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Sep 9, 2007 04:15 PM

Hair of the dog- quick review

Visited hair of the dog tonight for a quick bite. Had the nachos and hummus to start. Nachos were really good, I like how they used flour tortillas and fried them instead of corn chips, they were very crispy, with a couple different types of cheese. Hummus was a big portion but the pita bread it was served with wasn't warm and soft like I like, it seemed to be a bit over toasted so it was a bit hard, but hummus and red pepper dip was still pretty good. For mains we had the fish and chips, steak salad and burger with fries. The burger was really good, very thick and juicy, not overdone like so many burgers. The fish was just okay, very very small piece of fish (maybe 3-4 oz tops), and I found the batter tasted a little chewy and old, not crispy and fresh. I think it must have been that it was sitting a long time because our food (including the fries) were a bit soggy and luke warm. The steak salad was what really impressed me, very big portion of steak cooked to order in a peanut marinade with sauteed peppers and onions on greens, very flavourful. In general, I liked the atmosphere and loved the music so I would probably return and just hope my food got to me while it was still hot.

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  1. Thanks for the review.

    I unabashedly admit that the Hair of the Dog is one of my favourite places in the city, and I'm there more often than I'd like to admit. :)

    I'm glad you enjoyed your experience, and I'll definitely have to try the steak salad at some point, as it souds great. The fries can be spectacular, and they are for me much of the time.

      1. re: Calam1ty

        It's on Church north of Carlton.

        Hair Of The Dog
        425 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C3, CA

        1. re: JamieK

          for me, it is the best vegetarian burger in the city- made of nuts, so not low in fat/calories.

      2. I had just the opposite experience this Saturday evening. On the advice of the chowhounders, I suggested going after I had picked up my in-laws from the airport and was dropping them off at their hotel at Yonge and College. We wanted a quick bite before they went to bed, and it was terrible.

        I had the steak salad too. The steak was overdone and tough and dry. The salad was completely oversaturated with a reasonably boring dressing.
        My partner and father-in-law's burgers were overcooked and dessicated. They looked terrible, I didn't even venture a bite. My partner confirmed his was terrible.

        My mother in law's angus steak was cooked correctly and teasted good (I had a bite) however it came with gross gelatinous gravy out of a package (why bother?).

        The service was very slow as there appeared to be only one person working the patio, and it took us 15 minutes to flag her down to get our bill, and 15 minutes for her to come pick up the credit card.

        I was not impressed, and I won't be returning. I was hoping it was an oasis of good food in a bad food neighbourhood, as I had been lead to believe, but it was just as mediocre as other places on the strip.

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        1. re: innercitykitty

          Driven by it dozens of times. Always thought it was a pet salon....

          1. re: innercitykitty

            I also had two negative experiences at the Hair Of The Dog a while ago. In our last visit, I remember my spouse and I both ordered the prime rib, and it was disappointing, both the prime rib as well as the sides. We have not returned since. I do notice that they have a loyal following, so it seems like it is a matter of personal taste. Peace.

          2. hm, yes I did the the impression that it was a bit of a hit or miss spot. Some things are good some nights, others are good other nights, but I would like to know when the prime rib was on the menu since I was there on sunday and they told me there were no specials

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            1. re: hungryabbey

              There seems to be a notice of pending liquor license up on the front window right now. Did they forget to renew or something? Noticed this on walk home last night.

              1. re: abigllama

                hm, not sure, they served us beer though

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  I've only ever had brunch there; and I neglected to mention that the service is generally quite dodgy indeed.

                2. re: abigllama

                  they filed for a patio license extension

              2. My boyfriend and I went to Hair of the Dog several nights ago. Mediocre experience. We split the Wasabi Breaded Calamari to start which was ok, but not terribly flavourful. My boyfriend had the Penne with a sweet, rich tomato rose that was very tasting and I had the nachos. I originally ordered the nachos with beef and they accidentally brought me chicken. They were very gracious and apologetic when I told them and gave me a replacement free of charge. Our wine and organic beer were great. However, the music from the kitchen was louder than the music in the dining room. Great, attentive service.
                Good for the price.

                Hair Of The Dog
                425 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2C3, CA