Big Smoke Burger's flagship location celebrates re-opening with free food and a side of charity

On Feb.17, the hand-crafted burger destination will match every dollar donated by customers to Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs

Toronto, ON - Gourmet hand-crafted burger shop, Big Smoke Burger, today announced the grand re-opening of its King Street West flagship store (573 King St. W.) since closing and undergoing extensive renovations in November 2014. To celebrate the occasion, on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m the restaurant will offer free hand-crafted burgers, fresh cut fries and fountain drinks. Big Smoke Burger is also asking customers to make a donation to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs and will match every dollar donated.
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Meraas Development highlights Big Smoke Burger in Box Park

Box Park will be a revolutionary lifestyle destination where urban chic meets contemporary sophistication. Providing a refreshing alternative to sprawling, insular malls, the concept will feature an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes and high-end fashion outlets, intermingled with open spaces and amenities.

Following the example set in other cities such as New York, London, Paris and Christchurch, where similar temporary 'pop-up' structures have been erected, 8x8 will be a permanent destination where all kinds of people including residents and tourists can spend a memorable and fun-filled day out. A spatial experience that is inviting, comfortable, engaging and memorable, this self-contained destination will be a place to shop, dine, relax and soak up the outdoor ambiance.

Nestled in the heart of Jumeirah, Box Park will serve as a seamless addition to the surrounding community and is set to become the new social hub of Dubai.

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The top 30 burgers in Toronto by neighbourhood

Big Smoke Burger has got craft burger lovers covered at Yonge and Bloor. The menu offers the choice to build your own burger or select from 10 signature variations. I like the house-named Big Smoke Burger dressed with horseradish mayo, caramelized onions, smoked cheddar, tomato and lettuce.
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Burgers and All the Fixings Score an A+ at Big Smoke Burger

Shake Shack has got some competition! The famous chain, known for it's tasty burgers, has met its match with Big Smoke Burger, which recently opened its first restaurant in New York City. The restaurant, which is a Canadian transplant, is located in Chelsea and is a burger lover's dream come true. More.
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This Week in NYC: July 28-August 3 - Monday

The best way to cure a case of the Mondays: comfort food. Channel your inner Canadian and head over to Big Smoke Burger, the newest burger spot to hit the West Village. Burgers and gravy fries anyone? 70 7th Ave. New York, NY. More.
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If you think poutine, the French Canadian concoction of fries with cheese curds and gravy, would be just the ticket alongside a burger, then this first New York branch of a Toronto-based chain is for you. There are 14 kinds of burgers: 70 Seventh Avenue (15th Street), 917-475-1995. More.
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Canada has given us exactly two things we love deeply: 1) Rick Moranis, and 2) poutine.

Big Smoke Burger near 14th St and 7th Ave is bringing at least one of those things (hint: it's the one covered in cheese... not named Rick Moranis...) to a flagship US shop in NYC teeming with "high-style fast casual food", and upping the quick and delicious burger shop game with the addition of a backyard garden, beers on tap, and fresh ingredients.More.
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Eats Beat: More burger opportunities for New Yorkers, including White Castle in Coney Island, and Big Smoke Burger

Also, Canadian chain Big Smoke Burger, along with its gourmet toppings, has arrived in New York, at 70 Seventh Ave in Chelsea. Favorites here include the signature Big Smoke Burger ($8.95) with horseradish mayo, caramelized onions and smoked cheddar; and the Crazy Burger ($7.95) with jalapeño jack, coleslaw and chipotle mayo. The eatery will stay open late (until 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), perfect for stopping in after the bar for some late-night poutine — a Canadian favorite of french fries smothered in beef gravy and cheese curds ($4.95 for small).More.
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Orchard Cafe, Big Smoke Burger, and More Now Open

3) Chelsea: Canadian chain Big Smoke Burger opened its first New York outpost last week, serving burgers that are "gamier, spicier, and maybe even smokier," than the standard American patty, says Fork in the Road. The menu also includes chicken, lamb, and veggie patties with toppings like smoked Canadian cheddar, cilantro-feta spread, and horseradish mayo. Canadian favorite poutine also makes an appearance. Orders are placed at a counter, but food is delivered to the restaurant's large picnic tables. Beer and a back patio are coming soon. Status: Certified Open. 70 7th Ave, 917-475-1995.More.
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Big Smoke Burger Brings Poutine, Canadian Style Burgers to NYC

Canada isn't exactly known for its burgers, but a chain that just opened its first outlet in New York City aims to change that -- and it's serving a beloved fried potato dish, too. Big Smoke Burger (70 Seventh Avenue; 917-475-1995) opened this past Tuesday, luring crowds with its poutine and convincing them to stay for a Canadian-style burger. More.
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Big Smoke Burger: Can This Canadian Chain Make It in NYC?

Despite having signed a lease more than a year ago, New York City’s first outpost of Canadian import Big Smoke Burger hosted its grand opening on Tuesday evening, welcoming in guests all day long for the very first time. The modernized Chelsea space is still in the midst of being completed but boasts 74 seats inside of the restaurant and another 36 in their soon to be completed patio space out back. But that didn’t prevent a multitude of yellow and black balloons from being propped up on tables throughout the room in celebration of the burger chain’s arrival- of which there are reportedly more to come in Manhattan. More.
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Big Smoke Burger: Can This Canadian Chain Make It in NYC?

Big Smoke Burger, a Toronto-based spot with locations in Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East, opened its first New York outpost today in Chelsea. We stopped by for a taste. More.
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Big Smoke Burger: All-Canadian Beef

For your next group get-together in New York, don’t forget about America’s other border. Canadian export Big Smoke Burger is down from the Great White North, bringing a handcrafted take on burgers and beers to Chelsea. Order at the bustling counter and then grab a seat so you can all get reacquainted while you wait. More.
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Poutine Week, Big Smoke Burger, weather and more to know in NYC

It's Poutine Week at Mile End! Try any of five special variations Tuesday through Sunday. In other food news, Big Smoke Burger opens Tuesday!

Canada-based burger chain Big Smoke Burger opens its first New York City store on Tuesday in Chelsea at 70 7th Avenue.
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Big Smoke Burger Sets Sights on Vancouver Expansion

Big Smoke Burger, the Toronto-based gourmet burger chain, is expanding on its presence in Canada, which currently includes various cities in the province of Ontario, and will be opening in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Canadian Burger Joint to Bring Patties and Poutine to Chelsea

CHELSEA - Time for a burger, eh?

Canadian burger joint Big Smoke Burger is opening its first New York location in Chelsea, bringing fresh patties and Canadian grub to the city.
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Canadian Chain, Big Smoke Burger, Coming to Chelsea

The Big Smoke Burger chain, which has outposts in Ontario, Denver, Colorado, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Dubai is coming to New York. Anthony Fauci, owner of Calexico on the LES is the owner of this new spot that will serve burgers, milkshakes, and the infamous French Canadian dish, poutine. And, unlike the Canadian locations, the Chelsea Big Smoke will have beer.
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Canada-Based Big Smoke Burger Opens First NYC Location Next Month

As promised, Ontario-based chain Big Smoke Burger is planning to open next month at 70 Seventh Avenue, with poutine made with Canadian curds and "hand-cut" fries, in addition to a bunch of hamburgers.
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Canadian delights cookin'

Poutine is an amazing dish of hot-piping chips, smothered in gravy and melted cheese curds. This was one of my favourite snacks in Canada, keeping me warm during the cold winters at university, writes Mai Al Khatib-Camille.
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Toronto's Big Smoke Burger expanding to Vancouver

Toronto-based Big Smoke Burger is expanding its presence in Canada with a new franchise deal for three units in Vancouver, B.C. The deal was signed with franchisee Haley Grewal, who is currently evaluating real estate and plans to be open by early 2015, according to a news release.
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Restaurant of the Week: Big Smoke Burger
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How a Canadian burger outlet made its way to the Middle East.

The oil-rich states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman) have high rates of obesity and diabetes, prohibitions on alcohol, cultural infrastructure that is just now in the planning stages, and plenty of disposable income. Eating out is an acceptable form of entertainment, which makes the region perfect to expand a burger business. At least that's the reasoning behind Toronto's homegrown Big Smoke Burger aggressively expanding into the region.
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Big Smoke Burger expands to the Middle East

Before people went cuckoo for cronuts, before cupcakes were hot on the scene, there were gourmet burgers. Thanks to our insatiable appetites, "better burgers," as the food industry dubs them, have gone from craze to commonplace. When we're hungry, we like it our way, with some hand-cut fries and homemade ketchup on the side.
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Canada's Big Smoke Burger expands into the U.S.

Big Smoke Burger, the Toronto-based gourmet burger chain, has hired Fransmart to ramp up expansion in North America and in select global markets. Fransmart is the franchise development company behind Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Qdoba Mexican Grill and zpizza, and has already inked Big Smoke Burger's first U.S. franchise deal in Manhattan.
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Toronto's Big Smoke Burger Opening Manhattan Flagship This Year

We must have been off doing pagan things, going on unicorn pony rides and all that, on May Day, because somehow we missed the news that the five-unit, Toronto-based burger chain Big Smoke Burger will open a Manhattan flagship by the end of this year, with an expansion to Chicago already in the works.
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Big Smoke Burger Expanding into Chicago
Toronto-Based Gourmet Burger Chain Master Franchises Entire Market

Mustafa Yusuf, founder and owner of Toronto's most dominant gourmet burger chain, has gained local stardom with his fast-casual concept, Big Smoke Burger. Since joining forces with Fransmart, the franchise development company behind booming brands such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Freshii, Big Smoke Burger has penetrated the US market with astounding force, most recently launching development in the 'windy city' of Chicago.
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Big move for burger chain
By Josh Rubin - The Toronto Star

Is the Big Apple ready for a taste of the Big Smoke?

Mustafa Yusuf, president and founder of Toronto-based gourmet burger chain Big Smoke, plans to open his first New York franchise later this year, and is eyeing further U.S. expansion into Chicago, Buffalo and Florida.
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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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