Pub Grub in Toronto
We'll be in Toronto in May staying near Avenue Road and Bloor St. We'd like to have a nice pub lunch one day, a pint with fish and chips, maybe some curried chicken or Shepard's pie, even corned beef and cabbage. I've found a few possible places and was wondering which serves a well prepared meal.
Queen and Beaver
Any other favorites would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks in advance for your help.
Here's another thread on decent pub food: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/887874
Corned beef & cabbage isn't too common on TO pub menus.
Anyone have a rec for a good shepherd's pie?
I agree with the others recommending The Oxley. http://theoxley.com/#menu-item-2885 While it's probably serving the best quality pub food near Avenue & Bloor, it doesn't have many of the traditional pub dishes the OP has mentioned.
There is Chicken Curry, Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash on the menu at the Duke of York on Prince Arthur, also located close to Avenue and Bloor. http://york.thedukepubs.ca/download/menus/pdf_menu_York.pdf I haven't eaten at the Duke of York in a few years, but I've found my last couple meals at other Duke locations to be surprisingly decent for chain pub food.
The Monk's Table, about a 15 minute walk from Avenue & Bloor, has a Shepherd's Pie on their menu. I haven't tried it. http://www.themonkstable.com/menu/din...
I used to like the food at the Irish Embassy, but my last 2 visits in the last 2 years, were ok at best. Has anyone eaten at the Irish Embassy recently?
The Oxley is closest to you and is run by the same folks as the Queen and the Beaver (which is a bit further away). Either of those would fit the bill and are very strong food and service-wise.
You can also check out Museum Tavern which is also very close to you and has excellent food. They have fish and chips and a few less traditional options as well.
Irish Embassy is competent but with a very corporate environment.
PJ O'Briens is a step down food wise but definitely a traditional pub.
Even if Museum Tavern doesn't offer Shepherd's Pie, corned beef or curried chicken, it does offer fish & chips, steak & fries and burgers, as well as several somewhat-inspired dishes I'd consider to be gastropub-type dishes. While it isn't a traditional UK or Irish-style pub, I'd consider Museum Tavern to be closer to a gastropub than a bistro.