With the mercury rising to 27 degrees by lunchtime, the objective was to find an outdoor patio–preferably with plenty of shade. The Hard Rock Cafe at Yonge and Dundas perfectly provided this, though I’m not sure the shade didn’t come from the delivery trucks parked in the lane. Anyhoo, the HRC offered its Burger Day fare a few days early, with a trio of sliders covering three meat groups for five bucks (regular $8.99, though I didn’t see it on the menu).
Unfortunately, the cheeseslider was a little overcooked. Not hockey-puck overdone, but it had probably achieved “little patty cooked as long as a big burger” status. The pulled pork redeemed the plate with a nice, tangy chew, the crisp coleslaw cabbage adding a little more bite. And while not exactly “pulled chicken” (it was more like sliced chicken burger), said slider was still quite tasty. It’s just a shame that they butchered the beef…
Of course, three little burgers hardly makes a meal, and I would’ve gone back to work hungry were it not for the massive maze of onion rings I ordered on the side:
Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t order fries. Interestingly enough, the rings came not with ketchup, but rather a tub of BBQ sauce. But I dipped ‘em anyways, cuz I’m kind of a compulsive dipper. That being said, my biggest beef–even above the burned beef–was with the afternoon’s musical selection. Although they say they’re the Hard Rock Cafe, they didn’t play anything heavier than Bruce Springsteen. Instead, I was treated to the musical stylings of Katy Perry, One Direction(!), Carly Rae Jepsen and… wait for it… Sugar Ray. Believe it or not, those guys are coming to town in July. With Smash Mouth. And the Gin Blossoms. Three bands I thought went away with Y2K–and may or may not still be on the Hard Rock Cafe’s playlist.
Anyways, I’d give this overall dining experience an “R” (out of R-O-C-K) and a “Play ‘Free Bird!'”
Location: 279 Yonge St.
In-and-Out Time: 35 minutes