What’s on the menu at Happy Burger, the west end’s new spot for smash burgers, hot dogs and waffle fries
Name: Happy Burger
Contact: 76 Lippincott St., 647-352-7777, happyburger.ca, @happyburgerto
Neighbourhood: Harbord Village
Previously: BB’s Diner
Owners: Juliana Carlucci and Chris Kalisperas (Mamakas Food Group)
Chef: Chris Kalisperas
Accessibility: Fully accessible, no washrooms
Covid-19 safety measures: Hand sanitizer at the order window; outdoor picnic tables are sanitized when guests finish their meal; no public bathrooms; cashless payment. Order at the takeout window, through the website or via delivery apps.
Cooked-to-order burgers, made with patties smashed on a chrome griddle, served on buttered and toasted Martin’s potato rolls and slathered in their mayo-based Happy Sauce. There are various iterations of the signature Happy Burger, including a Super Happy one topped with bacon, one loaded with shaved pastrami and even a Beyond Happy Burger. There’s also a fried chicken sandwich, Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs and corn dogs. Sides are simple but good: waffle fries (with or without Cajun seasoning), crispy onion rings and dill pickle spears.
Just your usual burger joint beverages: cans of pop and bottled water.
Happy Burger started as Kalisperas’s side-project pop-up at the start of the pandemic, but it’s now a permanent fixture. Previously the dining room of BB’s Diner, the space is now an open kitchen lined with quarry tiles and plexiglass barriers.