I love Rudy. I’m on record calling their burger the best in the city. So it pains me to say this, but the meal I just had there was not great.
To be fair, I didn’t have a burger; going to a burger joint and not ordering the burger is probably not the smartest thing in the world.
Instead, I got the fried chicken sandwich and the poutine. Neither was particularly great.
The chicken sandwich is dubbed the Valentino: “Fried Chicken Sandwich, Coleslaw, Valentino Sauce, Mild Hot Sauce.” I’ve had this before and found it to be quite tasty, so maybe they were just having an off day?
The biggest issue is the chicken itself; it was dry, overcooked, and incredibly salty.
The first few bites were outright bad, but then I noticed that the two sauces were actually in little plastic containers on the side rather than on the sandwich. I’m not sure why they did it that way (I certainly didn’t ask for that), but once I applied them both to the chicken, things improved considerably. The tasty ranch / hot sauce combo helped to smooth over a lot of the chicken’s faults.
As for the soft squishy bun that works so well on the burger — sadly, it has a hard time holding up to the more substantial chicken sandwich.
I also tried the poutine, which Toronto Life recently called the best in the city. It was fine? I guess? The gravy was overabundant and bland, the curds were stale (no squeak to be found), and the whole thing wasn’t hot enough to even vaguely melt the cheese. It certainly wasn’t unpleasant to eat, but it’s a far cry from the best in the city.
I should note that someone else got the burger and said it was as delicious as ever, so unsurprisingly, the burger is the thing to order at the burger joint. Who would have guessed!