HOGTOWN SMOKE

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Barbecue
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
The OG - Toronto's original mobile Barbecue Smoke House. We cook it the right way: low and slow.
This location was the start of our BBQ “EMPIRE” LOL.

A Beach hotspot for 5 years running. 30 seats inside and a the newly created ‘Junk Yard’ beer garden outside more than doubles the space, with 24 beers on tap, tv’s and water mist cooling to keep the beach heat at bay.
What 52 People Are Saying
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RF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Way to expensive, small amount of food, and under staffed.

AD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We spent an excellent moment at the HogTown Smoke. And we would recommand this place.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and drinks.

JC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Quality experience, excellent food & service...
Looking forward to our next visit.
Best, MKoM, Toronto

JW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent, the corn bread and brisket sandwich especially.

l
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food great for pork and beef lovers. Wednesday night is half price ribs (excluding beef). Owner present and talked to all. Remembered us from our last visit.

AS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I went on a day where they had run out off all their popular dishes. We are on the patio and there was a smell of rotting garbage. Not a very pleasant experience especially as we were a party of 7 and our bill was over $300.

Would not recommend.

CK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious in house smoked and barbequed meat and tasty sides! Highly recommended!

AC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

When we got there they didn’t have any burgers left, but we were happy to try something else

SG
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great, the food was excellent. We will return again.

JM
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We loved the food at Hogtwon smoke! The only downfall is that there is no sampler plate. We've were disappointed that you had to order a la carte 1/2lb of each meat which was very $$$$$! Also the table area and sauces were not clean; the bottles were greasy and dirty and the wall beside our table was covered in sauce and food splashes. We loved the food but think we're going to try the other location next time.

DW
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love coming to this place, it's such a treat. Best deep fried pickles ever!

JP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meat and friendly, helpful service. We were given candid recommendations about items on the menu that we asked about. Interesting selection of local beers.

LS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time at Hogtown Smoke. Service and food both excellent!

N
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I can’t wait to go back !! Jo is the best and the food is to die for !!

TF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great service! Love this place! Would recommend to EVERYONE.

H
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Brisket and wings were great with corn bread and Mac and cheese as sides. Ribs were not as flavourful but tender. The father BBQ sauces was a perfect.

JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Ask for a Mule...no ginger beer, asked for an old fashioned...no orange, asked for a gin and tonic...no tonic...no bottled beer. Had to settle with a Draught. Food was good. Ribs and brisket were money. Price was high!

KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you like smoked meat there is nothing like this place. Once you go, you be hooked!

RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The beef brisket we ate had a gas bbq exhaust taste to it which was unpleasant. Also, this restaurant got rid of their home made root beer and premium sodas in favour of boring old Pepsi, 7Up etc from the fountain. Ostensibly to save money and standardize across their three restaurants. But this is a bad idea as having a NICE drink is part of the experience of going here. Don't try to save money by going ho-hum and standard, we can get that at chain restaurants. You'll be more successful if you enhance what makes the experience of your restaurant distinct. They also got rid of desserts because they said they sit around and go bad most of the time. To me, scaling back and trying to save money by going to Pepsi fountain drinks and eliminating desserts is a sign that the restaurant is in trouble and won't be around much longer, alas. You had a good thing going once, but now your offering is being made more like everyone else's. Don't do that. Reverse the decline!

N
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Went on Jan. 31, 2018 with temperatures around -15/-16 and windchill making it -30/-33, there was no heating in the restaurant! The food was okay, but I couldn't even really enjoy it because I was freezing my butt off! The menu is also not the same as the one available here on Open Table. There was no pig out platter, and no chicken sandwich options. Overall it was a disappointing experience for the $$ spent, however, the hostess/server was very nice.

AJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Restaurant was v cold .

JM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I left so full. The wife and I might go back next weekend.

NT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Booked reservations that were confirmed for group of 4 people to show up and you were closed!!!

N
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Booked a table on New Year’s Day for my brother in laws birthday but when we turned up it was closed! Very disappointed!

D
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

We were disappointed in the lack of taste in the food, very plain. BBQ sauce and Macaroni balls were the highlight of dinner. Most disappointing part was the variance in the menu pricing to the actual billed pricing, would have been nice to have accurate pricing on the menu as the bill was quite surprising when delivered. Needless to say the “you gotta eat here” show was a great promo and did it’s job by getting us to drive 1.5hrs for some lacklustre BBQ.

S
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

If you're in to meat, this place is great. We had a "dinosaur" bone that was excellent. Wish I could remember our servers name. She was really up-beat and attentive to our needs. Great place to eat in the Beach.

JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place. Can’t wait to come back! The food was unbelievable and value was great. Great find in my new hood.

r
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

This is the second time we have eaten at this location. My boyfriend got sick after the first time, maybe just a fluke. He had the pulled pork sandwich and sauce from the table. We decided to go back a few months later, our most recent visit. My partner was sick almost as soon as we walked out the door. He had the sandwich again and the mother sauce off the table. I don’t know if it’s because the sauces are left out unrefridgerated? But he has no allergies so it doesn’t make sense. I unfortunately wasn’t feeling great the next day as well. On top of this we got the jalepeno poppers which are a 16$ starter with 4 poppers. The bacon was completely charred, tasted like I set something on fire and just ate the ashes. Absolutely no flavour, the sauce they put on the poppers also completely classed with the starter itself and would be better without. I myself Had the chicken ceaser salad which it itsself was not bad but the presentation was horrible for a 20$ salad.
We spent 70$ at this establishment and it was 70$ of hard earned money wasted and down the toilet, litterally.

AH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been I this location and enjoy the intimate environment, I have been to the other location, in the downtown core. Food is always fantastic.

SW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Not as advertised on You Gotta Eat Here.Was expecting great BBQ and was very disappointed in food

VA
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was tasty and the portions were good. Food served was lukewarm and felt reheated but it's anyway prepared in advance (smoking takes time) so not too bad. Service was great, speedy, polite and with a smile. Cocktails were OK, nothing fancy. Overall, it's a good dining experience with good and tasty smoked meats. Only thing we noticed is the menu on the website is different from the actual one (we went there for the Mac'n'Cheese plate which was not on the menu at all). Prices are OK, a bit on the expensive side but can't complain too much about it. I would recommend it and I would like to visit their other branch near downtown Toronto.

EP
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The dinosaur bone (beef rib) among everything else we tried was delicious and our server was fantastic, funny, and provided us with great recommendations

LE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

There are so many better BBQ places in Toronto.

I thought this would be a great spot, came with a party of 6 and got a reservation right away which was nice.

The food was really MEH. I had the burger and two sides... the only good thing was the cold slaw. Others at the table also found the food quite underwhelming. Beer orders took a long time because they needed 'special' pint glasses.. but then when the beer came they were all in the same glasses. Our server was visibly frustrated with us and spent most of the time flirting behind the back of the patio bar. We had to ask for water three times after a long day of playing at the beach. Unacceptable.

OT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Good experience. Only disappointment was that the online menu was more extensive than in restaurant menu. Waiter was very helpful at helping us choose selections. We did find it a bit pricey.

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Great spot and excellent BBQ - would recommend to all!

BZ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We ordered the shareable brisket and quarter chicken. The brisket was very juicy and tender, and 1/2 pound was quite sizeable.

The chicken wasn't quite as good. Tasted more rubbery and didn't have much flavour.

MD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding BBQ in a small venue. Prices are reasonable and the stafff were amazing

M
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was unbelievable. Everything my friend and I tried on the menu was heavenly. Definitely recommend this to people.

M
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The food was expensive and the smoked meat was very dry. The smoked bird and the sides were better than the ribs and the pulled pork.

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