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Smoque N Bones

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on May 7, 2014 / review policy

Smoque N Bones TorontoSmoque N Bones is a BBQ restaurant situated kitty-corner to Trinity Bellwoods in a storefront formerly home to Gino's Pizza. I visit during the madness of opening day; menus are still being printed after doors open, and takeout containers have yet to arrive. That's unfortunate, since the 30-seat room reaches capacity in the first 15 minutes.

Smoque N Bones torontoThe narrow room is decked out with salvaged wood and houses only a handful of tables, while stools are pulled up to a counter that wraps around the open kitchen. A Southern Pride smoker is positioned up front, displaying racks of ribs as they cook in a fog of thick hickory smoke.

Smoque N Bones torontoOwner and first-time restaurateur Alex Rad carves pork ribs ($27.50/full rack, $15.50/half rack) as they come out of the smoker in three-hour intervals. They're served naked straight from the smoker - not even finished on the grill - with barbecue sauce supplied on the side with a brush for DIY application. The plan is to offer four regionally-inspired sauces, though there's just one thick tangy variety perfected in time for their debut.

Smoque N Bones torontoOnce the ribs sell out, the rest of the menu still holds its own, offering smoked selections like beef ribs, pulled pork, brisket, andouille sausage and wings. There are sandwiches too, like the pulled pork ($7.90) smothered with sauce, piled onto a squishy white bun and topped with creamy slaw.

Smoque N Bones torontoSouthern sides are evenly priced at $3.90 each and include all the essentials. There are sweet options like candied yams and baked beans; comfort foods like collard greens, dirty rice, cheesy grits and mac n' cheese; cold salads like coleslaw and potato salad; and fried faves like shoestring potatoes, sweet potato waffle fries and buttermilk onion rings. There is something for everyone ... just not vegetarians.

Smoque N Bones torontoThe bar is stocked with draught beers like Samuel Adams, Amsterdam Blonde, Muskoka Detour, Flying Monkey and Mill St. Tankhouse - pints run $6.50 to $7 and the taps selection will change occasionally. The cocktail list favours smoke-infused bourbon blends like a Traditional Sour ($9) frothed with egg whites, hand-squeezed lemon juice and vanilla. Non-alcoholic drinks like smokehouse lemonade ($4) and sweet tea ($4) are on offer too.

Smoque N Bones torontoSmoque N Bones is currently open seven days a week from 11:30am to midnight, if not later. Brunch is expected to launch on the May long weekend. The restaurant has some kinks to work out, so expect some changes to the menu and prices as the kitchen finds its groove.

Smoque N Bones torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Menu item prices in this post have been updated from the original version.



Impressed / May 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm
It's really nice to see a restaurant in which the staff actually use gloves when handling food.

Anna / May 7, 2014 at 08:29 am
Checked this place with some friends on opening day. I will say that the ribs were tasty but the portion size/price ratio is WAY off. The side were also quite small as well. All in all, I was really disappointed and don't think I will be back.
Smokey / May 7, 2014 at 09:20 am
What's with the BBQ joints in this city charging an arm and a leg for their food? BBQ should be cheap like grits not $32/rack. That's a ridiculous price even if they are good.
lister / May 7, 2014 at 09:40 am
First off, YAY! for good beer on tap! It kills me eating BBQ with no beer or crappy beer.

With regards to the gloves comment above, I suspect it has more to do with dealing with sticky hot food than any sort of cleanliness. Whether there's gloves or not the same cleanliness issues remain. If you think staff, whether out front or in the back that wear gloves change their gloves frequently as they work, you're in for a surprise.

Prices seem high on the ribs but I don't eat them so... Hopefully everything else isn't too far out of whack. Will visit soon for a taste.
Roctop replying to a comment from crazy / May 7, 2014 at 09:44 am
I second that notion. I watched a rib joint in another town go under in three months for serving ribs dry as sawdust at about the same price. Greed pays, eh? LOL.
Khanh / May 7, 2014 at 09:58 am
$32? Either the hipsters in Trinity Bellwoods are ridiculously rich or the owner of this restaurant is smoking some of that Rob Ford crack. Do you even get sides for that amount?
p replying to a comment from Anna / May 7, 2014 at 10:09 am
Owners of Smoque N Bones, I'm sure you're reading these comments as you're a new restaurant, if what Anna is saying is true, fix this now.. for that kind of cash, the rack should be huge and juicy every time. Also, that sandwich looks amazing. And nice job on the beer.
gloves replying to a comment from Impressed / May 7, 2014 at 10:27 am
Here's a funny thing in the restaurant business. People think gloves are really sanitary but they're the exact opposite. I hate using gloves because it slows you down changing them every time and most cooks will end up wearing the same gloves for half hour to hour. Thus causing more cross contamination. As a chef I just wash my hands every time I use a different ingredient or product like were supposed to. If I saw someone wearing gloves it makes me question A) when was the last time they were changed and B) When was the last time this person washed their hands.
also / May 7, 2014 at 10:48 am
Go to AFT.

Far better value for your dollar and far more delicious.

You'll thank me soon enough.
TC / May 7, 2014 at 11:08 am
Go to Paul & Sandy's. You'll pay less & you won't leave hungry.
smartalex / May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am
Regarding the prices on the ribs, just checked the prices at the Stockyards for comparison:
WHOLE RACK - 26.00
HALF RACK - 14.00
While the Stockyards do not charge by weight, my assumption is that a whole rack weighs in at more than one pound.
Jay replying to a comment from crazy / May 7, 2014 at 11:41 am
If you think $32/rack is expensive, try MUD BBQ, you pay $14.50 for 3 pieces! and their sides are $3.50 and taste like MUD, no pun intended. I'd try it before bashing it. Maybe it will be worth the price, or not?
Totally agree / May 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Have to second the AFT vote.

For $33 on weekends you get your choice of any 3 BBQ items (ribs, brisket, sausage, pulled pork or half a chicken) plus any two of coleslaw, potato salad, fries or baked beans.

Its absolutely a ton of food and perfect for 2 people. And super value.
John Davidson / May 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Try Football Factory on the weekends. $7 half rack, $14 full rack and they are very good ribs. Good selection of beers too, and World Cup is coming up soon. I have eaten the ribs here several times and they are a great value. I'm sure the ribs at this place are amazing but $32 +tax +tip means that your meal is over $40 before you order sides and a drink. That's fine dining pricing..
WTF / May 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm
I'm always confused by people who think that meat should be cheap. Pigs are nice animals getting slaughtered by the thousands and treated inhumanely their entire lives just to feed the hipster rib trend. Eff off.
i got your trend right here. replying to a comment from WTF / May 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm
go eat some tofu, dickwad.
North Country Boy / May 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm
$4 for a 2oz ramekin 'side' dish... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA! Coming soon... new taco burger place in your location.
Mayor Dodge replying to a comment from crazy / May 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm
HEY! I saw what you did there, blogger! You changed the price in the blog after WE complained. That could make the posters look foolish when there is no mention of a $32.00 rack in the blog. HMMMM. I still won't go to this place, anyway, when AFT & Football Factory are MUCH more reasonable.
Brian / May 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm
You just priced yourself closed
and i was looking forward to trying this place out
lower the prices or you'll be gone in a few months
Alex replying to a comment from crazy / May 7, 2014 at 01:04 pm
ditto for the $4 bite-sized sides
Liora Ipsum replying to a comment from Mayor Dodge / May 7, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Its true! The restaurant called us and lowered prices after reading the comments here.
We've noted that prices in this article have been revised at the bottom of the post.
TJ / May 7, 2014 at 01:04 pm
I buy a full rack of baby back ribs on sale from the grocery store at about $6-7 (~3 lbs). I was told by my friend who used to work at a chain headquarters that they get their ribs at about $1.50-1.75 a rack (~ 3 lbs; market prices vary). To charge $32 is nuts. And oh, I noticed the price just got changed in the article... hmmm.
Brian / May 7, 2014 at 01:08 pm
i'm still not paying, $27.50 for a rack of ribs
Seymour butts / May 7, 2014 at 01:12 pm
$32 is a deal compared to electric mud selling 3 ribs (literally) for $14.
Anna replying to a comment from Liora Ipsum / May 7, 2014 at 01:26 pm
That's some quick reaction to feedback on here! Good for them, would have been better to work all of these kinks out before opening but I understand that they're new!
Shaun / May 7, 2014 at 01:42 pm
I ate there last night and got the last rack of ribs.. We split the rack between 3 people and could not move after.
but replying to a comment from Anna / May 7, 2014 at 01:48 pm
Price fixing aside, which was only done under much public scrutinization, AFT is better, like others have stated above.
RibLover / May 7, 2014 at 02:06 pm
If you want cheap ribs go to Swiss Chalet!

Why is it that Torontians always seem to find something to complain about? Can't just embrace that another local business has opened their doors in our great city!! Another business person making effort to support the economy, hire staff and make people happy with serving great food.

By the way has anyone not being following the pork shortage? If you're not liking the price of ribs then you're not going to be happy when you find out how much bacon is going to cost you.
So all you little piggies out there settle down or don't eat pork.

Oh and TJ where did you find ribs at that price? NO Frills?

I was at the official opening on Monday and the place was packed. They sold out so obviously the dozen or so complainers here are just that.
Audry / May 7, 2014 at 02:12 pm
Great live atmosphere, ribs cooked to absolute perfection!
Will defiantly be stooping by again, the neighbourhood needed a place just like this.
Mai / May 7, 2014 at 02:26 pm
$27.50 for a full rack sounds great. I'd definitely go there. The food looks good. You guys should come up to Lawerence/Yonge area. People would pay for them.
Rebecca replying to a comment from Audry / May 7, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Agreed!! My girlfriends and I were there last night! What a great atmosphere. The chemistry between the chef and his line was really neat to watch. The ribs…. so juicy and tasty , we couldn’t get enough and then couldn’t move! LOL .. And…. the mac n’ cheese and sweet potato waffles with that spicy dipping sauce…. sooooo good! Top it off with a couple of nice cold beers, that’s my kind of night! We will definitely be back!
RibLover replying to a comment from TJ / May 7, 2014 at 02:40 pm
Where did you find ribs at this price? NO FRILLS?
meh / May 7, 2014 at 03:06 pm
AFT not that great!

doesn't match the quality of Smoque n' Bones
Brian / May 7, 2014 at 03:12 pm
I am so sick of over priced BBQ!
ok, so replying to a comment from Brian / May 7, 2014 at 03:16 pm
Dont buy it, asshat
No Apathy replying to a comment from RibLover / May 7, 2014 at 04:01 pm
27.50 for a full rack is still pigishly pricey. Torontonians work hard for their money and should complain when they feel they are getting fleeced.
There is a reason why the owners dropped their prices so quickly...its a work in progress.
And here I thought ribfest racks were a lot at 25 for a full!
Get to that sweet spot for price and portion size Smoque n Bones before you hit the deal pool!
I will support local as long as you don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Oh and Rib lover, the sign of a successful resto isn't how packed it is on opening day, its a month later when the shinyness has worn off.
Lovey Dave replying to a comment from North Country Boy / May 7, 2014 at 04:07 pm
The Charlatans ref gave it away Davy Love
jackson / May 7, 2014 at 05:24 pm
First off I'm not a vegetarian and I'm cheap but I agree with what people said above about paying a little more for meat since pigs are farmed and killed for you to eat them. I have no idea where this owner is getting their meat but suppose that pig your eating lived an agony free life and wasn't injected with a ton of chemicals that will ultimately make you sick, isn't that worth spending $27? Humans are glutinous, entitled assholes, who think that we have the right to factory farm animals and eat them at a cheap price. Guess what, we don't. And if you can't pay a little more to eat some meat that was treated in a humane way before if was killed and served to you on a plate, then don't eat it.
Sid32 replying to a comment from Impressed / May 7, 2014 at 06:16 pm
Why? Germs and other shit can stick to gloves just as easily as hands.
Golly / May 7, 2014 at 06:44 pm
It makes crave the US of A - where you can get huge piles of BBQ better than I have ever encountered in Toronto for super cheap.

The sting of the price detracts from the enjoyment of the food. And when you stop by outside of the peak - the chance of getting something at its peak is pretty slim.

I remain pro BBQ - good luck with it.
tidily rolly / May 7, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Just want to point out that the farm/butcher they get their meat from is known in St. Lawrence market. Im not going to mention the name, but its def. a high mark-up.

I know this because I randomly saw 2 employees there in the morning and I saw them again when I went to Smoques in the evening. The atmosphere is nice, but I see that they are getting the smaller cuts from the butcher and the rent isnt cheap so hopefully they pull through.

but also.... RIP SnB in 4 months.
Gabe replying to a comment from tidily rolly / May 7, 2014 at 10:26 pm
Clearly they need to find another meat supplier then, they're paying consumer prices at St.Lawrence Market then marketing them up again? That's a bad business model.

The Ribs do look good and I'm sure prepared with care, but I won't be trying them and paying that much for them. ALSO if I am to pay $27.50 I'm probably going to go to a slightly more upscale restaurant than an old Gino's Pizza sandwiched between a pet store and the 7Eleven.

Lower the prices and I'm there, Lower the prices and maybe you could even do take out and/or delivery.

30 seats only and the ribs sold out, doesn't sound like a very good business model.
Elizabeth replying to a comment from Impressed / May 8, 2014 at 04:34 am
Ha! They are not wearing the gloves for your benefit!
The food they are cutting is too hot to handle!
Crocop / May 8, 2014 at 08:49 am
I'm tired of the infiltration of overpriced micro sized hipster restaurants in this city! Don't support these establishments!
Michael. / May 8, 2014 at 10:23 am
so many sour people!
if you don't like it shut it, so many unhappy people in the world!
Stay positive its a small business trying to make there dreams, why shit on there parade?
do you want to get shat on?
what are you doing besides complaining... nothing to do?

..well I was there last week and it was great, there food is amazing, great connection between the chef and his team, great atmosphere. Great job Smoque N Bones!

if you cant afford it go yo Swiss Chalet, and enjoy that.
Pros and cons replying to a comment from Sid32 / May 8, 2014 at 11:04 am
Whatever the real reasons are for using the gloves (sticky saucy food, hot temperatures), I have to agree with "Impressed" about the fact that it's just nice to see gloves being used.

Sure, that's true, germs and whatever can build up on the gloves while they are being used, and they probably don't change their gloves very often. I'll still take make chances with the gloves over food-workers bare hands.

Why? Because they are probably not wearing the gloves in the loo while they're wiping themselves. I can't count the number of times I have been to restaurants and have seen kitchen staff come out of a bathroom stall and not wash their hands at all, or just sprinkle some token cold water on their hands with no soap, then just walk straight back into the kitchen.

Daryl / May 8, 2014 at 11:26 am
Holy negativity....If you want cheap, frozen, processed food, there's a McDonalds at Queen and Spadina..... Enjoy!
Ariel / May 8, 2014 at 11:39 am
When did quality food become an issue? Coming from a world focused on 'organic', now people are bitching and complaining about quality meat and food at a restaurant?
Like Daryl said.. Enjoy your McDicks :-)
ribs / May 8, 2014 at 11:45 am
ribs are expensive. Barque Smokehouse charges $30/rack and they have the most amazing ribs and they are always packed when I go. You pay for what you get. If you can sell a rack for $30 then it probably tastes like heaven
David replying to a comment from ribs / May 8, 2014 at 11:54 am
exactly! you pay for what you get. and oh man did I get some great ribs there, surly made with care!
not pre-packaged out of the freezer from a year ago or two haha

Great food!!
Crocop / May 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Sorry if I offended anyone. Looking back at my comment, it was an ignorant think to say. Goodluck to the owners.
Dennis Logan / May 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm
So I live right beside these guys basically and have been twice so far... it is AMAZING. I'd pay slightly more here because I literally almost died when trying the pulled pork because it blew away my already high expectations. Can't even look at Lou Dawg's again after trying... seriously amazing!
RibLover replying to a comment from No Apathy / May 8, 2014 at 02:01 pm
I guess that means you would never buy organic meat because if you find Ribfest ribs at $25 a rack too expensive then you won't be going anywhere near a place like The Healthy Butcher or Blue Goose. Some people just don't get it and clearly you are one of them.
RibLover replying to a comment from tidily rolly / May 8, 2014 at 02:03 pm
Seriously. You are posting something that you have no evidence of. Wow this stream gets more comical every minute and I'm a sucker for still writing on it. hahaha.
No Apathy replying to a comment from RibLover / May 8, 2014 at 03:42 pm
Wow that's a bit of a reach assuming I wouldn't buy organic meat because I don't want to get overcharged for ribs! Clearly you are one of those people that will just accept getting charged any absurd amount for decent food. I don't think it's too much to ask for good food that comes at a reasonable price. I'll say it again, there's a reason why they decided to drop their prices...economics 101
Don't bother replying, it will just shine a light on how out of touch you are.
your annoying now / May 8, 2014 at 03:51 pm
I think your done here.
Roy / May 8, 2014 at 03:56 pm
I think the price is reasonable if the quality is premium. Most of the people complaining are dirty hipsters that would rather eat garbage as long as its under $5. Can't afford to eat good? Then go eat the pink slime at Mcd's or garbage at Ali Baba, the grimiest of the grime. Better options are here and coming to Queen West, hipsters scared?
Olivia replying to a comment from No Apathy / May 8, 2014 at 04:58 pm
"Dropped their prices" or did BlogTO make an error. No one has any proof as I'm sure you don't. God I hope you don't eat bacon because then I'm sure you'll hit the roof with those prices. You talk of economics right? You clearly have no proof or asked the owner why he is charging what he's charging…have you heard of food costs? I''m a chef and know what it takes to run menu items and set prices. What's your excuse?
No Apathy replying to a comment from Olivia / May 8, 2014 at 05:54 pm
I will be the first to stand corrected if it was BlogTO's error. I invite them and the owner's of S & B to step up and give the honest truth.
In the end though it doesn't really matter what you or I say is reasonable to charge. The market will dictate if the price is right by how long they stay open and how well they do.
PS. The hipster comments are hilarious...stereotype much?
Reed / May 9, 2014 at 11:45 am
I went this week with two friends and had a great experience. We split a rack between us, ordered nearly every side available, a bread basket and four pints. With a generous tip, we paid just under $90 and were borderline uncomfortably full. The ribs and mac n' cheese were especially stellar. Give the place a shot.

Also, the word "hipster" has just become a catch-all for something you don't like. How about this damn hipster construction/traffic, right guys?
Aneilo / May 9, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Fuck hipsters
scott / May 18, 2014 at 01:34 pm
food is great but they should throw in some chip or something with the pulled pork sandwich.
Mike replying to a comment from Michael. / May 18, 2014 at 09:55 pm
I was there on the Second night and they were $27.50. This site made the error so CALM down penny pinchers!! Wow some of these comments are crazy. This place is great. I go to Texas to see friends and am so happy that a BBQ place this good is now near me. About price, come on. How good do you feel spending slightly less for Boston Pizza, or big box crap food. And $25 at rib fest vs. $27.50 here. I will pay 2.50 to have a seat and good vibe than try to eat standing up. The ribs smoke taste is outstanding, the pulled pork is amazing, love the sweet potato sides and the onion rings. The owner/chef is always engaging and even gave us free ribs to try while we waited. He tries to make you feel welcome while you are there and makes it an experience. So boo hoo about a couple of bucks. I eat out infrequently to save on cash but, when I do I will spend the extra to feel completely satisfied and have a great experience as well as meal. Oh and I am not a hipster, thank you for thinking everyone in the area is. If you are against eating pigs, no price, taste or anything else will change your mind so why comment on a BBQ joint. Please give this place a chance and you won't be disappointed I have been there twice and am looking forward to going again next week.
Ron Mexico / May 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Ribs were excellent, sides delicious. Will be back!!
Julia / May 25, 2014 at 11:09 am
DISAPPOINTING. sadly would not return.

1/2 racks of ribs: disappointed. not great.
you could smell and taste the smoke which was awesome.
but we got a bunch of non meaty rib pieces in our two orders.
do not expect them to be juicy or fall off the bone type.
for restaurant quality, you'd expect every rib to be meaty and wonderful, which was not the case. even told the server they were just okay.

mac n cheese: alright. one thought the noodles were overcooked.
beans: not good. tasted like canned beans but undercooked. nothing special. did not have a special twist on this at all.
corn bread: sweet butter was delicious. corn bread itself was alright. maybe add a bit more sugar?

beef brisket: pretty good, worth ordering again.
buttermilk onion rings: really good, worth ordering again.
lemonade: delicious. comes in a mason jar.
complimentary homemade chips: SO GOOD. i loved them. but sadly, the rest of the dinner was not the case. set me up really excited, but then the rest of dinner did not live up to it.

staff & restaurant is new so they are working out the service - all 3 asked us the same questions. separately. want a drink? ready to order? oh you're waiting for someone, do you want a drink? i haven't looked at your menus, give me a few minutes. they were all very nice though :)

bit of training recommendations:
- seat the patrons. welcome them to smoque n bones. explain here is your drink & food menu. maybe even recommend 1 item you really like on both menus to convince them what's great.
- leave. give them a few minutes. come back & ask if they want a drink. after drinks, then ask if they have any questions or are ready to order.
Julia replying to a comment from Julia / May 25, 2014 at 11:17 am
edited to add:
pricewise, i think it was $17 for half rack?
i have no issues with price as long as it's really good

overall: really great atmosphere, cool place to hang out for drinks, if we go back it will be for the buttermilk onion rings & maybe to try one of their sandwiches that looked good!

Cassandra / May 25, 2014 at 07:35 pm

This is by far the best BBQ place I've been to in a while. I just recently moved to Toronto and am into the whole "trying new restaurants" thing. I went twice in one week it was so good! In regards to the place being over priced, I disagree. 9$ for a pulled pork sandwich with homemade kettle chips - seriously people .. what else can you get in the city for 9$ that tastes THAT amazing?! The second time i went i had the spicy sausage. I'm European so I'm a sucker for homemade sausage and that was only about 6$. I will definitely be back....maybe in a few days. Keep up the good work guys!! Oh..and the Ceasers are to die for.
Rob C / May 29, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Just got some takeout lunch. Killer pulled pork sandwich. Probably the best I've ever had. I also had a 1/4 rack of ribs that were A+. Can't wait to go back and try out the dinner menu. Thoroughly impressed and completely satisfied!
danig / May 30, 2014 at 01:22 pm
I ate there last night, everything was delicious.

I recommend the chips, the ribs, the pulled pork sandwich & the brisket - all were equally great!
Jc / June 2, 2014 at 01:21 pm
Over priced fatty brisket sandwich for $11 size small. I bought two at electric mud for $12 and tastier , not so rad
Yakov / June 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm
Very pleasant decor. I didn't try the ribs, but the people in my group were tepid on them. The beef brisket was very dry, and the run-of-the-mill BBQ sauce did nothing to relieve the dryness.
The service was extremely slow, especially for a Tuesday night. Took 25 minutes to get our drinks, 40 minutes from the time we ordered to when our group started getting our food.
Lise / June 14, 2014 at 07:19 pm
Great pulled pork sandwich, tasty potato chips, excellent beer and friendly staff. I'm definitely going back.
Vincenza / June 28, 2014 at 05:38 pm
I absolutely love the food here, been three times and never have been disappointed. Expect it to be busy it's located in one of Toronto's Hottest Neighborhoods. If you haven't been here then please go and try there Beef Brisket!
Alf Martin / July 19, 2014 at 05:33 pm
too smoky, felt like I'd puffed 40 Rothmans!
Robyn / July 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Will do Tanya
Em / October 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm
These comments man. Ded.
Brittany / November 14, 2014 at 02:04 pm
Loved the food, loved the staff and loved the atmosphere. I personally couldn't find anything to complain about. The taste and quality of the food was totally worth it. Fantastic !! Thank you for making it such a great experience and wishing you guys a lot of success. Would definitely recommend this place and would definitely come back!
Travis / November 15, 2014 at 02:00 pm
&$#/ING amazing !!! I would pay anything to eat here. Just had brunch there for the first time, amazing FRESH biscuit and gravy, pulled pork is the best in the city. I will be back with my friends and family. I can't wait for them to start delivery I have found my go to BBQ.
Dominika / December 9, 2014 at 07:11 pm
My girlfriend and I were this weekend, and thought the food was incredible.

By the recommendation of our server (Hannah? Sadly cannot remember her name) we ordered the sampler for two which allowed you to choose any 3 meat items, and 3 sides for only $48. We tried the pulled pork, peppercorn beef, and 1/2 rack of pork ribs. The ribs were perfectly smokey, tender and succulent. All around the portions were more than plenty for two, and quality of the food received was well worth the cost. Additionally, we went with every recommendation that came from our knowledgeable server and could not have been happier. Furthermore, we were seated at the bar in front of the meat cutting board where the chef handed off samples to us to try as we waited for our meal. No complaints there.

My only disappointment is that we did not try Smoques sooner and this is coming from two foodies who love experiencing all that culinary toronto has to offer. HIGHLY recommending this place to everyone.
Marley / May 3, 2015 at 06:44 pm
This place has the best southern ribs and pulled pork north of South Carolina!
I mentioned that as their pork is as good as mine y'all. My fave place in Toronto even tho we have a place here in the Beaches.
Mike / May 16, 2015 at 01:56 pm
Favorite BBQ joint in Toronto, nay, Canada. What an awesome place to eat. The service is always great and the food is phenomenal!

My first time there was when the owner introduced his version of Eggs Benedict. You have got to try this, the chipotle hollandaise sauce is great.

I have read some comments that say it is expensive, but for the obvious care and work that goes into producing such flavorful food, I don't think it is bad at all.

From the friendly owner to the incredible food, this place rocks!

You will not be disappointed.
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