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Dec 7, 2009 06:43 AM

New Southern Food downtown Toronto: Smokin' Bones?

I saw this mentioned on . I did a search here and saw a listing under the restaurant section but no info and no threads on it (or so it appears)

Anyone have info like expected opening date? Is it sit down or counter service? Any details?

I find myself down in the YD Square area for different events so it would be nice to have more food options in the area!

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  1. I certainly hope it ends up being authentic food. Toronto is woefully ill-equipped for anyone with a craving for southern or cajun restaurants, the only mainstays being the mediocre Southern Accent and the strangely overpriced Joe Mama's.

    There's N'awlins, too, but I've never been, so I can't comment on either its food or prices.

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      1. re: TexSquared

        Yikes, thanks for the heads-up.

    1. From the "Join Us" portion of the site -

      "The goal of the proprietors of Smokin' Bones is to become the premier take-out and delivery restaurant of Southern comfort food in the GTA. The principals in the business have over 15 years of combined experience in all aspects of the industry and will provide a safe, clean and well-organized workplace for their employees"

      Looks to me like a franchise business concept.

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      1. re: Pantz

        Fifteen years in all aspects of the industry doesn't sound like 15 years learning how to cook southern food down south which is what I'd rather read.

        1. re: GoodGravy

          Good point. Nowhere do they give valid credentials to qualify them to serve authentic Southern food. "15 years of combined experience..." could mean 15 years serving junk Chinese food and calling it Cajun....

          I look forward to the first reviews of this place on this board, and I expect they won't be pretty....

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        1. Smoking Bones open tomorrow at 10:30am and i am really excited about the prospect so will see

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          1. re: Kedeisha8

            Some details from the email announcing the opening (I'm hungry just reading the menu list):

            "Thank you for your interest in our new restaurant and for your patience while we finished our renovations! We invite you to come in and try our fabulous Southern cuisine featuring pulled pork, pulled chicken, southern fried chicken, baby back ribs, beef ribs, cornbread, mac ‘n cheese, baked beans, soups….and much more. And please note that everything is HOMEMADE FROM SCRATCH."

            "We open tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 14 at 10:30am and hope to see you soon!"

            1. re: Gary

              Yeah, got the same e-mail. I will try to check it out next time I am in that area.

            2. First of all, as was touched on above, 15 years of restaurant experience means nothing when it comes to BBQ. 15 years of BBQ experience is really just getting you started. So I'm not that optimistic.

              Secondly, as soon as I saw Y&D as it's area I was suspect. Seems to be a trendy type area and even though it's not exactly there, it still is.

              Thirdly, as for realy deal southern food coming to TO I think it would be a hard sell. I just blogged about a place that does the real deal just south of Nashville. One of the comments I made was that the sides (Peas, beans, greens) were "Cooked to death" which is the way they should be. Mrs. Sippi's corn on the cobb droops whey you hold it at one end. It's how it's done and it's great. I see a lot of people complaining of "Over cooked" veg and stuff.
              Also, let's face it, southern food aint health food and we all saw the problems Krispy Kreme had.

              So I just DIY at home.

              You can read my blog entry on some real deal southern if you like.