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Sandoozles Smokehouse & Pub

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Listed on November 24, 2013 / review policy

SandoozlesSandoozles Smokehouse & Pub opened this week on Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton. Owners and first time restaurateurs Josh Molot and Timon Beck both originally hail from Ottawa and named the joint in reference to an Aziz Ansari joke from Parks and Recreation.

Thankfully the joke doesn't continue inside; the decor takes cues from backyard barbecues rather than the sitcom. Rustic wood panels feature on one wall, while the bar features patio-like limestone. There are plans to hang vintage scenes of the neighbourhood on the currently bare orange walls.

SandoozlesThe menu consist of apps, soups, salads and, of course, sandoozles (sandwiches). There are also "tray trays" (platters). Initially the gimmick evoked a laugh, but after seeing the concept rolled out in print, it only elicits an eye roll.

Sandwiches like the eight-hour smoked, sweet vinegar-sauced Carolina Pulled Pork ($7) are served a la carte. A side of handcut fries, soup or salad is an extra $5.

SandoozlesThe Montreal Smoked Meat Sandoozle ($7) comes stacked between rye with thinly sliced Black Angus beef brisket, which the menu boasts is the product of 288 hours of dry curing, soaking, smoking and steaming. Is it as good as the iconic sandwiches of Montreal delis? I won't make that argument, but it's satisfying enough and fills a niche in the immediate neighbourhood.

SandoozlesThe Texas Smoked 1855 Brisket ($7) on a kaiser won't satisfy a purist's love for southern style brisket as there is neither the blackened bark nor pink ring that is trademark to this serious regional style. For me, the thick-cut beef slathered in bourbon BBQ sauce is tangy enough, but the meat reminds me most of a Jewish roast beef.

SandoozlesOn tap there is PBR ($5.50), Flying Monkey ($6.50) and Blanche de Chambly ($7.50) available by the pint. A decent selection of whisky, bourbon and tequila stocks the bar all of which is available for $3.75 a shot. The cocktail list has yet to be unveiled.

BBQ aficionados and deli die-hards will likely have some criticism, but for those looking for a place to watch sports, drink beer and dine on affordable grub will easily find themselves at home. Currently Sandoozles is open daily for lunch at 11am until late. Take-out orders are welcome.

SandoozlesPhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

28 Comments

poh / November 24, 2013 at 06:37 am
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Aziz Ansari is also a native of South Carolina and a pretty adventurous foodie in his own right, so there's a little more to the "sandoozle" reference.
h / November 24, 2013 at 10:58 am
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Ansari isn't funny.
harry / November 24, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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he's hillarious
harry / November 24, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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Also, side of fries or salad seems ridiculous at $5, however, the sandwiches look pretty delish.
Aaron / November 24, 2013 at 03:52 pm
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FIVE BUCKS for a side of fries, the portion size of one potato???

BTW, the letter Z is pronounced "ZED" not "zee"... redo the video.

Pass.

Aaron / November 24, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Somebody didn't like my negative reaction about the FIVE DOLLARS side of fries.

Pass again.
Kate / November 24, 2013 at 07:35 pm
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I too kinda jumped at the $5.00/side. Little high (try about $2.00 high). May try a sandwich when I'm over that way, but I do hope they read their reviews and rethink their pricing a bit.
Water into beer / November 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm
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Another Toronto b.b.q. miss. Keep looking for the real McCoy, but having tasted their wares am totally disappointed. Buster Rhinos is the only outfit that comes close to the real deep-pit.
Luckily I grew up in the south and know how to handle smoke. What this city lacks is a good deep-pit joint, a real Coney Dog and a spud-nut. Someone puts that trio together and it's off to the races.
v79 / November 25, 2013 at 12:43 am
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$5 for fries is steep even à la carte (as someone mentioned, it's at most a single potato, so cost is equal to about 20 cents, including oil and labour, if that). As a side, $5 is nothing short of robbery. I wouldn't even consider going here until it's dropped to $2-3, which is too bad, 'cause the prices for the sandwiches seem decent.
Owner / November 25, 2013 at 03:05 am
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Thanks for the feedback everyone! We are watching the reviews carefully and we will change the pricing of our sides in the coming weeks as we change our menu for the grand opening. We've also heard people would rather pay more for larger sandwiches so that is something we are going to accomodate as well. Hope to see you soon.

Josh
Oakville Connoisseur / November 25, 2013 at 10:50 am
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Delish. The difference between a 5$ side and a 2$ is a little thing called taste. I've paid 5x more for garbage bland food, so complaining about 5$ for food you can brag about is welllllllll worth it. The smoked meat is unreal.
Janet H / November 26, 2013 at 01:16 am
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Sandoozles, welcome to the area & congratulations on your new opening. I live a block away & am looking forward to my first sit-down meal at your restaurant & meeting the staff.
Don / November 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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Aziz pays $5 for a side of fries all the time. That;s the joke, now you have to too!
liveinthearea / November 26, 2013 at 04:58 pm
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I live in the area gonna check it out soon. Hope you guys do well, check in on critiques online and try to accommodate them. I very much would like your place to be a hit. Sick of the 'cool' neighbourhoods having all the successful restaurants.
Bbqguy / November 26, 2013 at 05:37 pm
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Author says theres no bark but whats that black crust in the photo??? Burnt food for a photo op or review done by an amatuer?
Bob / November 27, 2013 at 02:43 pm
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$5 for a side of fries is too much. I live in the area and that is just offensive. I was going to go give it a try but that is way out of line.
mc / December 10, 2013 at 09:23 pm
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Was just there tonight to give a local joint a chance. My fiance and I were extremely disappointed. I had the Montreal smoked meat sandoozle and my fiance had the beef brisket. Both were no where near what these sandwiches should be. Mine, full of fat and meat was scarce and the brisket, it was tough, so it was difficult to take a bite and pull your mouth away b/c your teeth would be stuck in the meat. At least they comp'd my fatty meat sandwich. For a soft opening, not a good start. Lots of changes needed if you want a successful grand opening.
mc / December 10, 2013 at 09:28 pm
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All I can say is, we got "Sandoozled"
Roberto / January 3, 2014 at 02:21 pm
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I went there and had the Sample Platter, I have to say it was VERY delish , the Chicken, Brisket and Pulled Pork. The only improvement would me to offer a Home made BBQ sauce at the table.
I will deffinitely odrer takeout.
Matt / January 5, 2014 at 10:42 am
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Just awful. Surprised they are still in business.
John / January 10, 2014 at 09:23 pm
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This place it on my list to check out. It's walking distance so nice and convenient. The menu looks good, but I'd love to see some ribs on there!

Also, the place needs a better sign out front. It's currently just a banner that you can't really see when it's dark.
v79 / March 15, 2014 at 02:16 am
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Tried em out just before Christmas. Had the pulled pork and poutine. Everything was simply very average. Not bad, but definitely not worth going out of your way for. Quite frankly, the pulled pork at Subway is tastier, and cheaper. The poutine gravy had a very thick, homemade quality to it. Perhaps a bit too much flour in the roux, but still edible.
Sherwood Lichmoor / March 30, 2014 at 11:59 am
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We dined there last night and all was great. I loved that the onions and green peppers on my nachos had an intense smokey flavour. Possibly my favourite nachos ever. We split the sampler platter and upgraded the fries (included) to poutine. Add a couple of beers and that's a perfect smokehouse meal.
lisa / April 27, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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Simple place... good food. The table was dirty but the service was very good.
peter / May 15, 2014 at 11:54 am
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This food was very disappointing I ordered a half pound of the brisket and a half pound of the smoked meat and an order of fries.I couldn't eat the fries nor the smoked meat as they were so salty and as for the brisket they drowned it in barbeque sauce without even asking me so overall it was horrible i would never ever recommend this place to anyone.
JM / May 21, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Live in the area so decided to check this place out with a friend about a month ago. Since BBQ joints are a top choice for eating out, I was pretty excited it opened up. Overall, we were both very disappointed with the food. The restaurant was empty so the only positive about the visit was service was decent. We ordered the Brisket and Pulled Pork with the poutine as the side. Both portions were incredibly small and the brisket tasted like ketchup. Might give it another chance but based on the reviews on here it looks like most have had the same experience. It's too bad. Had so much potential.
Daniel / June 10, 2014 at 11:44 am
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This place was one of the worst experiences I have had. The service was poor, the owner was hanging out in sweat pants at the bar talking to his "friends" who were supposed to be working. The food was not bbq, the beer was warm, as they don't even have proper keg fridges, and the menu is overpriced. They are now closed, and I am excited for whatever comes next. I figured they wouldn't last long.
CraftLover replying to a comment from Water into beer / June 14, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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Busta Rhinos is good if you like pre-done and boiled BBQ.

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