B. Good

http://www.bgood.ca/

An ideal place to go to before visiting the Green Living Show on a sunny Sunday.  Our friend suggested it, as he had heard about it in the States. We had no objection, how can one resist a burger which is also not bad for you!

APPEARANCE

Nothing memorable to meet the eye from the outside - small, red sign on a large dark brown facade with a bright green door. Overall an odd colour palate - bright red, green and a dark brown. Our expectations were fairly low at that point.

NOSE

Plenty of light once inside, with bright green chairs and light birch tables that pop out at you. As we walked towards the back to order, we spent a few minutes reading their "Where Our Real Food Comes From" map, installed on a red wall partially faced with a new brick. A map of Southern Ontario was prominently displayed, as their beef, bread, ice cream, cheddar, potatoes and seasonal veggies were all from around the area. Good they did not put avocados on there...some stuff was not meant to be local. More real estate on the walls was occupied by the menus which the gathering crowd was marveling upon while the cashiers tried to chat them up. We noticed plenty of smoothies to choose from, an abundance of kale & quinoa dishes, of course, burgers. I was quite happy to see that they only had 6 "Made As" dressed combination options, followed by a list of extras and sides. It was just the right amount not be confused when your thoughts are already galloping in anticipation of a flavorful meal. We ordered their Adopted Luke as a turkey burger and their seasonal Joanie as a beef burger. Veggie and chicken patties were also an option. We also took some of their hand cut fries.

SWIRL

Before sitting down, we were drawn to the books on the side "how we do what we do". The subtitle was quite catchy: "Ingredients, Nutrition & Stories of Food Made by People not Factories". We enjoyed flipping through one of these books filled with curious details. Ones that caught our eye included - their Toronto shop partner for an all the natural ice cream and the fact that their meat paddies are freshly ground on site.

Another personal touch were the mini table standees showing B. Good employee names and their stories. We took a seat, submerged in their young vibe - listening to light, indie music surrounded by couples around us, some families and groups of friends.

PALATE

The traditional beef burger had a great patty with slightly spicy, fresh avocado and coleslaw to offset the explosion of flavours. The turkey patty was a bit drier, but the mushroom, caramelize onions, gouda and bbq sauce gave it a unique smokey feel. Both burgers were a mouthful and a decent value for the price. The meat quality seemed to confirm that it was freshly ground and never frozen. Sweet Potato Fries lacked an interesting sauce on the side - somewhat of an opportunity missed here - but were what we expected.

FINISH

One of the best finishes after this meal was the fact that we didn't feel heavy nor get any heartburn.

Overall, we had a wholesome experience at B. Good and could recommend it for all the burger lovers. Too bad the restaurant was not licensed for alcohol - a glass of cold, local brew could go well with the experience. At the same time, The Works is just next door.  B. Good does not directly try to compete, it is a different type of fast-casual and we are happy we tried it out. It has a consistent message all around and, despite being a chain, maintains a personable attitude.

PS

: B. Good is partnered with The Regent Park Community Food Centres to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate. Here is some more about that: http://cfccanada.ca/regent-park-cfc

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