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Marky & Sparky's Smokehouse

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

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

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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.

    2. 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.

            Edited to Add

            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!!

                DT

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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.

                  2. 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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                    1. re: kbdid

                      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")

                      1. re: ylsf

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

                    2. Oooh. In my hood.

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

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                      1. re: Jacquilynne

                        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

                        1. re: Davwud

                          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!

                      2. BlogTo says it will be opening tomorrow (Friday)

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                        1. re: ylsf

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

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

                        2. 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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                          1. re: kbdid

                            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.

                            1. re: kwass

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

                              DT

                                1. re: kwass

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