Big Crow is a fairly new restaurant in Toronto that cooks classic BBQ over an open fire in a rustic-style cabin. The ambiance feels quintessentially Canadian and I left smelling like campfire.
Just a sample of the epic spread from our dinner at Big Crow (above) where we likely consumed almost every type of meat. The Octopus ($14, top left) with smoked tomatoes and capers . The Steak (top right) was cooked perfectly and served up with bread from Thuet. My favourite of the night had to be The Chinatown Miami Ribs ($15, bottom left) with a sweet marinade and sesame seeds. Not to be missed is the juicy Chicken (bottom right) with a homemade Chimichurri sauce.
Anthony Rose is the chef behind Big Crow and I've been a fan of his ever since I tasted his chicken & waffles dish at The Drake Hotel - where he spent several years. I've had chicken & waffles elsewhere since and nothing has compared to the crispy batter on the juicy chicken that he makes. I was excited to hear that he busted out on his own with Rose & Sons and now Big Crow. You will not be disappointed by the food.
Big Crow is, "inspired by algonquin park, canoe trips, cooking over an open fire, swimming in the big lakes of ontario and winter camping." It really does feel like a weekend at the cottage. The framed up patio is currently winterized and very warm - so don't be put off at all. It's easily going to be a summer favourite once the hot weather finally hits.
If you have trouble finding it, the 'cabin' is located behind Rose & Sons on Dupont. Just follow these birch branches to find the restaurant in the back. The restaurant was pretty packed on the night we visited. Do call ahead and make a reservation (they take them!).
176 dupont street (in the back)