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Jun 13, 2009 06:27 AM

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder

I am going to try this place today, can anyone tell me what is the "must have" dish? Corey Mintz seems to love this place based on today's Toronto Star article.

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  1. According to the Now, the ribs and chicken are only available Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

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    1. re: Dimbulb

      Had fried chicken and waffles on Saturday. Amazing. This place is so consistently terrific. Juicy perfectly fried chicken (3 pieces) and the best waffles I've had in years. The only down side is the weird spicy syrup covering everything. Hold the syrup or get it on the side and stick to real maple syrup or butter! Their bacon is still very tasty and the arugula BLT is terrific, too. Save your caffeine fix for next door at Noir Coffee where they make really good coffee and tea and the best mocktail around: the shakerato.

    2. I haven't been on a night when they had BBQ - I've only seen grilled and deep-fried food, so I'm still wondering what all the fuss is about (especially as it's almost inaccessible because of road works).
      But the one item I'd recommend is the porchetta sandwich, which is really good. The fries are ridiculously expensive!

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      1. re: estufarian

        Five bucks for fries is ridiculously expensive?

        1. re: Dimbulb

          Cheaper at JKWB, Lee (and several others) - which are much more upscale.
          When you pay $7 for a sandwich (admittedly a great one), $5 extra for fries seems out-of-line (to me). Other places where I pay $7 for a sandwich are typically around $3 for fries.

          1. re: estufarian

            Went today. The menu very clearly states that fries with any sandwich are $2.50 . I can't say what size the individual fries portion would be, but the ones with came with the sandwich were about the equivalent of one and one half portions of either large McD's, or a JK cone. Not bad, though underseasoned (could have been spoiled by having had a JK cone earlier at the Brickworks).

            Tried the pastrami, which had nice flavour and texture, good sized portion, but was too thickly sliced. I'll mention it next time, and see what happens, as I had takeout.

            No real problem with parking on the sidestreets around there, such as Rushton, less than 100 yards walk. It's not far enough into the construction to be that daunting an experience.

            1. re: Snarf

              Isn't thick slicing expected for a hand cut sandwich?
              The machine slicer allowed tougher cuts, and spread them out on a sandwich so that it seemed like more. Hand slicing reveals the potential and maybe the shortcomings, of pastrami or corned beef.

              1. re: jayt90

                I'm a veteran of many sandwiches. Undergrad in Montreal, family homages to Shopsy's when it was on Spadina, etc. Generally, I expect an 1/8 to 1/4 inch for hand slicing. The slices today were varying between 1/4 to 3/4, which didn't seem right. Especially, it didn't seem right in context of the reviews, and the general appearance of the place, which appears to be authentic, sincere, and had these amazing looking smoked ribs in the front case.

                All that being said, I'm going back, and didn't find my experience to be anything that would lead me to be dismissive.

              2. re: Snarf

                $2.50 eh?
                Then they owe me $2.50 - I was charged $5 for the Fries!

                1. re: estufarian

                  So was I.

                  And the only thing they had bundled with fries for an extra $2.50 was the Hamburger... Not "any sandwich"... I remember because I specifically asked...

                  1. re: duckdown

                    New business = kinks. If you really like it, give him patient guidance. If you don't, don't go.

                    1. re: Googs

                      As of yesterday, fries were clearly available on the menu with all sandwiches for 2.50. Sounds like they're paying attention.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Any rule of thumb on how long one should wait until the kinks are worked out?

                        1. re: estufarian

                          With very rare exception I won't try a place within a month of opening. I don't think that fair. After that should they show promise they get the first quarter of operations to get it together. In this case in particular, I'd give extra time credits for having to accept larger than expected crowds due to the rave reviews even if crowd size is hindered by this city's kooky notions of 'rapid transit'.

              3. re: Dimbulb

                What, you don't think so?

                5 bucks for a small container. It is a rip off.

              4. re: estufarian

                How big a serving is the ridiculously priced fries? Enough for two people or more? A meal in itself?

                1. re: Googs

                  $5 for onion rings got me about 7-8 small to medium rings. They were tasty though!

                  1. re: Googs

                    My fries could have been a meal in itself. We were there on Saturday for lunch and our porchetta sandwich came in one skillet, the fries another, a half rack of ribs in a third one and the potato salad in a medium size bowl. That was a lot of food for 2 people. Had onion rings on a previous trip with a porchetta & pulled pork sandwich and it was a good size also. Maybe I have good service karma? Can't wait to go back and check out the pastrami and fried chicken next (it looked really good!)...

                2. There was a recent bunch of postings that started before the place opened -- if you scroll down people are pretty detailed about what they have tried and liked. My husband and I went in and got a takeout menu and we're hoping to try it this week. I had no idea it existed until I saw this earlier posting. I think the pulled pork sandwich is a hit:

                  1. I want to say only positive things about this place. So many things are right; the look, the staff, they use green shift products, the menu etc.. I'm moving into the area so its nice to have this option. That said, it has been mentioned that the prices are a bit high, and I have to agree. If everything was a dollar less, I wouldn't have noticed. Some things are great, like the BAT, others are average, like the ribs, pulled pork sandwich and whole chicken. I still have to try the pastrami sandwich.
                    In another post someone mentioned that black cherry soda would go well with smoked meat, and it was awesome with my pulled pork sandwich. Thank you.
                    My general complaint about most smoked products is that it doesn't taste of any specific smoke. The smoke at the Stockyard is heavy, but I don't feel as if I'm walking through a forest. This is the way I would describe Stadtlander's smoked products. In most scotches, the peat is well pronounced, even Lapsang Souchong tea has a very clearly defined taste of the woods. Maybe, much like Caplansky's, this should be viewed as a work in progress, and thus deserved our support.
                    Like I said I'm moving into the area, so I wish them the best. I will be back.

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                    1. re: dubchild

                      Tried Stockyards on Sunday night. Much to love - the fries are outstanding, my ribs were well crusted and moist inside, the $13 fried chicken combo is easily large enough to split - the chicken was excellent - well crusted with tasty batter and moist and meaty inside. Limeade was a treat. Staff were very friendly and fun.

                      Needs improvement:
                      Need to rename it: "We'reouttathat" - No pulled pork, no pastrami, no chicken and waffles (that's an old menu) etc. But i knew that going in.

                      Weird - way too many fries, way too little cole slaw in the combo - a tiny dish of slaw? why? Its not a garnish its a side.

                      Dipping sauce served with the ribs - tasteless.

                      Fairly slow at kicking out the food - i think it must be the fryer holding things up.

                      Most important - all the food we did get was very good, go for that; just don't expect a flawless operation.

                      1. re: marcharry

                        We tried it last week. Ordered the porchetta sandwich, fries, onion rings and coleslaw. The sandwich was so-so -- a bit bland. It needed something other than mayo to kick it up. The fries were great and so was the coleslaw. The onion rings which looked fabulous were actually very greasy -- inedibly so (it was like a mouthful of oil - yuck!). I think the oil wasn't hot enough. We are going to try it again since it's around the corner and my husband wants to try the ribs -- I also want to try the fried chicken. Hoping it gets better since the place looks great and there have been some positive reviews on here.

                        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                          I recommend the Caprese Sandwich, the smoked tomato jam on it really makes it extra good. R had the fried chicken and really liked it.

                        2. re: marcharry

                          Went there for my second time on the weekend and had to pipe in.
                          This time i had pulled pork / fries & little one had a hot dog & onion rings...
                          I notice they make the rings fresh, which is nice and they are pretty damn good - wasn't impressed though that with my order they added another order (which was in the basket) back to the fryer and was part of what i got - kinda cheap i thought for them to give me ones that weren't quite as 'fresh'...
                          Pulled pork was alright, I didn't taste much smoke at all, texture was good but wasnt' very sauced either and with the BBQ sauce i got on the side wasn't that impressed with it's flavour - kinda bland imo...
                          Also when i was leaving the gal tried to nick me for the $5 fry deal till i reminded her it was a side - so when she voided the bill was sure to remind me it was 'her first time' having to do that - boo hoo - as if i was a cheapo or something...
                          anyway, I wanna like the place and i'm sure will go back for the chicken, but i think it's overpriced for what you get and that Phil's pulled pork is definately better.
                          just my 2 cents...

                          1. re: dannyboy

                            Went to Stockyards for the 1st time a week ago for lunch and I have to say that I was a little disappointed. The service and staff are great and informative but both the pulled pork and chicken sandwiches that a friend and I had were disappointing. Firstly, for 9 bucks, the sandwich though filled with moist meat is rather small and overpriced. Secondly, the small roll used to hold the meat is so soft that the sandwich breaks apart in your hands and you end up eating the meat that drops onto their fancy cast iron service pans!! Finally, the flavor of the BBQ meat in the sandwich was as not as flavorsome as I would have expected. The sauce that the meat was marinated/tossed in tasted tart, almost vinegary. So, along with the coleslaw within the sandwich and their recommended lime&mint homemade drink, the sandwich eating experience was too tangy and tart for my liking. I have yet to try the ribs for which they are known for and I will venture there one evening for them, but my vote for the best BBQ pork sandwich at the moment goes to the Black Camel @ Rosedale.

                              1. re: ylsf

                                fries are $5, if you get them as a side they're $2.50, but if you don't watch they nick you for the full $5

                        3. I had the "never available" pastrami this weekend. Simply pit, it is the best smoked meat in Toronto, hands down. Reminds me of The Main in Montreal (across from Schwartz's).

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                          1. re: shillmon

                            It IS never available. How did you manage to get some? I really didn't think they really made it and that they just wanted people to keep stopping by for I gave up.

                            1. re: deelicious

                              It does exist -- I had it on a Tuesday night about a month ago when they were out of ribs. It IS very good.

                              1. re: Tatai

                                We went yesterday and really enjoyed our fried chicken lunch. Huge portion, and in fact, took some home which I am looking forward to. The fries were outta this world, maybe a touch over salted, next time I would ask for less. The onion rings were fabulous. In fact best onion rings EVER! Not greasy at all. Thin and crisp, cooked perfectly.

                                The staff were very friendly, and I was quite impressed with how clean everything was.