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kbdid Feb 15, 2013 09:15 AM

Opening at Runnymede and Annette, anyone know anything about this or the folks behind it?

https://www.facebook.com/MarkySparkys...

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    ylsf RE: kbdid Feb 15, 2013 10:42 AM

    No I haven't but I have hope that it is decent/good! Thanks for the link, please post updates if you find out when they are opening.

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      kbdid RE: ylsf Feb 15, 2013 11:36 AM

      Will do. Just happened to drive by and notice the sign - they're in the old Butcher by Nature location and from the fb page they are supplied by them, so there must be some connection. Hope it's good because it's within walking distance for me.

    2. Spanglo RE: kbdid Feb 21, 2013 01:24 PM

      I see that they are near Barque smokehouse's hood.I hope M&S make better bbq ribs and are not as pretentious as they are.

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        justsayn RE: Spanglo Feb 21, 2013 01:44 PM

        How is Barque pretentious? By being unique and creative? It's not their fault that there are few good options in the city. Why should they have to cater to everyone and stay low brow bbq?

        It's like the Grand Electric argument that they shouldn't have loud music. Why? Because there are so few options? Not their problem.

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          kwass RE: justsayn Feb 21, 2013 02:45 PM

          Right on justsayn! I'm with you!!

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            kbdid RE: justsayn Feb 21, 2013 08:10 PM

            Nothing wrong with being unpretentious...there's a lovely bbq place on Dundas a bit west (Phil's?) that is definitely not pretentious and really good.

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            Besides, who wants a snotty and picky BBQ joint?

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              Spanglo RE: justsayn Feb 22, 2013 02:37 PM

              Barque is unique I do agree.They are the first pretentious place in toronto to sell bbq.Creative? in their food? Basic bbq fare,with some french mixed in,Italian,Spanish,Mexican,etc, on a plate .Basic veg,meat,starch and desserts.They are not creative enough and some of their smoked meats are not good enough to justify their upscale price,so that's what makes them pretentious .No they don't have to do low brow bbq but bbq has always been low brow.

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              Dean Tudor RE: Spanglo Feb 22, 2013 08:59 PM

              Spanglo: not sure that Runnymede and Annette is all that close to Lower Roncey -- several miles away. Can`t call it the hood anymore, although they are in West Toronto, like Stockyards, Phils, etc.

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                kbdid RE: Dean Tudor Feb 22, 2013 09:03 PM

                No, definitely not that hood, but several places opening up in this area.

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                gilbert1111 RE: Spanglo May 9, 2013 06:55 PM

                I'm with Spanglo - not about pretentious - I don't care about that. But I'm a Q'er, and their rubs were awful, No smoke ring, no flavour. Spoke to the pit master and he explained that they used to smoke them for 5 hours, but found that 2 was enough. NOT!

              3. Davwud RE: kbdid Feb 21, 2013 02:08 PM

                Whoa!! Did you see the picture of the ribs on the fb page?? Yow!!

                DT

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                  justsayn RE: Davwud Feb 21, 2013 02:26 PM

                  +1

                2. kwass RE: kbdid Feb 21, 2013 02:45 PM

                  Anyone know when they expect to open?

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                    kbdid RE: kwass Feb 22, 2013 07:37 PM

                    Drove by again today, still looked like they were getting ready.

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                    kbdid RE: kbdid Mar 7, 2013 05:41 PM

                    Found a few articles - seems it's opening at the end of March

                    http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

                    and

                    http://www.snapbloorwest.com/index.ph...

                    Seems Restaurant Takeover was somehow involved (I thought that show took failing spots and made them over?)

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                      ylsf RE: kbdid Mar 7, 2013 06:37 PM

                      That scares me that Restaurant Takeover was somehow involved... I am not a fan of any of the places that I have been to that they were involved with (or, the previous version "Restaurant Makeover")

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                        kbdid RE: ylsf Mar 8, 2013 06:48 AM

                        I don't get it because there's no restaurant to takeover, yet.

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                          MissBingBing RE: kbdid Mar 8, 2013 08:26 AM

                          Television isn't real.

                    2. Jacquilynne RE: kbdid Mar 7, 2013 06:33 PM

                      Oooh. In my hood.

                      Will it still count as exercise if I cycle over to buy BBQ?

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                        Davwud RE: Jacquilynne Mar 8, 2013 06:48 AM

                        Hell ya. If they have jalapeno cornbread you can count that as a veggie too.
                        Of course, there's a place in Franklin, Tn we visit that often has Mac n Cheese as a veg of the day. So adjust accordingly.

                        DT

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                          justsayn RE: Davwud Mar 8, 2013 07:16 AM

                          We would go to The Bagel on College street for our daily veg. They offered a great vegetable platter of potato latkes, knishe, kasha and I forget what else. We knew we were getting our 3 servings!

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                        ylsf RE: kbdid May 9, 2013 05:36 AM

                        BlogTo says it will be opening tomorrow (Friday)

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                          kbdid RE: ylsf May 9, 2013 04:18 PM

                          yup and they've posted their menu - looks like no license (or not yet)

                          https://www.facebook.com/MarkySparkys...

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                          kbdid RE: kbdid Jun 25, 2013 07:50 PM

                          Anyone been here yet? No blogto etc reviews or comments yet but it's been open for a bit. Been too occupied with other issues to walk over.....

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                            burningrome RE: kbdid Jun 26, 2013 06:21 AM

                            Went a few weeks ago, midweek. Very good - ribs, tasty pulled pork. Seating for maybe 10, pretty busy for takeout. Quite different from Barque, less smoke perhaps.

                          2. kwass RE: kbdid Jul 10, 2013 11:48 AM

                            BlogTo just did a review. Here is the link:

                            http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/mar...

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                              Davwud RE: kwass Jul 10, 2013 01:56 PM

                              I find it odd that they say the ribs were "Almost devoid of moisture" and yet said they were good.

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                                kwass RE: Davwud Jul 10, 2013 04:18 PM

                                I thought that was odd too!

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                                  disgusti RE: kwass Jul 10, 2013 05:51 PM

                                  the people who write for blogto are and always have been a bunch of blowhards

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