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Seeing as I am a huge fan of a multitude of burgers I actually had no idea that there was a day devoted to them!  Yesterday was National Cheeseburger Day, and new hotspot Big Smoke Burger celebrated it big time yesterday by giving out 50 free cheeseburgers to the first 50 customers who stopped by their Chelsea location.  Sadly for me I was at work while the chow down session was going on, however I was lucky enough to stop by last night with two fellow hungry compadres to try out what makes this place so great! Big Smoke Burger in Chelsea has only been open for a mere two months, but seems to be doing pretty well based off of how busy the location actually was.  They have a great variety of options when it comes to their burgers as well as the pairing of of said burgers with fries, onion rings and their delicious Poutine.  What is Poutine you ask?  See below to get a better understanding of it.  The three burgers that we tried and would highly recommend is their Crazy Burger (Jalapeno Havarti, Coleslaw, Chipotle Mayo, BBQ sauce, Hot peppers & Lettuce), Lamb Burger (Fresh Ontario Lamb, Cilantro-Feta Spread, Lettuce & Tomato) and finally The Craft Burger (Sautéed Mushrooms, Rosemary Garlic Mayo, Lettuce & Tomato).  Sounds yummy right?  We definitely thought so for all.  Same goes with their delicious milkshakes and Boylan’s classic sodas that has pure cane sugar.  Super yummy.  While I was there I got to speak to manager John Flynn about the history behind Big Smoke Burger, what he thinks is the best burger there, what Poutine is and what he is hopeful for Big Smoke Burger’s future.  Take a look.

Big Smoke Burger, Manhattan Digest
Credit to: Big Smoke Burger

How did the brand of Big Smoke Burgers begin? Big Smoke Burger, a burger concept founded in Toronto, Canada by Mustafa Yusuf in November 2007. Serving handcrafted burgers and hand cut fries made in-house daily. “Our fresh approach to burgers is based on going back to basics. Our fresh 6 oz. burgers made in house daily from ground chuck, grilled to perfection and topped with our signature toppings create a unique burger experience. How did you come up with the name of it? Big Smoke is the nick name for the City of Toronto. Can you tell me what sets your burgers apart from others? Key words — Gourmet :  hand pressed, fresh meat every day, cooked to order: use beat purveyors: Pat Lafrieda in New York. Big Smoke Burger is committed to sourcing the freshest ingredients in order to deliver the best possible product. Our ground chuck is made to our specifications and it is always fresh never frozen. Our Signature Burgers featuring house-made toppings and sauces set us apart with exceptional flavor combinations. Our menu features fresh hand-cut French fries, homemade milkshakes with 3 scoops of ice cream, fresh salad greens and traditional poutine. Our philosophy is to serve excellent gourmet burgers in a clean, cool, casual environment with exceptional service. Which do you recommend the most, burger style? I recommend the Big Smoke Burger- Horseradish Mayo, Caramelized Onions, Smoked Cheddar, Tomato & Lettuce.

Big Smoke Burger, Manhattan Digest
Credit to: Big Smoke Burger

You guys have Poutine, something that isn’t that popular in the States. Can you explain to my readers what that is and why its so yummy? Fresh cheddar cheese curds onto of a thick beef gravy stock on top of hot fresh cut fries ! C’mon! What kind of sauce do you recommend pairing off with the Poutine or even the regular fries? Our thick beef gravy – it melts the fresh curds for a palette explosion. What is in the future for BSB? Expansions in New York , Chicago and Eastern Malls.

Don’t take my word for it!  Go check out their official site for more info and see what all the fuss is about with Big Smoke Burger!

Big Smoke Burger

70 7th Avenue (Between 14th & 15th Street)

(917) 475-1995