Toronto’s city council spent two-and-half hours debating whether Hero Certified Burgers should allow its fast food to be sold in the renovated Nathan Phillips Square.
Some councillors, including Mayor Rob Ford, insist that the council respect the tender process that permits businesses to bid for city contracts.
Others felt that the new square required a better restaurant than a burger shop.
A few others suggested that the City Hall snack bar offers patrons a diverse and upmarket menu, especially considering that several food trucks at the square’s southern end already offer hamburgers, hotdogs and fries.
City Council voted 22-16 in favor of the procurement process. Hero Certified Burgers was awarded a five-year contract to grill beef in the 407-square foot snack bar space. In the coming months, tenders will be sent for a sit-down restaurant on the square.
Despite all the bickering, there was not much mention from the City Council that a restaurant at City Hall should provide good-for-you food for the hungry residents who frequent the Toronto landmark building.
As we all know, burgers and fries do not count as healthy food.
The debate is wrapped.
The Dish felt that the lengthy discourse implied Hero’s menu offerings deserved closer inspection.
According to a Hero Burger location in Oakville, the Signature 6 oz. is the most sought-after item. This burger comes on an egg bun and is pre-topped with Hero sauce, relish and red onion.
This burger is very large. It takes two hands to get the patty, garnishes, and pillowy bun down into a bite-sized size.
It is also very filling in terms of calories. This particular burger is 810 calories with 56.5 grams of fat.
The Nutrition numbers for the Dish were calculated using Hero’s website. Hero, a Toronto chain, offers information on a partial listing of its foods and sourcing numbers from other trusted sources. The Canadian Nutrient File contains the Calorie count for the relish. This is a Health Canada database.
Registered dietitian Shannon Cross believes that 56g of fat is enough for most people to meet their daily intake. She also pointed out that it is equivalent to butter in 14 parts.
Crocker enjoys the fact that Hero uses 100 percent Angus beef. This can be traced back to Western Canada ranchers.
She said, “When you look at its ingredient list, you’ll see that it only contains beef, spices, salt, and other ingredients.” “There are no fillers. This is an excellent choice compared to other fast-food hamburgers.
Hero’s calorific burgers lose Hero points.
“You know that saying, “You can’t have too many good things”? Crocker claims that 800 calories and 56g fat are too much.
Signature 6 oz. This burger contains 1,188 mg of sodium — just 300 milligrams less than our bodies need every day.
Crocker suggests choosing the 4 Oz. Crocker says a burger with 4 oz will reduce 150 calories and 13g fat. Additionally, you can get rid of the Hero sauce and cheese to cut 15 grams.
Health-conscious diners can learn from this. You can customize your burger with fresh toppings, which will help you reduce the calories, fat, or sodium.
The Star’s urban affairs chief David Rider said that Doug Holyday, deputy mayor of Hero’s, used Hero’s menu during the city council debate on April 3.
Rider says that it was surreal to see Doug Holyday reading menu items. “Usually, the debate revolves around public policy, which is the actual nuts and bolts of city policy.”
Holyday’s council colleagues were served Hero’s Wild Atlantic Salmon Fillet on ciabatta buns.
Crocker claims that she would choose the halal burgers in barrhaven because it contains a lot of healthy protein and omega-3 fats. But, Crocker would also order it on multigrain flatbread. Topped with Hero’s mango sauce, lettuce and tomato, this fish sandwich has 325 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Crocker states that this burger contains 500 calories, half the sodium, and 50 grams of fat less than a burger.
She says that a burger is a nutritious meal containing protein, iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. However, restaurants that serve too large portions or pair their burgers alongside fries or soda can quickly derail this healthy eating habit.
“Hero Burger earns points for using premium beef in their burgers. This is not the place to go for healthy food.
“It’s a more high-end option than many fast food places and may use better quality ingredients, but it’s still fast food.”
VERDICT. Crocker has it right: Hero Certified Burgers may offer healthier options, but you could easily finish half of a day’s food in one sitting.