Food Files: The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

Food Files: The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro

Hey y’all,

Another “new” restaurant opened up in my city called, The Works. The Works, is a gourmet burger bar. This restaurant is new to my city but not new to me, I went to college in Ottawa Ontario and The Works was a widely popular eatery in that region. This franchise has many locations in Ontario. My girlfriends had never tried this place before, so we decided to check out the new location at one of our girls nights. ( and me being the lover of a good burger was down for the cause of course! :P)

The Works offers a variety of different meats for their burgers: Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Veggie, Mushroom Cap, Cheese-Stuffed, Lean Elk. They also offer a variety of bun choices ranging from  white, whole wheat and gluten-free options. The choices are quite extensive. The burgers range from your ordinary cheeseburger ( Ho Hum #1) to wilder choices like the Hunka Hunka which boasts peanut butter, banana slices and bacon ( eek… not my cup of tea, especially since I’m allergic to peanut  butter  🙂 )

Ho Hum #1
Ho Hum #1 : Beef Burger and Cheddar Cheese.
Hunka Hunka
Hunka Hunka ( Peanut butter, banana slices and bacon)

What I particularly enjoy  about this menu and burgers is that they are all able to be customized to your specific preferences and dietary needs. Each burger comes with a specific set of toppings, but if you want to add something you can for a very low price ( 60 cents each additional topping) , At this establishment, you can also get sandwiches, poutine, bar drinks and dessert!

On this particular visit, I decided to be a little more daring than my regular old bacon cheeseburger choices ( see my posts on Chuck’s Burger Bar and The Burger’s Priest.) I decided to try a burger called the “Jamaican Jerk” Burger: Now being Jamaican, I highly doubted the spiciness of this burger so I added hot banana peppers to mine. Boy did this burger have a kick to it! I mean, it wasn’t overwhelmingly spicy, but it certainly is not a burger for the mild tongued ( Shanice don’t eat this one lol 😛 )  I enjoyed it a lot! To accompany my meal, I had the Get Baked Poutine (Fresh cut fries, gravy, shredded cheese, bacon, sour cream & green onions) So amazing! I would go back to The Works just for that!

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal and would encourage everyone to try this restaurant! It’s not the best burger I have ever eaten, but It was totally worth my money and it was really not harsh on my pockets at all! Oh and a super funny thing happened to me while I was there. The hostess that served me was a girl who attended the child care facility I worked at 8 YEARS AGO, She is now 17 and a senior in high school….. oh my goodness, Where did time go? LOL


Jamaican Jerk
The Jamaican Jerk Burger: Jamaican jerk sauce, caramelized onions & tomato ( i had mine minus the caramelized onions)
                  Voila! My meal!

Food Files: My Burger’s Priest Experience….

Food Files: My Burger’s Priest Experience….

Ahh… the eagle has landed  and by eagle, I mean The Burger’s Priest has finally made its way to my city! I have long been anticipating trying these burgers that a lot of people I know were raving about. But  it seemed like every time I was in the GTA ( Greater Toronto Area) some other eatery trumped The Burger’s Priest. Well what a joy It was for me to find out that not only was one coming to my city ( which is 45 minutes west of Toronto) but It was coming literally one highway exit away from my house which is the equivalent of a 7 minute drive! Woo hoo!

So.. Canada Day… ( July 1st) what better day to try it out. Boy did I get the shock of my life when I got there and the line was literally out the door. The pangs of hunger were literally eating me alive so I had to forgo it one more time. I was determined to get back there by the end of the week. Friday rolled around  and I decided to give a go. I left work and headed over…. greeted once again by lines longer than a boring work day :P…I left again mouth salivating from the amazing aroma permeating from the building but this time I glanced at the hours of operation and made a plan to get there bright and early Saturday morning.

Saturday Morning. Bright and early. Anybody who knows me knows that I am not a morning person. If I don’t have to be up… I’m not! However, I wanted to seriously try this restaurant so I made the sacrifice. Boy what a great sacrifice it was! The location in my city opened at 11:30 am on Saturday morning. My cousin and I ( I dragged her along as she is as much if not more of a foodie than I am 🙂 )got there around 11:25 am and there was already a bunch of people pulling into the parking lot . Luckily, we were at the front of the line. 🙂

For my first Priest experience I wanted to keep it simple. I ordered the bacon double cheeseburger with all the toppings ( minus onions). What I love about this burger is that the burger is grilled to perfection. You can taste all the flavours of the well seasoned beef as opposed to other places where there is a tendency to taste more of a grill/charcoal taste.  Let me talk about the bun,,,, the bun was THE SOFTEST bun I have ever had! It was so light and fluffy. I also enjoyed the fact that this particular burger was not messy! You know how when you have a big burger with all the fixins’, sometimes it can get really messy and the condiments can drip and run all down your hands…. not this burger! Big plus! I enjoyed the decor of this location. Simple yet quaint and had a very down to earth homey feel. The fries were amazing! I didn’t have enough room for a shake this time! But that is definitely a reason to return! There are so many amazing things I want to try!

                                               The Menu
All in all, the food was great! The atmosphere was amazing and the customer service was fantastic! I would encouraged everyone to give this place a try.

What I ate.. Bacon Double Cheeseburger with fries and                                     soda on the side 🙂
Another reason I wanted to support this business(chain/franchise?) is because the owner is married to a dear friend of mine from high school ( hey Emma girl!!) Not only do I want to support my friends in all of their endeavors, I am also so thrilled that place not only sells good food, but is also not ashamed to share the gospel! ( Yay Jesus 🙂 ) This place is the ultimate example of God’s faithfulness to His people. Trust in Him and watch your empire grow and your destiny be fulfilled! I wish nothing but higher heights for this burger chain! If you are ever in the Toronto ( or  even Edmonton) area, give The Burger’s Priest a try!! They truly are ” redeeming the burger one at a time!”

            On the wall of The Burger’s Priest Hamilton