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Jul 19, 2006 07:01 PM

BBQ joints in TO - not just southern... looking for Other options.

I'm looking for new and intriging BBQ choices. from all ethnicities.

Places I've tried to date.
Phil's BBQ - College St. I thought it was a little overated
Back Alley Grill in Kensington. - Smokey Goodness! silk road BBQ dishes.

What else is out there. What did you like and/or dislike about it.

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  1. I keep meaning to go to Phil's bbq, as I've heard good things, that's too bad it's overrated, will probably get down there at least once. No one seems to hold a match to my own bbq though ;-)

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    1. re: tbone187

      My wife is from Memphis and gives it the thumbs up. She still thinks the stuff in the south is better but is able to call Phil's bbq "Authentic"


    2. This topic has been discussed many times and the only honest response is that nothing in Toronto rates anywhere near the best in North America.
      Personally, I haven't been back to Phil's - once was barely OK but not worth a repeat visit.
      My favourite is the dry-rub ribs at Universal Grill (Dupont and Shaw). They also have 'wet ribs' that my nephew (a chef) prefers.
      Both served with Yam fries and about $23 for a serving (with taxes).
      Great neighbourhood place.

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      1. re: estufarian

        I agree with everything you say. DiPalmo's is about the same level as Phil's. Edible, but that's about it.

      2. I would suggest Dipamo's (eglington and yonge area) It's been over a year since I've been but enjoyed it. Lately I've been going to the various ribfests around the area Mississauga's is this weekend, several good places at these events.

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        1. re: damonster

          Dipamo's is long gone - and not missed.

        2. Dipamo's was quite lacking. Phils is ok. Universal Grill is ok. For the most part TO lacks a real rib joint. Though if you are ever in Paris, Ontario (or feel like a road trip) check out Camp 31. Great ribs for this side of the border.

          1. Baton Rouge has great ribs - very meaty, tender and falling off the bone. And their frites are also quite tasty - thin and crispy with an addictive spice/salt mix generously applied. Mashed potatoes are also good - these taste very rustic, with lots of lumps, and real bacon bits added in for extra flavour (it works). Portions are massive - you will get a rack and half for dinner and a full rack for the lunch sized portion. The North York location (on Yonge north of Sheppard) has better decor and service than the downtown/Eaton's Centre location - and even provides free parking, which is rare in that neighbourhood.

            Prefer Baton Rouge to Phil's Original for ribs - but Phil's pulled pork is fabulous, and the closest thing you will get to authentic southern BBQ in Toronto.

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            1. re: ggirl

              BR's ribs are only good. The thing is, lots of places make good ribs. It's not worth it based on the service you get.