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The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder

• 699 St. Clair Ave. W. | Toronto, ON | M6C 1B2
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"Best. Fried. Chicken."
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February 2012 — "Though The Stockyards BBQ is only a couple kilometres north of where I live, my laziness with regard to north-bound travel has kept me from going there for far too long. I took the opportunity of my out-of-town family's visit, and their craving for hard-core BBQ, to finally go. Three of us ordered the Fried Chicken, The BBQ Brisket Sandwich, the half-rack of ribs and a side of coleslaw to share since none of us could decide. Not surprisingly, the portions are large and the food is heavy so we were full before even touching the brisket (though it made for a great lunch the next day). The ribs were smoked and therefore a little dry, but very meaty and flavourful and with quite tasty BBQ sauce. The coleslaw had a mixed reception; I liked it very much, but the other two found it lacked the contrast without apple. The fried chicken – something I absolutely never order, or even want to order – was phenomenal. Moist, juicy chicken in a delicious and crispy buttermilk batter. And the fries it came with were equally good. I'll be back for that dish, no question."

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"Fried chicken! With Waffles! How can I resist!?"
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December 2011 — "There are a multitude of eateries, diners, restaurants, stands, and hole-in-the-walls to grab a bite to eat in Toronto. Some of those places are touted as “must-eat before you die!” places and some are barely edible. Of course, this also depends on the level of inebriation you’re at and what you’re feeling at the time. One of the better places to eat at in Toronto is The Stockyards. This place would classify as an upscale hole-in-the-wall (it only seats 20 people). Although I wouldn’t classify it as “must-eat before you die!”, the food is still pretty awesome. The Stockyards labels itself as a “smokehouse & larder” specializing in Southern classic American barbecue. Whenever hearing about The Stockyards, their Sunday brunch menu item of chicken and waffles always comes up. Having been told to try it multiple times by different people, I finally figured I would give it a shot. Our group of four arrived at the restaurant at 11am on a Sunday and it was pretty packed. This is NOT a place you take a group for a birthday party (unless you do 20 take-out orders or something). There are stools and a counter that runs along the window and down the wall to the cash register and take-out counter. There were tons of people doing take-out; smart considering the wait time was 15-30 minutes for a seat. There is a bench near the door so you can sit and wait for your seat or for your order. After 20 minutes we were seated at the counter nearest the kitchen so we could watch the food being prepared. Everything smelled REALLY good! Watching the two cooks work around each other was fun; one was assigned to cooking the chicken and waffles and the other cook did everything else. Three servers took orders, bussed and waited tables and rang up take-out orders. I ordered the Chicken and Waffles ($12) as did a friend. The other two ordered the Biscuits with Sausage Gravy ($10) and the Whole 9 Stockyards ($14). The chicken took awhile to come up considering they only had one waffle machine (which did NOT seem like enough waffle machines but I guess one machine is enough for them). Watching the cooks plate the chicken and waffle orders I noticed that they pour the sauce on top of the chicken. Seeing this I asked for the sauce on the side which they were happy to accommodate. Our orders took awhile to come up. We waited about 15 minutes then stopped one of the servers to ask her about our food as she walked by. She went and checked then apologized about it being late. To compensate she gave us each a buttermilk biscuit as at this point we were starving. The biscuit is nice and fluffy but it was also really filling. Our food finally came up and the cook pretty much passed them over the counter to us (which was awesome). The portion sizes here are MASSIVE. My dish came with one waffle cut in half and THREE pieces of good-sized chicken. The chicken was REALLY crispy but a little greasy (I guess since it was just freshly deep fried). The meat was really juicy and moist. The waffle was savoury and a little sweet; there were also bits of herbs in the batter. It came out nice and crispy. To eat it, I dipped the chicken in the sauce then speared it with a chunk of waffle and ate it all in a bite. It was good! Although this is definitely not something I can eat every day or even every week as it is really heavy. The Biscuits with Sausage Gravy came with two biscuits and scrambled eggs smothered in sausage gravy. It was good but really rich. The Whole 9 Stockyards was REALLY filling. It came with eggs, sausage, bacon, potato, beans, fried green tomato and toast. Everything tasted good but it was way too much food, especially for breakfast. I would recommend sharing a dish with a friend instead of ordering one per person. I ended up taking half of my food to go because I wasn’t able to finish it all. The restaurant is noisy and very casual. There is one washroom at the back and there are coat hooks along the wall near the washroom to hang your coat. There isn’t a lot of room to move in this place as you’re elbow to elbow with your neighbour. It was a fun experience and I would definitely return with a friend to share. "

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Modern diner and barbecue cuisine are served up at this casual eatery, which features an array of selections, including grilled burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, slow-smoked ribs and chicken and kid-friendly fare. Lunch and dinner are served Tuesday through Sunday.
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699 St. Clair Ave. W.
Toronto ON M6C 1B2

 
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