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stephen Oct 24, 2012 05:28 PM

This spot has been open for at least a month or so, near the Dixie and Dundas intersection, which has so far been a hard place to find many Chow-worthy finds. Trust me.

Pulled pork sandwich with a nice side of slaw this afternoon. Delicious.
When I got out of my car I could smell the smoker! In that good way...

http://www.holysmokez.com/

  1. PoppiYYZ May 13, 2013 07:18 AM

    Stopped in to pick up a Banh Mi from New Saigon and stumbled on Holy Smokez late one afternoon last week.

    Lots of BBQ eating guys going in and out, and I got good feed back from my informal "exit poll" outside the door (while holding two Banh Mi). Sooooo....

    Ordered a pulled pork sandwich with slaw and a half rack. Owner Rick gave me a sample of the brisket with sauce to try. All very good. Nice smoke, good chew, tasty sauces... HUGE PP sandwich with lots of meat for about $8 was a great value. I'll be back.

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      ylsf May 13, 2013 07:35 AM

      Thanks for the update. I will give them another chance.

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        BigWillyWonka May 13, 2013 07:18 PM

        How were the ribs? did they fall off the bone? I'm dying to find a place nearby that has good ribs, but their website doesn't even list ribs as part of their daily menu (only by special order).

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          PoppiYYZ May 14, 2013 07:29 AM

          The ribs were tender, moist, had a nice mild smoky flavor, and their red sauce (as a dipping sauce) was very good. I didn't try the hotter sauce. They were very good, but weren't "fall off the bone". Give all their Q a try.

          BBQ purist insist that ribs shouldn't fall off the bone. Personally, I like a rib that does. At home, I braise mine at 225 in a foil pouch for 2 hrs before smoking, saucing, and slow baking to finish (also considered a "faux pas" by the purists). But man they are goooood...

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            Davwud May 14, 2013 11:08 AM

            I find that when the meat is cooked to the point of "fall off the bone" that it starts to become kinda spongy. Where as "cling to the bone" can have a pleasing chew.
            Mine are side ribs done 5 hours on the smoker then 3 hours in the oven covered. No need for sauce.

            But it's your food, eat it as you like.

            DT

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              BigWillyWonka May 14, 2013 11:17 AM

              do you know if the ribs are part of their daily menu?

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          ylsf Mar 30, 2013 12:30 PM

          Funny this place was just mentioned on BlogTO (I know a recent bump here just got removed ):
          http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/hol...

          I have been, I am reserving judgement as I said I would give it another chance, but, I was not impressed by the way the owner handled my feedback after asking for it.... That is all I will say on this for now.

          Curious to hear if any other CHers made it out and what they thought. Very unusual for BlogTO to go out to Mississauga so kind of weird to see that "profile" (which is not a "Review"). You can read their review policy there.

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            iamafoodie Apr 9, 2013 10:35 AM

            With 6-month's experience behind them these friendly folks seem to have learned and worked through most of their typical restaurant novice errors.

            The smoked pork and brisket are superior local examples of the craft. They don't attempt to hot-hold so the meats are moist enough to make even a toasted bun's life pretty short. Better to eat in the store.

          2. Davwud Oct 25, 2012 10:03 AM

            Sigh. It's when I see things like this that I get the "Don't bother" feeling: "Holy Smokez Cheese Steak - Original Style - Made the original way just like Philadelphia intended it to be! We take our Slow Smoked Beef........"
            To the best of my knowledge, Philly Cheesesteaks ARE NOT made with smoked meat.

            Or this: "HolySmokes Texas Chilli - This is the real deal with black beans and pulled beef!"
            NO beans in Texas Chili. Sorry

            DT

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              stephen Oct 26, 2012 01:37 PM

              As somebody who grew up on the Jersey shore and am a confirmed Cheesesteak craving nut job, I had to try this. And no, Davwud, they aren't made with smoked meat. It's more typically raw rib eye shaved thin...

              Having said that, this was a really good sandwich for $7.99. Lots of not very smoky, but tender beef, with some cooked onions and green peppers in a cheese sauce. And the bread was the same soft white bun used for their BBQ sandwiches, so that isn't old school Philly either.

              I'd still recommend a visit if you are nearby....

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                Davwud Oct 26, 2012 01:43 PM

                I have no problem with them using smoked beef or the same bun that's used for their Q. Where I have a problem is saying something is "Original Style - Made the original way just like Philadelphia intended it to be" and doing something other than that. They need to be called on it. That's all.

                A more minor pet peeve is why can't we do this and just call it a Toronto (Style) Cheesesteak?? For example.

                DT

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                  Kagemusha Oct 26, 2012 04:38 PM

                  Probably because the natives don't have a clue what a textbook/canonical Cheese Steak should be. Same old mild fraud that's been used for years for other dishes/cuisines, the best examples being "Mexican" food(sic).

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                    Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 26, 2012 09:05 PM

                    The best examples range from "fine dining" al lthe way to "diner"" and "burger joint""

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                      stephen Nov 1, 2012 07:16 AM

                      They must be listening...rewritten menu and web site now.

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              13inches Oct 24, 2012 09:53 PM

              How does it compare to other west-end places like RD's, Paul & Sandy, Blue Sage or the now defunct Oink-n-Moo ?

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                ylsf Oct 24, 2012 08:06 PM

                Thanks for the heads up. Will put it on the "to try" list. They need to do a majour spell check on their website though, spelling "environment" as "invironment" and "their" as "thier". I didn't even look for more mistakes but lack of attention to a website makes me wonder a bit a out a restaurant.

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                  damonster Oct 24, 2012 10:15 PM

                  Heck I couldn't even find the address on the site.
                  Stephen could you give an exact address for the place near there quit a bit, co I'm interested.

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                    stephen Oct 25, 2012 08:12 AM

                    It's in a little strip plaza West of Dixie on Dundas. Just drove by it and the address is 1133 Dundas.

                    And to answer 13inches, it's not really a sit down place...there are some stools that reminded me of Burrito Boyz, where you can sit in the window and scarf, but it is mostly take out.

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