Before we ventured into the underwater sea world at Ripley’s, we went to The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro at St. Lawrence Market for some sustenance first. I wasn’t particularly hungry so we decided to share a burger. The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro is just one of several The WORKS burger joints in Ontario. It was my first time here even though I have passed by this intersection of Front Street and Wellington numerous times.
I really liked the interior decor of the restaurant. It was apparently styled in the looks of an old car junkyard with authentic metal fences and a brick wall near the entrance of the restaurant as well as using toolboxes for storing crayon packets for kids (this place is kid friendly!) and their salt and pepper shakers were light bulbs! (It reminded me of the past year’s fad where bubble tea drinks were deposited into light bulbs.)
I found it cute also that our water glasses were actually Pyrex measuring cups!
The service here was really friendly and our server particularly cheerful — I think because it was a tourist area. We ordered the “Three Ring Binder” to share (the server gladly brought us a sharing plate as well as a knife to split the burger up without us having to ask). This gourmet burger comprised of sautéed mushrooms, chipotle mayo, gouda cheese, and three onion rings. Giant crispy onion rings are kind of a feature item here at The WORKS and there was a particularly outstanding item of a TOWER of onion rings! It was too bad that we were only a party of two and definitely wouldn’t be able to finish the tower of onion rings on a non-empty stomach otherwise it would have been a cool item to order to try (and photograph :P).
Fortunately though, our Three Ring Binder burger included three onion rings which was just right for us in order to try their famous onion rings. The onion rings definitely were crispy and done really well. I liked the burger too. It was a solid satisfying burger patty and the gouda cheese and sautéed mushrooms especially made the overall burger a tasty one. The fries were a tad on the softer and soggy side, which I liked but Ken didn’t. 😄
We also had a Works Caesar that was pretty good! It was a tad spicy and a solid Caesar. (That giant stalk of celery makes the rest of the drink look so small but it was actually a regular sized glass.)
After our short visit, we were off to see the fishies. 😀