685 Runnymede Rd.
Jumbo Burger is a small “Greasy Spoon” type diner located in Toronto’s West End near the Junction area. Just a step north of Dundas St on Runnymede. There’s nothing too fancy about this place. Very old school, no web site, run by 2 guys, menu is straight up diner food. Burgers, Hot Dogs, Fries, Sandwiches, etc. They also serve breakfast. Open daily (closed on Sunday) from 7am till 2am, so you can get some breakfast, or late night munchies. This place has been in business since 1973, and is a neighborhood favourite. When a little burger joint stays in business at one location for over 40 years, you would figure they must be doing something right!!
The staff here are super friendly and answered all my annoying questions with a smile! The seating is not super comfortable, but is definitely consistent with the old school diner feel of the place. The burgers here are made from five ounces. A burger with Fries and a large fountain coke rang up $10.25. Not too shabby. Standard toppings are available. I had mine with “everything” and added a little bbq sauce for an extra kick.
Conclusion: This burger was was huge!! The fries were a very generous portion as well. I was stuffed after eating this, so $10.25 is, in my opinion, a pretty decent price to pay. The toppings also tasted very fresh. That being said, I found the meat to be a little dry. It was not bad by any means, but I have had a better burger. Keep in mind, this is not gourmet… not fancy… just a decent burger made by old dudes behind the counter, kickin it old school, since before it was cool. Not much changes here, and that’s ok with me. One real downside to Jumbo Burger is being located in the proverbial ‘middle of nowhere’, too far to walk from Bloor West Village, the Junction, or most of the small communities around St Clair. But if you’re in the neighborhood, or don’t mind taking a bus to access it, you should check it out.