The Ballad of Big
Whenever I think back on the experience, my mouth starts watering. Even as I type, my taste buds are clamouring for a return visit.
In the mood for a BIG, quick, savoury meal, I stopped in at Burger Legend, located at 236 Queen Street South, on the west side just north of Thomas Street in the heart of Streetsville. While the storefront and interior don’t suggest much, and there are only a few tables, the aroma of a summer barbecue hinted at tasty things to come.
Feeling quite peckish, I opted for a substantial ‘All Day’ burger and poutine. As I waited for my meal, I noticed a mural on the wall depicting a food truck which I learned is how the enterprise began. When my order was ready it was served on a maple leaf-shaped platter. The sizable, juicy burger came on a fresh-daily bun with a fried egg and crispy, maple-smoked bacon. The poutine was made with fresh-cut fries, genuine cheese curds, and a delicious, rich gravy.
Once l had polished off the feast I was entirely satiated, which, on that particular day, was quite a feat! So impressed with the taste of the burger and its signature ‘Bawss’ (aioli-type) sauce, I contacted the owner, Ammar Al-Kuwaiti, to ask about how he came to open a restaurant in Streetsville. After attending John Fraser and Streetsville Secondary, Al-Kuwaiti earned a business degree at Ryerson. He worked as an international meat trader and on returning to the area, decided to go into the food service industry.
Now, three years in, Burger Legend employs about 12 people who work hard to serve between 100 burgers on an average weekday and 350 on a weekend. Al-Kuwaiti insists on using all fresh ingredients and the results truly are like home-made. There are a number of options (including vegetarian) available to suit any taste. Ordering in advance is available through Uber Eats and Skip-The-Dishes, or by calling 905 997-1822.
Personally, my next selection will likely be the ‘Fusion Burger’ made with panko breadcrumbs and Portobello mushroom (mmm, or perhaps a couple of the sliders) paired with a pint of Lake of Bays Brewing Sparkhouse Ale from the taps. I indeed am looking forward to another BIG repast. So, if you are in need of some sizable sustenance as you venture out to finish (or start!) your Christmas shopping, make a stop at Burger Legend and you’ll be singing its praises too.