#102-2800 Bryn Maur Road
I said I was going to return to Fountain Diner for their lunch and boy was I surprised…at the line-up.
But once more, my parents were in tow as willing test subjects. Breakfast before was a disaster but what about lunch? I had seen Fountain’s previous advertisement for line cooks and I hoped it was of some good. I wasn’t willing to look my dad in the face for a second time just to see his disappointment.
I ordered their ‘Bad Ass Burger’ with fries that came to a slightly higher price of $12.49. It came with the usual trimmings of tomato, lettuce, mushrooms and cheese under a whole wheat bun top. An addition was red onion rings and bacon. Perhaps ‘Bad Breath Burger’ would be a more suitable name.
It’s not hard to make a burger but for some it’s harder to make a decent one.
One bite was enough to tell me it wasn’t bad ass, it was more than that. It would’ve qualified as kick ass if the bacon wasn’t low grade. I observed more fat in the bacon than what has been served to me previously. Excuse the E.B. White quote but “that’s some pig!” The hamburger wasn’t a pre-made; in fact one can tell it was made by hand, mixed with onions. The freshness caused me to devour the meal like a Shadowclan Orc (geek alert) only pausing to gasp for air.
The fries were tasty and plentiful. But with the help of Heinz Ketchup, I ended the meal licking my fingers.
My mom enjoyed her salmon burger with yam fries (at her request) but my dad had a complaint about his beef dip ($10.99). He did agree that it was as good as those made by the former Hudson’s Bay Restaurant on Douglas at Herald, but the fries were sparse. I couldn’t agree more. For the price that was paid, would a few more fries hurt Fountain’s overhead? Maybe we’re talking low ceiling here.
In the end, Fountain Diner proved they can provide a tasty lunch. Perhaps a second crack at breakfast is in the cards, I’m willing to take the gamble ala Kenny Rogers.
3 Blokes out of 5