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The Works (Danforth)

Posted by Staff / Listed on June 1, 2012 / review policy

The Works DanforthThe Works is a Canadian burger chain that's finally made its way to Toronto. Near Danforth and Jones, The Works serves up beef, chicken, turkey, veggie and portobello mushroom burgers with a massive assortment of names, toppings and options such as The Union Station Dash that comes with basil, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, garlic and swiss cheese.



MER1978 / June 3, 2012 at 03:08 pm
Unless their menu is different than the Ottawa locations... I'm surprised the review doesn't go in to a bit more detail RE toppings... I've had a KD burger at the works... and there used to be a peanut butter + jelly one.
Jorge / June 4, 2012 at 09:30 am
if it's like Ottawa one, it'll be good but too expensive
Bradley / June 4, 2012 at 10:17 am
I liked Patris, the Greek restaurant that used to be here.

Will The Works lure away those loyal to Square Boy across the street? / June 4, 2012 at 11:22 am
Super excited to see cruddy Greek restaurants slowly disappearing on the Danforth (down with mushy potatoes and overcooked rice!). I tried The Works for the first time last night. Friendly staff. Nice room. Kid friendly. Menu was overwhelming with 71 options (cream cheese? peanut butter?). Had the Elk and it was dry and uninteresting. Bun looked like it was from the grocery store. Toppings were good though. Overall, I wasn't overly impressed but am willing to give it another few tries to sample the beef and a few other options. Again, happy to see diversification on the Danforth!
mayor dodge / June 4, 2012 at 11:36 am
Those two guys in the window look mighty suspicious and nervous of the photographer. Hmmm..what's in their toppings?
Rachel / July 12, 2012 at 03:59 am
I went for lunch today and I wasn't impressed. The food is very expensive! $10 for an appetizer! I tried the fried pickles. They came in a tasty crispy coating, which was a strange but not unpleasant contrast to the warm juicy pickle inside. It came with a bland dipping sauce I can't identify. I also had Lips On A Pig, which is Poutine with pulled pork. What I got was a bucket (yep an actual bucket!) of fries drowning in canned gravy, chunks of tasteless cheese and a torn piece of dry pork with a bitter BBQ sauce drizzled on top. It was as disgusting as it sounds. Also, no name ketchup on the table always annoys me, especially when paying so much. An appetizer, a burger, Poutine & 2 ice teas came to over $40. The decor is funky pipes & gears. The wait staff are friendly & eccentric. Unfortunately, the food is just not worth the experience of being there.
Kat / July 20, 2012 at 05:31 pm
I promise that The Works doesn't pay me to write these comments, but they may as well. Best burger I have ever had, except maybe Burger's Priest but you really can't compare them becaue they are completely different.
Get beef, try something crazy like peanut butter on your burger (you won't regret it) and dip everything in beechhouse sauce. And get a 500ml cherry chocolate milkshake.

As for the price - it's a little pricey yes, but I don't understand why people go out for dinner and moan about $12 for a burger and fries. At McDonald's you'll pay $7 for the same thing. I will happily fork out the extra five bucks and forgo the diarrhea.
Chucky replying to a comment from Kat / July 31, 2012 at 04:00 pm
You should be seeing a doctor if eating McDonald's causes diarrhea.
Ramona / October 11, 2012 at 05:08 pm
Is anyone planning on doing an actual review of this place yet?
Sam replying to a comment from Chucky / October 15, 2012 at 01:30 pm
Chucky, seriously? McGurgles, google it. It happens to a lot of people.

I've only really tried one sauce (dijon-haze) it wasn't spectacular. I've had three burgers from there, however, all were awesome. And I tried the poutine mentioned above. I personally liked it. Mine wasn't 'drowning' in gravy, the pork wasn't dry, and the bbq sauce was not bitter IMO.
MrsPotato / March 28, 2013 at 03:34 pm
Finally tried this place last weekend, and won't be returning.

The burger was 1. expensive, and 2. DRYYYY

The service was good, though!
MrsPotato / March 28, 2013 at 03:36 pm
ps. i just read the comments above --- this place can't even closely be compared to burger priest.

BP doesn't use the same grilling technique, which is why they have the juiciest, fattiest burgers around - and mighty damn tasty. The Works grills them, so the fat drips off .. a lot 'healthier', but dry as hell.
david / July 22, 2014 at 11:50 am
looks like they've closed... signs gone, and windows papered up

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