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The Rebel House

Posted by Melissa Yu / Reviewed on December 31, 2009 / review policy

The Rebel House TorontoThe Rebel House has been doing its thing for over 17 years now. Co-owner, Bruce Roberts, has seen locals come and go, shops open and close, and the neighbourhood grow since he opened up shop with partner David Logan in 1993, but still the Rebel remains strong.

Back then, the Rebel House was one of the only joints of its kind in the area, and Roberts fondly recalls the two hour-long lineups that went out the door onto Yonge Street. Today there is more competition, but this also translates into more diners checking out the area as a whole.

On my first visit for lunch, the restaurant is busy and the extensive menu offers up bistro-fare as well as an array of classic pub standbys, like meatloaf and mac and cheese. There's also a modest vegetarian selection. Daily specials -- featuring a soup, salad, mussel plate, daily bread (an appetizer with toppings baked upon toasted sesame flat bread), main entrée, pasta and dessert -- appear on a separate menu.

I order the daily soup: potato, bacon chowder ($5.75), and the spinach salad with julienned green apple, slivered almonds, and cheddar cheese dressed in a creamy maple dressing ($5.20). The side portion I opt for is plenty, and spills off the plate with the addition of flavourful and smoky blackened chicken ($4.50).

My date goes for the risotto appetizer ($7.25), which is equally generous. The barley is simmered in tomato and white wine with mushrooms and grilled vegetables and is marvellous. The earthy flavour of the mushrooms compliments the creamy grain and the sharpness of the Parmesan that is sprinkled on top, while the subtle tomato compliments the red peppers.

The Rebel House RosedaleOn another visit to the Rebel for weekend brunch, I chat with Bruce and ask him what advice he can offer to up-and-coming restaurateurs. It's pretty frank: "Get ready to work a lot. The more time you can put in at your establishment, the more it will stick to your idea of the type of place you want it to be. There were days in the early years here when we thought we might throw in the towel, but if you can ride out the tough times and continue to put out a quality product, customers will appreciate it." He also mentions how important it is that customers see their owners actively engaged in the business, and says on any given night, he can recognize a lot of the faces in the dining room.

Over the Comics section of the Saturday Star and a cup of tea, I enjoy a side of bacon and the "Franglaise Toast," made from thick slices of French loaf, dipped in a thick egg batter and served with a fruit compote and crème anglaise ($8.75). The portion is again generous, and the batter is delicious and sweet.

The Rebel House French ToastWhen I ask Bruce about longevity and the dominating food trend focused on sourcing local, he notes that the success of the Rebel isn't about trying to follow trends. He has always been committed to serving a quality product, and good food is made from fresh ingredients that feature the best of what the surrounding area (Ontario) has to offer.

Their extensive beer menu includes draught and bottled beer mostly from local micro-breweries and they only serve VQA Ontario wines. Bruce says there is nothing trendy about that, it just what makes sense, and it's what they've always done.

Rebel House BreakfastAs I linger over the end of my tea and chuckle at Dilbert and the gang, I catch a shot of the eggs Benedict, served with peameal bacon and a salad, and make a mental note to order that next time. I leave with the prospect of more great meals to come, and with a pining for warmer days when I can enjoy a pint on the Rebel's excellent backyard patio.

The Rebel House

The Rebel House

Discussion

46 Comments

Keidi K / December 5, 2008 at 11:44 am
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This is my absolute favorite place to go out for a beer and wings, due to the fact that their wings aree amazinggg... not a lot of popular beers on the tap but there are a few alternate options. The parachute patio during the summer is just a brilliant idea, the inside decor is also nice.
hater / September 15, 2009 at 04:17 pm
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good food, good beer, nice environment BUT crappy service with an attitude.
Elizabeth / January 1, 2010 at 01:56 pm
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While the place can be a little annoying (or rather, the patrons), the food is great, and the back patio is so nice in the summmer/fall. I LOVE that spinach salad with cheddar and almonds, and the mac and cheese is fantastic. And the meatloaf! It is solid food. Great review!
Richard / January 1, 2010 at 02:13 pm
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Been going for years...I live Bloor/Bathurst and make the treck over....
always consistant great beer list and food is always good ( great Brunch)...
Rico replying to a comment from Elizabeth / January 1, 2010 at 04:35 pm
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Yes, the good patrons were replaced by arrogant tennis losers, but the previous regulars don't miss it because of those goofs alone. Toronto has too many posers. But the Rebel has a solid kitchen, some of the top experience in Toronto, and a tried and true approach to a great menu. At times very much fun, but again, often lost because of the idiotic poser patrons.
Moreover / January 2, 2010 at 12:21 am
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I lived in Rosedale for a couple of years and had high hopes for this place as my local. I never found it a hang out for poseurs, whatever that means, but did find the food less than inspiring. A much better value can be found up the street at Abbot on the Hill (now Monk's Table). Rebel House does have a nice ambiance and a good selection of beers.
Rico replying to a comment from Moreover / January 2, 2010 at 03:31 am
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Abbot is of Rebel past staff. Rebel is a homely place. Was fantastic until the jerkoffs from otherplace.on.ca (and wads from other provinces) had to turn it into their remedial runway. Anyway it's old skool where they serve good food for a decent price in an atmosphere where you shouldn't have to behave like you're a noob in the Big City. Unfortunately some dorkos caught wind that it had some influential people in the joint, and it was infiltrated with insecure wackjobs. Abbot is a bit snotty as it doesn't serve domestic. My guess, adopting to the local "fruit". More like "fruit-jobs".
Steph replying to a comment from hater / January 11, 2010 at 03:08 pm
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I'll second that "crappy service with an attitude". A few years back (I vowed after this last experience to never ever go back) my boyfriend and I went eagerly for brunch one Sunday morning. When I asked if they made lattés the server could not have looked more disgusted and said bluntly stated "this is a PUB!" All I wanted to do was yell in her face: "ya, a "pub" in ROSEDALE you moron!" But instead we just got up and left. And now I'm spreading that servers good cheer.
Not Steph replying to a comment from Steph / January 11, 2010 at 03:35 pm
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Comments like these are ridiculous. How can you condemn an entire place because of the attitude of one waiter on one day? I can only hope you're not this judgmental in the rest of your life.

Maybe that waiter had a fight with her boyfriend or the last table treated her poorly or the kitchen screwed up an order. You never know. Besides, she was at least partially right, who ever heard of ordering a latte in a pub? In fact, I dare you to find a pub in Rosedale that does serve lattes.

Give people the benefit of the doubt and it will be infectious. I've been to Rebel House many times and have never had a bad waiter or poseur experience. Rebel House was voted one of the best locals in Toronto a couple of years back. It's not a bad place by any means. I would recommend it (and recommend that Steph get an attitude adjustment).
Rico replying to a comment from Steph / January 11, 2010 at 07:55 pm
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WTF. Because you are in Rosedale you think everybody shits gold? You honestly label people and restaurants because of the neighbourhood they are in? Where the hell are you from? Go back there, farmer. I have news for you: even people with money don't live around their money 24/7. Some people just like to have a pint and a decent meal for a decent price amongst decent people. If you think the reason to earn money is to be some kind of snot 24/7, then you obviously have never had any! It's this kind of crap that makes Toronto a shit hole: people who get their education from television. 1066 Yonge Street has seen more restaurants than you've seen TTC tokens, simply because everybody rolls in with this attitude that "oh the neighbourhood can afford it and they obviously go out for $120 dinners 4 times a week, so they obviously will be spending their money here". Bad marketing has cost a lot of restaurant owners a lot of money.
Theo Madness replying to a comment from Steph / January 11, 2010 at 08:01 pm
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Go to Cafe Doria, you coxcomb. And look up the definition of a pub on your iPhone, while you're there.
takui / January 14, 2010 at 06:47 pm
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Always feel like home when dining at the Rebel - well, I have been going to the Rebel for many years and like Rico said, Abbott is Rebel's past staff. While I do not object the Abbott (or now the Monk's table), as I do know most staff at both pubs / restaurants, but I find the Rebel is more down-to-earth, labour of love kind of cooking. Never disappoints, staff are friendly, though I have known them for years.
BitterPaul / September 28, 2008 at 06:18 am
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The Rebel House is great! One of the best local spots in the city to wind down, have a beer and enjoy some good grub. Don't count out the Monk's table though, it equals the Rebel House in food, service and atmosphere. But if you're trying to catch the game (which is sometimes crucial), Monk's would be the better call. These pubs also walking distance from each other so I suggest a little pub crawl if you're up for a saucy evening (don't forget about Paully's or Wylie's in between). Why is everyone worrying about other people in the bar? Relax and enjoy yourself...don't get distracted by other so-called local "fruit jobs" like me.
heyhey / January 18, 2011 at 12:01 am
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I don't go there because they treat people like shit from the moment they walk in. They'd be jerk regardless of location. It's a shame, the patio is nice.
ginaTO / January 19, 2011 at 06:22 pm
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I haven't been to the Rebel in a few months, so I hope it's not true that it's overrun with poseurs! Really good food, really good beer, although the last 2-3 times we went, we did feel some attitude, and if you "only" come for a beer, and not for dinner, they make you stay at their super-small downstairs bar, even if there's not enough space for you, even if the upstairs dining room is pretty much empty. Don't like that, which is why I go more often to the Monk's Table.
Response to RICO: the Monk's is not snotty by serving imports only, they are actually respecting the Rebel by not serving local beers (which is the Rebel's niche). Make sure you not what you're talking about before making such comments.
ginaTO replying to a comment from Rico / January 19, 2011 at 06:23 pm
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the Monk's is not snotty by serving imports only, they are actually respecting the Rebel by not serving local beers (which is the Rebel's niche). Make sure you not what you're talking about before making such comments.
Rico replying to a comment from ginaTO / January 19, 2011 at 06:25 pm
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I'm a brewer. In Ontario. Make sure you know things about people before you call them out. I have forgotten more about this than you will ever know.

Also, learn a little bit about business. Monk's Table doesn't owe The Rebel House anything. Anybody can pour domestic microbrews. You don't "respect" your competition, you compete with them.
ginaTO replying to a comment from Rico / January 19, 2011 at 06:28 pm
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That was told to me by the Monk's owner itself. Didn't make it up. Happy now?
Rico replying to a comment from ginaTO / January 19, 2011 at 06:35 pm
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Then he's a fool.
Beer Monkey / February 3, 2011 at 04:10 pm
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Well Rico you would'nt be the 1st to say so and I am sure you wont be the last. But I am a respectful fool. If however you would like to explain the character flaw in relation to my business practice your more then welcome to come by the Monk and have a friendly pint with me to expolain it.
Beer Monkey / February 3, 2011 at 04:21 pm
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I'd sooner be a respectful fool then a then a fellow industry individual who would hide behind the anonymity of the internet.
Many microbrewers are patrons of mine and understand why I choose an all European draft list. I would love to sit over Domestic/Euro pint and have you explain the foolishness of my business policies.

Adam Grant
adam-onthehill@hotmail.com
Rico replying to a comment from Beer Monkey / February 3, 2011 at 07:45 pm
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You have Ontario brewers come by to do talks and you don't know why you should be serving their products? Cmon. Your choice to serve imports is just that. It's not like your neighbourhood is flooded with domestics. Not much to explain, really.
Adam Grant / February 4, 2011 at 05:19 pm
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Your right Rico it is my choice and it’s for reasons outlined above.
As far as the neighborhood not being flooded with domestics you should do your homework. Every one of my neighbors has micros on tap. Were just trying to be different, which has succeeded.

But Rico you’re still hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. Which makes me wonder?

The Beer Scene is certainly growing in Toronto but it is still small..... small and harmonious.
I sincerely doubt a microbrewer would launch a personal attack on a publican by calling him a fool. Things always change and you never know when someone’s business policies will change and allow new products in their restaurant.

With that being said I've given my contact info and presented myself with out any anonymity if you are who you say you are then why don't you do the same?

Simon / February 4, 2011 at 07:26 pm
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Rico, Mate

You have no idea. We and all the other regulars that pack the monks table are pleased Adam has a differentiated strategy and that we can go to the rebel house for other beer.

Plus it's he nearest pub after the the q and b to a true Aussie or UK pub
Rico replying to a comment from Adam Grant / February 5, 2011 at 12:26 am
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I was doing my homework well before you were there, and in that neighbourhood. What's up with the anonymity thing? The Internet has a lot of that. Maybe you should do your homework. It's not hiding, it's just what it is. I don't reveal who I am because I don't want to nor have to.

I think the strategy of only serving foreign products highly foolish. You don't like domestic products? You probably think they can't compete. Well, you're wrong. As for diverse products, North America is offering the largest change the brewing industry has ever seen. Ontario's micro scene is quite vibrant.

And with respect to your location, there's nobody relatively near you. But I'll give you some feedback:

- Rebel House is probably the most diverse product outlet near you. Ontario micros. But they are far down the street.
- Quail is cookie cutter, so they're predictably serving English beers not served in England, they are so bad. Essentially a Guinness joint.
- Yammy The Cat was huge interesting, but gone. Only had Creemore on tap anyway.
- Wylie's I don't think qualifies as a pub. It's more of a road house. Dos Equiis is what I had there last.
- Paulie's serves standard products for an Ontario location. Guinness is my choice there.

Up the road:

- Jester on Yonge has too many beers to keep fresh. Lots of selection, but nothing spectacular.
- Scallywags has predictable choices as well.

My point is that you can still be quite unique by using domestic microbrews. I'm not saying completely shift to foreign products, but to also adopt some items from Ontario. If I've missed anybody that has a good range of Ontario microbrews by you, then let me know. The products you get are obviously available through the LCBO's approved menu, so it's not like you are exclusive to these products.

Simon: I know one of the regulars there. Queen & Beaver a true UK pub? Wow. Where in UK? That thing is huge. While you like what the MT has done, I'm sure a rolling domestic micro tap would even spice things up more. If you have any doubt of that, head on down to Volo during a cask event.
Adam Grant / February 5, 2011 at 05:53 pm
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Well Rico I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.

I don't understand how you think something is foolish when it helps to fill the Monks almost every night.

Respect is important in everything and I'am sorry you don't want to sit down over a pint.

I have to say that I've made no attacks on your intellect or your personality. While you have mine. You assume I " don't like domestic products? You probably think they can't compete". We all know what they say about assuming.

I've stated why we dont carry them, and as you pointed out we are a bit out of the way so why not do something unique to help make us a destination spot. To the best of my knowledge we are the only Pub in Toronto thats entirly European.

I drink micros all the time and my next venture would probably be mostly micros. Ive donated the food on several occasions to several large beer awards that celebrated primarily micro. I donated the products/Dinner for the prepress launch for the 1st Toronto Beer week.

I respect Micro brewers since the do all their own marketing, packaging, sales, and delivery etc. All while they have to compete with a goverment mandated monopoly called the beer store.

I hope your micro brewery is well and that your unique way of dealing with publicans continues to work for you. I'll probably see you at Volo ( a beer mecca by the way)as I usualy attend their Cask Days. and if you can lower your self to having a Fullers Lancer, Porter, or ESB on Cask they are all here for the superbowl. 1st pints on me. sir.
Rico replying to a comment from Adam Grant / February 5, 2011 at 09:49 pm
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I'm sure you'll get over it. I think it's foolish because you're limiting your options and closing up opportunity where you'll get a much greater opportunity for more diverse products at a greater frequency. Limiting your choices as to what you can serve, is not making you unique. You've confused the two concepts. And you've made two assumptions about me in that last bit there. And you've demonstrated that you didn't listen to a word I said. And you don't have them on cask, as nobody does. I have yet to see a genuine cask of real ale from England over here. But thanks for the offer. Fullers has a special history with me, from what I can remember.
Beer Monkey / February 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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Your more then welcome to come and see them Rico they are on the bar tomorrow morning.

Rico replying to a comment from Rico / February 5, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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I avoid both New Years and Superbowl. And mornings.
tevo / February 6, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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@ Rico

You're a tool and you most certainly do not work in the brewing industry.
Rico replying to a comment from tevo / February 7, 2011 at 08:15 am
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Right. LOL.
Nick W / February 21, 2011 at 03:58 pm
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I wonder where Rico's anger comes from. I'm not in the brewing, beer or pub business except that I happily fork over plenty of money to them, so maybe my comments don't mean as much but I'll say them anyway. My go to beers are virtually all Ontario micro brews. I eagerly anticipate the LCBO seasonal releases for new beers, and visit the breweries when I can. I'm even writing this after a pint of Beau's Treadwater at Rebel House on Family Day. First and foremost, Ontario beers are tops.

Having said that, I do quite enjoy The Monk's Table when I want something different. Sometimes it's alright to want something different, Rico... like being a steak and potatoes guy at home and enjoying spicy Indian once a month, or being a camper but opting for a cruise every few years. It's a destination because they serve European beers that don't fall into the typical Stella-Heineken-Guinness-Carlsberg group of imports at the VAST majority of bars. They fill a niche in that respect... Rico, did you have any Ola Dubh that came into the LCBO a few months ago? Any Norrebro recently? It's fine if you didn't, but you surely wouldn't decry those of us who have eagerly awaited something normally not widely available in Toronto? The folks at The Monks Table aren't so much shunning local microbrews as they are promoting the rest of the world's wonderful beers. The world of beer extends beyond the Ontario borders, as much as I love whats happening in Ontario.
Rico replying to a comment from Nick W / February 21, 2011 at 05:42 pm
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I don't know where Nick's ignorance comes from, but I'll take a stab. He didn't read what I put.

Your argument is that the world of beer extends past Ontario. You say you want something different. I don't see you mentioning any other establishment, yet you insist on going to this place. I try things from all over, and mix in Ontario as well, without even knowing it. But thanks for the guidance on "trying something different". I guess Ontario micros aren't included in that. And yes, I did have some Ola Dubh that came to Toronto. But I didn't have to run to your little foreign-only location to do that. Maybe you should stretch out and see other parts of Toronto. You might be surprised what's at other locations.

I'll return to what I said, as you seem to be a bit simple on this concept: There's no real strategy in choosing imported beer only.

Did you actually think that post added anything new? Your point was "there is a world outside Ontario"? Well thanks for that. Maybe my "anger" comes from reading posts like this.
Nick W / February 21, 2011 at 08:46 pm
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"He didn't read what I put."

I did, actually. You just don't agree with Adam Grant and I do.

"You say you want something different. I don't see you mentioning any other establishment, yet you insist on going to this place."

I've been here a few times. It's not near where I live, so it's not on my regular route but if I want a *collection* of relatively fresh, relatively interesting European beers, I'll go here. It also helps a lot that their menu is great.

"I try things from all over, and mix in Ontario as well, without even knowing it. But thanks for the guidance on "trying something different". I guess Ontario micros aren't included in that."

I don't make it a conscious effort either. Most places I frequent MUCH more often than The Monk's Table -- Rebel House, Magpie, House on Harbord, The Local, Ronnie's, Victory, Volo, C'est What -- all prominently feature local beers. If I had to choose one or the other, I WILL choose local. But I don't have to make that eternal choice, so I fully support The Monk's Table's business model and market niche. They don't seem to be hurting, and I'd venture a guess to say that most patrons there also enjoy quality Ontario micros as well.

"And yes, I did have some Ola Dubh that came to Toronto. But I didn't have to run to your little foreign-only location to do that."

Of course, as a brewer I fully expect you to be worldly in your beer experiences. I didn't have any at The Monk's Table either. But they were available there, and not at most places that also had a good selection of local beer.

"Maybe you should stretch out and see other parts of Toronto. You might be surprised what's at other locations."

Thanks. I was recently at Beer Bistro and Bier Markt and this is a good reminder to be sure to hit up The Rhino and Smokeless Joe soon for my regular visits.

"I'll return to what I said, as you seem to be a bit simple on this concept: There's no real strategy in choosing imported beer only."

It's a conscious effort on their part to choose the imports they have chosen and not the Stellas and Guinnesses that most bars mark as "imported" and charge a buck surcharge on. Where else in the area can you find what they have on tap? Just because they didn't pick your beer, or any Ontario beer, doesn't mean that they're missing something. And before you say anything, I'd also say the same thing about Rebel House - they're not "missing anything" by serving only locals. They've picked a model (like Rebel House down the street has) and have stuck with it. Both are doing fine.

"Did you actually think that post added anything new? Your point was "there is a world outside Ontario"? Well thanks for that. Maybe my "anger" comes from reading posts like this."

What ARE you angry about? That someone has decided to eschew Ontario micros in favour of European stuff not found on 95% of taps in Toronto? That people support that? As I said, I'm about as ardent an Ontario microbrewery supporter as they come, and go out of my way much more than most beer drinkers to find a place that has Beau's, or Muskoka, or Black Oak, or County Durham, or Grand River, yet I'm being lashed out against because I also like other stuff and am not criticizing someone for not stocking it. How many local beers would've made you happy at The Monk's Table? 3? 5? 50%? I don't understand the anger. I'm trying to be conciliatory. I've probably had one of your own beers recently and liked it enough to order it again, but I like that we live somewhere where I can also have a choice of some of the better Belgian, German and the English beers available in Ontario a short subway ride away too.

Hope you have a good week brewing. Look forward to picking up a 6-pack or a pint of your stuff sometime. Just don't be surprised if you see me walk out with some Leffe or Erdinger at the same time.
Rico replying to a comment from Nick W / February 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm
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No Nick, you didn't. You come in here and say I am angry. I am not angry. I just posted what I thought, and said there is no reason to do what you are doing, and there are reasons why it is limiting. Your interpretation is that I am angry. I am not. I couldn't care less. It's a comment section on a restaurant which is not yours.

Is their menu completely made up of food that's not from Canada or Ontario? No. If that was the case, you'd be asking why. Volo does not prominently serve local beers. You should have another look. You, only choose what's on tap. And for that matter, you're only going to get local real ales, because you can't get real ale from very far. But I'll skip that point and move on.

OK, after reading some more, I'll say the same thing. You haven't read what I put before. If you think I'm arguing for Stella and Guinness, then ... you haven't read what I've put. Try to focus on what's been said. Otherwise you think people are angry, when in fact I'm annoyed at how people just can't read. I say try again.

Oh, and why are you so against Ontario microbrewers? Do you avoid Ontario food as well? What restaurants do you go to that don't have Ontario on the menu?

This thread is going nowhere.
Nick W / February 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm
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"You come in here and say I am angry. I am not angry. I just posted what I thought, and said there is no reason to do what you are doing, and there are reasons why it is limiting. Your interpretation is that I am angry. I am not. I couldn't care less. It's a comment section on a restaurant which is not yours."

You come off as being very angry, first at the patrons of the Rebel House, later at The Monk's Table for not serving local. If you're not angry, I apologize, but implore you to express your views in a less confrontational way.

"Is their menu completely made up of food that's not from Canada or Ontario? No. If that was the case, you'd be asking why."

I see food and beer as slightly different. With a tomato picked in Ontario vs one picked in California, the Ontario one ALWAYS will win. That's not always the case with beer. Perhaps this is where we differ.

"Volo does not prominently serve local beers. You should have another look. You, only choose what's on tap."

I didn't say they PREDOMINANTLY have local beer at Volo, I said they feature them prominently. The last time I was there I had some delicious Great DIvide Titan IPA from Colorado in the bottle, thanks.

"And for that matter, you're only going to get local real ales, because you can't get real ale from very far. But I'll skip that point and move on."

Skip it, because we weren't talking just about real ale. Adam talked about it earlier, and you ignored his request to check out their casked Fullers. I haven't mentioned casked ale once.

"You haven't read what I put before. If you think I'm arguing for Stella and Guinness, then ... you haven't read what I've put. Try to focus on what's been said. Otherwise you think people are angry, when in fact I'm annoyed at how people just can't read. I say try again."

I NEVER ONCE SAID THAT YOU ARGUED FOR STELLA OR GUINNESS.

Your argument in a nutshell: The Monk's Table is limiting itself needlessly by only serving imported beer when a vast selection of Ontario microbreweries exist.

My response: The Monk's Table can't be everything to everyone so they have decided to focus on quality imported beers (i.e. NOT Stella or Guinness) that most bars don't have on tap, especially at the volume The Monk's Table has.

"Oh, and why are you so against Ontario microbrewers? Do you avoid Ontario food as well? What restaurants do you go to that don't have Ontario on the menu?"

Did you not read the parts where I said I frequent bars that serve local beer much more frequently? Or that I actively seek out local beer MOST OF THE TIME? Some quotes from what I've written: "I'm about as ardent an Ontario microbrewery supporter as they come, and go out of my way much more than most beer drinkers to find a place that has Beau's, or Muskoka, or Black Oak, or County Durham, or Grand River"… "Most places I frequent MUCH more often than The Monk's Table -- Rebel House, Magpie, House on Harbord, The Local, Ronnie's, Victory, Volo, C'est What -- all prominently feature local beers". Where do you get that I have something against Ontario microbreweries? Huh?

I actively support Ontario's craft microbreweries. I drink them probably 80% of the time. But sometimes I want a change of drink and a change of scenery and The Monk's Table offers that consistently and reliably.

Perhaps you've got the comprehension problem.
Rico replying to a comment from Nick W / February 22, 2011 at 03:28 am
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And you come off as being exceptionally stupid. But that's just the nature of a comments section, right? I honestly don't care how I come off. If you have a problem dealing with it, then get some professional help. Somehow, my direct nature makes you think that people are angry. No, maybe it's your inability to deal with other people's opinion. Again, seek professional help. Outside of that, I implore you to read more so that you know what direct people write about. Oh, and my suggestion is that you not spend much time out of fiction, as you'll be insulted by the direct nature of ... factual representation. That includes a small section called "Science". Honestly, if you are that disturbed by people's posts, what are you doing reading them?

So you truly believe Ontario brewers are less than others. This is where I can truly challenge you as a ... as an anything, really. You consider yourself a beer drinker? Sounds like you're just a normal consumer that's pushed around by "whatever". You probably like tits n' ass. You see beer and food as completely different? That statement alone means you know nothing about beer. Move on.

You DID include Volo as being a predominantly local server. Wrong. This is the second time that I call you to re-read this thread, first time it's about your own comments. And you wonder why I find this to be such a bloody ordeal.

"Just about real ale". Oh sorry, let's ignore all the products that are delivered locally for real ale. We're spending time in a thread about unique products, but real ale is closed off because...the pub we're talking about doesn't serve them. They're not on the radar because...we don't know about them." Really. You've got to be kidding me. It's not real because we haven't seen it. Kind of like China doesn't exist because none of you dolts have ever seen it? Real Ale isn't a factor? Some of the most lively product ever invented in Ontario doesn't exist because you haven't seen it? And you say "skip it"? And you wonder why my general nature of this "pub" you guys go to, I say "skip it instead"? Are you blind?

They do not have cask Fullers. Nobody does. You missed that point. No cask comes from the UK to Ontario. I can tell you I know more about casks than you do. Especially since you drink beer in a place that "ONLY SERVES FOREIGN BEER". You probably have no clue what cask ale is.

Any pub in Southern Ontario can be anything it wants by a timely profile of all providers of any beer made available in Ontario. So you are wrong. There are establishments that do exactly that. You know little about business and little about the brewing industry. There is nothing the Monk's Table has that makes it any different than anybody else, and restricting its booze suppliers doesn't make it any more attractive than anybody else.

If you seek out local beer most of the time, why is it that you place some kind of special placement on a limited product place when other places obviously provide a much greater inventory and diversity of products? Answer me that. I've been asking so long now in this thread, and you still don't seem to get it. What is it that a limited place seems to have some kind of an advantage that other places don't? Cmon, where's the answer to that one? Give me yet another demonstration as to how I can shut this down...again.

You support Ontario microbreweries 80% of the time, yet somehow you have to chase another location in order to find foreign product? Bullshit.

Change of scenery is one thing. That place, restricting their product, is 100% crap. I say the same as I've always said, excluding domestic microbreweries is an attitude, and nothing else.

Some notes:

- Nothing said about what's on the rail for mixed drinks. I bet there's something Canadian there.
- Nothing said about the food (is the Garlic imported from Italy?)
- It seems everything on the menu is fine except for non-domestic microbreweries...but this is fine

You obviously miss my point. Like I said before, I find it ironic that this place has domestic brewers come in to lecture the crows that's there, on beer. I guess since they are local brewers, they have no clue?

Honestly, this thread is truly full of ignorance.

Nick, get a remedial business education. You might start to see something this place is missing.
JS / August 22, 2011 at 09:43 pm
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went for brunch on a sunday... great spinach salad, awful everything else. had poached eggs with rubbery mozz and a wimpy, watery omelette.
beer selection great
JS / August 22, 2011 at 09:44 pm
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went for brunch on a sunday... great spinach salad, awful everything else. had poached eggs with rubbery mozz and a wimpy, watery omelette.
beer selection great
Gabe McKay / September 14, 2011 at 02:30 pm
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Rebel House is one of the reasons I chose to live in Rosedale. Simply put, I know that on any given night if I'm feeling peckish but not willing to cook for myself, I can go to Rebel House and get a great meal in an atmosphere more comfortable than my own living room. I've taken several dates here and it's always a hit.
Gabe McKay replying to a comment from Steph / September 14, 2011 at 02:37 pm
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If you want a latte, go to a cafe moron.

It IS a pub. Do you ask for hamburgers at a seafood restaurant?
Danny / June 27, 2012 at 08:26 am
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Went there on Sat. Patio was amazing on a nice day like Saturday. I tried the local beer made by Niagara college. It was pretty refreshing. The wife had Beau's. (great patio beer!)

I didn't realize how big the portions were because I thought the "reasonable pricing" in Rosedale meant smaller portions. I was wrong. Great value and great service. It really did feel comfortable being there. Will Definitely go back since my wife works down the street.

What I realized on the comments was that some folks really love their beer...

From my understanding beer isn't some fancy drink. It's to be enjoyed with the company you're with. It's just a beverage...a really tasty one.

Daphne Saint replying to a comment from Rico / August 11, 2012 at 06:45 pm
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I agree with Nick, you certainly do seem angry - there's nothing wrong with voicing your opinion but to keep on post after post telling the owner of the pub that he's wrong is ridiculous; it's his pub and he can serve what he wants if he's bringing the punters in.
Eddy / October 13, 2012 at 08:23 pm
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I live nearby and this pub is my "go to" place for food, beer or just to go out. It always satisfies, the food is great, beer selection is Toronto's best and it's friendly. The Rebel is a great place to go in Toronto.
Sadie / October 21, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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I just got back from an amazing brunch at Rebel House. Every time I go, I order the "Ol' Mackies Back" mac&cheese casserole and it never fails to disappoint. The portion size is HUGE, you really get bang for your buck here.

Also, every time I go, the service is nothing short of great. I always get the same guy - he's hilarious and makes it to be a quick and enjoyable experience.

Their caesars really pack a punch and the house-made pickled beans that are served with them cannot be overlooked.

Side note: Rico, you are a bitter bitter man. There are bars and restaurants all over Toronto that fill a niche market. That's what business is all about. If everyone served the same Ontario local beers, there would be something missing. Expand your horizons, my dude. This is Toronto - a city full of choice!
Alex / July 12, 2013 at 05:21 pm
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It has a great patio out back, some decent local beer but not a great selection. Food is OK. The manager / owner? is a total dick (the staff are apologetic on his behalf). Don't be surprised if once you have finished your meal and are just kicking back enjoying your drinks that you are moved to the bar in favour of more important customers. This pub doesn't deserve to be on this list, even if the author receives special treatment, there are perhaps dozens of pubs with better beer selection and food.

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