It’s a feel-good joint, with a gigantic smoker at its heart: A 500-pound stainless-steel behemoth (from Tennessee) dominates the open kitchen, its maw forever fiery. It takes 12 hours for the barbecue champs to cook/smoke a brisket, which they sat is a cross between Montreal smoked meat and Texas brisket. I would go to Barque for the brisket. Again and again. It’s succulent and juicy and just sweet enough…read full review »
Barque Smokehouse ain’t yer usual barbecue joint. There’s no high-testosterone pit master bragging about using logs from the same 200-year-old hickory that Stonewall Jackson once cut a switch from. There’s no Southern kitsch or hot sauces with risqué names. And there are no baked beans.
Instead, Barque is a serious restaurant that, while smelling magnificently like wood smoke, serves fine wine, chocolate truffles and, most importantly, vegetables that aren’t deep-fried…read full review »
Toronto’s newest smokehouse is Barque, a laid-back Roncesvalles spot whose fare is a little lighter than the artery-clogging calorie bombs usually associated with the cuisine of the American South. “There’s no reason why barbecue needs to be heavy,” says chef and owner David Neinstein…read full review »
Instead of attempting to recreate southern U.S.-style barbecue this far north of the Mason-Dixon line, David Neinstein and Jonathon Persofsky opt for a ‘cue unique to Toronto. A fancier-than-most storefront literally stripped to its bare bones, engaging service and a large selection of local microbrews on tap make reservations near-essential…read full review »
The feature the owners are most proud of is their 500-pound smoker from Tennessee, where everything gets thrown in including fruits and of course the myriad meats. Even cocktails get a southern makeover, like the Bourbon Sour, garnished with a smoked half-lemon that adds an added molecular gastronomic element to a traditional mingling of spirits and sugar…read full review »
By adding a sampler option for one ($20) or two ($36), the approachable menu allows you to try a lot for a little. (Choice of three: Spicy Pork Ribs, Brisket, Beef Ribs, or Chicken Thighs.) The server implored us to get the chicken – but who gets chicken eating out, right? WRONG! The chicken was succulent, needing no sauce…read full review »
YOU GOTTA GO TO BARQUE FOR BBQ! Seriously, best chicken wings, ribs and brisket I’ve had in the city. Plus the nicest staff and head chef (his name is Dave- make sure you meet him!). I brought 8 friends there last night for my birthday and the service, food, and environment were all excellent. Go support a new Roncesvalle restaurant and have an amazing meal!read full review »