While once a rare commodity on Toronto menus, these sandwiches have been adopted by sandwich shops, taverns and even fish mongers. And, while the name po' boy might be short for "poor boy", don't be fooled - these sandwiches aren't exactly cheap though still worth every penny.
Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top po' boys in Toronto.
- Food Truck Fest Ontario is on this Sunday, September 21 at Ontario Place from 1 to 8pm. General admission is $10 and tickets are available online.
- Toronto Garlic Festival at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.) kicks off at 9am on Sunday, September 21 and runs until 5pm. Admission is $5 (kids under 12 go for free) for the harvest festival, which features garlic-themed foods prepared by local chefs, craft beer, a garlic breath contest, a garlic shot station, cooking demos, and more.
- Spaghetti Western takes place at Cold Tea (60 Kensington Ave.) this Sunday, September 2 from 3:30pm onwards.
- 86 Mondays at The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West) presents the 6th annual Madcap Pickle Championship on Monday, September 22 from 8pm onward. Admission is free, and entries from both pros and amateurs will be judged and devoured.
- Cafe Bar Pasta (1588 Dundas St. West) presents The Pig & The Pasta on Wednesday, September 24 from 6pm to 10:30pm. The promotion, in collaboration with Boehmer, will offer diners a choice of six dishes from $15 to $24, a 100-lb. pig on a spit and the newly launched beer from Cameron's Brewing.
This year's final destination: Echo Beach, where 1,500 diners descended on a paved pavilion by the water to enjoy dinner and drinks, take in some live entertainment (including ballet, bands and DJs) and dance late into the night.
Check out all the action in our photo gallery from the event.
- Remy's at 115 Yorkville Ave. shuttered this summer to undergo a complete revamp and reopened this week (at least part of it) under the name Montage Yorkville. The rooftop patio is the first to open while a private members club called the Green Room and a downstairs dining room are slated to open in the coming weeks.
- Nuit Social is now open at 1168 Queen St. West the former home of Happy Child. The new spot is focused on cocktails, craft beers and sharable plates like charcuterie, cheese boards and olives.
- Muncheez Deli Creperie (7181 Yonge St., Unit 21) in Markham at Yonge St. and Steeles Ave. is now open and serving up made-to-order savoury crepes packed with cold cuts.
It would probably be a PR disaster for a restaurant to come right out and say that it was banning children, but I can also imagine that this would be a very attractive rule for many Toronto diners who simply don't want to have to deal with kids crying, whining, and dumping food on the floor. I won't even mention the servers, who I'm quite sure would love to be free of that hassle.