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Feb 15, 2013 09:15 AM

Marky & Sparky's Smokehouse

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: ylsf

      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.

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      1. 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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        1. re: Spanglo

          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.

          1. re: justsayn

            Right on justsayn! I'm with you!!

            1. re: justsayn

              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?

              1. re: justsayn

                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.

              2. re: Spanglo

                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.

                1. re: Dean Tudor

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

                2. re: Spanglo

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


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                  1. Anyone know when they expect to open?

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                    1. re: kwass

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