GOR­GEOUS GLAMBURGERS

Two of the city’s classy and sassy two-han­ders

Thornhill Post - - Food -

#38 RICH­MOND STA­TION We came for the Top Chef win­ner (Carl Hein­rich) but stayed for that burger (a pink­cen­tred patty stuffed into a milk bun along with beet chut­ney, gooey aged ched­dar and gar­lic aïoli). Now in its sixth spin around the sun, Rich­mond Sta­tion con­tin­ues to prove it­self. One of the pi­o­neer­ing down­town restau­rants in what is now a se­ri­ous foodie nabe, the eatery never fails to draw a crowd. No, that burg isn’t go­ing any­where, but the in­gre­di­ent-for­ward menu also has some stel­lar sal­ads (like roasted car­rots with tahini yo­gurt and pis­ta­chio). With dishes like Duck Two Ways and Rab­bit Three Ways, it’s hard to save room for their spec­tac­u­lar desserts. But you must. 1 Rich­mond St. W.

#12 ALOETTE Aloette is the glossi­est diner you ever did see. The neigh­bour­ing younger sib to our num­ber one resto, Alo, is much more than a place to grab cus­tomer runoff. This sure ain’t a spot for the bed­headed crowd to shuf­fle into. A well­dressed pa­tron­age tucks into pol­ished com­fort grub that you may eat with a fork. There’s that scar­fa­ble Beau­fort­topped burger with fries and the nos­tal­gic ice­berg wedge salad, as well as bistro fare like a foie gras ter­rine and on­trend sea-urchin-on-toast sea­soned with some spicy-acidic yuzu kosho. There’s also cold-pressed juice for those on a health kick. What other diner of­fers up such a bev and a bevvy of de­lights? 163 Spad­ina Ave.

Not your av­er­age burger and fries, ’cept for that let­tuce

Daniel Boulud placed Rich­mond Sta­tion on his top five. The burger here is not far off from his db burger in N.Y.C.

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