HOGTOWN SMOKE

3.9
32 reviews
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Barbecue
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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.
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4.3
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3.8
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N
1 review
Dined on February 1, 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.

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

Restaurant was v cold .

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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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 8, 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.

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JR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 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.

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r
Toronto
1 review
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.

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AH
Toronto
1 review
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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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.

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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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.

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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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HF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

Went to Holysmoke for the Wednesday special ribs and for the brisket. The food was only OK. We are from Hamilton and we have better ribs and brisket in Hamilton. The rest of the experience was great. Noise level was excellent. Accommodation was excellent for a casual evening.

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I had high hopes for this restaurant. We had reservations for 7:45 pm on a Saturday and they had run out of several menu items (including staples like beets for a beet salad). The washroom was dirty (fruit flies in the washroom). The waitress was unpleasant. When we spoke to the owner/manager about why so many items were out of stock she was rude and unhelpful. Did/said nothing to try to make the customer happy.

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was well worth the drive from the west end! It was the perfect place to celebrate our son’s 13th birthday.

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LV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, good food. The only negative thing to say is the washroom was a mess; sadly true of so many restaurants.

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l
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

food was good, service great. Owner willing to talk about the restaurant. Liked the combination plate. Would go again.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really fun place. Staff great. Had to wait for food, but no real problem with that as smoking of meats takes time. Result excellent meats. If you are a big party (more than 4), don't sit in booths as it is a little tight. Longer tables better choice. Nice patio.
They pumped up the music later in evening and had us all singing - lots of fun.

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F
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the atmosphere, our server was friendly, warm and upbeat!

This was my second time eating from the restaurant, the food and portions are always amazing! Mouth watering, juicy, succulent....need I say more!?

A must try for anyone!

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H
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very good casual dining experience. Pork dishes are very good and sides really tasty. The servers are very friendly. Good place to bring kids.

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VS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My party of 3 had a fantastic brunch at HOGTOWN. That wasn't our first time there and certainly won't be our last!

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DT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've been wanting try this local spot for some time but it's always busy. I'd heard from neighbours that you get a lot of food here. Three of us went on this night. We were a bit confused about what to order but our server was super helpful, making great recommendations. Two platters plus some additional sides was the perfect amount of food. This is meat lovers heaven. Two platters gives you choices of 6 meat servings to share. Double up on a favourite if you like. This is the place to go when you're really hungry. Very friendly service. Glad they're close by. Will definitely return.

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F
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2015
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

While there may have been a bit of a wait despite our reservation, we were not disappointed with our meal. The beef rib was excellent - tender, flavourful and moist and my 16-year-old said possibly the best meat he's ever eaten (and we eat a lot of meat!). I enjoyed the salmon tacos and they were yummy but next time I'll be going for the more typical meat dishes - I sampled the beef rib and brisket and both were great.

The sides were fantastic - the mac and cheese is enough on it's own for someone with a small appetite.

I'd love to see a cob salad offered...topped with pulled pork or brisket. Maybe soon?

(PS - we do love that Hogtown is not a chain)

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2015
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great, the servers enhanced the experience with their suggestions and personalities. The two negatives were that it was stifling hot in the restaurant and we had to wait 45 minutes for our RESERVATION.

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