Aft Kitchen & Bar – review


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Aft

Aft Kitchen & Bar is simple in its decor yet extremely inviting. All the wood is reclaimed and the lighting is dim but not so much where you need a flashlight. Also it will get loud, not that it’s a bad thing but if you want a quiet evening Aft won’t be your first choice.

Weekends are Texas BBQ – and being to Texas before this would make a Texan proud. The menu is simple and vegetarians need not apply. We were going to get an appetizer (the smoked wings smelled amazing from a table over) we decided on the sharing platter for two. In hindsight it’s a good thing we didn’t get an app because the platter was more than enough.

Aft BBQ

Our platter consisted of beef brisket, beef sausages and BBQ side ribs. Our sides were fries, coleslaw and baked beans. As for the sides the coleslaw was uneventful but the baked beans and fries were outstanding.

Aft fries

Along side all the mains you are presented with three home made sauces. A straight ahead BBQ sauce that is Kansas style, a sweet sauce with some mango, and the clear winner being a maple mustard habanero sauce.

The brisket was done perfectly. Great crust and so tender and when doused in BBQ sauce it was stellar. The beef sausage may have stole the show. Smoked, a little spicy and a great snap to the skin. The sausage alone is worth coming back for. The ribs could have used a touch more rub and a touch more smoke. Also note that they are side ribs so there is a bit of fat to contend with. These are just minor gripes though.

We skipped on dessert and opted for Ed’s Real Scoop ice cream instead. How could you not when it is so close by?

For those in Leslieville make sure to check out your latest gem of a restaurant. The rest, brave the treck over the bridge and go get some great BBQ.

Also, you may want to bring a bib cause it does get kind of messy…in a good way!

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686 Queen St East, Toronto
(647) 346-1541

Electric Mud BBQ – restaurant review


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This will probably be my first and last time visiting Electric Mud BBQ and it is not by choice. To snag a seat at the place you basically have to camp out overnight like you are waiting for Justin Bieber tickets. But for all of you who don’t mind waiting, is the wait worth it? Oh ya!

Electric Mud BBQ is brought to you by the same folks who run Grand Electric down the street. It has all the hallmarks of hipster cool with an even more ironic twist of not being overly hipsterish. It’s loud, it’s smokey, it’s packed, and it’s fun. I have to wonder though how the vinyl collection is going to survive the heat of that kitchen.

The whole evening was more like going to a friend’s dinner party rather than a restaurant.

The menu is simple. New takes on old Southern classics. We started off with some hush puppies. These were scorching hot pillows of awesome resting in a sauce that was worthy to drink.

Hush Puppies

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AAA Bar – Texas Style BBQ Restaurant


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Triple A

photo taken from their website

I am always on the look out for a new BBQ place so I made sure to head over to Triple A just about a month after it opened. Having BBQ this close to home could be really dangerous. The fact that it is also Texas themed with a Canadian flare was also intriguing.

Now I have one benchmark when it comes to BBQ. The holy grail (at least for Ontario) is Buster Rhino. I don’t want to get into a flame war over what is authentic and what is not and this review is not about that.

So we headed in around 8:00 pm and the place was empty but it looked like some regulars had already claimed their seats at the bar. The restaurant itself is very charming and really does bring a rustic Texas country feel. Everything is in wood and the lighting is dim and comfortable. You do get the smell of smoke in the air, which is pretty good considering they don’t do meat smoking on site.

AAA

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Buster Rhino’s – Authentic Southern BBQ


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Buster Rhino's

Buster Rhino’s Southern BBQ makes Ontario’s best BBQ list for a good reason. It is the best! From the ribs which are simply addictive, to the pulled pork, smoked wings and even every side dish they create is pretty much perfect.

Buster Rhino's

The entrance for vegetarians doesn’t open. I thought it was a funny tactic.

Their new restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Oshawa. It is an open, warm spot with rustic touches and the ever present aroma of fresh BBQ. This may be the best thing to happen in downtown Oshawa for some time.

Darryl Koster

Here is the man himself responsible for all this amazing food – Darryl Koster, owner of Buster Rhino’s.

Take a look at these awesome ribs we brought home and heated up.

Buster Rhino's Ribs

So whenever passing through, make sure to stop by any of their locations. Sit down and enjoy, or grab a cooler like we do and stock up!

Buster Rhino’s Locations:

7-2001 Thickson Road S.
Whitby, ON
P (905) 436-6986
30 Taunton Rd. E. Unit 6
Oshawa, ON
P (289) 240-3111
28 King St. E
Oshawa, ON
P (905) 432-8350