Years ago I had eaten take out (picked up by someone else) from Beatty Street, but this was the first time I'd eaten on site. I went with a companion, and we ordered our food, found some empty stools at a counter, and then my friend went back to wait for our meals. It wasn't long before I was contemplating an enormous hamburger with a side of fries, imaging that I would have plenty left over to eat for supper. Wrong. The burger was so good that I had to eat every bite right then and there--even though I was uncomfortably full about halfway through the burger. It was absolutely delicious.
So why would I rate the place as a 3? I'd put the food at about a 4.5, but even a hole in the wall grocery/eatery should have a readily apparent restroom. More importantly, the place just didn't look clean to me, and believe me, I'm far from a hygiene nut. The area where the food is prepared may be spotless and have top-notch ratings from the health department, and obviously I didn't inspect that area. But the general appearance of things (even though the counter tops for eating appeared clean) was dirty. I didn't go there for its ambiance; I went there for the food, but I had assumed that things would appear clean. My feeling about the cleanliness--or lack thereof--knocked down the overall rating to a 3.
I've read other reviews, and no one else seemed troubled about what I consider Beatty Street's dirty appearance. My suggestion to you is see for yourself how it comports with your standards for cleanliness. This is a very busy place, and you can park just a few steps from the door. Just go in and check it out before you decide whether you want to eat there. No one will pay any attention to you or stop you and ask if they can help you. Then, if it meets your standards, go on in, stand in line to order, and be prepared to eat one of the best burgers you've ever had.
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