Inspired by its owners’ pack of six rescued malamutes, who make cameo appearances around the restaurant, Working Dog Saloon dishes out animal advocacy alongside its menu of pub fare. Locally sourced ingredients nestle between slices of focaccia burger buns or dapple pizzas named for labradors, malamutes, and Balto, the sled dog whose 1925 journey to Nome, Alaska inspired the modern Iditarod. Wolfish appetites can wash down meals with home-brewed Dogger Lager and Doghouse wines, whose proceeds benefit homeless animals. Annual fundraisers, such as pet photos with Santa and the Walk 4 Rescue 5-kilometre walk, further advance the dog-friendly cause.
Inside Working Dog, sleds and harnesses hang from wooden columns and timber-panelled walls, and a painting of a malamute with perky ears grins above a stone-flanked fireplace. The pub also caters special events and hosts private parties amid ceiling-hung twinkle lights and flat-screen televisions, or outdoors on a spacious patio.
Chances are W Burger Bar serves a kind of burger you’ve never tried before. The restaurant’s menu boasts nine different kinds of burgers: locally raised beef, bison, lamb, turkey, chicken, salmon, Portobello, and veggie. If you’ve tried all those, you can spice things up with one of the bar’s toppings, ranging from goat and feta cheese, to garlic-herb mayo, cilantro yogurt, and beets. After customizing the burger to your specifications, chefs top them with preservative-free buns.
Out in the dining room, diners can enjoy hand-cut fries or pulled-pork poutine while watching the bar’s flat-screens TVs. Guests can pair burgers with sodas, hand-spun milkshakes, or draught beer, including local Sleeman brews. Also, be sure to visit W Burger Bar's new location at 682 Caledonia Rd., which just recently opened for business.
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.
Firmly rooted in its soil for more than 150 years, The Olde Stone Cottage Pub stands in Scarborough as a testament to charming entertainment and classic fare made from scratch. The vociferous menu barks out a number of hearty starters ($5.95+), sandwiched meats and treats ($8.95+), and specialty plates ($9.95+). Clock the amount of time it takes for a cold Alexander Keith red amber ale to frost of your mate's metal tongue while toasting an order of curry chips. Thumb through the 16 different flavours of wings or carve a sundial into the crust of a timeless steak-and-mushroom pie. The Olde Stone Cottage Pub's gracious staff is eager to make patrons their friends, and the ambience bestows the gleeful gifts of live music every weekend.
Philthy McNasty's ironic moniker reflects its commitment to pleasing sports- and party-oriented patrons. The menu of pub fare and pasta packs enough gustatory gusto to feed two dining levels, starting with wings spun in choice of more than 20 sauces ($10.99 for 1 pound). The Prime Minister burger layers mozzarella, cheddar, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, and two giant onion rings atop a half pound of ground sirloin ($12.99), and pastas include the tuxedo chicken, providing postprandial comfort with roasted red peppers, alfredo sauce, bowtie pasta, sliced chicken breast, and choice of bedtime story ($10.99 lunch, $14.99 dinner). Patrons can also cruise out to the patio or punctuate celebratory jazz hands while watching games with a buffalo-chicken sandwich, a triumphant union of fowl and beast ($11.99).
Toronto's third oldest bar, The Paddock prepares its menu of traditional fine dining and gastro-pub fare predominantly in-house, pairing each dish with a plethora of brews and old-school libations. Flatbread and vegetables embrace the burn of wasabi-hummus dip ($9) as panko-crusted crab cakes ($10) host a slumber party on a bed of greens, waiting until parents retire before sneaking into the cookie jar of roasted red pepper aioli. Chicken parmesan ($12) and vegan vegetables ($11) recline on open face focaccia sandwiches beside piles of fries, and braised beef dives into a hearty stew ($15) alongside Yukon potatoes and root vegetables under the watchful eye of homemade focaccia. At the libation headquarters, barkeeps decant nine delicious draughts, refrigerate more than 30 different bottles, and concoct specialty 2 oz. cocktails ($8.85) to soothe tongues with liquid intermissions between bites.