Today Ryan and I went out for a delicious brunch at Barque Smokehouse. It was a mild winter day, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to get out and explore another area of Toronto. It was our first time in Roncy and not only did we thoroughly enjoy brunch, we also had a great time walking up Roncesvalles Ave. visiting cute coffee shops and health food stores. We actually managed to stop in at four places recommended by Toronto Life (getting a good start at my foodie resolutions!)
Barque Smokehouse was the highlight of our afternoon in Roncy. I was happy to discover that they offer several naturally gluten free dishes on their menu, including their dry rub ribs, brisket and pulled pork! Yum! Who doesn’t like smoked BBQ?! The staff was very friendly and explained that the dry rub used on their smoked meats is both gluten and soy free. They also kindly warned me against ordering anything from their fryer because of cross-contamination (that means I won’t be enjoying their fries, which look amazing).
I ordered the fried eggs with pulled pork, cumin spiced beans and guacamole – entirely gluten free with no substitutions needed. Unfortunately, they had run out of pulled pork so they subbed in pulled chicken instead, but it was still mighty delicious. The food at Barque is refined down south cooking at its best! Together the flavours were dancing in my mouth, I just couldn’t get over how good it tasted! They served you so much food that I couldn’t even finish the arugula salad that came with my meal.
We’re already talking about going back to Barque for dinner soon so that we can try their dry rub ribs and chicken wings! Another great thing that Barque does is it showcases seasonal fruits and vegetables in their dishes. I can’t wait to go back to try their smoked asparagus in the spring and the corn on the cob in the fall. Seriously I am already drooling at the thought!!
299 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2M3