BBQ Restaurants in North York

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Bill and Amy Wesolowski were no strangers to barbecue when they opened their restaurant. After all, they'd been grilling up mountainous platters of ribs, pulled pork, and grilled chicken at local parties and special events since 2008. Within their cheerful, sunlit joint, the seasoned caterers and skilled barbecue chefs whip up their signature dishes, along with southern-style sides of barbecue beans, collard greens, and coleslaw. The duo even accommodates vegetarians with meat-free menu selections, unlike other barbecue venues that require vegetarians to wear an itchy wreath of string beans around their necks. Plates pair with bottles of beer as they sit atop the white-cloth tables of the casual dining room, where colorful photographs and drawings of jazz instruments adorn the walls.

1260 Hertel Ave
Buffalo,
NY
US

Beach Bird Restaurant seamlessly blends influences from Canada, America, Italy, and Southeast Asia into an elegant, eclectic dining experience. The café welcomes visitors with the scents of sizzling Madras curries, penne noodles swimming in rich vodka sauce, and herb-crusted Atlantic salmon, charming them with a cozy atmosphere and a location an artisanal pizza's throw from the lakefront. Guests begin feasts with bites of Thai spring rolls or fresh green mango salad before digging into hearty four-cheese burgers, tandoori butter chicken, or pizzas crowned with Cajun-spiced chicken.

Artfully arranged meals of colorful vegetables and marinated meats complement a vibrant, wall-sized mural of a tropical beach, and furnishings of wine-dark varnished woods and tile floors make for classy, yet casual surroundings.

1955 Queen St E
Toronto,
ON
CA

The sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans await you at Southern Accent Restaurant. Cozy corners, private rooms and a 1940's bar will make you feel as warm as southern hospitality. Situated in a Victorian town house in Toronto's Mirvish Village, it is always Mardi Gras at Southern Accent!

595 Markham St
Toronto,
ON
CA

Earning international attention, Zane Caplansky's delicatessen menu celebrates savoury smoked meats and authentic deli concoctions. Growling paunches hush when in the presence of the all-day breakfast celebrities such as The LEO, a montage of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, and onions ($12). Hot smoked-pickled-tongue sandwiches ($8) and beef brisket on a bun ($8) answer the pleas of afternoon appetites with a punch of protein. Dinner platters illuminate diners with decadent entrees such as maple-dipped fried chicken ($14) and classic liver and onions topped with beef bacon and pan gravy ($14). Peruse Caplansky's spotlight-stealing sides menu, which features juggling deep-fried pickles ($5) and latkes ($4).

356 College St
Toronto,
ON
CA

At Rally Smokehouse, sports fans gather to toast victories over frosty glasses filled with more than 16 different draft beers. Complementing these sips is a generous spread of upscale pub food and barbecue dishes, with fried chicken, wings, and tenders, pulled pork made with meat from local markets, and steaks of certified Angus beef. The chefs employ traditional Southern-style barbecuing methods—slow-smoking brisket for up to 12 hours with wood fire while reciting the lyrics to "Freebird." While enjoying food and libations, guests may marvel at the 42-inch high-definition TVs streaming the latest hockey, football, baseball, and basketball games in the 7,000-square-foot space; still images of athletic glory line the walls, from epic slam dunks to Stanley Cup–winning salchows. Live bands every Friday night create a bouncy soundtrack for feasts of blackened salmon, spicy jambalaya, or burgers made from freshly ground beef.

1660 O'Connor Dr.
Toronto,
ON
CA

Inspired by music legend B.B. King—and more specifically, his birthplace’s famous barbecue—two Toronto vacationers scoured Memphis for the best barbecue joints. Their excited search to find the best authentic barbecue led them to more than 30 restaurants, including a tiny spot off Beale Street, where the secret recipes had been handed down for generations.

These vacationers became restaurant owners when they opened Memphis Steakhouse, where they share the time-tested Southern recipes they first discovered in Memphis. From dry-rubbed to wet-basted ribs and smoked beef brisket, they recreate the famous barbecue with a variety of signature sauces. And for groups of six to seven, there’s even a B.B. King special replete with rib tips, smoked chicken, a full slab of ribs, and 10 wings—which is what the Jackson 5 called their collective angel costume one Halloween.

4916 Yonge St
Toronto,
ON
CA