Sunday Lunch at Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
American Style BBQ at Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
I was in Toronto for a very quick work trip recently, where I flew out on Saturday and was returning on the following Tuesday. I had a free day on the Sunday so thought I would try to find a BBQ restaurant in Toronto.
My hotel was in the Downtown area of Toronto, and I didn’t really want to venture too far. After a little research, I came across Cherry Street Bar-B-Que who actually have two restaurants in Toronto. I plumped for the one on Cherry Street in the Port Lands district of Toronto, which was about a 10-minute taxi ride from my hotel.
It was a gorgeous day in Toronto at 26°C, and the fact th Cherry Street location had an outdoor patio certainly added to the appeal.
The building itself is a really attractive red brick building, located at a crossroads. The patio area is visible from the road and looked pretty full. You have to climb some steps to enter the restaurant, and on entering the food counter and kitchen were directly in front, at the back of the restaurant. To the right is a bar, with quite a few tables placed throughout the restaurant.
Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is a counter-service restaurant where you need to go up to the counter to order your food. After placing your order, you are given a number to take back to your table. Serving staff then come and take your drink order and also deliver your food.
After ordering, I went and grabbed a table in the patio area. There is a mixture of tables here, some under-cover and some not but quite a few give a nice view back onto the Toronto skyline.
Some of the tables looked like they had been made out of shipping container doors, which I thought was pretty cool.
Onto the Food & Drink
There was a really good selection of beers. At the recommendation of one of the waiters, I went for a local beer called Saulter Street Golden Pale Ale from the Saulter Street Brewery.
The food menu was hand-written on peach paper and stuck on the walls. I assume this was to be able to easily and frequently change the menu. The main menu had the expected items including Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chicken, and Ribs. Many of these options were also available in sandwiches. There was a good selection of sides including my favourite of Mac ‘n’ Cheese. If you still had space there were also a couple of dessert options.
I started off my order with the Brisket, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and BBQ beans. As mentioned earlier you order form the counter, they give you a number and then the food gets delivered to your table. The food came pretty quick and I was definitely not disappointed.
The meal gets serviced on a tray with and comes with some pickles on the side. On each table is a bucket with the Cherry Street Bar-B-Que signature BBQ sauce.
The brisket was unbelievable. You get one slice but it was reasonably thick. You could still see some of the fat in the meat, and also a fantastic smoke-ring. It was so tender and just melted in the mouth with a lovely smokey taste. I just wish I could cook Brisket somewhere like this as I would live on the stuff!
The Mac ‘n’ Cheese had quite large pieces of macaroni, bigger than I am used to eating in the UK. This was a good thing and the overall dish was really creamy. The BBQ Beans were really tasty also with a nice bit of heat.
Onto Round 2
After letting round 1 go down a bit, and enjoying a beer or two more, I decided I was going to try some more food. For round 2 I went for the Pulled Pork, which again ended up being a great choice.
It was really good, nice and smokey with a really good texture. Despite being pretty full I devoured this which meant there was no space for pudding.
A Nosey About
After I had finished eating I decided to have a little nosey about. At the back of the restaurant, I found the large smokers, where I assume was where alot of the hard work took place. There were a few BBQ stickers from the likes of Jess Pryles and DivaQ, which made me wonder if they had also visited at some point.
The staff were also really helpful getting me a taxi at the end of my meal. My phone wasn’t working so they kindly called one for me, which was much appreciated.
I was so glad I made the effort to visit Cherry Street Bar-B-Que. I really liked the whole atmosphere of the place and if you like American style BBQ, and are in the Toronto area, you should definitely pay a visit. I don’t think you will be disappointed!!!
I absolutely loved the Brisket. If I get a chance to visit again I think I will be ordering a double helping.
Great BBQ restaurant, with really helpful and friendly staff. Hope I get a chance to go back again in the future!