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Ribs again

At the risk of starting a flame-out, what's the current thought about where to go for Ribs. Thats what a friend wants for his birthday dinner, so I thought I'ld ask. Any suggestions?

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  1. If he likes ribs on the smokey, less saucy side, I would recommend Stockyards; that said, seating is scarce there, and ribs are only available on certain days. If, however, he likes ribs that are more saucy (slathered in barbecue sauce), perhaps others can make a suitable recommendation.

    The Stockyards
    699 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Stockyards is quite good but the ribs are limited so heading there specifically for that item is a little risky, but worth it if you get some. I'd also recommend Universal Grill for great, reliable ribs. I prefer Stockyards but also quite enjoy Universal Grill.

      Universal Grill
      1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G3N4, CA

    2. Paul & Sandy's in Etobicoke has more tables than the Stockyards and serves bbq everyday.

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      1. re: GoodGravy

        That's true. Should have asked how far the OP is willing to travel.

      2. If you decide to go to stockyards just make sure you call ahead (even a day if possible) to find out if you can reserve ribs. Some restaurants will allow that.

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        1. apart from stockyards, southern rub aka real urban bbq in vaughn has very good ribs

          1. if you don't mind a drive, Camp 31 or Buster Rhino.

            Buster Rhino's
            2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

            1. If you like pit BBQ (meat cooked inside or right on top of the coals, low {temp} and long)- as opposed to grilled BBQ which is cooked quickly at high temperatures above the coals- then I suggest you try Phil's Original BBQ at College and Ossington. The meat is tender and sweet and the sauce is thick and rich with a smoky, dark molasses and vinegar flavour. I'm from the southern US and this is how we cook our BBQ. It's the best thing I've had since I left home.

              Phil's Original BBQ
              838 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1A2, CA

              1. Well, since I inadvertently started a nasty flame war on another rib thread I'm going to tread carefully here....

                Stockyards ribs are good. But they limit the serving days and product volume, so it's best you do your homework and order ahead. I'm not judging and I'll leave it at that. 10-4. Over and out.

                If you are willing to venture further afield for great ribs without crossing the U.S border, try Camp 31 in Paris, Ontario.

                1. I actually like the ribs at Steak Pit on Ave. The rest of the food is meh so I would definitely do takeout. I actually really miss Mickey's ribs that used to be on Yonge north of Eglinton. I wish there was something in the city comparable. I also really liked Tony Roma's near the airport. Too bad they closed down. Outside of Toronto near Windsor, we always stop at that rib place right by the border; anyone remember the name?

                  Steak Pit Restaurant
                  1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

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                  1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                    The Tunnel BBQ - back in the day it was a great treat - for ribs and pecan pie.


                    1. re: toronto guy

                      and breakfast! We used to go for breakfast before catching the shuttle to the car show in Detroit. Haven't been in years but did remember the food was pretty solid. Nothing fantastic but well executed.

                      1. re: fickle

                        TBQ still has an amazing pastry shop .... the strawberry romanoff is killer

                    1. re: Davwud

                      Thanks Davwud,

                      Gave Big Bone's a try yesterday and it was very VERY good. Ribs were big, meaty, smoky and with a good sauce. Pulled pork (deconstructed to go) had a nice solid bun and great meat nicely sauced. The sides of baked beans and coleslaw were also very good (an unusual thing for Toronto BBQ).

                      All in all, now a regular go to spot.

                        1. re: justsayn

                          Haven't had Hadley's ribs yet, but they're on my list. Oy, the quest continues....