Burgers n' Fries Forever
Burgers n’ Fries Forever (BFF for short) is an Ottawa-based burger and fry brand focused on customizability and scratch house cooking with a side of Instagrammability.
The brainchild of Jamil Bhuya, this is the first store outside Ottawa for the brand and the first one in Toronto. Due to the mix-and-match nature of the menu this place is also known for their secret menu items.
The space, formerly home to Rashers, is decked out in shiny white tile, live house plants and neon, with a sleek mix of low and high tables.
Pick your burger style, and customize it with one of three patty options including halal chicken and a vegan patty, and four bun options (brioche, whole wheat, lettuce wrap, or gluten-free).
Halal chuck is ground in house for four-ounce patties that are smashed flat, cooked for three minutes, flipped, seasoned, and cooked for another three minutes. The crust formed on the outside of the patty ensures it retains all its fatty flavour.
The BFF2 ($12) has two of these patties, a nice medium grind ensuring an easy-to-chew texture. It’s basically an amped-up version of the original burger, topped with red onion, tomato, lettuce, hand-sliced cheddar, beef bacon and their signature BFF Sauce, all on toasted fluffy brioche.
KBBQ ($9) is exclusive to Toronto, the patty cooked in a flavourful, moistening bulgogi marinade topped with a messy fried egg, tangy house oi muchim cucumber, and house kimchi mayo.
Smokin’ Bird ($10.50) puts just as much effort into the chicken as the beef here, re-brined in a sriracha buttermilk and re-breaded multiple times to ensure an amazing bite throughout. Topped with old cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli, this definitely competes with other great fried chicken sandwiches in town.
The Mumbai ($9) comes with a soft chana pav chickpea patty by default. It’s not the same as the meat options but it’s not a major step down either, topped with a bright beet slaw and a thick avocado chimichurri.
Onion rings ($7) are dusted with cajun spices but nevertheless adhere to fundamentals, juicy onion held inside airy batter.
Poutine ($6.50 for a regular size) is textbook as well, hand-cut fries topped with squeaky, chunky St. Albert’s curds and a good helping of silky veggie gravy.
A range of dipping sauces really are king here, the BFF sauce based on their house scratch BBQ sauce mixed with mayo, mustard, relish, hot sauce, and garlic powder. Kimchi Mayo is made with local kimchi, and others include tangy spicy Samurai Mayo, Garlic Aioli and Chipotle Mayo.
Follow along and engage with BFF’s Instagram for regular promotions and giveaways, like Shoutout Saturdays and Tagging Tuesdays.