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Purple Pig

I read in another thread about how the Memphis Style Rib's booth at the CNE is run by one of the partners from the Pig, but just wondering, have they closed down?

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  1. For better or worse, they are still operating - just walked by their Yonge/Richmond resto today.

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      1. re: Fwagra

        That is sad, I used to really like it there

    1. I didn't realize until reading it here that the place that took their spot at the CNE was related to them.

      I want a razorback sandwich

      1. Yup, Purple Pig at Y&R is still there. There ribs are great, pizza is pretty good too! www.mishsplayground.com

        1. I had their ribs a couple of time. The first time I thought they were terrible and the second time I tought they were passable. I would never personally use great to describe them.

          1. What about Montana's? I know this is going to sound lame, but I saw an ad on TV and have been craving some of their "succulent, fall of the bone ribs" ever since. Is it any good?

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            1. re: josamania

              If you like sticky sweet, sweeter, or sweetest baked ribs, you might enjoy them. I was very disappointed. Their beef ribs were described as having been "smoked for 24 hours". The description made me drool. They were enormous and were certainly passable, but that's about it. If they were smoked at all, I sure couldn't taste it. I wouldn't go back. Service was apalling--slow and neglectful.

              1. re: embee

                I'm not a Montana's fan. I don't like their ribs. They have a faked taste to them. I don't think their smoked or at least they're using liquid smoke in the sauce. Not good. And good ribs aren't hard to make.


            2. With ribs.. I actually really liked the pork ribs at St Louis bar and grill at Yonge and Eglington. But of course, you need to have their wings too so go for the wings and ribs combo..

              1. I've never been very impressed with the ribs at the Purple Pig.

                The Ribs at the Swiss Chalet in the Annex is actually pretty darn good. Always fall off the bone, and with a nice char. Don't go to other ones though, only this one makes it good.

                Also, there is still Phil's on College

                1. I've been to the Purple Pig three or four times in the last few years. The ribs are always pretty decent, but the sides vary in quality. They do seem to be on something of a gradual decline; last time we received extremely (as in unreasonably) slow service, though the staff were still friendly as always. I might still drop by occassionally for a ribs fix since it's close to me, but I certainly wouldn't rave about the place or suggest people travel long distances just to go there.

                  On a wider ribs-in-Toronto note, I had some decent ones at the Abbot on the Hill pub near Summerhill & Yonge a few weeks ago. That said, I've never had "authentic" great southern-style BBQ ribs so I couldn't tell you what a connoisseur would say. But they were tender and tasty and came with nice sides, including a whole grilled cob of corn, all for about $16 I think.

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                  1. re: Gary

                    Go to Phil's, College, just west of Ossington. They're the real McCoy. My wife is from Memphis and has given them her approval.


                  2. Purple Pig has a spot in Aurora, too, and it is not popular. I ordered wings there once and was very disappointed. They weren't buffalo style wings at all, more BBQ and not good BBQ at that. It's not a very busy spot, although it's been there for a few years.

                    1. Here's the problem with PP and some of the other "BBQ" joints out there. Pizza, wings, fish and chips, etc. These are not BBQ joint fare. As Alton Brown would say of restaurants, "Don't betray your dna. In other words, if your a hot dog stand, do hot dogs and do them really well."


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                      1. re: Davwud

                        LOL...I was just watching a re-run of the "South shall fry again" last night.