May 2012 archive

Go Chuck Yourself

Where do I begin?! I suppose just saying that Jonty and I visited Holy Chuck twice in one week says it all.

Open for almost a year on Yonge St. just South of St.Clair is yet another burger joint. This ain’t any ol’ burger joint. We have heard from numerous people that we MUST try Holy Chuck not only for their burgers, but for the milkshakes. As avid Priest goers, we knew that the two were often compared, which made it basically mandatory for us to give it a try.

Jonty, myself and his friend Casey all lost our Holy Chuck virginity together. The creations are very similar to the Priest, with options such as a deep fried mushroom stuffed with cheese, grilled cheese buns, burger fried in mustard. I went for a simple single burger with lettuce, ketchup and caramelized onions. I tried to be just a little bit healthy by opting for the whole wheat bun, as if it matters at this point! (I tasted Jonty’s burger and the regular bun is a lot softer, and compliments the burger better). Jonty ordered a single cheeseburger with a fried egg. Casey ordered a cheeseburger topped with bacon, and with grilled cheese buns. On the side we ordered greek fries which were topped with feta cheese and greek dressing. The burgers were absolutely incredible, as well as the fries. To be honest, I prefer the fries at Holy Chuck better than at the Priest. They are thin cut, with the perfect amount of salt and crispiness.

Nothing lit my eyes up more than the choices of milkshakes. I have heard incredible things about the Nutella and Salted Caramel milkshake, which is extremely up my alley. My first sip was orgasmic. I almost died. The shakes are 95% ice cream and 5% milk, so you can imagine how thick they are. There truly is nothing better than the combo of creamy ice cream, and ribbons of nutella in every sip.

We loved our first experience at Holy Chuck so much and have been craving it ever since. I had been dreaming about the other milkshakes and dying to try the Reese’s Pieces and Banana shake. Just days after our first visit, Jonty and I knew it was time to go back. We chose the same burgers, but switched up the shakes. I ordered the one I just mentioned, and Jonty went for the Peanut Butter and Jelly shake. It was quite sweet, but definitely delicious! Mine, as imagined, was toooooo good! Actual chunks of Reese’s Pieces entered my mouth with every sip. I don’t know which is my favourite because I could probably drink all of them all day every day.  We also got plain fries this time, which did not disappoint.

It is safe to say that WE LOVE CHUCK! Next on my list to try is the Nutella lollipops and the funnel cake, oh and the deep fried twinkie! I may need to spend my life inside a gym…or a surgeons table.


That’s just me enjoying some milkshakes!

Coincidentally the day after our second visit, Holy Chuck catered Jonty’s work event. Pictured here is Jonty and co-owner, Johnny.


This past weekend Jonty and I were driving in search of a new, yet delicious dinner spot. We stumbled upon Stack, a recently opened restaurant, and decided to take a look. The welcoming, casual yet sophisticated atmosphere and to-die-for menu immediately sold us.

This smokehouse is located on Yonge St. just south of Fairlawn. As soon as we sat down, we eagerly opened the menu. It probably took me a good five minutes to calm down, as I was flabbergasted at all of the mouthwatering options. The menu consists of different kinds of burgers and toppings, brisket sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, smoked meat sandwich, a variety of tacos, ribs, among many others. We were debating between the brisket, burger, and fish tacos. We decided to share the Greek burger which was an all beef pattie, topped with lettuce and tzaziki, and the brisket sandwich. Everything comes a la carte, so we ordered the parmesan fries on the side.

Each bite was better than the next. We managed to finish off our plates, and were feeling stuffed, and completely satisfied with our delicious meat-packed dinner.

The desserts and milkshakes looked unreal. However, since we were going to a party afterwards, we knew there would be some treats to munch on there so we are saving dessert for our next visit. Just to give you an idea, they have a nutella milkshake, and homemade donuts with different toppings. A tease, I know.

Overall, we are so glad that we came across this newly opened smokehouse and are counting down the minutes until our next visit. Oh, it was also very reasonably priced!

The Melting Pot

Just over a week ago, The Melting Pot opened up in Richmond Hill. I was in the area a few months ago and saw the “coming soon” sign. I was shocked, and thought I was seeing things, as I thought this chain was only in the states. Turns out, other than this one, there is one in Alberta.

The concept here is that it is a fondue restaurant. Everything from appetizer, main course, and dessert comes in a dippable form. Cheese fondue is to start, with a variety of meats and seafood for main course, and chocolate combinations to end off.

I have been to The Melting Pot once a couple years ago in Miami and thought it was a pretty cool concept.

With one opening so close to home, Jonty and I figured we would try it out. I am not a huge fan of cheese, so we skipped the first course. As for the main, we chose “The Land & Sea” which is a combination of chicken breast, filet mignon, and shrimp. You can choose the broth which you would like to cook your meat in. The choices range from vegetable broth (our pick), red wine broth, Caribbean spice broth, or canola oil. Along with the meat, comes mushrooms, broccoli and potatoes to throw into the fondue mix.

The waitress begins by bringing the broth in a pot to your table and placing it on the stove-top that is built into your table and allowing it to heat up while waiting for your entree. Once the food comes, you simply place each item onto a fondue stick, dunk it into the broth, and wait a few minutes for it to cook. Although we were a little bit disappointed in the portion size in relation to the price, I was surprised at how full we got…but not too full for dessert!

The chocolate possibilities are almost endless…milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, s’mores, caramel, PB & J, peanut butter! We decided to go with milk chocolate mixed with crunchy peanut butter. Along with the fondue was strawberries, bananas,pineapple, brownies, pound cake, cheesecake, graham crusted marshmallows, and oreo crusted marshmallows. We were able to polish this deliciousness off no problem!

Overall we had a wonderful experience with friendly staff, service and food. However, we would not rush back. I find it more of a one-time or not too often experience or maybe fun for just dessert. I would reccommend it though for someone who has never been.