November 19, 2011

Burger Extravaganza @ Goody's Diner

As a food blogger and lover of all things delicious, my greatest enemy is my less than desirable metabolism. So to balance out my eating sprees every weekend, I try to eat religiously healthy during the week. But when a place like Goody's Diner pop up in Scarborough, I couldn't resist cheating my weekday rabbit diet!
The hours here are a real pain- closed on weekends and open only till 7pm on weekdays. I would've definitely preferred coming here for lunch, which is not possible at the moment given its location.
My mom and I came here for one thing only: burgers! There was an amazing array of burgers to choose from! In addition to the burger menu on the wall and weekly special, several burgers from prior weekly specials were also available, including the Ultimate Surf n' Turf, the Dagwood, and the Breakfast Burger. After a long inquiry with our patient server, my mom finally settled on the "Bacon Explosion" with a side of sweet potato fries, which comes with a chipotle mayo dip.
I wish I could describe the components of the burger, but I phased out from the server's description after hearing the name "bacon explosion". From my faint recollection, on top of the 8oz beef patty is a bacon strip-woven basket, encasing Italian sausage and more ground beef, and the entire thing is draped with lots of cheese.
The side of sweet potato fries was wonderful! I had no intention of eating much of this to save room for the burger, but ended up having a lot. It was so good by itself that the dip was entirely unnecessary.
The bacon explosion cut open- it was absolutely gorgeous! The sheer monstrosity of all that meat was stunning and there was no way we could fit the entire burger in our mouths. This was certainly a great burger for meat and bacon lovers, but I personally find the combination of meat on meat to be a little one-dimensional. However, the beef patty was juicy, well-seasoned, and had a great meaty flavour. 
I ordered the figgy-piggy because I absolutely fell in love with the name (but also because I love pulled pork and figs). I went with a Caesar salad as my side, though I ended up not touching it at all and packed it home for my boyfriend.
This equally monstrous burger featured pulled pork, lettuce, tomato, onions, grilled apple slices, peameal bacon and a fig and apple BBQ sauce.
This burger was marvelous, and I liked it even more than the bacon explosion! The sweetness of the fig sauce complemented the richness of all that meat. The grilled apple also added a crunchiness that counterbalanced the mushy texture of the meat and bun. Perhaps the pulled pork could have been more tender, but other than that, the ingredients worked incredibly well together and I loved every bite! 
Because my mom and I devoured most of that delicious sweet potato fries, we had more than half of each burger to pack home. If I was judging based on taste alone, these two burgers wouldn't be the best I've ever had. However, what I admire the most is the creativity and the concept behind these whimsical and extravagant burgers. It adds a great sense of fun to the whole dining experience, and that is what makes it truly extraordinary. There is no doubt that I will be returning multiple times to try other burgers.
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  1. Yo, the sweet potato fries look SO good I want them! And I love your cross section photo of the burger ... I wasn't too interested in the burger at first but now I want!!! But I still want to try their Monte Cristo before trying their burgers.

  2. Those burgers look amazing! A bacon strip-woven basket filled with sausage, beef and cheese? *drool* I must try that!

  3. Wow, fig in a burger? That sounds like something I must try! And those fries look deliiiicious.

  4. Those burgers look amazing!! I wanted to ask what camera you use? Very good lighting on your pics. :)

  5. wow, I was looking for a review for OMG Restaurant and your site came up in the results from my search. You are definitely the food expert, you have tried so many places!! I thought I have been to a lot over my years already, but nothing compared to your food adventure :D

    So of all the places you have been to, which ones in Toronto you highly recommend?

  6. Just went there yesterday and ordered the Highway Man. I must say that was the best burger I've ever had in my life. I have to thank you and your blog for finding this place, simply amazing.

  7. Thanks to everyone for the comments!

    Dy- I use a Sony NEX-5

    Ed- There are so many great places that I love in Toronto! I wouldn't be able to narrow it down to a list! I can certainly give you recommendations if you have any specific genres in mind.

    Ivan- I'm glad you enjoyed Goody's Diner! I'll certainly be going back to try more of their creations.

  8. Yes, I agree with Dy, you do have a nice camera for taking all the nice food pics.

    In terms of genre, I tend to like to try cuisines from different cultures, or restaurants that have a unique menu where you don't really find much elsewhere.

    Recent one I have been to is Lisbon by Night (portuguese cuisine). They have an all-you-can-eat fish rodizio that was pretty good (got to try many fish, so you gotta love fish, plus also mussels, calamari, cuttlefish, shrimp, soup, rice, veggies, bread for one nice price).

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