Lick's Homeburgers & Ice Cream, Toronto
A colleague of mine from Toronto recommended this place, noting immediately after suggesting it that she was "really craving a Lick's burger all of a sudden." It has apparently become a bit of a chain around Toronto, but I made sure to come down to the original Queen Street East location, especially since it was in the Beaches on a perfectly nice and sunny day here today.
They had a few healthy choices like salads, Nature Burgers, and some "ultimate" soy option available, but silly-me went straight for what were probably some of the most artery clogging choices on the menu: a "homeburger," poutine, and a milkshake, the last one of which was really more of an afterthought given how they seemed to be doing a brisk ice cream business here too.
It turned out fine, as did the homeburger, even if it was a bit salty. That was probably my fault, as I told them to load everything onto it, including their "Guk!" sauce and a bunch of spicy peppers, which ended up overloading the taste. But the patty was also a bit too lean in my opinion, so I suppose that all of those condiments were needed to compensate for that.
Anyway, the other thing that I was really after here was the poutine, a Canadian creation of French fries topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. I found it very comforting to eat, but I was also a bit disappointed at how similar it was to chili cheese fries, except of course that it used gravy instead (did they use plain cheddar cheese here instead of curds?).
Well, similar to that other discussion about getting Montreal-style bagels in Toronto, I probably couldn't expect anything too outrageous here when there is probably much better poutine to be had in Quebec. Either way, I really owe my cardiovascular system a break now, especially since it just came off that Buffalo Wing Festival from yesterday. Whew!