Someone Made It, I Ate It – Barque Smokehouse

Barque Smokehouse is a BBQ joint located at 299 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto.

http://barque.ca

For over a year, I would pass this establishment as I rode the streetcar to my weekend baking class and I would notice the full restaurant and sometimes line up outside and wonder…Why wasn’t I eating there at that moment?!

I finally got my chance to try it on a dinner outing with some Peeps from work and a Peep from college.

Some restaurant ambiance.  No pretension here, just a cool neighbourhood food joint.

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Apricot wheat beer.
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Since there were 4 of us, we opted to pair off and order sampler plates of two.  This plate did not stay empty for long. IMG_8328

For my pair’s sampler plate we opted for Brisket, Italian Sausage, 1/2 rack of dry rub ribs, with sides of smoked asparagus, creamy smoked cauliflower and potatoes served in mini skillets.

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The brisket was awesome, so tender and soft.  The sausage was well grilled and smoky.  Although the ribs were delicious, I am a fan of fall off the bone ribs and these were not.  The sides were interesting and not anything I have ever had elsewhere.  Quite inventive flavours and textures there.

Of course, dessert was a must and seeing as we were in the Roncesvalles area, I knew of a newly opened Ed’s Real Scoop location just down the street.  I made it no secret that we were absolutely going here.  A terrific new store with all the delicious ice cream flavours I have come to know and love.  This visit, I opted for the chocolate cheesecake and butter pecan.  So good, I did a jig!

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Ahh, so full of yummy goodness. I will definitely be back to both places! =)

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