!
heather / August 14, 2014 at 07:33 pm
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I don't know how anyone can compare Fry Haus with Schnitzel Queen Fry Haus even with the price increase is only $6 for a schnitzel sub sandwich Same price as Schnitzel Queen. Fry Haus has like 20 delicious sauces to choose from and one of the best burgers in town ! If you are craving or trying schnitzel for first time I would recommend hands down Fry Haus nuff said
Jake / August 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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My partner and tried to visit the Fry Haus last night for some take-out on our way home from work (around 8:00pm). We stood at the take-out window for a good 10 minutes without even being acknowledged (not even a "hello, be with you in a minute") and when the girl who was working the cash (who was also garnishing burgers and packing orders while the two other staff seemed to not be doing much of anything) went to help us, what I think was the owner, told her not to help any more guests until she had finished garnishing the burgers. Further more, he then passive aggressively, muttered under his breath that they were "actually closed". As the owner/manager, why would you ever turn away customers? There are plenty of other restaurants that I could take my business to (and will in the future)who would be happy to have my money. I live in Cabbagetown and will be sure to let people know how we were treated. If you are closed or do not want to take any more orders, maybe next time, a kind "so sorry, we're actually closed for the evening" would have been much more affective. However, there won't be a next time. Really disappointed.
Pete / September 18, 2014 at 01:19 am
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I couldn't agree more with Jakes comment. To be honest I've had several unpleasant experiences with the male owner/manger I'm sure you are referring to. To the owner: you're sour deminor is off putting and has driven my business and my recommendation elsewhere. Good luck sourpuss!
james / September 18, 2014 at 03:07 pm
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this site and its readers are just sucks, aren't they? Not a single bad review on this site (so-called review) and everyone loooooves everything
I went there today and they dumped a piece of average sausage meat in a bland and crumbling bun and the sauce tasted like salad sauce
AND???
Adam / September 19, 2014 at 05:17 pm
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I am really worried about these reviews/articles. I mean they are misleading. "enormous" ? Come on. I went there today for a late lunch. It was like a medium sub sandwich (the bun) and obviously the meat is not bigger than its bun. It is like every writer needs to use superlatives to get attention.
Anyhow the sandwich was fine, not great not bad just a sandwich that could use some more kick
Adam / September 19, 2014 at 05:19 pm
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Sorry did not mean to write two comments but I forgot to mention that the schnitzel sandwich is now $6.99 so has gone up $2 in the last six months
Terry / September 19, 2014 at 08:01 pm
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Some of these reviews really are misleading. I went in today as well because of the rave reviews at the top. But was disappointed. The schnitzel is over priced at 7 dollars for such a small piece of meat. The sandwich was all crumbly bun! The bread really overshadowed the small schnitzel. Too bad. It wasn't worth the trip. I wouldn't recommend fry haus if your looking to leave with a satisfied belly.
Jorge / September 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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Funny this take-away outlet has increased its price 40% FORTY PERCENT in six months
This outlet is running an annual 80% inflation!!
Another capitalist milking the suckers*
*you guys sure this isn't the same guy as Burger's Priest or Five Guys?
Paul Chen / September 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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EVERYONE look at the photo on top
Now I just got back from this counter... the chicken is HALF that and the price is $2 HIGHER

First and last time
lol@all the LEGIT comments
Paul Chen replying to a comment from Dan Ha / September 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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owner troll much?
Baxton / September 25, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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Expensive and not delicious.. I think it tastes the same as Subway's breaded chicken
Kon / September 28, 2014 at 01:17 am
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They need to buy better buns
Ivan replying to a comment from Dan Ha / October 1, 2014 at 11:27 am
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What is LEGIT about it??

Legit, which I assume is sure for legitimate, fake German food or legit license to operate a non-German mock schnitzel sandwich shop or legit authentic German-Canadian made-up category sub shop???

LEGIT!!!!!!! pffft
Hans / October 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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Looks very unhealthy
Rhonda / October 11, 2014 at 08:11 pm
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went today and it was $6 not $7
Anyway it is MEH they need probably better quality ingredients
Dennis Glenn / October 13, 2014 at 11:16 am
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Discovered it this past saturday (YAY!!). I had their generous Cheese Burger ($5 plus whatever they charged to add cheese) SO EFFING GOOD!!!! SO EFFING FRESH!!!! I Also had their fries - $3 and they were great too!
Eventually i'll try their schnitzel and other dishes, but i'm going to have a difficult time NOT ordering the burger and fries.
Calamyty / October 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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This was my first trip to Toronto and my husband and I decided to pop in at Fry Haus as we were wandering around the city. We ordered the schnitzel, whitefish and fries and poutine. Our palates were treated to a delightful, freshly prepared taste sensation! We enjoyed the food so much that we saved the address on our GPS and returned the following day to try the burgers and currywurst. Fry Haus, you need to open up a shop in western Canada (say.....Winnipeg, where we are from). What a treat to have great taste and reasonable prices!!!!!
Gordie / October 17, 2014 at 07:15 pm
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I pass this place on my way back from work each day there is always a lineup or crowd jammed into this small takeaway Today I hopped off the 506 and tried it for the first time. excellent !!! Don't believe a very recent string of naysaying half-wit bloggers (probably just one and the same) This place has great food at very reasonable prices and work very hard putting it all together freshly made It's professionalism at its best !!
Gordie is impolite / October 21, 2014 at 08:41 pm
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I had their sandwich. Meh. No line-up, but I feel the schnitzel sandwich at Mustachio is much more spot on
TripleD / October 22, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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cashier/food handler was struggling with a bloody band-aid. Handled both my money and my food with said hands. Threw out lunch when walking back to work

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