About BRGRZ Inc.:
A relatively new kid on the block on the Ontario food scene, BRGRZ Inc. was the brainchild of Bob Drexler who opened the restaurant in 2015. Since then, its reputation has grown – despite its location a little out of the way of downtown Collingwood – to such a degree that in 2018 it was awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. Recently under new management, the burger and ice cream joint continues to go from strength to strength. Situated in the Collingwood suburbs on Hume Street, a little over one and a half kilometres from the town harbour, its proximity to the rinks at Central Park Arena means it is a favourite stop-off for children and families after a day spent skating.
BRGRZ Inc. is the town’s number two choice for diners in TripAdvisor’s Quick Bites category, and its burgers are made with 99.9% Black Angus sirloin that is freshly ground each day. The meat itself is locally sourced from West Grey Meats in nearby Durham, while Collingwood’s noted chef Patrick Bourachot provides the burger buns. The BRGRZ Inc. staff state they ‘have every topping you need to create your burger masterpiece.’
- Casual, retro feel and fun to visit
- Good for groups and kids
- Free Wi-Fi
- Off-street parking at rear
- Vegetarian options and a handful of gluten-free choices (e.g. burger buns and cider)
- Interior is on the small side
- No vegan options
- Described as ‘a little out of the way.’
The restaurant is part of a converted residential home on Hume Street and boasts spacious car parking to the side and rear as well as an outdoor patio area with half a dozen tables and parasols for shade. Light blue roof tiles brighten the grey one storey extension and the patio area is ringed by a colourful wall, while cartoon figures and neon dotted around the façade creates a fun, welcoming impression. Inside offers a ‘retro atmosphere’ with plenty of diner-style high chairs and tables, splashes of colour on the walls above white tiles, mounted televisions and chalkboards displaying the menu, ice cream or shake choices.
The menu itself is simple but offers a variety of items and sides. For burgers, customers can order the ‘classic’ single patty burger for $8.95, or the twelve ounce double patty, then decide how to ‘dress’ it from a large selection of toppings and sauces. Some of these toppings are free – for example lettuce, tomato and onion – while the rest are either $1 or $2 each, and include avocado, aged cheddar, bacon and ‘shrooms’, for example, that you can choose when at the counter placing your order. The sauces include sriracha, BBQ and chipotle aioli, while also on the menu are kid’s burgers, veggie falafel burgers, grilled chicken breasts and foot-long hot dogs. The restaurant also offers a choice of sides (for example, onion rings or garlic parmesan fries) and fried foods such as fish and chips, veggie samosa or fries with poutine, along with an ice cream cone selection and a handful of shake flavours. Drinks are limited to pop cans and a clutch of alcoholic beverages such as cider or gin smash.
There are not a huge amount of reviews for BRGRZ Inc. across online sites, but they are generally positive, particularly in recent months. One Google reviewer stated, ‘nice and friendly service, absolutely fantastic burgers for the price. Their fries are great, and the aesthetic of the place is nice. 100% recommended’, while one Facebook user posted, ‘‘Stopped in today to check out the revamped menu under the new ownership and was pleasantly surprised, great staff, food was fresh, hot and excellent price, great little burger joint.’ Of the negative feedback, one three-star Yelp (the lowest on the site for BRGRZ Inc.) review posted that ‘They (the burgers) were tasty but small. The ratio of bun to patty was huge!’
BRGRZ Inc. offers eat in, take away and catering services and its opening hours are Monday to Sunday from 11.30 am to 8 pm.