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May 14, 2012 05:22 AM

Leslieville Pumps

Decided to try out Leslieville Pumps this weekend after walking by the renovations & sandwich board for a few months. (I'm a sucker for pulled pork, and the mention of Montefort cheese curds on the poutine suggested to me that it wouldn't be the standard fare.) We split the brisket sandwich and the poutine (no extras).

Good prices, great sandwich (combo of flavours, textures, not dry, not too moist), nice fries, and a guy in the back who cares about what he's doing.

Don't let the location (gas station) or the exterior (bad western) put you off from trying them. It's a great addition to the neighbourhood among a bunch of solid new spots.

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  1. Huh interesting. I fill up there all the time as their gas price is usually the best around. I was wondering about their expanded food operation.

    1. I wasn't even aware this existed until the write-up on Toronto Life today and came here to do a search to see if anyone had already had a good experience with it. I'm very curious to see if the fried pickles and corn fritters are good - I might take a walk by this weekend to try some out.

      1. We went on Sunday. The wife took the camera and I took the appetite.

        We ordered a chicken thigh and a brisket sandwich. The winner was definitely the brisket. you could taste the mesquite and hickory used in the smoking process. it was different than our usual favourite, Buster Rhinos, whereas The Pump doesn't shave their meat. the brisket was in juicy little chunks.

        it tasted like there was some horseradish in the sandwich and it is advertised as having bbq sauce. the house was very muted - and if you're a meat purist, that's a good thing.

        the chicken thighs were a little more plain. the smoke comes out better with brisket, in my opinion, so I wasn't expecting miracles from the chicken. I would hope that they make it saucier or give it some punch, because otherwise, it was flavour neutral.

        we also split a poutine. its a nice portion and was very tasty. i think we prefer chicken gravy vs beef gravy on poutine, but otherwise, it was pretty good. very Quebec diner-like in style.

        East enders now have a legitimate barbeque option. Definitely check it out.

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        1. re: atomeyes

          Prohibition has a smoker. It should be running already, or under construction, or testing. I wrote a business plan for a Leslieville bbq resto, but it's now been done by 2 places.

          1. re: BeeRich

            Prohibition is my local and I love the room and the staff but the food is not the strong suit. Even with changes in the kitchen it continues to be overpriced for what you get and frankly in some cases really really bad - ie fish and chips is one of the worst I've ever had.

        2. I am a little confused, the website says open 24 hours, but it also says the kitchen closes at 8:00p.m.
          What do they serve after 8:00?

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          1. re: bbbradk

            Those are probably gas station hours.

            1. Good write up / photos on BlogTO about this place... I didn't even think of clicking on this thread before seeing the pictures :)


              And to answer the question about what do they serve after 8pm, they mention in the write up that they have a sri lankan curry so at minimum they have that available (mentions it is popular with cabbies at 3am).

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              1. re: ylsf

                Ah good to know. Most pubs have a SR in the kitchen, so they serve the same but it isn't on the menu. Try some of the Firkins, and ask if there's a SR curry on the hidden menu. Very very nice. But, they do tone it down for us Muzungus.

                1. re: BeeRich

                  Sounds more and more promising.


                2. re: ylsf

                  I also read the write up on BlogTO. The food looks fan-freakin-tastic! Can't wait to try it!