Allwyn's Bakery on Queen
Allwyn's Bakery boasts numerous locations around Toronto including Queen Street West. The restaurant doles out delicious and budget-friendly Caribbean eats.
Starting out at an original York Mills location in 1996, this is the fourth Allwyn's location to open, and take care to note it's cash or debit only.
Formerly home to Fresh Off The Boat, the tight confines have just enough room for a perpetual lineup and four stools.
Jerk chicken is what Allwyn's is known for, starting at $8.50 for a meal with rice and peas. One bite, and it's easy to see why.
Boneless and shockingly tender with an almost barque-like but paper thin caramelized exterior, rectangular chopped chunks break apart easily into meaty segments.
Rice and peas meals come with plantain and slaw by default, textbook examples of each. The plantains are deeply caramelized so they’re essentially the same colour as the chicken and incredibly soft, and the slaw is intensely creamy. I'm a sucker for both.
Patties ($2.10) are provided by Fahmee, available stuffed with chicken or beef. Spicy beef is the classic option, the edges thick and crusty and the meat inside soft and almost saucy.
Allwyn's is also known for stuffing these patties into soft, squishy coco bread with slaw for $7.25. The typical combo is a spicy beef patty split open and stuffed with jerk chicken, though you can also opt for jerk pork.
Like pretty much all patty sandwiches, it’s a wonderfully messy Caribbean turducken of sorts. You can also do just a patty in coco bread ($3.55) or a patty in coco bread with slaw ($3.85) for a cheaper but similar experience.
You can also do jerk chicken or pork by the pound ($12.50) or half pound ($7). Check out the board to see if jerk wings are available.
Up the flavour and spice quotient on patties and jerk chicken with slightly chunky, bright green house hot sauce made with scotch bonnet, cilantro and a couple other secret ingredients. A dab results in a creeping heat that's not too sharp and intense right away, but ends up satisfyingly fiery.
This location of Allwyn's is easing into later hours extending past midnight to suit the far less sleepy locale it occupies.
Allwyn's show no signs of stopping their expansion, eyeing other potential places to set up shop in, like the area surrounding U of T.