Ok, so after living in Texas for a few years, one becomes accustomed to being able to have quality BBQ pretty much any time one desires. Not the case in Toronto. After years of being a Torontonian, I’ve only ever been really happy with Phil’s BBQ’s meat selection – especially the yummy, juicy, tender beef brisket. And everyone I’ve ever brought to the little College St. eatery agrees with me 100%. So when Lou Dawg’s popped up on King St West, I was very curious to check it out.
As le boyfriend pointed out, the quality of meat is very comparable to Phil’s, while the menu is concise and to the point: beef, pork, chicken, or beef, pork, chicken sandwiches. Sometimes less is more, and it definitely is in this case! I ordered a Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich with a Boylan’s Cherry Soda (my fave), and a side order of Sweet Potato Fries, while le boyfriend got assorted sliders (beef, pork, and chicken), which came with two small sides (potato salad and coleslaw). My sandwich was so large, that I definitely had trouble finishing it. Tender meat, smothered in delicious BBQ sauce, stuffed inside a bun and not much else. It was very tasty, and a Texan in me definitely approved!
Service was friendly and efficient, with a very nice guy behind the bar bringing us food in what felt like minutes. There isn’t much of ambiance, but the food more than makes up for it! Lou Dawg’s is open till 4am Thursdays-Saturdays, and would make an excellent late-night food run! Another great BBQ restaurant to add to my list! Now there’s two!