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FYI: South Street is a chain owned by MTY group and Priest is a chain owned by Recipe Unlimited Corporation...what was that you were saying about indy?

I know, @evandyk above is on point, I specifically said IF we were going the Burger Chain route....
 
Speaking of Burger places, I tried Friday Burger today; though did not order their eponymous creation, but rather their Nashville Hot Chicken.

Met a friend there, who ordered onion rings, so we could taste a couple of different things, between us.

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Have to say, I was disappointed. It wasn't bad; there's the basis of something decent there, but for chef-driven, there were some serious execution errors.

The Onion Rings were frozen, but actually had a good batter and could have been quite decent, but the oil in the fryer was a bit too cool and/or needed to be changed, the grease was excessive. Also, they didn't season them (salt) when they came out of the fryer.

The Chicken.......was not a Nashville Hot.........in point of fact, it wasn't hot at all. Seriously, it wasn't even medium warm; The breading, which had good crunch, over decent chicken, wasn't spiced itself, instead, the cook just put some seasoning over the top when it came out of the fryer, presumably with cayanne in it, but no heat. That is not how Nashville Hot Chicken is made, you're suppose to put a ladle of fryer oil over an intense amount of cayanne, then coat the chicken right when it comes out of the fryer in that spicy heat. Ideally, you marinate the chicken in spice before battering too.

The bun was good, lettuce is lettuce, their Alabama White BBQ sauce was scarce so one could only get the vague hint of horseradish; while the pickles were skinny and inconsequential.

The place had no vinegar, nor salt or pepper accessible; and someone who ordered a burger asked for mustard and they didn't have any. Yikes.

My friend and I discussed, between our two orders, we spent ~$20 on a sandwich and onion rings, no drinks, not outrageous, if good, but fully priced.

But to justify that you really need to have you execution down pat. Proper heat on the hot chicken, better pickles, a bit more sauce and we're gold; properly maintained fryer oil, season the onion rings, perfect; a few accessible condiments, brilliant.

We worked out that including a bit of extra labour the difference between what we got and the promise was maybe .50c; but it really took it down a notch.

Too bad, the concept is a decent one.

PS, the Milkshakes are made with No Frills brand Ice Cream.........meh, probably fine, but really, don't let the customer see that when your charging artisanal, chef-driven prices, LOL
 
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Speaking of Burger places, I tried Friday Burger today; though did not order their eponymous creation, but rather their Nashville Hot Chicken.

Met a friend there, who ordered onion rings, so we could taste a couple of different things, between us.

I actually tried Friday Burger today as well! I had the basic burger, which I enjoyed quite a bit (after adding ketchup) but the deep fried pickles weren't great.
 
I can only speak to Wnedy's chicken tenders (since I don't eat burgers), and for fast food they're among the best since they use actual breast meat.

Wendy's is definitely underrated in the burger and chicken tender department. I also think Wendy's has the best value and variety out of all the fast food chains.
 
I think there are only 2 Wendy's Downtown. One at Queen and Portland while the other is in Scotia Plaza.

Harvey's was a beautiful thing.. but then again so are the hookers that reside there. #ifyouknowyouknow
There's a Wendy's in Liberty Village too right by Strachan.
 
Speaking of Burger places, I tried Friday Burger today; though did not order their eponymous creation, but rather their Nashville Hot Chicken.

Met a friend there, who ordered onion rings, so we could taste a couple of different things, between us.

***

Have to say, I was disappointed. It wasn't bad; there's the basis of something decent there, but for chef-driven, there were some serious execution errors.

Perhaps you should go back on Friday?
 
Wendy's is definitely underrated in the burger and chicken tender department. I also think Wendy's has the best value and variety out of all the fast food chains.

Honestly, Wendys does have the best value.

McDonalds is stupidly overpriced now and not really worth it. I prefer Wendy's over McDonalds any day of the week.
 
I know, @evandyk above is on point, I specifically said IF we were going the Burger Chain route....
Wendy's is ten times better. I've had both South Street and Priest. I'll take Wendy's over both any day.
(I wish I could say the same about other places, but I can't)
As I said, I welcome more Wendy's locations.
 
Wendy's is ten times better. I've had both South Street and Priest. I'll take Wendy's over both any day.
(I wish I could say the same about other places, but I can't)
As I said, I welcome more Wendy's locations.

We fundamentally disagree. Wendy's burgers are forgettable; their fries could be mistaken for flavourless cardboard.
 
Burgers Priest is not terrible. I do like the Four Horseman Burger.

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Btw - this is what real discussion in society should be. Let's talk burgers - bring numbers and facts - and take things into the next level.

I'll put my two cents - Slayer Burger on Queen East is great. Any spot that gives you the choice of fries or onion rings for the combo is a hit. The burgers have toasted buns, which makes the crunch a lot more satisfying than a soggy bun.

The prices at McDonalds have definitely taken things to a whole new level. When a quarter pounder meal is $11 and a mcdouble meal is $8.29...well, we're getting into Subway prices. Not sure if you've seen, but a cold cut footlong starts at $9.49. I remember the days of the $5 footlong?
 
The prices at McDonalds have definitely taken things to a whole new level. When a quarter pounder meal is $11 and a mcdouble meal is $8.29...well, we're getting into Subway prices. Not sure if you've seen, but a cold cut footlong starts at $9.49. I remember the days of the $5 footlong?

It was close to $17.00 for a Large Sized 10 Nugget Combo with a bottle of water recently. Compare that with Wendy's which is a few dollars cheaper.
 

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