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Bonus You Are Here: More Roncesvalles Avenue

Recently we rounded up some of our preferred shops, restaurants and event venues on Roncesvalles Avenue, finally sitting pretty after three years of painful cosmetic surgery (a.k.a. multiple streetcar rail resets and a top-to-bottom sidewalk overhaul). But there’s so much to see and do on this neighbourly little strip, we couldn’t resist running a few more of our favourite places.


VINTAGE FIND The stretch of antique shops in Parkdale is a must-visit destination for aficionados of the past, but nestled between Tiffany lamps and turn-of-the-century parlor sofas is a different style of old school. Black Pug DMK’s aesthetic is pure steampunk—stainless steel incorporated into Neo-Victorian pieces and Gothic upholstery overwhelm the eye. Owner and designer Daisuke Ito also offers custom work; his workshop is an immense desk littered with pieces in progress while gutted chairs line the wall, waiting to be reupholstered. A stroll to the back of the artful clutter yields Black Pug’s line of bags and clothing, which carry the store’s signature weathered appeal. (more…)

Hot Dining: Southern Comfort

The Stockyards' porchetta sandwich with rapini

The scent of wood smoke and the sight of meat falling off bone will have you salivating at these local barbecue joints.

1. The city’s newest smokehouse, Barque (299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700), presents a lighter, more refined take on favourites like baby back ribs ($18 for a half rack, $26 for full), without sacrificing authenticity—much of the menu comes courtesy of a huge smoker imported from Tennessee.

2. Pit master Phil Nyman has been a student of barbecue’s many styles—from Texas “wet” to the dry Memphis variety—for more than 20 years. His devotion shows in such dishes as beef brisket ($16.50) and pulled pork ($15) at Phil’s Original BBQ.

3. Apple and hickory are the smoking woods of choice at The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666), which offers South Carolina-style barbecue, plus other options like fried chicken ($14), burgers ($7 to $14) and a porchetta sandwich ($10).