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Woody's Burgers

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on February 11, 2015 / review policy

woodys burgersWoody's Burgers has been in business since 2009 on the Lakeshore slinging burgers and fries, long before Toronto's burger craze really started to heat-up. Owner Greg Brown is unfazed by the recent influx of competition in Etobicoke, his burgers aren't really comparable to anything else out there.

The secret sauce that distinguishes this place from every other burger joint in this city is that burgers are grilled over an open wood-fire. It imparts a gentle smoky flavour into the beef and makes the whole place smell like campfire.

Woodys Burgers TorontoIt's a compact space and seating is limited to just a couple of booths and a handful of stools, so it doesn't take much to pack the house. At the tail end of lunch hour there's a line streaming out the door as the well-tuned team furiously sends orders flying out of the open kitchen.

Woodys Burgers TorontoThe classic seven ounce beef patty ($6.75) is excellent. The beef patty doesn't need any bells and whistles, but of course classics like cheddar ($1.25) and smoked bacon ($1.25) only make it better.

Woodys BurgersOn the menu of speciality burgers find international themed selections like the Tokyo burger ($7.45) with pickled ginger, wasabi mayo and fried onions, or a tandoori chicken burger ($6.95) dressed in cucumber slices, curried mayo and garlic yogurt.

Woodys Burgers TorontoI try the California burger ($7.45) dressed up with creamy guacamole, salsa, fried onions, lettuce and pesto mayo. It's tasty enough, but I feel a little like these burger don't need to be gussied up.

Woodys Burgers TorontoAside from burgers there are crispy fries, onion rings, and unique offering such as frozen custard (like at Shake Shack stateside). A house made blend of eggs, cream and sugar that is richer and smoother than traditional ice cream is sold by the scoop for $2.95 or in shakes starting at $3.95 for a small.

Woodys Burgers TorontoYou can have beer with you burger here too, five draught lines are pouring craft brews like Amsterdam Blonde, Oast Barn Raiser, and, Neustadt 10W30 while an additional line is dedicated to Nickel Brook Brewery's Babbling Brooke's all natural root beer.

Woodys Burgers TorontoIn warmer months Woody's capacity is doubled thanks to a 35-seat patio, but count on the friendly staff to squeeze you in whenever possible or just relish in the scent of hardwood smoke as you wait for your take-out order to be up.

Woodys Burgers Toronto
Photos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

31 Comments

Cathy / December 2, 2011 at 02:18 pm
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Disappointed in Wood's all way around. Heard it was great. 1) Our buzzer didn't work - so we weren't called when burger ready. 2) Burger was dried out - certainly overcooked. 3) Fries needed another 3 - 4 minutes cooking - pretty hard.
4) Didn't care for the taste of the burger. 5) Cleanliness - tables are not well cleaned and staff although wearing gloves while cooking were pushing hair out of the face.
Not the best experience. Sorry.
KP / January 4, 2012 at 05:48 pm
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All Ontario turkey is hormone free - has been forever.
AS / April 11, 2012 at 10:59 am
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Woody's is delicious! Definitely one of the best bugers places in the west end. The smell of the wood burning grill is intoxicating when you walk in. Their fries aren't the best, could use some work... but the burgers make up for it. We have gone back many times, and recommended to many.
SH / October 25, 2012 at 03:11 am
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Unimpressed by their Rude Staff so we left before trying a burger.
George / November 10, 2012 at 03:51 pm
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Best burger in Toronto in my opinion and I've been to them all.. fresh, juicy, the wood burning grill makes it that much better. No one makes em this good.
Janet / March 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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UGH! I just ate at Woody's. HATED IT!!

I ordered a Canadian (cheddar cheese, pulled pork, bacon, and a fried egg) w/ sweet potato fries, and an iced tea.

My counterpart ordered a large sweet potato poutine w/ double gravy.

Here are our complaints:

1- The Canadian was missing the cheese. Also, there were 2 sandwiches sandwiched together, kind of weird, but I just got a free sandwich, so WHATEVER!
2- The Canadian was soggy, and not very tasty. After a few bites, I was actually kind of grossed out. It wasn't sweet, it wasn't salty, it tasted like a bland, soggy mess in my mouth. NOT IMPRESSED. Both sandwiches went in the trash.
3- The poutine barely had any gravy, much less the double gravy we requested. My companion is from the Quebec region, and he was looking for more of a Quebec style poutine (e.g. fries and curds intermixed and swimming in a pool of gravy) what he got were soggy fries with a layer of melted cheese on top.

$22 down the drain

We were sooo unimpressed with our meal, 2 hours later we went back down to the Lakeshore and stopped off at Burrito Boyz. WHAT an improvement!

Perhaps the burgers are good, but the pulled pork and the poutine DEFINITELY weren't.

Dan / June 2, 2013 at 01:21 pm
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Woody's is the best burger place in Toronto. I've pretty much tried every burger place in the GTA and Woody's is the best by far!
Angelo / January 17, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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The patty wasn't the greatest. It wasn't overly dry but wasn't moist or juicy. Stockyards has the best burger thus far...
Rose / April 25, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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Woody's Burgers are a bit of a hit and miss, but are usually really good. The Memphis pulled pork sandwich is amazing! The fries are pretty decent, could be crispier, and the poutine gravy occasionally tastes a little sweet, but overall, it's a good place to eat.
Jay / September 16, 2014 at 03:05 pm
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Tokyo burger is #1! I hit woodys once a week and wouldn't think of eating anywhere else. the woddys lager on tap is a dream match.
yup / February 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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Gotta second most of the other comments here.

This place is simply not good. Very hastily thrown together, sloppy, messy, no sense of direction.

Its like they fell into some capital and decided to slap some lipstick on a pig and call it a burger joint.

Really disheartening.
meatballs / February 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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The funniest thing is how they dredged up an old review where the majority of commenters have hated it!
JFJ / February 11, 2015 at 01:28 pm
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Best Burger in the city hands down. Step a side Burger's Priest and P&L Burger woodys is legit!
Frank / February 11, 2015 at 01:29 pm
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Woodys is the king IMO. Big hearty burgers with a nice smokey flavour. Quality ingredients and juicy patties.

Suck a d*&^@# to whoever said anything negative about them!
d.a.r.y.l. / February 11, 2015 at 02:11 pm
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i've eaten there several times. when they first opened they were amazing but it seems like they changed their beef supply or something. it tastes a thicker harveys now. something just not right that not even the wood fire cooking can make it worth it.
sad cause it was a great local offering but now i'm happier to drive to queensway for burgers priest instead.
Rick / February 11, 2015 at 03:55 pm
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Great Burgers hands down - and wheres the mention of the house seasoned fries??? Get these instead of the regular fries...

Last time I was there I ordered the coronary burger topped with a runny yolk fried egg... My god was that heaven in my mouth!!!

Only complaint - NEED MORE INDOOR SEATING
Taylor / February 11, 2015 at 07:35 pm
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EVERYbody and I mean EVERYbody these days is bar & Grill
Lame
PS: even lamer is the whole eat-a-cow trend which was actually a trend in... 2009
Brad / February 11, 2015 at 08:57 pm
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I think one of the best burgers in town as frans
Kevin / February 12, 2015 at 12:10 am
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Great Burger. So many good choices. I go custom every time!
MS / February 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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Burgers are amazing but I agree, the service is bad. One time a waitress wiped our table down after we got our food to the table and her rag touched the edge of our burger and no apologies. Then she tipped over a bit of drink that was left on our table and spilled on my boyfriend's pants and she clearly saw what she did, but again, no apologies. But I go back for the burgers.
Johnny Downtown / February 12, 2015 at 03:49 pm
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These reviews are interesting. Half love it and half hate it. It sure sounds like it has gone downhill since the original article in 2011. Sounds like a fresh review might be in order since there seems to be so much passion on both sides of this issue. Anyone hungry over there at Blog.To ?
James / February 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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Looks Awesome! If you live in the area. It's way out there, but if it's your local you're damn lucky!
Lydia Knox / February 14, 2015 at 01:32 pm
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The burgers there were just wonderful, I'd say best in the West.
Jasper replying to a comment from Johnny Downtown / February 15, 2015 at 02:30 pm
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The article date is February 11, 2015. Is that not accurate?
Kim / February 16, 2015 at 10:55 am
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AMAZING (JUST AMAZING )
Mikey boy / February 16, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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Best place for a burger in etobicoke. Burgers priest doesn't compare with the flavour of the wood smoked grill. All the negative comments are ridiculous. The poutine is incredible. Get the stuffed cheddar burger and you will be in heaven. Shout out to the girl who wrote badly about this place cause her buzzer didn't work. Goof! .
Thomas Greene III replying to a comment from Taylor / February 16, 2015 at 08:54 pm
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Eat a cow is not in style?!?! LOL!! It is STILL Very much in style and will be for an Eternity, sweetheart!!
V / February 18, 2015 at 09:54 am
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Went there a few weeks ago with my husband. Burgers were very good (with some nice gourmet topping and sauce selections and unique combinations), staff was very friendly and good selection of beer! Will be back for sure.
kaplan / February 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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i hate burgers too once i'm full.
Rose / March 18, 2015 at 06:39 pm
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I used to live down the street from Woody's, and my husband and I used to eat there at least once every couple of weeks. The burgers are great, but my hands down fave is the Memphis pulled pork sandwich. I'm salivating just thinking about it!
Mark replying to a comment from SH / March 20, 2015 at 04:00 am
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And we were there on Thursday and the staff was awesome - so, go figure, maybe it was you.

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