Every day is Rib Fest at this central Texas‒style barbecue joint. AAA Bar is serving up some of the city’s best barbecue and isn’t ashamed to say it. The award-winning dry-rub ribs, brisket and other favourites are smoked daily and made to feed the masses. At AAA, they also are proud to tell their guests
Bar*Q is a beer and burger bar by the team behind Roncesvalles Barque Smokehouse. The west end barbecue spot is known as a refined “Southern Ontario” smokehouse, serving wicked smoked meat and all the necessary sides. So it’s no wonder its sister restaurant has quickly become known as one of the best burger spots in
Cooking from the heart and serving up some good ol’ southern comfort food, Barque Smokehouse is Roncesvalle’s local for refined and ridiculously good barbecue. Longtime friends and corporate servants Dave Neinstein and Jon Persofsky decided to leave their suits behind and open up a restaurant serving their favourite food. While Persofsky went to George Brown
Like many residents living near Bayview and Sheppard, I’ve been keeping a close eye on Beauty Barbecue and Smokehouse. Over the last month or so, when walking across the parking lot at Bayview Village Shopping Centre, I’d occasionally catch a whiff of something smokey and delicious and I’d hope that the opening date would be soon. Well, the wait
Big Bone BBQ and Wicked Wings has been bringing the heat and the flavours of the Deep South to the True North for over 20 years, and thank goodness for that! You may recognize its name for all the Ribfests across Ontario that is has won and competed in plus the more than 50 barbecue
Anthony Rose’s newest venture, Big Crow, is tucked behind his contemporary diner, Rose and Sons. The sign is not easy to see, so just follow the other rib-hungry patrons as they shuffle down the adjacent alley. Once you’ve hit the woodpile under emergency escape staircase, you’ve made it.
What do you get when you team up two local bagel shop owners with a South African barbecue chef? In this case, you get Boneyard Grill. Owners Ephraim Dloomy and Michael Sherkin are the team behind Bagel World, while chef-owner David Badler comes from Al’s Grillhouse in South Africa. The three of them teamed up to bring barbecued meals to Thornhill, something they thought the area was missing.
Three reasons for one destination: the grills. Busan Galmaegi Korean BBQ is the only Korean barbecue joint in Toronto that has three traditional grill options for its food. There’s the iron grill for raw cuts, the gridiron grilling style for marinated meats and the stone plate for the delicacy of beef intestines. Busan’s specialty is
With the recent openings of such restaurants as Electric Mud BBQ and Aft, and with other smokehouses still to come, Toronto is on a barbecue blitz. Now, Queen West’s longstanding Cadillac Lounge is getting in on the action. The bar has taken on consulting chef Michael Pataran (Windsor Arms Hotel, Rain) to launch a new
The purple velvet banquettes and colourful pop art line the walls of this industrial building. Once an old TV studio and underground club space, the interior of Carbon Bar is still reminiscent of a ’70s discotheque but has definitely been revamped and influenced by the movers and shakers of today. When you walk in, someone
Welcome to the smoking renaissance. No seriously, at Chainsmoker Urban Smoked Meats, they’re making smoking cool again. Cooking up an assortment of meats, Chainsmoker’s dishes are slow cooked on site in a South Carolina BBQ style. At Chainsmoker, they decided that while vegetarian and vegan restaurants continue to pop-up all over the city, someone’s got
Craving barbecue that you think you can only find south of the border? Think again. Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is serving up some drool-worthy smoked favourites right here in Toronto. Using a traditional smoking technique and only the best white oak, Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is not messing around when it comes to meat. Serving up all
Thoughtfully sourced and cooked to perfection, Earlscourt BBQ is cooking up some superb southern barbecue in Toronto’s Corso Italia. Created by Pork Ninjas, this barbecue joint is the perfect place for a gathering of hungry friends ready to sit down and share some grub. The interior, which is painted red and covered in flames screams
At first glance Favorites Thai BBQ doesn’t look outwardly Thai, in fact it’s the exact opposite. The light and airy space nods towards an influence of Spanish revival with its rounded passageways and clam pastel hues. The serenity is met with a 70’s inspired terrazzo floor and hippie beads that double as a back-room doorway,
If you peer through the front window of the Junction’s newest butcher shop, Gourmeats, you’ll see barn beam table with three stools. No, this little nook isn’t for munching on your prepared foods (they aren’t making any, at least not yet) — it’s the meal-planning table.
Smoking up some savoury specials, Greenwood Smokehouse knows good meat. Sustainably raised and locally bought, the menu items that this eco-conscious barbecue joint is serving us are all the meaty goodness we’ve ever dreamed of. On the Danforth, this cosy, laid-back spot is serving up some seriously good grub. The menu is a myriad of
This southern-style barbecue joint is the stand-still brick and mortar restaurant of the beloved Toronto food truck Hogtown Smoke. Right near Church and Front, this restaurant is dripping with good ol’ smoky flavour. With rubs galore and every kind of smoked meat imaginable, Hogtown Smoke is where cave dwellers come to thrive. Chef Scott Fraser
Hidden up and away from bustling Bloor Street West is Kintori Yakitori. This dimly lit restaurant is positioned atop one of the Kinka Family’s 10 Kinton Ramen locations in the GTA and is the first yakitori concept from the Japanese restaurant group. When you walk up the stairs you’re immediately met with aromas of charcoal