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Good Fortune Bar: Toronto, Canada

Good Fortune Bar: Toronto, Canada

Name: Good Fortune Bar
Address: 130 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 2X9, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @goodfortunebar
Phone: (647) 351-2130
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Yonge & Eglinton
Type: Bar

Good Fortune Bar is located in Toronton’s Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood and is the newest addition to the ever growing La Carnita/Home of the Brave/Sweet Jesus empire.

You might be a little hard pressed to find it though since it’s located in the basement underneath La Carnita and there’s no signage outside for it. Enter into La Carnita and down the stairs directly across from the front door is where you’ll find this downtown style bar in mid-town Toronto.

Good Fortune Bar: Interior seating + neon sign
Good Fortune Bar: Interior seating + neon sign
Good Fortune Bar: Bar Area
Good Fortune Bar: Bar Area
Good Fortune Bar: Menu
Good Fortune Bar: Menu

The short, but enticing menu is displayed on a vintage movie theatre-esque style board and we settle on the Fried Chicken ($8 CDN + tax), the Miami Ribs ($12 CDN + tax), the Fortune Burger ($8 CDN + tax), and the Crinkle Cut Fries ($4.50 CDN + tax).

The Fried Chicken arrives first and it’s definitely tapa sized with 5 golf ball sized pieces of chicken with a dish of italian dressing on the side for dipping. Being a bar, it’s a good size for, well a bar snack. The chicken itself is tender and the spices are flavourful. It’s a tad on the spicy side but makes for a good indulgent bite with a beer.

Good Fortune Bar: Fried Chicken
Good Fortune Bar: Fried Chicken

Next comes the Miami ribs. Again, bar bite sized there’s about 5-6 well sauced short ribs topped with chopped peanuts and scallions.

Good Fortune Bar: Miami Ribs
Good Fortune Bar: Miami Ribs

And finally the pièce de résistance, their Good Fortune burger and crinkle cut fries. The burger is topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, thousand island dressing, and a good handful of hickory sticks to give it a nice smoky flavour and slight crunchy texture. Needless to say it’s delicious. In fact, many have said that it rivals the legendary Shake Shack burger south of the border. Paired with their perfectly cooked crinkle fries that are served with a dangerously  addictive cheese sauce for dipping and you have a recipe for ultimate blissful food coma. What is it about a crinkle cut that makes a fry taste so much better?

Good Fortune Bar: Fortune Burger + Crinkle Cut Fries
Good Fortune Bar: Fortune Burger + Crinkle Cut Fries

As good as the food is here though, let’s not forget that Good Fortune Bar is in fact a bar so a good selection of drinks is not only expected, but mandatory. In true La Carnita/Sweet Jesus style the newest addition to the family also brings creative and whimsical options in liquid format. Grown up boozed up milkshakes ($10 CDN + tax) are available to wash down those burgers and fries and dessert can include one of their paleta popsicles ($4 CDN + tax), or even better jello shots spiked with booze ($5 CDN + tax).

Good Fortune Bar: Fortune Burger, Crinkle Cut Fries, Salted Caramel Milkshake, Jello Shots
Good Fortune Bar: Fortune Burger +  Crinkle Cut Fries + Salted Caramel Milkshake + Jello Shots

In addition to beer, wine, and all the usual suspects a long list of cheekily named cocktails dominates the bar menu. We try out the “GA-LACTIC Punch”, a mix of Mount Gay Eclipse,  oleo sacchrum, lime, angostura, good fortune, chai-hibiscus tea, and lactose ($16 CDN + tax). It arrives and definitely looks galactic with its layers of deep purple and blue hues and most strikingly blue ice cubes. As intimidating as a deep purplish blue cocktail with blue ice cubes looks it’s surprisingly very fruity and light tasting and it would be easy to get lost in multiples of these.

Good Fortune Bar: Gal-actic Punch
Good Fortune Bar: Gal-actic Punch

While Good Fortune may be a stark contrast to their other ventures it is a much welcome addition to the family and especially to mid-town Toronto which tends to lack in any places for a drink and good hangouts that isn’t under 20 years old. The menu is casual, but well executed and definitely levels up from typical bar food offerings. In fact, I dare to say that their burger is now one of my favorites in Toronto, and at only $8 it’s actually steal in comparison to some of the other top burger joints in Toronto who charge 20%-30% more.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, however the meal/items were complimentary. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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