Square Boy Toronto

Square Boy

Square Boy has been one of Toronto’s most dependable old school burger joints for decades.

They’re mostly known for their cheap gyros, souvlaki, and burgers, but also have great deals on whole BBQ chickens ($12) that can feed several.

Square Boy Toronto

The interior is disproportionately shallow under the glowing monolithic sign, but there is a patio out front.

Square Boy Toronto

The first thing you see when you walk in is a phalanx of workers in red hats and shirts manning a smoky grill. The second thing you might see is an arcade game bleeping away next to retro booths.

Square Boy Toronto

Go for the homemade banquet burger ($5.90) with a 100% beef patty rather than falling for the ultra-low prices of other burgers. They may cost just a couple bucks but the patties aren’t made here.

Square Boy Toronto

Everything is grilled on the same grill in full view of customers, orders yelled out in the fashion typical of an iconic burger joint. You also choose your own toppings for burgers in the tradition of these kinds of places.

Square Boy Toronto

The patties are large, dense and smoky-tasting with a pure beef flavour, the buns puffy, a half-square of American processed cheese and chewy bacon topping the banquet. 

Square Boy Toronto

Gyros on a pita ($5) are another cheap late night go-to. Gyro meat made of ground beef and lamb mixed together is packed onto a vertical spit rotating, again, in full view of diners, shaved off in thick, curly strips.

Square Boy Toronto

The pita is soft and pillowy, the meat zesty and hearty, set off amazingly by the usual accompaniments of sloppy tzatziki, potent raw onion and sweet juicy tomato.

Square Boy Toronto

A souvlaki dinner ($9.50) is a full well-balanced meal and extremely popular here. The marinade is a well-guarded secret, not even revealed to most staff members, but whatever they’re doing it renders the meat juicy with a good amount of char on the exterior.

Square Boy Toronto

Though the fries are clearly frozen they’re satisfying, especially dunked in gloppy, garlicky tzatziki, and the side salad is actually really solid, complete with crumbly feta, a citrusy but creamy oil dressing, fresh tomato slices and meaty olives.

Square Boy Toronto

Get souvlaki or gyros as a dinner, on a pita or on a crispy toasted roll.

Square Boy Toronto

Shakes ($3) are crazy cheap even though they’re made with hand-scooped hard ice cream.

Square Boy Toronto

In classic flavours, they have that homestyle taste of a milkshake made by mom with the real, basic ingredients found in any fridge.

When it comes to libations they’re actually also licensed, domestic beers going for around $4.

Square Boy Toronto

Square Boy feels like stepping into a cartoon, comic book or timewarp that I never want to escape from.

Square Boy Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez and Jesse Milns


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