Cadillac Lounge

Cadillac Lounge

1296 Queen St W,
Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

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About the Restaurant

With the recent openings of such restaurants as Electric Mud BBQ and Aft, and with other smokehouses still to come, Toronto is on a barbecue blitz. Now, Queen West’s longstanding Cadillac Lounge is getting in on the action.

The bar has taken on consulting chef Michael Pataran (Windsor Arms Hotel, Rain) to launch a new smokehouse concept. Cadillac Lounge’s patio is now equipped with four new smokers in which southern barbecue classics — like pulled pork, ribs and brisket — are cooked low and slow over apple wood, cherry, mesquite or hickory.

The pulled pork sandwich ($15) features hickory-smoked pork on panini bun with barbecue sauce. The smoked baby back ribs (half rack $19, full rack $30), named after American blues legend B.B. King, are served with bourbon slow-baked beans. The beef brisket ($20) is slow-smoked over wild cherry, then accompanied with barbecue sauce on toasted cornbread.

A current menu favourite is the Cadillac “Boss” Yardbird sandwich ($16), which stars pulled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, onions, aged cheddar and three smoked bacon rashers. The chicken is rubbed with seasoning (a combination of 20 different herbs and spices), and left to sit for one to two days. It’s then smoked on apple wood for six hours, pulled and mixed with Carolina mustard barbecue sauce (a sweet combination of mustard, vinegar and brown sugar).

Published on: Apr 29, 2013