319 Augusta Ave.
Nestled on Augusta in Kensington Market and outfitted like an old west saloon (a really cool one, where the animal heads are wood sculptures), Burger Bar is about to become your new favourite comfort food. Opened in Rice Bar’s old digs, by the same owner (Rice Bar is relocating next year), Burger Bar mixes delicious burgers, gourmet toppings, and some seriously amazing vegetarian options, both old (dragon bowls) and new. What makes Burger Bar really special are the off the wall offerings. Taking refuge there on a cold and windy night, I dug into the Saag Poutine($9)-flavourful spinach gravy with indian paneer cheese smothered over slim frites. Genius. Other unexpected delights include Cheeseburger Springrolls ($5), and a crostini with house-made ricotta, basil olive oil, grape tomatoes, and black pepper-to which you can add charcuterie of bresaola and Niagara prosciutto. But about those burgers.
Burger Bar serves only naturally-raised meat, and and for beef conoisseurs, they have a myriad of options: certified organic, Canadian-raised Wagyu (Kobe) beef, and a 21-day aged rib eye. The burgers come with a plethora of tasty toppings, like smoked provolone, dijonaisse, truffle aoili and uni butter. The waitress assured us you can substitute a veggie patty in any order, and they also offer wild salmon with tomatillo and avocado salsa, marinated portobello mushrooms, and free range chicken.
Burger Bar’s delicious and diverse menu, relaxing vibe, and friendly service make it the perfect place to cozy up for a warm dinner on a cold night, or a long catch-up with close friends-and the dim lighting and cool decor make it great for a first date. They’re also serving up brunch on the weekends. Family-friendly Babes n’ Brunch happens from 11-1, which features lots of stroller parking and a promise to accommodate even the fussiest of bebes. After 1, drag your hangover in the door to indulge in baked brioche, eggs beni, and brunch cocktails.