My husband and I recently tried out W Burger Bar, which is on College west of Yonge, just east of Fran's. It's refreshing to find a burger restaurant that offers table service; somehow, lining up at a counter just doesn't do it for me. And I really enjoyed most of what we ordered.
We had the bison burger and the lamb burger, both ordered "pink" (I used to be a fan of medium-rare burgers until I realized there's usually more flavour and juiciness when they're done to medium). While not as pink as we'd have liked, they were nonetheless juicy and had great flavour. They give you the option of having your burgers done on the grill or on the flat-top; we had the bison on the flat-top and the lamb on the grill. The buns are made in-house, with a choice of white or whole wheat; we chose the whole wheat and found them to be tasty and to hold up nicely until the last bite.
Another thing I like about this place is that most of the toppings, no matter how many you order, are free. We also ordered poutine and onion rings, as well as a side of chili. Both the fries and onion rings are home-made, with the onion rings thick-cut and breaded with panko. (I much prefer breaded to battered onion rings.) The gravy on the poutine brought back memories of apres-ski noshes in the Laurentians years ago, and the cheese curds were plentiful. And the chili was actually decent and provided quite a kick.
I also ordered a chocolate milkshake, which was the only disappointment in that it was a bit too sweet and not chocolatey enough; maybe I should have ordered it spiked. My husband had a Maudite, on tap.
The service could be improved upon, but it wasn't too bad. Not crazy about the servers' outfits. I do like that the TVs are not totally in your face and distracting. Anyone else been? I know Amy Pataki has, but I take what she has to say about food with a grain of salt. Literally...I don't think she really knows -- or appreciates -- food. A thumbs up for another burger joint's McCain's onions rings? Please! http://www.wburgerbar.com/