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Family owned and operated since 1964, the staff remains largely the same, supplemented with members of the younger generation.
People are as loyal to their orders as they are the institution – but if you can tear yourself away from the burgers, there are other items to be had – Souvlaki, Rotisserie Chicken, and Fish and Chips, for instance.
T-Bones Sizzling Steaks & Burgers Drive-In Restaurant
2540 Eglinton Ave. E.
There aren’t many places open 24 hours during the pandemic, but T-Bones has kept steaks and burgers going 24/7 for over 20 years and isn’t about to let a global crisis slow them down.
House made patties come in half and quarter pound varieties boasting sirloin beef, the works (lettuce, tomato, onions, dill pickle, relish, ketchup, mustard and mayo), and your choice of cheese or banquet style* with bacon and cheese.
Did you know? Banquet Burger was reportedly coined in Ontario.
The Burger Shack
233 Eglinton Ave. W.
The family run spot at Eglinton and Oriole Parkway has been going since 1979, and things haven’t changed all that much.
There’s no website or social media, just simple fare – flame-grilled burgers topped the way you like, served with, fries, onion rings, and milkshakes – by the same good folks from years gone by.
The Real McCoy Burgers & Pizza Ltd.
1033 Markham Rd.
Folks have been flocking to this family owned and operated joint in Scarborough for tasty charbroiled burgers that elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ for a half a century.
That says it all.
Bonus – You don’t have to go to a strict burger joint to get in on some of the city’s best patties. Simply look to long-running family-operated diners such as these neighbourhood gems still going strong:
The Avenue Diner – est. 1944
222 Davenport Rd.
Coach House Restaurant – in current location since 1961
574 Yonge St.
Patrician Grill – est. 1967
219 King St. E.
The Lakeview – est. 1932
1132 Dundas St. W.