I was on my way back from K-Roll next door when I saw an queue of about 10 people and an eye-catching sign in curly handwriting. I spent about 30 seconds trying to read it to no avail. Was it Young Liggies? Yorge Diggies? (And if it was, what the hell was that?!) My curiousity piqued, I decided to cross the road and check it out.
So this place was actually called Yonge Piggies – cute play on words there. To my delight, it was a hotdog joint, the decadent gourmet sausage and topping-covered fries kind, with about 10 different kinds of milkshake to boot! (see picture – not a very good one, but it’s my first picture on openrice!)
I had already bought lunch at K-Roll, so I decided to forgo the hotdog and get a spicy tomato soup and my all-time favourite chili cheese fries. I was sorely tempted by the salted caramel or early grey milkshakes, but it would have to wait for next time when I return to try their hotdogs. Service was quite fast and friendly, and the shop looked pretty cute, so I’m looking forward to my next visit. I wonder how their sausages compare to those at Brat on Elgin street, which I quite like.
Price-wise I saw a few reviews saying that it’s a bit expensive etc., and while I agree if this is assessed in isolation, I think for the area, the decor and the portions, it’s actually fairly priced. I mean come on, a salad takeaway in Central easily costs $85, and soups at pret are $30, while this was only $24, while my chili cheese fries were $36 I guess this is more or less the price of triple-O’s or New York Fries?
Back at the office, I unwrapped my goodies.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that the chili and cheese were separated from the fries – my first thoughts as I saw my bare fries was that they must have forgotten the toppings, before I noticed the little containers. I was also a bit sad that the cheese was nacho cheese sauce, not melty mozzarella or cheddar etc. However, there’s actually an advantage to this – you can dip the fries in the sauces without getting your fingers dirty, eliminating the need for a fork. And when I tasted the first bite of the nacho cheese sause, all my prejudices against saucy cheese melted away. I don’t know what they put in it, but it’s not like any kind of cheese I’ve ever tasted and is much thicker than normal nacho cheese sauce. It has a slight smokey bacon flavor to it, and just a tinge of spice. Yum…Chili was very good too, no complaints there.
Second up was the soup. I ordered the spicy tomato soup only because I was craving soup and that was all they had. I normally am not a fan of just plain tomato soup because it’s just so one-dimensional and reminds me a bit drinking of pasta sauce or ketchup. But today must have been the day to knock down prejudices or something, because this tomato soup was out of this world. It wasn’t so spicy like borscht at local chachantengs, but it had a note of spice to add some interest and the tomato taste was so vibrant. It was thick and velvety, and just totally changed my impression of tomato soup.
As I write this while munching on the remnants of the now pleasantly squishy fries, I’m making a mid-year resolution to give more foods a chance.
Takeaway Wait Time: 3 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 25, 2013 Other Ratings:
Value for Money 3