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St. Catharines’ The Guilty Burger, where great eating comes with no remorse

SONY DSCBy Mike Lowe

Winston Easey is one of the most laid-back restaurateurs you’ll ever meet, and his simple approach to food shows in the delicious creations that grace his menu.

Three months since opening The Guilty Burger in downtown St. Catharines, Easey admits that business has been “very good” so far. This latest burger joint, located just a short stumble from a couple of downtown’s most popular drinking holes, is perfect for enticing late night revellers looking to cure a case of the munchies.

SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSCFresh is the name of the game at The Guilty Burger. Easey described how he grinds fresh beef brisket daily, makes his special sauce from scratch, and shops the local markets for burger toppings. There are eight creations to choose from, including a veggie burger which Easey says is very popular. He often adds a special burger that is inspired by whatever condiments seem like a good idea at the time of inception.

Balls of fresh beef are pressed onto the flat top griddle creating the signature crust of a great burger. Toppings are placed on top of the fresh beef patties at the precise moment to allow thorough heating.

SONY DSCOne of our selections is the “Sloth Porker” (below photo) which adds mildly spiced, homemade Jerk seasoned pulled pork to the burger along with double smoked cheddar, fresh tomato, lettuce and house sauce. Our other choice is the “Big Mushroom” (very top photo). The aforementioned beef patty is topped off with a grilled portobello mushroom cap and creamy goat cheese.

SONY DSCThe Guilty Burger’s house-cut fries are the perfect accompaniment to the delicious, juicy beef patties. Thankfully, Easey offers malt vinegar as an option to drizzle on the fries — my choice when available.

Prices at The Guilty Burger won’t break the bank either. Burger prices are between $9 and $11 with a small order of fries adding $2.50. If you are looking for fresh, simple and tasty, The Guilty Burger is the way to go. The restaurant is not licensed so drink offerings include soft drinks, water and homemade milk shakes.

The Guilty Burger opens at 3 p.m. daily, stays open until 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 p.m. on Sunday.

The Guilty Burger
52 St. Paul St.,
St. Catharines, ON
905- 397- 7749