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Rudy Resto: Toronto, Ontario

Rudy Resto: Toronto, Ontario

Name: Rudy
Address: 619 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B5
Website: Website
Instagram: @rudyresto
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Little Italy, Toronto
Type: Burgers

Rudy is a local burger joint located in Toronto’s Little Italy neighborhood at the corner of College and Bathurst. The interior is quite large, especially by city standards, with an open feel and seating for about 30.

After inquiring who Rudy is the owner tells us that Rudy isn’t a person, but rather an inside joke between him and his business partner to refer to people who get a little out of hand after having one too many drinks back in college.

Rudy Resto Toronto: Interior
Rudy Resto Toronto: Interior

The menu is straightforward and to the point. We try their Rudy Burger ($6.50 CDN + tax) which consists of a grill smashed patty dressed with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and their secret sauce. They have a variation of this called The Rude Dude ($9 CDN + tax) which is the double version of the Rudy. While the burgers look small they’re juicy and taste great. They are also surprisingly filling despite their small appearance.

Rudy Resto Toronto: The Rudy Burger + Fries + Valentino
Rudy Resto Toronto: The Rudy Burger + Fries + Valentino

In addition to classic cheeseburgers there’s a Valentino ($7.50 CDN + tax) on the menu. The Valentino is a chicken burger that is deep fried and topped with pickles, lettuce, hot sauce and a buttermilk crème fraîche dressing. It’s fried well and the buttermilk crème fraiche dressing adds a nice creaminess while cutting the heat of the hot sauce.

And of course no menu that has basis in classic diner fare is complete without milkshakes ($5.75 CDN + tax). Only two flavors are available, chocolate and vanilla and they’re thick and creamy like any good milkshake should be. I guess my only criticism about these shakes is that they’re served with thin straws which makes it difficult to drink up. Thicker straws would make these easier to down.

Rudy Resto Toronto: Burgers + Milkshakes
Rudy Resto Toronto: Burgers + Milkshakes

Finally we try out their sides, which include classic French fries ($3.50 CDN + tax), Poutine ($7.50 CDN + tax), and Deep Fried Pickles ($6.50 CDN + tax).

The fries are thick cut and seasoned well and the same fries can be found as the base of the poutine which is of course topped with generous amounts of gravy and cheese curds. The deep fried pickles are sliced coin shaped and served with a small container of the same Valentino sauce that comes with the Valentino chicken burger. It’s a nice pairing and I quite enjoy the pickles being served as thin slices rather than deep fried whole. It also makes for easier dipping in the sauce.

Rudy Resto Toronto: Poutine + Fries + Fried Pickles
Rudy Resto Toronto: Poutine + Fries + Fried Pickles

Rudy’s burgers are often dubbed as “the closest thing to Shake Shack” north of the border. Yes, if you’re an American we don’t have Shake Shack here in Canada. After having recently returned from a trip to New York where I ate Shake Shack on more than a few occasions I can say that the similarities between the Shack burger and The Rudy are there both in appearance and taste. I would however say that they are still different and uniquely their own which isn’t such a bad thing at all. After all, why be “the closest thing to” when you can just be a good burger all on your own?

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. Yup, paid full price for it all. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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