As I’m sure most students have noticed, Food Services updated Sid’s Cafe and the MSB cafeteria over the course of summer 2015, introducing five new concepts! From burgers to pizza, there’s a lot more variety now on campus, rather than your regular old Pizza Pizza and Sultan’s combination. One afternoon in mid-October, I decided to give the new burger concept a try. Now nestled beside the eternally busy Spring Rolls in Sid’s Cafe (replacing both the Pizza Pizza and Sultan’s before it), the Gourmet Burger House boasts a menu of delicious, signature burgers created by the campus chefs, as well as a custom hamburger or cheeseburger option, vegetarian alternatives, and halal certified. You can get the burgers à la carte, or combo it with a drink and fries or poutine to make a full meal. All the burgers are hand-crafted, and made fresh–this isn’t some fast food joint with pounds of pre-made burgers sitting in the backroom storage!
I went between class times, so initially it was very quiet, and I ordered quickly. By recommendation, I went with the “Double Onion Burger,” a campus chef creation, and opted for the single patty. While I was waiting, it really picked up. As people flooded out of their classrooms, they sought Sid’s Cafe for a late lunch of hearty burgers and zesty Mexican. A long line quickly formed and many students were milling about, waiting for their burgers, poutine, and fries.
Each burger, signature or not, comes with the option of a single or double patty. There are six signature burgers, the vegetarian option being a portobello mushroom with panko. The custom options give an array of toppings, from your regular lettuce and tomato, to jalapeno peppers and steak sauce. As I said, I opted for the single patty “Double Onion Burger,” which included melted cheese, sweet red onion relish, and onion rings. I’m a huge fan of onions–sauteed, fried, in rings, straight-up, so this was definitely the burger for me. I don’t think anyone would’ve wanted to hang out with me that afternoon, however. I essentially devoured my burger. It was great, a good recommendation, but I can see how a double patty would have made it a bit more satisfying–which I will probably get from now on.
If you haven’t tried it already, go ahead and grab a burger at Sid Smith’s new Gourmet Burger House! Next time, I’m going to play around with their custom option and try a bunch of different combos until I’ve found my perfect burger. Until then, enjoy your new concepts, UofT, and eat well!
– Emily Hotton