Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 12:28 pm
As Lisa McPhee would tell you, the west side is the best side. While I can’t completely agree (since I rep the Danforth these days), there’s plenty of things it does right.
Like sausages made from animals that make no sense being on this end of the world!
Welcome to WVRST!
Planning for the WVRST
Trevor and I had been planning to go to WVRST for a good while now, but never seemed to get around to it. However, on a day where our schedules got flushed down the tubes due to oversleeping and being too tired to bother doing anything too nuts, getting this item off of the to-do list didn’t seem like—wait for it—the WVRST idea!
Making the Best of the WVRST
One thing to keep in mind about WVRST is that it’s not your typical restaurant. Yes, reservations; no waitlist—just a lineup; no specific waiter or assigned seating—just a bunch of benches where they bring your food to you after you order and pay for it at the front counter.
And maybe it’s because they keep things so simple (i.e. a beer hall-style restaurant that serves mainly beer and sausages) that they actually manage to understand customer service!
We did get there without a reservation and had to wait in line, just like everybody else. While some people were told an hour’s wait when we were at the back of the line, it was only 15 minutes in reality. And in those 15 minutes:
One guy was a complete jerk and wouldn’t let a German tourist pass to ask the guy manning the stairs a question about the wait time, causing her and her friends to leave angrily.
Ironically, the jerk and his friends would leave angrily almost immediately after, helping shorten the line by about 10 people between the two groups
Even better, almost immediately after they left, one of WVRST’s staff came out with a ton of free fries, offering them to us to apologize for the long wait! Note to all restaurants: if patrons are waiting in line to get into your establishment, they’re probably hungry. A little food can go a long way in making that wait better!