Some snobby Torontonians say “I get a nosebleed going north of Bloor Street”. But smart locals don’t listen to this, and you shouldn’t either.
Just one subway stop north of Bloor- at Dupont station- a strip of interesting restaurants and bars is emerging. The jewel in this crown is his flagship, the homey, delicious, and bustling, Rose and Sons restaurant.
Rose and Sons is a local spot, and its clientele reflect the neighbourhood itself. You’ll find hipster students and artistic middle-aged couples eating here, and that mix of people is one reason I love living in The Annex, and why I love eating here.
This is a diner, elevated above your classic black-and-white tile and jukebox joint. Comfort food gets a distinctly Jewish-Canadian twist; griddled cornbread is topped with rich, juicy brisket and drizzled with maple syrup. Chicken noodle soup gets a hearty helping of dill and a fluffy matzoh ball. It should be noted that this is not the spot for those who keep Kosher- pork is all over this menu, coming in the form of homemade sausage, pork chops, and bacon sautéed in Dr. Pepper.
You can’t go wrong with the menu. Dinner is great, and my favourites are the grilled romaine Caesar and the pork belly fried rice, but brunch is really the time this restaurant shines. The Griddled Brisket cornbread is a homerun, and the PLB Special Melt pork sandwich will make your heart scream with joy (just before you have a heart attack). Indulge yourself!