From my experience eating at Holy Chuck, I can tell you that they make some greasy, messy, yet tasty burgers. They also appear to have a pretty good business going up there at Yonge and St. Clair—stop by at lunchtime, and there’s bound to be a long line. You know what’s not so tasteful, though? The names of some of their delicious creations.
First introduced last winter, the Dirty Drunken Half-Breed burger remained a Holy Chuck staple up until a recent wave of social-media protest forced it off the menu. The burger-joint’s owners, who are Greek, had apparently never met a Metis before, although it was pointed out to them on Twitter shortly after the product launch that the term could be considered offensive. Nevertheless, the name stuck for a while, until the owners were forced to backtrack in the Toronto Star. “To racially slur an ethnicity in a multicultural society, it’s the totally wrong thing to do,” co-owner Bill Koutroubis told the Star yesterday. “It was never meant to be malicious; it was just an innocent play on words on our part.”
The Half-Breed, a scrumptious blend of beef and cured bacon, is further enhanced by veal cheek vino chili, which apparently contains alcohol, to become the Dirty Drunken version. Until recently, it could be found on the menu next to such other popular menu items as You Fat Pig, The Greek Bahahastard, and Go Chuck Yourself. Not exactly self-esteem boosters, are they?
Mind you, when it comes to pissing people off with the names of its foodstuffs, Holy Chuck doesn’t even come close to Lola’s Burrito Joint in Jacksonville, Florida. Though the taqueria may have changed the name of its infamous Wetback Willie burrito to the less-offensive Wet Willie, you can still come in and order a Dirty Sanchez or Shrimp, But No Papers burrito off their menu. Perhaps a pair of Republican delegates will be stopping by on their way back from the convention…