Big Stan's Burgers is one of the newer tenants in the food market across the street from CITY TV at Queen and John. Their menu offers more than just burgers, but I settled on the Big Stan Burger Combo with cheese, fries, and a 591 mL plastic bottle of pop for $8.
The burger is a home made patty of lean ground beef. As with Harveys, you can select from an array of condiments. You are not asked how youd like your burger done, so mention any special requirements when ordering.
The burger arrives in the shape of a cross between a baseball and a hockey puck, served up on a toasted bun. The cheese appears to be the processed variety. The burger has a nice grilled flavour and smell. A bite reveals the innermost parts of the meat to be every so slightly pink. A small complaint is that the burger could be juicier; I use lean ground beef at home for burgers and they dont suffer the same dryness.
But overall, not a bad burger, falling a bit short, I think, of the quality of a Licks burger.
The fries, on the other hand, are a disaster. What is it about Toronto and fries? Hardly anyone can dish up good fries. Its not like theyre difficult to make you take a fresh potato, cut in up, fry the pieces in oil, and season with a bit of salt when done. Not too hard, no?
The fries at Big Stans have gone through some cruel industrial process. They are the colour of motor oil after 2 or 3 missed oil changes, and are limp and soggy with the cell walls having long since collapsed. Its hard to tell that this greasy mush was once a potato.
In conclusion, Big Stans is a welcome newcomer to the burger scene in downtown T.O., but my advice is to avoid the fries.