So the story goes that after one of my court reporting jobs, I went with Grace for lunch at Queen Street Warehouse in downtown Toronto. This is the second restaurant (the first being El Furniture Warehouse) where all food items on the menu are only $4.95. I had wanted to try the original restaurant out since I had heard of its nifty marketing strategy so I was very excited when I had the chance to try out Queen Street Warehouse recently. Yay!
We walked in shortly after the clock struck one o’clock and I was more than surprised to see that the place was so loud and occupied for a random Wednesday afternoon! It was already past the usual lunch crowd so why there were so many people here? Didn’t people have to work? I was quite intrigued.
A host shortly came up to us to ask us how many people our party was. He told us that we’d have to wait 25 minutes for the next available table. I decided to wait.
Within the next two minutes, he came back to us and informed us that our table was ready. Wow. So for this restaurant, it was simply a matter of slowness when filling up the tables.
I was so excited to try the menu! Every food item on the menu was indeed just $4.95!
I chose the Mushroom Swiss Burger with the daily soup (it was French onion that day. I could also have chosen the peppered fries or organic greens as my side but the French onion soup definitely lured me in.
Grace ordered the (Chicken) Fingers and Fries.
It actually took a REALLY long time for the food to arrive — 40 minutes!! I didn’t realize we waited 40 minutes at the time from ordering to receiving the food at the table since we were chatting away, but having just looked at the time stamps on my photos (comparing the time stamps between the photos of the menu and the food), I’m surprised we waited that long for the food to arrive.
In any case, the server was very attentive and came by often to ensure our water glasses were refilled from time to time and that we were okay with the food.
I reallllllly enjoyed my Mushroom Swiss Burger! It had premium Alberta beef, sautéed mushrooms, gravy, swiss cheese, macho sauce (what is macho sauce? Haha), shredded lettuce, and tomato on a toasted brioche bun.
Presentation looked great with a great big knife stabbed into the middle of the bun and the bowl of French onion soup next to it on the plate.
The toasted brioche bun was so shiny and soft and the premium Alberta beef was wedged between the two fluffy buns.
I tried the French onion soup first and really enjoyed the simple tasting soup which had sautéed onions in it. It was delicious comfort food!
The Mushroom Swiss Burger was delicious! The toasted brioche bun was soft and comforting and the beef patty was so much more tender than I expected it to be for a “cheap” burger. How do they make a profit on this? I loved, loved, loved this burger! 🙂
The portion of the meal was just enough for me, not too much and not too little. For $4.95, the price was certainly reasonable and so affordable for anyone to have a quality enjoyable meal.
I don’t say this often for restaurants in the downtown core, but I would definitely return to this restaurant to try out more from their $4.95 selection!
Have you been to Queen Street Warehouse before? What did you think about the place?