BBQ lovers will not be disappointed in Canada’s answer to Southern cooking: Smoque N’ Bones.
Found on a fashionable stretch of Toronto’s Queen Street West, Smoque N’ Bones is a restaurant and bar celebrating everything to do with Southern hospitality, food and whiskey.
The small interior has a buzzing feeling both downstairs and upstairs. Décor blends traditional wood, exposed brickwork and industrial-style lighting to create a cosy but trendy feeling. A few screens showing ice hockey bring in a Canadian flavour too, as do a few local beers such as Barking Squirrel, an Ontario brewed craft beer that is simply delicious.
The food is inspired by what Smoque N’ Bones call ‘the four pillars of BBQ’: Memphis, Texas, Kansas and the Carolinas. The menu is therefore filled with all the Southern classics you’d expect. We opted for the Sampler for Two to get a selection of the best. With this menu, diners can choose three meats and three sides, which costs a reasonable C$59.90.
For the meats, we chose the pulled pork, beef brisket which had been smoked for 18 hours, and our favourite, the peppercorn beef. The peppercorn beef is a brisket cut of beef that has been cured in brine, crusted with peppercorns and smoked for 10 hours. Totally tender and with pitch perfect flavouring, it’s a true winner. All the meats come accompanied with a paintbrush and a house made sauce designed to complement the meat; it’s a cool piece of dining interactivity.
All of the side dishes look sumptuous and tempting too. We opted for the slaw, sweet potato waffle fries and grilled corn, which comes on a stick having been grilled on an open flame, tossed in chipotle mayonnaise and smoked paprika, and topped with smoked cheddar cheese and a lime wedge. Wow!
Whiskey lovers will be impressed by the selection at Smoque N’ Bones too, with rows upon rows of well-loved and unusual liquors from across the world.
Southern food might not be the obvious choice for visitors to Toronto, but once discovered, it’s bound to be a top choice to sate your appetite again and again.
Website: Smoque N’ Bones