Location: 480 Danforth Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1C7
Website: View menu at skipthedishes.com
What We Ordered:
- American Single
Anyone who lives in the area knows about Mama’s Boys. They serve up burgers, fries, and shakes, as well as a host of other classic neighborhood goodies like chicken souvlaki and steak sandwiches. I’ve been eating at this place for almost 10 years and there was a time when the burger had a Greek-seasoning that wasn’t great and it would be hit-or-miss in the consistency of how good it was. In the last couple years though they’ve gotten rid of the Greek-seasoning and become much more predictable with how the burger turns out. I like this burger as they make it currently. The toppings and bun go really well together and they have some toppings and condiments you don’t normally see at other places. It means you could make some interesting combinations like feta, tzatziki and olives, or bacon, cheddar, jalapenos, and sriracha. Unfortunately there is no blue cheese but don’t let that stop you from enjoying this local favorite.
Meat: 4oz of never frozen premium beef grilled on a flat top. It says on their menu board that they don’t use filler, but it seems to me like they might use a brine. I don’t even know if that’s a thing. The meat comes out almost suspiciously soft and dark brown in colour which you can see in the cross section image below. I like it – but there’s something about it that’s a bit different than just straight ground beef and minor seasoning.
Toppings: Choice of toppings including olives and jalapenos. I got jalapeno aioli mayo, ketchup, honey mustard, green leaf lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles. The pickles are length-cut and the onions are red onions that are longer than diced, but not ring cut. This is one of the few burger joints that offer honey mustard, which I love on a burger.
Bun: Typical hamburger style bun. I think the Mama’s Classic which is a 6oz burger comes with a sesame seed bun, but the American has no sesame seeds.
The fries are thick cut and cooked to golden brown. I didn’t ask, but I’m sure they’re not frozen. They don’t taste like they’ve been frozen. These are perfect for sharing because there is no way I can eat all this goodness all by myself.
Atmosphere & Staff:
This place is an eccentric dive. Mama has murals on the walls of a fictional place that looks like … I don’t know… Italy maybe? Flags from countries all over the world wrap around the windows, along with LED lights, and kitschy decor that looks like it was put up for a special event and never taken down. The place has that been-here-forever kind of grease you can see on the ceiling and floors. I wouldn’t call it dirty – just well used for a long time. Don’t get me wrong on the look, I love the place and I’m happy to take my kids there any time. The girls at the counter call me “honey” even though they’ve got to be younger than me. If you get Mama herself, be prepared to have free cake or watermelon offered. If you’re a regular, expect Mama to come over and ask how you’re doing and if you’re enjoying your meal. Enough inside seating that a spot usually opens up even when it’s crowded, although no one will mind if you ask to share a table and there is outside picnic tables as well.
This burger is good and made to order. If you’re in the area, you should make this one of your go-to joints even if it’s just to support a local family business.