ROAD TO RIB HEAVEN
HIGHWAY 61, 1620 Bayview Ave., 416-489-7427
Make no bones about it: these two culinary tastemakers know that succulent BBQ flavours, tender meat and a sweet, sticky sauce are key to the perfect rib. Highway 61’s offering comes closest to the mark. “I like this one,” says a sticky-fingered Oliver (right), a statement as simple as good ribs ought to be. “The sauce is not too strong, the meat is moist, and it comes relatively easily off the bone.” Bonacini agrees: “A good, generous rib, cooked nicely and very tender.” Price: $25.99 plus tax.
All Star Wings & Ribs, 10720 Yonge St.
“This was done by someone who knows what they’re doing,” says Bonacini. Oliver is a fan, too, but suggests that the sauce could have gone on a few minutes later to avoid charring. Price: $19.95 plus tax
THE SWEETEST THING
Eddy’s Steak House, 8199 Yonge St.
“Doesn’t have too much sauce even though it looks like it does. The meat is tasty,” says Oliver. “A little sweeter, but a fairly mellow sauce,” notes Bonacini. Overall, a decent dish. Price: $30 plus tax
MORE BARK THAN BITE
Phil’s Original BBQ, 838 College St.
Phil’s is a Toronto institution, but the tough bark drops these ribs a few notches, says Bonacini. Oliver agrees: “The outside is too tough.” Price: $21.50 plus tax
SHORT ON THYME
Place for Steak & Sea Food, 638 Sheppard Ave. W.
Bonacini picks up on rosemary and thyme seasoning but ultimately agrees with Oliver: too dry and not enough flavour. Price: $25 plus tax for 1.5 rack