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Fuel House

Posted by Rebecca Fleming / Listed on December 4, 2011 / review policy

Fuel HouseFuel House might live in the shadows of College Street giants but it should not be overlooked. Occupying the space that used to be Olivia's at 53, Fuel House blends into residential Clinton Street. According to owner Mackenzie, it might blend in a little too much as it tends to get passed by, so they're trying to get the word out.

Fuel HouseAs we walked into the foyer at 53 Clinton, and were greeted by Mackenzie as he came down the hallway, it really did feel like we were arriving for dinner at somebody's house. At first, because it was a quiet Monday it was a bit off-putting, almost like we were crashing a family meal, but it didn't take long to get comfortable.

Fuel HouseThe main dining area is small, with a light fixture in one of the walls that gives off almost a fireplace glow. Windows, with stained glass overhead, open up to a solarium where there is a bigger table for bigger groups. At the opposite end through an archway is the bar where diners can pull up a stool and have a pint of either Beau's Lug Tread or Sapporo. The beer choice mimics the food, in that it is grown-up pub fare with some Asian influence thrown in here and there.

Fuel HouseOpen for just over 3 weeks now, the menu is on the small side and sandwich-focused, but it has a thoughtful selection, and Mackenzie informed me that they are thinking about expanding the dinner items. Lucky for me, anytime is sandwich time. The Pork Belly Bahn-Mi was tempting, but with the holidays approaching my thoughts have already turned to the bird of the season, so I was looking forward to the pulled turkey.

Fuel HouseThere was a slight detour on the way to said sandwich though, and it came in the form of deep-fried pickles ($4). Four spears came breaded, fried and served with coleslaw. The pickles were nice and crisp, and my only complaint was that the breading tended to come away from the pickle. We both really enjoyed the slaw however. It was Dijon based as opposed to mayo.

Fuel HouseAudrey went with the specials of the day that included Smoked Tomato Soup ($5) and a Roasted Beet & Poached Pear Salad ($6.50), both of which I tried of course...it's research after all. The salad was served on arugula, with goat cheese, walnuts and a honey-balsamic dressing. I'm not normally a fan of fruit in my salad, but that all changes when it's paired with goat cheese and walnuts. The sweetness of the pear and honey was offset nicely by the cheese and balsamic, and the different textures married well. Unfortunately, seeing as she was the one who ordered it, Audrey got the lion's share. Fair enough.

Fuel HouseThe soup was perfect for a cold winter night (maybe we'll have some of those soon, however I'm not complaining) and tasted homemade. It was the perfect consistency and wasn't too sweet as some tomato soups can be.

The highlight of the night for me came in sandwich form ($7.50). The pulled turkey drenched in coffee BBQ sauce (loaded with the aforementioned Dijon slaw) and served on a very soft bun melted in my mouth. This was my first time having pulled turkey, and to be honest, with all the sauce and fixings it didn't taste unlike pulled pork...but that isn't a bad thing. Everything about this sandwich was right, including how messy it was to eat, and how full it made me.

Fuel HouseMackenzie and Mike are quiet but welcoming hosts and I foresee a lot of regulars in their future. This is the place to go if you feel like being in the comfort of your own home (without being in your home), and eating homemade food (that you didn't have to make). Their slogan promises fuel for the heart and soul, but I would definitely add stomach to that list.

Discussion

12 Comments

Ramona / December 4, 2011 at 11:47 am
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Sounds good! That salad and pulled turkey sandwich look delicious. I'm definitely going to have to stop by. :)
Jer / December 4, 2011 at 07:58 pm
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Saw it while waiting for a movie at the Royal a few weeks ago. Looks like an interesting spot. Curious how YOU found out about it. I imagine that Blogto writters would disclose if they were contacted by a business to do a review.... but, just curious
JoeThehoe / December 4, 2011 at 09:55 pm
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@jer theres this thing called 'Yelp' on the 'Internet'
RIchard / December 5, 2011 at 12:20 am
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It does blend in...I live two streets away and never heard of this place....

Do they do takeout?
MaggieP / December 5, 2011 at 10:58 am
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4 words: PORK. BELLY. BANH. MI.

nom nom nom nom nom nom.
Eden / December 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
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I really have to get to the city more and definitely dine here!!
Stephanie / December 6, 2011 at 10:15 am
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I went here last night and it was absolutely delish! The B.L.T is what dreams are made of.
FoddieDave replying to a comment from RIchard / December 14, 2011 at 01:42 pm
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They do take out and you can even order via bbm text message or email
Graham / December 23, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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After trying all the sandwiches on the menu, the Banh Mi is my favourite. Very tasty!

@Jer if you are active on Twitter you can find out about restaurants faster before many of the reviewers themselves!
Dan / February 18, 2012 at 10:12 am
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I ate there last night with my girlfriend at the food was AMAZING! The peking duck sandwich was easily one of the most delicious things I've eaten so far this year. I don't think it was on their regular menu, so if they are offering it, don't waste your chance, get it!

The prices were also very reasonable. We both got the peking duck sandwich special, poutine, deep fried pickles and a pitcher of beer. After tax and a well deserved tip, the total was only $61 for both of us, which is incredible considering how good the food was!
Chris / February 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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I was there yesterday and had the Calamari Po’ Boy so good. The fries were amazing too!
RJ31 / June 6, 2012 at 03:46 pm
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Love love love this place - it is a welcome addition to the hood. Super friendly staff, good beers and food. Don't want to let out the secret - but the back garden patio is lovely and spacious.
I pray they do well and stick around.

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