If there is one thing that local restaurant owners and customers love – it’s a hot trend. One day someone opens a cupcake shop and suddenly there are 50 of them, someone opens a taco shop and soon after it’s taco mania. Southern style BBQ is another food ‘trend’ that has taken our city by storm and as much as I hate being ‘trendy’ I have to tell you that I am a fan of one of the first serious smokehouses in Toronto.
Barque, located in Roncesvalles (we call it “Roncy”) – a lowrise neighbourhood in the west end that used to be predominantly Polish yet has quickly morphed into hip family stomping grounds, was started by 2 corporate refugees, one of whom spent 6 months learning how to do ‘real’ BBQ in Oklahoma. Indeed the proof is in the pudding as we say, and the dry rub ribs are as delicious and tangy as any I’ve had in the Southern United States.
Thinking of coming with friends or family? I strongly suggest dining at Barque on a Sunday when they host their “Family Night”. It’s a multi-course BBQ feast served family style on big platters to share. It’s a great way to try out those ribs, some house smoked chicken, perhaps a smoked duck poutine? Of course with soup and desert. It’s a lot of food – so come hungry AND make sure to make reservations, Barque may not be the newest BBQ spot in town, but it’s still the best.