UPDATE: Oh Boy Burger closed in Feb. 2011.
Being named Best Gourmet Burger in town is both a gift and a curse. Just ask Oh Boy Burger Market, who scored top marks in a Toronto-wide comparison by Amy Pataki of The Toronto Star, beating out Craft Burger, The Burger Bar, Gourmet Burger Co., W Burger Bar and BQM Burger Shoppe. On the plus side, business has been booming for Oh Boy. A co-worker went the day after the article came out, and they’d already sold out of burgers by 4 pm. On the downside, customers can’t help biting into their burger loaded with high expectations and a side of skepticism.
The space at Oh Boy is certainly excellent, there’s several booths to hang out and eat in and the atmosphere is casual. Ordering from the tacked up menu above the cash isn’t the easiest, your head is tilted way up and you have to squint to read all the choices. My party of four also didn’t like how the combo burger came with pre-determined toppings (which you can’t changed when you make your order) so you have to figure out when the “toppings guy” is working on your order to jump in and customize your fixings the way you want it. We think that’s counter productive.
I went for the Oh Boy Classic with 3 Cheese Combo (around $14 with a drink and side) which is their 8 0z. premium AAA & prime ground chuck patty on a sesame bun with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, cheddar, swiss and havarti cheese. I nixed the tomato and added on hot peppers and red onion. The burger was juicy, very flavourful and extremely filling.
I decided to try the Curry Fries as part of the combo since one of the staff recommended it. Big mistake. If you love curry, get this curry-flavoured gravy on the side as a dipping sauce. It was way too intense slathered on the fries, which are extremely tasty on their own. Referencing the article, one of my co-workers said: “Forget the burger, these might be the best fries in the city.” Other possible sides are salad, onion rings (which were sold out when we went) and the highly recommended sweet potato fries.
Another co-worker went for the Hog Town Combo featuring peameal bacon and smoked bacon. He had his own review that referenced Oh Boy’s newly minted title: “It’s good, but I’m not convinced it’s the best burger in the city.” Evidentally, the search continues. The one thing we all agreed on was that an 8 oz. patty is actually a bit too much. We all felt sluggish, like stuffed sausages once our meal was done. Yes, that means we prefer the 6 oz size of a Craft burger. Our apologies Oh Boy, it seems the comparisons may never end.