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One day, in the summer of 2002 or 2003, a friend and I were on the search for something to eat while we killed time waiting for his friend to get home. We were in Mississauga/Etobicoke and were not very familiar with the area. As he was indecisive I suggested a burger and a direction.
So we drove the way I chose and eventually we came to corner known as Kipling and Dundas and we saw three places to eat. McDonald’s which was an automatic no, Red Cabin Burgers and a place called Apache Burgers. Apache was on the same side of the street as us so that is where we went.
The place was busy, there was a line up; on the wall there were pictures of celebrities who had eaten there. It was first opened up, according to the signage, in 1969 and by the looks of things it had not changed much. It is a typical late 60’s diner/truck-stop/burger pit; neon colours, a few tables, a walk up counter window to pick your toppings.
We ordered, we ate, and the rest is history as they say. I loved it and have been back many times since. I have introduced many a person to the establishment and almost everyone agrees that it is dee-lish-ous. Today though was the first time i had been in a long time and the first time since the so called ‘burger revolution of Toronto’ had occurred. I was now used to gourmet, griddled, smashed burgers. How would Apache hold up?
So I arrived, and as usual it was packed with nary a table in sight and a long line that stayed the whole time I was there. I ordered the twin, fries and since it was a Pepsi establishment a Dr. Pepper. I had the usual toppings (pickles, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, mustard) and a side of BBQ sauce to dip the fries in.
The first thing I did when I got my food was delve into the fries. Now Apache always had good fries but they must be doing something different as these fries were not just good but amazing. They were off the hook! They were robust in flavour, crispy on the outside and soft and tender in the middle, thick cut, orgasmic. Paired with the BBQ sauce (homemade and fabulous and even goes good on the burger) I was in fried food heaven.
After pulling myself away from the fries it had become time to delve into the burger itself. I hoped it would live up to expectations and memories. After all, this was a frozen burger patty that is grilled on a BBQ style grill. I unwrapped the burger, looked it over, took a sip of the Dr. and took a bite.
Right away I was in burger heaven. For a frozen, preformed, grilled, well done patty (actually two of them) it was juicy, moist, tender and oh so yummy. I don’t know where they get there patties from, or if they have them made especially for them, but they sure as hell are damn tasty. And maybe it’s just me but every bite tastes better than the last.
The toppings too were fresh and the pickles were what I can only describe as the perfect burger pickle. The bun is a traditional and sturdy white bread bun that holds the just the right size patties in place. I’ve been to many a place like Apache Burger but they have never been as good. There is a reason why, out of the three places I mentioned earlier, Apache is the only one still standing.
This is a place that is quite a drive from my place but it is a drive i will gladly make any day or night of the week, all you have to do is ask. As an added bonus on Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s it’s open till 3:00 or so in the morning. I love this burger and even though it’s not ‘gourmet’ it still tickles the palette the same way a fine wine would.
I’m going to drop it a point because it is a frozen patty but otherwise I highly recommend you try this place. It puts every other ‘frozen’ burger to shame. Yes… Every! Single! One!
Out of 7 Apache Burger scores 6