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Paul & Sandy's Real Barbecue

Posted by Jason Finestone / Listed on August 6, 2013 / review policy

Paul and Sandys TorontoPaul & Sandy's is Etobicoke's answer to the question where to get real barbecue in this town. Kentucky style slow cooked barbecue is what they do, and the couple who owns this place honed their recipes after sampling hundreds of barbecue joints south of the border.

From the menu it's easy to be tempted by the char-broiled burgers ($7.95) that come topped with sensational house smoked back bacon that is shaved thin and teeming with flavour. Or, there's always the hickory smoked bacony goodness on its own, stacked up on one of the fresh rolls from the nearby Dimpflmeier Bakery.

Paul and Sandys TorontoBut for true southern-barbecue seekers there's no substitute for the meat on its own and if money is no object than the thing to order here is definitely the BBQ Sampler Platter ($25.95-$36.95).

Paul and Sandys TorontoMost of the smoked meats here get a similar treatment - a secret dry rub and rest for up to 24-hours and then into the hickory smokers they go. The hickory smoked ribs and the chicken each get 4 hours in the flavour infuser. They slide easily off the bone without the greasy aftertaste you might get from some less refined establishments. The pulled pork gets 14-hours in the smoker and just might be the most flavour-laden stuff on the plate.

Paul and Sandys TorontoIf that's not enough, it's hard to argue with the the melt in your mouth 14 to 18-hour smoked brisket or the meatloaf - the true darkhorse of the platter. Smoked for 4 hours and finished in the oven for an hour more, it's then smothered in the gravy made from the brisket drippings. This definitely ain't your momma's meatloaf.

Paul and Sandys TorontoWith each platter you get two sides included, as well as garlic bread made with fresh garlic butter and a damn delicious pickle spear. The most surprisingly delicious of the sides is the potato salad. It's made with red skin potatoes, green onion and a mixture of both mayo and sour cream. Not to be missed is their in-house baked jalapeno corn bread. It has a dry jalapeno heat that makes for a perfect palate cleanser.

Paul and Sandys Toronto



huskylord / July 18, 2011 at 06:01 pm
Any serious bbq review would know that "fall of the bones" is NOT good bbq.
bbq hunter / August 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm
The best BBQ restaurant in the west-end of Toronto.
sandie / November 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm
we would like info oe sandie lansdown
mike / January 9, 2012 at 01:56 pm
Mark / February 4, 2012 at 07:19 pm
Wow. New west end BBQ! Ok meals and price, but some of the worst customer service from wait and floor staff I have ever had. Hopefully they're pull together, find quality people and streamline there kitchen line. So if you decide to give this resturant a try don't expect too much.
Joe / March 2, 2012 at 08:13 pm
We've been going to Paul and Sandy's pretty regularly for a few months now. We all have our favorites. I have the chicken and rib combo which is fantastic. That's Paul in the kitchen, and Sandy is often serving. Big portions, super taste, lots of choices: chicken, pork, brisket, ribs. Mmm. Happy to support local mom and pop places, too.
Step / March 6, 2012 at 03:55 pm
Fall off the bone is overdone, it has to come off with some resistance to be perfect. Huskylord is correct! Better brush up on your BBQ, good reason to head south on a "FOODIE ROAD TRIP" and try Carolina, Kansas, and Texas just to name a few.
LK / June 2, 2012 at 11:06 am
This place is a joke. The owners don't give a damn about their customers and they rarely have anything in stock...surprised they're still open. My first experience there was an empty restaurant full of dirty tables that hadn't been cleared yet...i ordered the bbq platter that supposedly lets you try all their specialties but they didn't have any in stock? their apps are all frozen and deep fried not made fresh...TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT. Save yourself the gas money and find a real place that cares about their customers, makes everything fresh and actually has what they advertise. Don't even think about asking them to substitute anything even if its their fault they don't the original item/items you order because they simply don't care if they're out and don't care to make it right with any substitution. Surprised they're still open, Etobicoke needs to demand more of their local businesses.
Kevin A / June 24, 2012 at 07:14 pm
I agree with some of the comments on customer service. They can be slow, tables aren't cleared on a timely basis and they have been known to run out of items early on a Saturday. Don't go in on a Saturday at 7:30 pm and expect to get everything on the menu. That being said, Paul and Sandy are good people and they put out a good product. I have tried almost everything there and it's quality BBQ. Sides are good as well.
Tom / October 24, 2012 at 06:43 pm
Every time I take my daughter to the music school across the road from Paul and Sandys I can't help but to go for a walk across the road and order my personal favorite. The beef brisket on a bun, WOW, it is cooked to perfection and just melts in your mouth. Everything here is amazing. Don't miss out, you should definately try Paul and Sandys.
Bill replying to a comment from huskylord / January 18, 2013 at 11:39 am
A real BBQ enthusiast would know that there is two differant types of BBQ, one falls off the bone and one that doesn't mr know it all hipster
Marek W / April 20, 2013 at 04:05 pm
Not bad BBQ, but not perfect. I compare all BBQ to Mueller's in Austin, Texas and most are quite a bit off the mark from it. Barque on Ronci is a bit better, though I am glad this place exists.
Jason / December 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm
How the heck does a BBQ place, on a cold Saturday night, run out of ribs???????? So frustrating. No ribs, no cornbread, no baked beans, no brisket.

(I know, I know--"first world problems!")

And yes, the customer service left a bit to be desired. If you are a local, and come here regularly, you get better service--or so it seemed.

On the plus side, the portions/price were good. The meats I could get (pulled pork, chicken leg and meat loaf) were all excellent. The coleslaw was some of the best I've ever had and the pickles were good too.

The fries and bread were just OK.

They stock an interesting root beer that I have never seen before as well as a birch beer--this was a nice touch. No real iced tea of course and certainly no sweet tea.

If I lived nearby I'd likely return, albeit much earlier to try the beans, ribs, cornbread and brisket.
Sugar / April 20, 2014 at 06:05 pm
I have gone to Paul and Sandy's twice and both times I've been disappointed. I ordered the ribs the first time and they were tough as nails. The bbq sauce was tasty but couldn't hide the fact that the ribs were dry and tough. The second time I went, I ordered the brisket, I was left feeling 'meh'. The cornbread was tasty and the pickle was juicy but I don't think I'll be going back.
American in Toronto / July 16, 2014 at 08:02 pm
This American with southern roots is cracking up reading these comments... gotta love Canadians arguing about what real barbeque is. ;)
Rebecca / September 26, 2014 at 12:16 am
Paul and Sandy's is absolutely unreal. Amazing customer service from the real Sandy as she is always serving and the rest of the waitstaff is very polite. To others commenting about them sometimes running low on things, I don't think you understand how time intensive real bbq can be...some things can take more than 24 hours to prepare after being dry rubbed, marinated, and smoked. You know the food you are getting at Paul and Sandy's is fresh and authentic every time. Love supporting this local family run business and I will be coming back very frequently.
Jamie / January 15, 2015 at 03:26 pm
Closed their doors at the end of November 2014.

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