Located in Roncesvalles Village, Barque Smokehouse sets the standard for barbecue in Toronto with their array of succulent meats and side dishes.
This casual spot captures the comfort and feel of a classic southern BBQ joint. With rustic wood tables and brick walls, this small and inviting space has a distinct homey feel.
Barque indeed takes the title of Smokehouse very seriously, with almost every menu item infused with some type of smoky flavour.
Starting with the smoked spiced popcorn that is placed on every table to snack on before the meal. It’s only down side is being so irresistible that you keep going back for more and get filled up before the meal even starts! So pace yourself with that popcorn because you’ll definitely need to save room for the hefty portion sizes they serve up.
Next up was Barque’s Bourbon Smoked Sour, one of their signature cocktails. This was an interesting combination of freshness, sourness and smokiness.
You know a smokehouse is serious when your place setting comes with its very own basting brush.
After much deliberation and studying of the menu we went with the sampler for two which includes a choice of three meats and three sides… like I said, a lot of food.
For the meats we selected brisket, 2 of their competition chicken thighs and half a rack of their sweat heat baby-back ribs.
What took all of these meats to the next level was that distinctly smoky flavour and heavenly bbq sauces which were brought out to accompany each item. You could slather that stuff on pretty much anything and it would taste good.
And then there were the sides, of which we chose: