How a Canadian burger outlet made its way to the Middle East.
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Big Smoke Burger expands to the Middle East
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Canada's Big Smoke Burger expands into the U.S.
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Toronto's Big Smoke Burger Opening Manhattan Flagship This Year
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Big Smoke Burger Expanding into Chicago
Toronto-Based Gourmet Burger Chain Master Franchises Entire Market
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Big move for burger chain
By Josh Rubin - The Toronto Star
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University of Guelph School of Hospitality - Hornblower Magazine
10 Best Under $10.
Staff Picks: 5 Unbeatable Burger Joints - Big Smoke Burger
The burgers here are straightforward but nonetheless worthy of relishing. Among the favourites is the Craft Burger, a savoury six-ounce charbroiled patty of Ontario AAA ground chuck that comes with rosemary garlic mayo and sautéed mushrooms. The fries and onion rings are hand-cut and seasoned to perfection, and house-made milkshakes double as dessert. Long line-ups are not uncommon, especially during the lunch rush. Fortunately you can call ahead for pick-up. 50 King St. E., 416-947-9500; plus other locations.
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Big Smoke Burger set to expand pretty much everywhere
Toronto franchise Big Smoke Burger (previously known as Craft Burger) announced today that it's planning on making inroads into the U.S. and other global markets, starting with a Manhattan location set to open later this year.
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April 2011 - Craft Burger becomes Big Smoke Burger.
New name, same craft... after four years, Craft Burger becomes Big Smoke Burger.
Why Big Smokle Burger?It is an ode to the city we love and to the smoky, home-made flavour that a handcrafted burger makes when sizzling on our fiery hot grill.

We haven't changed our menu or our people. Big Smoke Burger is the same company and ownership that has been delivering great food and service you have come to expect. - handcrafted burgers and hand-cut fries served up fresh, fast, and hot off our grill.

Craft Burger is now Big Smoke Burger (a new location is in the works, too)
Since it first appeared around four years ago, Craft Burger has been one of the key players in Toronto’s burger scene (Scaramouche’s Keith Frogget deemed a craft burger to be one of the city's best in a Post City taste test last year).
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Top Grill Marks
After the last beef'wich was vanquished, Craft Burger's eponymous creation came away with top billing for its flavourful patty, succulent sautéed mushrooms, pungent rosemary garlic mayo and a perfectly toasted bun. "Good flavour, good texture and the best quality bun," says Froggett.
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Jason Pomeranc’s King Street West
King West is known for its cuisine, and as someone who loves food, I like to make the rounds. Craft’s veggie burger with avocado, caramelized onions and rosemary garlic mayo is delicious - and the fries topped with gravy is my favourite Canadian side dish.
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The Best Cheeseburgers in Toronto
#1 Whether at their King West or Yonge Street location, these burgers are handcrafted one at a time. All burgers are made from 100% fresh-never-frozen Ontario ground chuck. Well seasoned and cooked to juicy perfection they provide a delicious blank canvas on which to build a great cheeseburger. They offer three cheeses - gorgonzola, smoked Canadian cheddar, and cilantro-feta spread - in a variety of topping combinations. I haven’t tasted one I didn’t like, but my go-to is the Classic Cheeseburger. Made with smoked Canadian cheddar, it’s like having cheese and bacon in one tasty topping.
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They know how to craft a burger
One bite and I am hooked. It is super juicy/greasy, probably a heart attack waiting to happen, but thoroughly delicious. Other burger options include veggie, lamb and the popular craft spicy with chipotle mayo and caramelized onion. The extras list includes smoked Canadian cheddar, mushrooms and avocado.
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Best Cheap Eats
Craft Burger’s spicy burger is astonishingly perfect. Grilled-to-order beef is topped with caramelized onions, hot chipotle mayo, a thick slice of tomato and crisp lettuce. Add a side of flawless onion rings for an express ride to grease heaven.
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It takes at least four busy line cooks to keep up with the demand at this insanely popular haute diner. Touting cooked-to-order, never-frozen Canadian AAA beef burgers (organic beef is offered, too), this conscientious burger joint has opened a second spot at Yonge and Bloor. The original condoland location is busy every night, offering such toppings as smoked cheddar, avocado, caramelized onions and gorgonzola. The signature Craft burger comes with woodsy rosemary mayo, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato for a reasonable $6.95. The meaty lamb patty with pungent feta-cilantro spread is a winning combo; the chicken and veggie burgers are satisfying, too. Fries and onion rings are hot and fresh; super-thick milkshakes are not to be missed. Groups crowd into the window booth, taunting passersby with their juicy dinners. Unlicensed.
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Craft Burger is a moderately priced casual restaurant located by King St. W. and Spadina Ave. in the King West area of Downtown Toronto. Craft Burger specializes in hamburger cuisine and features a casual atmosphere.
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Where to Go: Trinity Hotspots
Ontario AAA beef? Check. Inspired toppings - from blue cheese to candied onions to avocado? Check. Crispy French Fries and Onion Rings, seasoned to perfection? Check. This is no ordinary burger - this is Craft Burger. Want to double your happiness? One word: Milkshake. If it’s a burger you are craving, there’s only one place to go, Craft Burger. The freshness of each burger is evidence of the fact that they are handmade daily and never frozen. Their fries are hand cut and go best with a side of mayo. Avoid this place like swine flu from the hours of 11:30 to 1:30 pm as a large lunch crowd means you may have to wait up to an hour to order and get your food. Favorite meal: Spicy Craft Burger with a side of fries and chocolate milkshake. Tip: Add the cheese, trust me. Tip 2: Opt for a communal table. All of the other tables make for awkward seating arrangements.
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Abundant craft in ‘good burger joint’
The once-lowly burger has been revamped and renovated on countless fine dining menus lately, from the gilded burgers offered at Mark McEwan’s Bymark and One, to Trevor Wilkinson’s trio of little Kobe sliders at Trevor Kitchen and Bar. Its simple form and popularity makes it a kind of gold standard by which ambitious chefs can showcase their skills, not only at cooking, but at presentation and sourcing of ingredients. The burger has become the culinary version of the sportscar, available in almost every price range.
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Ranking Toronto's gourmet burger joints
Toronto is flipping over gourmet hamburgers.

Four high-end burger bars have opened downtown in the last month, broadening our already wide choice of beef, lamb, chicken, salmon and bison patties served with epicurean toppings. There hasn't been a trend this pronounced since charcuterie.
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