Wing Shop 366, Toronto, On

Posted Saturday September 12, 2009 5:44PM

Categories: Dave N., fast food-style burger, Toronto On, Wing Shop 366

Wing Shop 366, Toronto, On Address: 366 Bloor St. West, Toronto, On
Visited: Saturday September 12, 2009 12:45PM
Ordered: Regular Combo (Regular HomeBurger, Fries, Ginger Ale) with cheese (x1), Regular HomeBurger with cheese, Coke (x1)
Total Cost: about $14 I think — I grabbed somebody else’s receipt by mistake
 

Dave N.’s Review

The Experience

My friend Chantel told me this place was really good, so I got her to take me. (She may add to this review soon, but for now you just have the Davester.) She told me ahead of time that it was a little divey, which is true, but that’s cool with me.

One thing that’s kind of funny is that his place is called "Wing Shop", but it’s clear that their burgers are the big deal. I mean, I guess I didn’t try the wings so they might be awesome, but the signage and stuff on the inside certainly plays up the burgers more. The inside is a kind of anger-causing-blood-in-your-eyes red, and a little dumpy. There was a random sweet print of a painting of Paris on one wall. I loved it.

Ordering was awesome. I don’t really go for fake pleasantries and a lot of flash when it comes to ordering fast food (see: free smiles at McDonald’s, singing your order at Lick’s, etc.), so I was pleasantly surprised when this deal went down as nothing more than a business transaction. No smiles, as few words as possible, just money being exchanged for food. Nice.

My only complaint about the experience overall was that their selection of cans of pop was pretty slim. But that’s not that big a deal, man.

Experience rating: 4.85/5

The Burger

The burgers here come in four sizes: Junior (2 oz == 1/8 lb), Regular (4 oz == 1/4 lb), Hugo (8 oz == 1/2 lb), and Double Hugo (16 oz == 1 lb) (note: you can also get Halal and veggie burgers, both of which had separate grills.) Chantel and I both went for the regular size burger, with processed cheese slices.

The burgers are homemade and cooked right in front of your eyes, so you know there’s no damned funny-business. Once they are ready you get to choose your toppings. At first I thought, “Hey these toppings are nothing special.” Then I thought “Well, the fried onions, honey mustard, and salt & pepper are a little special.” THEN I saw the best surprise ever on the toppings sign. It read:

• any of our 30+ wing flavours!

Holy canoli, that’s what I’m talking about! Now the whole "Wing Shop" thing makes perfect sense! It’s just an excuse to put delicious wing sauces on top of delicious burgers! I topped my regular burger with fried onions, hot peppers, and creamy garlic wing sauce.

Boy howdy, this was a good burger. The patty was thin, but had a super high flavour density. The bun was nice, not overly grilled, and a good size for the smallish burger that I ordered. The fried onions and hot peppers had just the right amount of flavour to not overwhelm the patty. And the creamy garlic sauce? Shit yeah, that was a good choice.

I actually have one major regret about my burger. As it was being cooked, I noticed that the dude ahead of us got a junior burger, which was darned near the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen. And I realized, too late, that I could have got a couple (or a few) of those and tried more than one wing sauce. Next time, I suppose. My only complaint about the burger that I actually ordered was the cheese. Real cheese would have been a nice touch. That’s it, though, other than that this was a damned good burger.

Burger rating: 4.95/5

Bottom Line

Average rating:

4.9/5

 

 

11 Responses to “Wing Shop 366, Toronto, On”

  1. Sarah says:

    Dude, my man and I were just today talking about trying this place! I wasn’t 100% thrilled since wings aren’t my first choice – I had no idea about the burgers! My enthusiasm has skyrocketed.

  2. Dave N. says:

    crazy coincidence! let me know if you go back — i hope it doesn’t let you down!

  3. [...] topped my cheeseburger with lettuce, mustard and — inspired by my positive experience the other day with creamy garlic wing sauce – ranch dressing. The lettuce was moist and wilty, adding none of the crunch I was hoping [...]

  4. John says:

    Thank you for the recommendations. I went to the restaurant yesterday. WoW, it tastes so good. The thing I like the most is the meet, so juicy, not dry dead meat at all. I ordered some wings as well, I have to say they have the best wings in Toronto. I will try other favors next time.

  5. Wing Shop 366 says:

    Thank you for comments and review, we will keep it up.

  6. Kenny says:

    Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for the review, I work at Wing Shop and its good to hear that people are liking the food. When you work there and get to have the food so often you get to try some interesting flavour combanations. My favourite burger right now is a regular or hugo with lettuce, fried onions, pickles and hot peppers, plus Mayo, a line of mustard, and sauces 39 and 52. I suggest people try it out and see what they think.

    Also, I do suggest you try the wings, they are also pretty bad ass.

  7. Adual Mohammad says:

    I have been in that place and it is really really good. Now I am telling everybody to go to that place………………….They are the best.

  8. Foodie says:

    I had the 8oz. Hugo burger and I think it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had in Toronto. The beef actually tasted like how beef should taste and not overly seasoned with herbs or spices – simple yet tasty, great texture, and juicy enough. Some negatives, the lettuce wasn’t fresh, they ran out of some of the sauces offered (at least the ones I asked for) and would have preferred a bun that could hold up to the juicy meat and condiments, something more crusty and chewy instead of processed buns. Real cheese would be great to have as an option. I’d pay more for real cheese and fresh baked buns! Fries and onion rings were the standard frozen kind – guess it will do. (FYI, best hand made onion rings are at People’s on Dupont but their burgers don’t compare…too much oregano, Greek cooks hence the heavy oregano? Also way overpriced meals for what it’s worth.)

    I also had the wings and although it was tasty with plenty of great options for sauces and dry seasonings, I’m not a fan of the breading. I like wings extra crispy sans the batter or it needs to have a very light crispy coating. Once the sauce was on the wings the batter was spongy and soggy. The wings reminded me of the same kind sold at a Manchu Wok. Kind of a disappointment because of the breading but I can appreciate the variety of flavours. In fact, too many options that you don’t know which one to try just based on their names…must have fun and sample them all on my burgers each time I go back. The service was genuinely friendly enough and efficient. Nothing worse than miserable servers with attitude. Service is just as important as good food, if you want people to come back and refer people to you.

  9. adual mohammad says:

    I felt sorry about your disappointment.. but you can request them to have it not breaded as I know they have no breaded wings and even grill wings, as I try my grill wings today and it is awesome. But it do take longer time.. I wait for 20 min. Trust me next time.. try unbreaded wings and for sure you will be satisfied.

  10. Chantel M. says:

    I walk by this place every day and have noticed that they have added more sauces (56+ sauces and counting, i’m sure) as well as unbreaded chicken products. I have yet to try the wings as I am not a fan of messiness and bones in meat.

    If only they would add poutine to the menu, I would be a happy woman.

    (BTW, this is the Chantel mentioned in Dave’s original post.

  11. Wing shop 366 says:

    Hello Chantel
    We have poutine in our menu. Any advice are welcome. Thank you


 

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