After a really unsatisfying tasting event across the street, Priscilla and I were in search of some casual and low-key food. We had passed by The Yellow Griffin Pub when we were strolling through the Bloor West Village neighbourhood prior to the event and we were attracted by its appealing storefront as well as their “35 burgers (to choose from)” sign.
We walked in at 9 p.m. on a Thursday evening and there were a decent number of people here enjoying pub food or drinks at the bar. The server informed us that The Yellow Griffin Pub was well known for their burgers (which was what we wanted to try) and explained briefly to us about their burgers menu and how you could pick the type of patty to go with your burger and the available side dishes as well.
I was so overwhelmed but also very impressed with how many types of burgers there were on their menu! They had everything from Canadian Grade A beef to fresh ground turkey, chicken breast, veggie burger, lamb burger salmon, bison, and their brand new camel or wild boar burgers as well! There were 12 new burgers on the menu and 23 classic burgers.
We decided on a burger as soon as we could (since it was getting late out) and placed our orders with the only server at the pub. The menu did indicate that it would take 20 minutes to cook.
After pretty much exactly 20 minutes, our burgers arrived! I ordered the Hickory Stick Burger with 8 oz Canadian Grade A Beef with a side of Fresh Greens. The Hickory Stick Burger came with Hickory smoked BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and melted mozzarella and cheddar. The burger itself was gorgeous with its melted mozzarella and cheddar in huge slices on top of the grade A beef and the Hickory smoked BBQ sauce drizzled over it. I was very impressed with the size of the included Fresh Greens side. There was a lot of it and for that, I was very grateful to have so much greens with my meal! 🙂
I really liked the Hickory Stick Burger. It was very savory and the ingredients melted together very well. The Fresh Greens salad was fresh, leafy, and great as well!
Priscilla ordered the New Mexican Burger also with 8 oz Canadian Grade A Beef and a side of Prairie Salad. The New Mexican Burger came with Santa Fe salsa, New Gringo guacamole, topped with peanut butter, diced sweet potatoes, and chopped coriander all mixed together. The Prairie Salad was an arugula salad topped with almonds, dried cranberries, and shaved carrots. I tried the salad and it was similar to mine except with arugula and the added almonds and cranberries. The salad dressing was the same on both salads.
Since we split our burgers in order to try both types, I got to try the New Mexican Burger too. The guacamole was pretty good but the diced sweet potatoes, salsa, and peanut butter were mixed together on top of the patty to form a distinguishable mass of mushed up ‘stuff’. The patty itself was just as great as the one in the Hickory Stick Burger, but other than that, I preferred the Hickory Stick Burger more.
It was really fun to be able to try these two burgers at Yellow Griffin Pub! I’m really glad that we had the chance to try this pub out spontaneously! 🙂