Matt Dombrowski opened Magruders more than 22 years ago, and ever since, it’s been serving the public’s need for hearty pub food and drinks. The menu of crispy apps, build-your-own-burgers, and sauced-up buffalo wings complements pours from the bar, which diners can enjoy inside or out on the patio amid fresh air and attention-seeking trees. At the end of each week, the pub entertains guests with comedy, music, or drink promotions.
Back in business after a fire in 2009, the Boston Hotel boasts a menu of USDA Choice steaks and prime rib, as well as sea scallops and lobster. The restaurant?s many fresh fish offerings get added attention on Fridays with specials that include a fresh haddock fish fry and linguini with fresh clam sauce. A selection of draft beers helps wash down entrees or enliven open-bar parties. Lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
After walking into Irish Embassy Pub and Grill, which is housed in a building dating back to 1873, patrons are surrounded by mahogany-panelled walls, traditional vaulted ceilings, and Doric-style columns. Wall-mounted TVs show sports, and the taps at a dark wood bar dispense Irish brews and long slips of paper with the poetry of Yeats printed on them. Patrons huddle around wooden tables for brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night dishes rich with Irish influence, such as shepherd's pie and Kilkenny-battered fish 'n' chips. While eating and drinking, patrons can enjoy the sounds of Irish music and gaze upon the four 50-inch plasma TVs that televise all Maple Leafs and Raptors games.
Bartenders lean over the illuminated bar, pouring beers from the tap or tipping bottles into ice-filled glasses. Inside Seneca Pub, flat-screen TVs overhead broadcast local sporting events, and the smells of battered fish and chips and rich poutine fill the air. The snap of a cue ball breaking a rack resounds across the large, open space, where theme nights feature stand-up comedians or lying-down tragedians.
The Jersey Giant enchants afternoons, evenings, and late nights with classic English pub specialties, over 20 tap beers, and an atmosphere that evokes the charming old cusps of the land of Angles. A plate of deep-fried yam frites off of The Jersey Giant's menu engages incisors in a foolhardy duel ($5.59), and the legendary fish 'n' chips, fresh beer-battered halibut decked out with tartar sauce, recalls dormant memories of vestigial gills and deep-sea dominance ($15.99).
In 1985, Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill first opened in Toronto, and over the years, its award-winning menu of classic pub favorites, extensive drink selection, and dedication to sports proved so popular that it now has locations throughout the province. Today, sports fans gather at this laid-back restaurant to chow down and watch various sporting events on the big screens placed around the eatery. Guests can watch the Cubs take on the Pirates, the Leafs thrash the Penguins, and the US men’s soccer team performing during their own halftime show in an effort to keep people interested.
Though Shoeless Joe’s made a name for itself with its barbecue ribs, Championship wings, and generous cocktails, the eatery is also famous for its ooey-gooey desserts. These include the peanut-butter Stacker sundae, which heaps slabs of peanut-butter brownies on vanilla ice cream and drizzles the mound in chocolate and caramel sauce.