I have been meaning to get up to The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder up on St. Clair West. Let’s face it, us west enders try not to go that far north if we can help it. But since I am on holidays, a trip was in order.
As per The Stockyards website:
‘The Stockyards is the modern day interpretation of the family diner/ BBQ joint! We offer reverently prepared renditions of comfort food and diner classics, from our 48hr. brined and marinated fried chicken, as well as authentic wood smoked Carolina style BBQ. The Stockyards respectfully embraces traditional methods of dry curing, aging, and smoking that require time and patience. We hope you enjoy our effort as we are honored to have you grace our restaurant.’
So yes, don’t go to The Stockyards with your hipster vegetarian mates. This shop is the real deal and mouth watering yummy.
When I popped into their location, just a shave before 5 p.m. to take advantage of their BBQ Ribs and Chicken offer – the young lady at the till advised me that the ribs were just out of the oven and ready for purchase. She seemed a bit snippy, not sure what that was about…but whatever. Yes, meat! Apparently, I hear that it gets pretty busy after 6 p.m. The BBQ Ribs and Chicken runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays only at 5 p.m..
You can get a:
Whole Rack $26.00
Half Rack (Pork) $14.00
Pit Smoked Whole Chicken $14.00
½ Chicken $8.00
I opted for the Half Rack and ½ chicken along with fries that were added to as a combo for an additional $2.50.
I was starving by the time I got home and couldn’t wait for some proper protein. The food was still warm. The chicken was juicy and tasted like summer. You knew that taste – a properly cooked chicken that tastes like its been roasting lovingly in a bbq pit and evenly smoked for hours. Every bite was a snapshot into ecstasy.
The ribs were decadent too. Do you know when you bite into some ribs they taste really fatty, and there is not enough meat coverage on the bone? It’s so disappointing and you start feeling ripped off because you paid some proper coin for some bones. I may as well give it to my dog to naw on. Not at The Stockyards. These ribs were thick with meat. Since they were still warm, the meat was practically falling off the bone. I’m not even kidding! The meat stacked onto the bone was greater than the actual bone at times. It tasted sweet, rich and my measure is if I feel like I need a nap after a meal – it’s been a good meal. This was one of these times.
I wasn’t a fan of the bbq sauce they added to my order. It tasted a bit ordinary. When I dumped some onto my ribs at one point – I regretted it after the first bite.
The fries were okay. I was actually expecting more. The next time I’ll skip the fries portion of the evening.
Also a little bit better packing of my order would have been nicer. The juices and liquids had dripped out of the paper bag into the fabric recyclable bag I carried my order in on my way home. Which was disappointing. Nothing worse when you take your order out of a paper bag and it’s leaked on everything from the day. A plastic bag maybe a better choice in presentation and product delivery Stockyards.
Overall a positive experience and was worth the one hour subway ride to the north west of Toronto. By the way, that order gave me three nights worth of dinner.
The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder
699 St.Clair Ave. W, Toronto M6C 1B2
PHONE: 416 658 9666