Fighting winter blues is a lot easier when there are slow-cooked ribs involved.
Thankfully Toronto's barbecue restaurants are here to help, no matter what meat you're in the mood for.
You might not have woken up thinking you needed slow-cooked pulled pork or spicy chicken wings, but now you are thinking about it and there's nothing you can do until you pile more slaw than it's safe to eat on a plate.
Whether you're looking for true Texas ribs, pulled pork poutine, or even some vegan barbecue, the 6ix has got you covered.
And the good news is that all of these places are open during the lockdown, and most of them are offering delivery, too. Handy!
Pig Out BBQ
Address: 650 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON (Delivery/Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: Pig Out has a wild number of sides, from mac ‘n’ cheese to cornbread to pulled pork poutine, which means it’s easy to — well, you know what the restaurant is called.
Address: 299 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON (Delivery/Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: Not only does Barque offer all kinds of burgers, ribs, and wings, but they sell their own sauces and rubs, too, so you make any meal — pasta, pizza, cereal, whatever you want — a little bit smokier and spicier.
Smoque N Bones
Address: 869 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON (Delivery / Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: If you prefer dark meat to light meat, why not try a dark bun, too? The “Crazy Hot Chick” sandwich is fried chicken and hot sauce between charcoal buns for that extra smoky look and taste.
Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
Address: 275 Cherry St., Toronto, ON (Delivery/Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: For any Americans marooned in Toronto and planning on celebrating their (wrong) Thanksgiving this weekend, Cherry Street has a Thanksgiving platter — with turkey breast, sausage stuffing, and sweet potato mash — available for order.
The Hogtown Vegan
Address: 382 College St., Toronto, ON (Pick-Up Only)
Why You Need To Go: Who says you need to be a meat-eater to enjoy some barbecue? The Hogtown Vegan has a faux Philly cheesesteak, Mac N Cheez (hold the cheese), and even some “unChicken” wings to satisfy those entirely un-vegan cravings.
Beach Hill Smokehouse
Address: 172 Main St. or 429 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON. (Delivery/Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: Beach Hill Smokehouse serves up true Texas barbecue to Torontonians, who apparently can’t get enough of the stuff — the restaurant recommends you order / arrive early in the day to grab your food in order to avoid disappointment when the ribs have been cleaned off.
Address: 1044 Gerrard St. E and Square One Mall, Toronto, ON. (Delivery/Pick-Up Available)
Why You Need To Go: Not only do they have regular poutine, and not only do they have pulled pork poutine, but Blackjack BBQ has a dessert poutine, as well, which is made from cookie dough with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Is it a step too far? Maybe. Does it sound delicious? Yes.