Hogtown Smoke on Colborne St.

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Barbecue
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True BBQ Joint and Restaurant in Toronto
Southern-style barbecue dripping with flavour rules at this downtown smoke house, the standstill evolution of its wildly popular barbecue-on-wheels and beaches predecessor.

Here, Pit Master Scott ' Hogfather' Fraser & Executive Chef Sean Simons take enthusiastic customers on a ride through the expansive wonders of smoking, grilling and saucing with stops along the way at pulled pork, brisket and baby back ribs meaty enough to shame a caveman. The addition if a custom built wood fire grill behind glass expands their famous menu to include steaks, seafood and fish.

Everything is cooked a long time here, but your patience pays off in spades. Guests dig in with both hands, their collection of spent napkins growing in direct relation to their enjoyment of the meal.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Decent looking restaurant, all the elements you would expect of a smokehouse. Not the most extensive menu, but the side ribs and brisket were good (back ribs were the special of the night and they had run out of them by 6:30 pm).

Service was terrible. Slow, confused and little knowledge of the menu or drinks available. Mass confusion at payment time.

Lots of great BBQ in this city to choose from, Won't be going back to Hogtown Smoke though.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for a heavy meal of meat, that makes you want to nap after. Thankfully, I had a server who was familiar with the ketogenic diet, and was able to point out everything that was safe for me to eat like; brisket, pulled pork, and ribs without sauce. Every bite was full of flavour that I could only dream of in my everyday life.

TB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

OK food, very friendly, informal service. Restaurant very quiet, though we did visit on a Sunday evening.

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Ambiance and options were good and service was fine, though having to ask more than once for water for the table even after having been served our meals was a bit annoying. Portions were large, but quality was a bit disappointing. Poutine was uncommonly lacking seasoning and pulled pork was dry. Chips were very good.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saw this restaurant on the TV show “ You gotta eat here !” After eating there , I agree ! Great food at a reasonable price. Generous portions and superb BBQ/ Smoke house taste ! I will definitely be back and I’m bringing more friends with me !

DT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Food - great service! Perfect casual Lunch experience! one of my favourites in the city!

VM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 1

When I visited they had a mouse problem in the dining room and kitchen, I really like this place I hope they have addressed the issue.

ON
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food excellent service good ambience. Craig was amazing. The wings are some of the best I've ever had.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Carne molto buona, ottime salse, affumicatura perfetta consigliato

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HB
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 1

We were the only ones there but the food was awesome

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Ottimo cibo americano Tex mex. personale cordiale

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PH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Shockingly bad. The server appeared to be stoned - I am not kidding. She ignored my party for 20 minutes even though the restaurant was empty, and in spite of my repeatedly making eye contact with her. I had to go walk over to her and ask if she would take our order. She then competely forgot about the order of one of our party bringing it a doggie bag as we were preparing to leave. Then - she ACTUAL|L|Y CHARGE|D ME for the forgotten meal. I just paid it as I was in hurry to get back to work (we were massively late at this point) and, given she was high as a kite and no manager was visible, it would take forever to get this take care of... so in disgust I paid. DO NO|T GO HERE!!!

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was ok. Food was better.

WH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

First time at the Hogtown Smoke. Got there on a Sunday. Seated ourselves. Waitress was very friendly but looked like there is only her working. She was running around trying to do almost everything. Ordered drinks and food as soon as she came by.
Drinks came when the food came.
Food was pretty good. Brisket was excellent.
There was another guy working but he was very busy with takeout and UberEats etc.
Waited a long time to get the bill and finally just went up and caught the guy to pay instead of waiting longer for the actual bill to arrive at the table.
Overall experience was ok. But would highly consider takeout instead of eating in

MA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Brisket (in sandwich) was excellent. My sides were chips and I ordered an extra coleslaw. Chips fair; coleslaw was crisp but dressing was tasteless. Dining partner had fries which were very good.

BF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A REAL Smoke House! The food had great flavour, service was exceptional! My 'dark and stormy' had just the right amount of lime. Only complaint was the beer was flat. Maybe time to clean the lines?

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The BBQ was awesome - get the brisket, it's tops. I was disappointed they were out of the short rib but I'll definitely try it next time. The service was excellent: attentive and friendly without being overbearing.

YL
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, for the price it was a good meal. Service was also good

C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would say appetizers are a bit overpriced for what you get. $18 for 4 jalapeño poppers that are not all the same size. Side ribs were awesome though. Mac & Cheese was okay. Wouldn’t order again. Overall food was good though.

RG
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great smoked pork and cornbread!!

BK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I’ve been here before but this time ribs were burnt and really dry

KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Was fantastic to try something new and experience such great BBQ. The restaurant was dead at the time but the food was amazing.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere. You notice right away the staff enjoys working there. Good BBQ food, with a nice smoke flavor.

RG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

We came to this location for it's "bucket of chicken" which was recommended by Glen(part owner). Previously, when we came at 6:30pm it was sold out. He told us due to the method used in making the chicken they can only make a certain number of buckets and we have to come REALLY, REALLY EARLY. So there we were on Friday, June 28, at 3:30pm. The place was DEAD except for 5 other people. The person who served us said "You could've just called it in because we would've put a bucket on the side for you." The place was so dead that the bartender/wait staff kept our friend entertained the entire time because she had nothing to do. The bucket of chicken cost $35.00 with 2 sides, and it was nothing special. I thought we could taste a HUGE difference between KFC, Popeye's and Hogtown. Not really. It was a different coating but not anymore moisture than the others. As well..... Glen promised that if we didn't think it was the best chicken we've ever tasted, our beers would be on him. Well.... that didn't happened either. So overall, we wouldn't rush back for the chicken but maybe the other smoked foods on the menu.

JY
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

BBQ brisket was great, baby back ribs also great,

Corn bread was not available

Chips were better than the fries!

GB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My son and I really enjoyed Hogtown Smoke. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the value was great, especially on Rib night. Very good smoke ring in the brisket and it was so tender. They use old school smoking methods and it shows. It’s a must try for anyone in Toronto!!

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

Awesome experience. Wait staff was super friendly and helped out a lot with the menu. Ambience was really cool and unique. Food was incredible and perfect for sharing.

DM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the ambience. Very real, great blues playing. Food is fantastic, service is great.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Only had (what else) barbecue - ribs, brisket, sausage and pulled pork, all very smoky and outstanding with multiple sauces

MA
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fridays are all about the chicken. Every day is good BBQ, but Fridays bring buttermilk fried chicken out to play.

YL
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice food, good vibe for the game night. Love it.

KR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our 2nd night in 4 days at Hogtown was even better. The service was so good as was the food plus the jugs of beer kept coming. All this great service when the place jammed . Our go to for ribs.

W
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Very tasty sauces. Brisket tender and tasty...ribs a bit dry

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

First time.
Impressing: from the ambience to the service. Keep up the good meat!

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great experience at Hogtown smoke on Colbourne this past Thursday evening. The service was phenomenal even after dropping a fork and 1 second later another team member brought a replacement. We had the smoked pastrami sandwich, spicy chicken on waffle and smoked brisket poutine - all very well done with the right amount of spice on the spicy chicken. We live in the neighborhood so have been smelling the smoke for some time now. We will certainly be returning.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal, excellent service and staff. Best Mac n Cheese I've ever had. Burn ends with root fries are heaven.

Only draw back is the loo is a long way down. Typical fir Toronto.

Everytime we've gone to Hogtown Smoke we've all enjoyed the experience.

Great food great service great place!

l
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing bbq. The stacked fries were unreal. We needed to get out quickly for a show after dinner and the staff were super accommodating. 10/10

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nothing special. Food was good, but a bit overpriced for what you get. Cornbread was delicious.

JB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The ongoing construction work outside would not be conducive to us recommending the location. Food taste and value was a lot less than I expected and somewhat embarrassing as we had visiting friends from England whom we had promised a memorable culinary experience, not.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The ribs were very hard and dry. The brisket was also very dry. Pricey for rock hard food. Carbon Bar is just up the street and for a bit more you get outstanding food.

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