Plan B Burgers
Plan B is one of Toronto's only destinations for South African eats, so named because they specialize in burgers, boerewors and braai. They're also totally halal.
These are some of the foods the owners grew up eating back in apartheid-era South Africa at some of the only places they were allowed into, and now this is pretty much the only spot to get them in the city.
The JoBurg'er ($12), like a few of the burgers, is a play on the "burg" suffix that ends lots of South African cities, this one based off Johannesburg. All burger patties are six ounces, handmade from beef ground in house and combined with a secret blend of spices.
The JoBurg'er is definitely a good go-to to try out the take on an epic halal burger here, and worth it alone for beef strips that imitate bacon surprisingly well, all smoky and chewy.
It also comes with cheese, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, red onion plus a zesty "PB sauce" along the lines of the usual thousand-island secret sauce flavour profile.
Boerewors are one of South Africa's national dishes, made in house and served coiled up on braai plates or uncoiled on rolls, but always cooked well-done with an extreme char on the outside that's typical of all meats here.
A Classic Boerie Roll ($12) could seem a bit pricey, but it does come with two hearty handmade sausages on a soft, puffy roll with ketchup, mustard, caramelized onions and a sweet, chunky tomato chutney.
Braai plates and platters work kind of like American BBQ—a completely different cooking style but served in a similar way. Different combinations of meats can be chosen, ranging in price from $16 for plates of a meat and side all the way up to $75 for an "Ultimate Platter" of five meats and three sides that feeds six.
Meats include chicken breast, steak, and lamb chops served on the bone and covered in a secret sticky sauce.
If you like your meat well done, then South African braai is for you.
A Boerie burger ($12) sees a coiled boerewor presented like a burger, on a bun with the usual lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard and PB sauce.
Sides are $4 for a regular size, $8 for a large. Pap is the most traditionally South African option: a kind of ground cornmeal porridge similar to polenta, a great vehicle for a generous amount of house tomato chutney.
There's also potato salad and a creamy mayo-based baked bean salad.
The casual takeout space is located in a strip mall, but a clean aesthetic, bouncy South African music and thoughtful dine-in presentation take what's expected of a typical burger joint up a notch.