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The Best Bone Marrow in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 25, 2013

Bone Marrow TorontoThe best bone marrow in Toronto can be prised out of restaurants that are embracing this once neglected off-cut and making it the star on menus across town. While considered a delicacy overseas, the grisly classic was instantly popularized by Anthony Bourdain when he singled it out as his would-be death-row meal. Now, Hogtown chefs are endorsing it as part of nose-to-tail movements and tapping into the primal urges of savvy diners ready to dig into this sweet and nutty, ultra-rich indulgence.

Here is where to find the best bone marrow in Toronto.

See also:

The best charcuterie plates in Toronto

Photo of the marrow at Goods & Provisions by the superlative digiteyes on Flickr

Black Hoof

Black Hoof

Served with bread and a wee little spoon, the bone marrow (MP, typically $7-9) at Black Hoof on Dundas West is served alongside bread with Maldon and chimichurri. Reenact Bourdain on The Layover and funnel a couple shots through a bone-luge once all the sweet marrow is extracted. More »

Bar Isabel

Bar Isabel

Newly opened, Bar Isabel in Little Italy serves up two roasted bones per order ($14). The marrow is simply seasoned (no garnish, no fuss) for the pure, unadulterated enjoyment of sweet, buttery animal fat slathered onto grilled sourdough bread. More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

The nutty marrow in split-open bones ($14) at Campagnolo on Dundas West is complemented by sweet and tart plum marmalade and topped with stewed oxtail and finished with lemon zest. Spoon it over accompanying crostini for velvety marrow toasts. More »

Goods & Provisions

Goods & Provisions

Goods & Provisions in Leslieville seasons and pan sears its bones ($10) before finishing them in the oven until the marrow is a luscious soft jelly. Grilled sourdough is supplied on the side along with a straightforward parsley, caper salad to cut through the richness. More »

The Saint

The Saint

The Saint on Lower Ossington does a classic roasted veal marrow and parsley salad app ($13), but also offers a marrow smothered, cheesy skillet loaf ($14) featuring a cheddar stuffed, herb and garlic-buttered loaf topped with spoonfuls of buttery marrow, veal jus and chives. Even the cheeseburger benefits from the creamy goodness of marrow mayo. More »

Porzia

Porzia

Served with rounds of sourdough crostini, the 10 inch roasted shin bone ($18) at this Parkdale eatery cradles the melt-in-your-mouth marrow that’s then dotted with snails braised in a beef and red wine ragu. The final touch is a zesty gremolata topping composed of parsley, preserved lemon and fresh horseradish. More »

L'Avenue Bistro

L'Avenue Bistro

The roasted bone marrow ($9) at L'Avenue Bistro on Bayview is served canoe-style and dressed up with seasoned herbed bread crumbs before being finished in the oven to cap the buttery, dissolving animal fat with a crusty savoury topping. More »

Beast Restaurant

Beast Restaurant

This restaurant near King and Tecumseth gets their bones from Cumbrae Farms and roasts them to order before sprinkling them with smoked paprika and sugar for a bruleed finish. The savoury sweet delicacy ($11) is served with a lemony parsley, horseradish salad and grilled slices of crusty house-made hearth bread. More »

Farmhouse Tavern

Farmhouse Tavern

At this Junction Triangle tavern, roasted bone marrow is served regularly on the seasonal chalkboard menu as part of a decadent Surf & Turf platter ($35). Another recurring dish dubbed, Heart and Soul ($11) features marrow mixed with chopped grilled water buffalo, cucumber, celery hearts and a shallot vinaigrette. More »

Discussion

41 Comments

Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Just a word of warning folks; girlfriend and I both got sick off the bone marrow at Black Hoof, we were with friends and it was the one thing we ate that they didn't and they were okay. We were both down for 3 days as a result and will likely never touch bone marrow again, its honestly making me nausea even writing about it now.
pho / April 25, 2013 at 11:40 am
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I can't wait for next week's post, "The Best Late Night Bone Marrow Places in Toronto"!
Jaydee replying to a comment from Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 11:44 am
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Oh well in that case it must have been the bone marrow. There is no other explanation for you getting sick that day.

Where did you get your medical degree btw?
Boner Girl replying to a comment from Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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So basically because you got sick off something that's cooked to shit and very unlikely to give you food poisoning, everyone in the whole world should avoid bone marrow and the black hoof?

I once got food poisoning from eating McDonalds... should every one avoid Mcdonalds and Burgers too (well, they probably should avoid McDonalds but not for that reason)
vader / April 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm
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Disgusting.
MrPotato / April 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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My dog loves this stuff!
brian / April 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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WTF ? seriously? ppl pay to eat this leftover shit? just kill urselves
opensource1111 / April 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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You know, I ate at Black Hoof once, too, and I got sick (cue staff of Black Hoof rebuttal comments).

Then again, maybe I am lying.

Then again, who cares? Why the need to try to discredit someone else's statement about a personal experience?
Jay replying to a comment from Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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It's not a guarantee you got sick from the food itself. Could have been someone who had something that came in contact with the food. It could have been something completely unrelated to the food or restaurant. With food poisoning you most often you get an upset stomach or a case of the runs. A more severe case would make you actually sick. And as for being down for three days?? Food poisoning is usually out of your system in 48 hours.

Sounds more like you had the flu that's been going around knocking pople out for three or more days.
milo / April 25, 2013 at 01:05 pm
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i've had amazing marrow at Le Select Bistro.
John replying to a comment from vader / April 25, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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Disgusting in a Toronto Sun reader kind of way (different is scary) or a vegan hipster kind of way? Just curious.
Alex replying to a comment from Jay / April 25, 2013 at 01:21 pm
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He didn't go into detail really, so I guess we cannot say for sure. Aaron, would you mind elaborating on symptoms? Diarrhea? Vomitting? Fever? I had diagnosed salmonella once (via fecal culture) and it lasted more than 3 days (from onset to full recovery). It all depends on the immune system.
RCGuy / April 25, 2013 at 01:26 pm
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Someone, somewhere, had something to eat at a restaurant. Later that evening, that someone felt ill.

There. Happy now, Jaydee, Boner Girl, Jay?
vader replying to a comment from John / April 25, 2013 at 01:30 pm
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I'd say more of a vegan hipster way. But I think this is the kind of food that hipsters love and I dont think many hipsters are vegan, they love bacon and all that shit.
duder / April 25, 2013 at 01:37 pm
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Bone marrow at the Black Hoof is goddamn amazing. So rich and decadent. I imagine Axl Rose comsuming a bunch of them before laying into a mountain of cocaine and a trio of pros.

Also, if you got sick at the Black Hoof, blame your parents for giving you a weak-ass constitution.
Xavier / April 25, 2013 at 01:50 pm
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mmmmm...
marrow...
Aaron replying to a comment from Jaydee / April 25, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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McGill. You?
John replying to a comment from vader / April 25, 2013 at 02:40 pm
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Fair enough. Yeah, but I think most sensible people love bacon. Bacon is god's bookmark... Marrow is pretty good stuff worth trying as well though. Not overly hipster friendly though as it makes getting into skinny jeans a bit tough.
Jaydee replying to a comment from Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 03:27 pm
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Nice work - I'm surprised they didn't teach you that the adjectival form of 'nausea' is 'nauseated' doctor.
jiji / April 25, 2013 at 07:16 pm
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AAron wants attention... bet his girl never had bone.... surprise!!! B. Hoof is great spot and always fresh...
Jimmy / April 25, 2013 at 08:26 pm
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Three comments from Jimmy:
- bone marrow is so so good, but so so so fatty. A rare treat for Jimmy
- food poisoning...pfffft...every good restaurant in Toronto probably has someone going around claiming 'they got food poisoning there'. Easiest way to slander a place.
- Bar Isabel is amazing and the second coming of the Black Hoof
Jenn Agg replying to a comment from Aaron / April 25, 2013 at 08:27 pm
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Hi, I'm the owner of the black hoof and you're lying. BYEEEEEEEEeeeee.
MrsPotato / April 25, 2013 at 08:27 pm
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The bones at Pet Smart have more marrow than the ones pictured above.

It's so weird people pay so much for this left over stuff that i literally give my dog.
opensource1111 / April 25, 2013 at 09:57 pm
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Aaron must have some great influence on the dining public for all the attention his comment is receiving. That, or there are some pretty insecure restauranteurs and foodies here.
Hipster / April 26, 2013 at 12:15 am
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Pulled pork and bone marrow are so yesterday. Check out the dog shit a the Brown Poop. Delicious!!! And you look so cool eating dog shit because it is really hip right now. Everyone's eating dog shit! You should too.
Aaron - not THAT Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 01:44 am
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Bone marrow cupcakes! Next week's BIG THING!
Scoscia / April 26, 2013 at 08:03 am
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Delicious. I would like to ear the marrow of a vegan.
Aaron replying to a comment from Jenn Agg / April 26, 2013 at 10:02 am
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Are you the same brilliant owner who called your customers "douches" on Twitter earlier this month? A lesson in pr Jenn as you seem to need one; perhaps rather than just proclaiming me a liar you should be double checking the food safety of your restaurant to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.

Jaydee: we can all sit around and focus on insignificant grammar and spelling (ooh you got me, zing) but why don't we talk about the actual issue at hand though hmm?

I won't be bothering with this again as it is futile to argue behind anonymous comment boards. My original comment is factual. I dine out very often and have had wonderful and terrible experiences all over the city but this was a dangerous experience hence my feeling an obligation to mention it to other food enthusiasts.
Troll replying to a comment from Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 10:12 am
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I was the one who posted as Jenn Agg. This just proves how ridiculous these comments are.

Poor Aaron. Just stay away.
Jimmy replying to a comment from Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 10:13 am
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Forgot to mention the bone marrow donuts. Mannnnnnnn, wish the hoof would bring those back.
Jaydee replying to a comment from Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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What are the facts though? That you ate bone marrow at the Black Hoof and that you got sick - drawing a causality line between the two is not necessarily accurate or reasonable. It may be that the bone marrow made you sick, but it's equally likely that it was something else.

I would recommend reading the introduction to Jeffrey Steingarten's 'It Must Have Been Something I Ate' which captures the problems with drawing conclusions from experiences with food based on guesswork.

Or we could just exchange some more zingers.
Mark replying to a comment from Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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Do you like the food at Black Hoof though?

I thought I got food poisoning at Hawker Bar once. But I can't prove it. I still go back because I love their food.

Cheers!
Sandra replying to a comment from Aaron / April 26, 2013 at 03:30 pm
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HI AARON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Water into beer replying to a comment from milo / April 28, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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Le Select has the best in the city. However the veal bones at Cumbraes are amazing, so fire up the Que and do your own.
Eric / April 28, 2013 at 06:15 pm
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People have been eating bone marrow for a very long time. You could be wasteful and throw the bones away or you could eat the delicious marrow inside.
Monkey C. replying to a comment from Eric / April 28, 2013 at 07:27 pm
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People have been doing a lot of stupid things for a very long time
Joe Tackspaier / May 2, 2013 at 05:18 pm
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Awaiting the best chicken skin in toronto list.
junction / May 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm
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fukn hipsters...
bill / May 18, 2013 at 01:15 am
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OK, boys this is your doctor talking when it comes to meat 2 things count cook well chew well and if you are still sick call me.
Toronto on a Budget / July 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm
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Wow, had no clue this stuff existed on a menu. I will def. check it out. I usually eat the marrow from my soup bones leftovers, on bread, with a generous sprinkle of salt to counter the fattiness but it's never enough. For those gasping about paying extra for doggie bones, buy some $1 marrow filled bones from your local supermarket, cook and try them out before dismissing them.
Toronto My Way / October 24, 2013 at 12:47 am
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This is one of those times when I actually can say some rather unfamiliar food really is familiar to me as a taste of my youth.

I've been eating bone marrow all my life, never seemed like a big deal. All of a sudden it's a fashionable menu item. That's fine, as long as we're not heading towards an American Psycho-like obsession with the vanity of crazy menu items just to compete...or, are we?

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