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May 11, 2011 06:50 AM


Seriously, best chicken wings, ribs and brisket I've had in the city. Plus the nicest staff and head chef (his name is Dave- make sure you meet him!). I brought 8 friends there last night for my birthday and the service, food, and environment were all excellent. Go support a new Roncesvalle restaurant and have an amazing meal!
(ps don't wimp out on dessert- the pecan pie was incredible!)

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  1. "Best in the city" is pushing it a bit much, but its pretty good. We spent some time talking to the owner/chef David as well while having dinner, about what he's trying to achieve with the resto. He wants to be "the best BBQ on Roncy" and I think he's doing a fine job. Our only suggestion to him was to get some pulled pork on the dinner menu. If he was selling his sandwiches (only for lunch currently) during the dinner rush he'd make a killing in take-out orders.

    BarQue have a small ways to go with regards to refining their service and plating, but they're definitely off to a strong start. I'll be going back in a month to give a fair assessment of the place, I think passing judgement 2 weeks in would be a bit un-fair.

    Bottom line; worth the trip to Roncy (make sure you make a reservation first or you'll be left out in the cold!)

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    1. re: 00CP

      Reservations? For BBQ? Really? What about on a week night? I really hate reservations. Just kills it or me.

      1. re: crawfish

        I saw more than 10 tables turned away when we went last Friday around 7pm who did not have reservations. If you want to eat, a reservation ain't a bad idea

    2. The greater question: how does he compare to the Drake, Buster Rhinos and Stockyards?

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

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      1. re: atomeyes

        Ok well stock yards wins for burgers and fried chicken- but this is more of a ribs,wings, brisket and pulled pork spot. The drake BBQ I have yet to try but I've heard it's par at best. Buster Rhino's I've never heard of or tried!

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

        1. re: atomeyes

          I haven't been to Drake but I have gone to Stockyards and the last sampler day of the season for Buster Rhino. For ribs I think Buster Rhino has the best ribs and brisket that I have tried so far. The Stockyards ribs are good but it's the sauce that brings it to the next level. The day I was planning to go to Barque got sidetracked and all I got were pictures of the storefront.

          In another thread someone also mentioned Paul and Sandy's in Mississauga as well. I always love places that are reachable by the ttc (unless someone else is doing the driving).

          As a side note, I found that Sweet Escapes sells pulled pork and brisket sandwiches from Buster's. This was a totally serendipitous discovery while roaming in the distillery district. Had a good talk with Jason about his food and Busters. He's a great guy.

          Sweet Escape
          55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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

          1. re: geekwithspatula

            Now this is news to me. Thanks for the Sweet Escapes tip!

            Sweet Escape
            55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

            1. re: geekwithspatula

              Paul and Sandy's is not in Mississauga, it's in Etobicoke on Dundas and it's about 2-3 blocks away from the Islington subway station on the Bloor line.

              1. re: geekwithspatula

                I thought the pulled pork at BR was the bomb...better than what I had in Memphis IMHO..the brisket was sliced a little too thin for my liking, I like it pencil thick with the flat and point separated, and that nasty non rendered fat discarded. But that's just me.

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              1. I went to their website and it still seems like it's under construction. I would love to look at the menu before I take a trip out there.

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                1. re: kwass

                  its worth the trip even w/out seeing the menu .... food is AMAZING .... i love to bbq at home but this is way better than anything i could ever do .... def get the miami ribs!

                2. I heard it's not very good, extremely expensive, and does not even have pulled pork on the menu at all.

                  Is charging alot for simple food where the "Gourmet" comes in?

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                  1. re: duckdown

                    1)does anyone have any pictures or specific comparisons to the bbq leaders in the gta?
                    2) how much are items on the menu?

                    1. re: duckdown

                      you heard wrong. its delicious and medium priced. and I talked the chef and pulled pork is currently just on the lunch menu but he's going to be changing that based on customer demand.

                      1. re: corywoulds

                        HI Corywoulds,

                        I assume you're there often since you speak to the chef regularly,
                        would you have any pricing on hand?

                        1. re: plug

                          I've only been twice but I live on Sorauren and I love promoting anything great on Roncesvalle (after all that construction garbage its great to see a new business take a chance on the block again) I'll take a cellphone pic of the menu and prices and post it!

                      2. re: duckdown

                        Why does a BBQ place need to have pulled pork? I don't think Stockyards has it do they? A place doesnt have to offer every single last permutation of BBQ to appease everyone, in fact I applaud establishements that want to specialize and become really really good in one or two things.

                        Its not that expensive, its quite good and a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.

                        1. re: themiguel

                          Why does a southern BBQ place need to have pulled pork? Is that really what you just asked me?

                          Yes, Stockyards has it. And they are not even just a BBQ place.

                          1. re: duckdown


                            Look at the website above, widely considered to be one of the best BBQ places in the United States. Do you see any pulled pork on the menu? Places in States frequently specialize in a couple of things, they don't try to do everything for everyone because they understand that a world class product sometimes requres dedication and time commitment. Outrage at a lack of pulled pork in a barbeque restaurant is misguided. Its like complaining that a tonkotsu specialist ramen joint doesnt offer any miso ramen

                            1. re: themiguel

                              In fairness, Texas BBQ is its own animal. Most of the other BBQ styles in the US feature pulled pork. But yeah, Texas is my favourite, give me a nice sauceless beef brisket any day.

                              1. re: childofthestorm

                                ABSOLUTELY. Texas BBQ is beef - all the way. Most other styles are pork and there are multiple variations/styles.

                                however, I'd never heard of Luling City - but then I've never been to Houston. I stick to within about 200 miles of Dallas. Best I've had - and I think the most recommended, is generally south of Dallas, particularly around Austin.

                                1. re: childofthestorm

                                  Or with Au Jus..YES!!
                                  I have been to Rudy's and Salt Lick in Austin and concur, no pulled pork, everything else. But they are their own animal.

                              2. re: duckdown

                                In fact, according to the chef, Dave, it is not a Southern bbq place just a place with a guy doing barbeque in Toronto. Aren't we all over the mush that is pulled pork anyways. I mean it's good, but does this town ever beat a trend to death or what?

                                1. re: Sui_Mai

                                  while i'm not saying a bbq joint needs to have pulled pork
                                  .... i do not know what trend you speak of.
                                  there isnt' a real good smoked pulled pork in the dtown region.
                                  thats why you taste mush... they're roasted and slathered with bbq sauce.

                                  1. re: plug

                                    I know you're not saying that - someone else is.

                                    Drake bbq has nice pulled pork downtown. And the trend I mainly speak of is the ubiquitous pulled pork sandwich - also the Cubano sandwich - it's like the new bahn mi, elk slider etc...

                                  2. re: Sui_Mai

                                    I like pulled pork but it always just tastes like its covered in storebought sauce. I have not tried any N.American BBQ so far that is worth writing home about. Too sweet and not enough depth to the flavor. Raving about pulled pork is almost as bad as getting over excited about a big mac. Have not tried Texas BBQ. Sounds much more interesting.

                                    1. re: BritInTO

                                      Go to Buster Rhino's to try pulled pork that is not doused in sauce...

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

                                      1. re: TexSquared

                                        I second it..BR's pulled pork is the closest to comp or back yard worthy as you can get here. All the others I have tried ended up being a little 'flat' tasting IMHO.

                                        1. re: ebay3392

                                          Buster Rhinos pulled pork was pretty good in store but I found the vac-sealed bag we brought home was mushy after re-heating and had an unpleasant texture and mouthfeel.

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

                                  3. re: duckdown

                                    Thats true not much pulled pork in texas bbq mostly beef

                                    1. re: Budca

                                      Actually that's not true, even pulled pork is a major staple in Texas - you just generally hear about how they are only beef eaters.

                                      If you really just want to end this debate here and now.

                                      The eastern seaboard is Known for pork. Usually a dry product, with a vinegar or tomato base, they do know what brisket is, also chicken, they smoke lamb, they also smoke corn, tomatos, oysters etc. (by the way, down south eastern US if you ask for BBQ you get pulled pork)

                                      The mid states are known to be a mishmash of bbq styles and products but one thing is definitely known about them - saucy products tomato molasses base, also known to smoke everything.

                                      The Texas state (and surrounding areas) are known to be a Brisket state, when in actuality they cook more pulled pork than brisket. Even more surprisingly they cook more Texas red hots and Kielbasa (yes, go figure, Kielbasa) than anywhere else and it makes up a major major portion of their products. Oh and these guys also smoke everything, apparently just bigger.

                                      BBQ is simple folks - it's a process, what is that process?

                                      To cook low and slow over hardwood or charcoal (this for all intensive purposes includes pellets, wood chips etc) - it always comes down to the same thing, low and slow.

                                      Essentially it comes down to local variations these variations can be as wide as areas (eastern US) to across the street in some areas.

                                      So this is always what I ask people, when you tried what they were smoking, when you put that piece of whatever food in your mouth - did your tastebuds stand up and slap you silly and ask for more, or did they roll over and go back to sleep from boredom. If they slapped you silly, then you found yourself some good southern BBQ, if they didn't, eat up, accept the fact that you didn't like this particular form of southern bbq and move onto the next BBQ Joint.

                                        1. re: BusterRhino

                                          Well said Buster. Coming from the mustard region of the eastern seaboard it is important to appreciate the underlying idea of BBQ - how it's cooked! Once you've got the process down everything else is personal preference and/or regional style.

                                          Still hoping to stop in your place one day (I live west of the GTA) so you can slap my tastebuds silly!

                                  4. re: duckdown

                                    everyone is entitled to their opinion but i encourage everyone with regards to any resto to taste w their mouth and not their ears ... lol