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The Carbon Bar (Dinner): Toronto, Ontario

The Carbon Bar (Dinner): Toronto, Ontario

Name: The Carbon Bar
Address: 99 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S1 Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @thecarbonbar
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Corktown, Toronto
Type: Barbecue/Southern

After trying out the brunch about three weeks ago (read about the brunch here) I just knew I had to try out the dinner. Known for their barbeque and bourbon The Carbon bar offers up Southern comfort foods with a twist while still managing to stay true to bbq classics.

The Carbon Bar: Interior
The Carbon Bar: Interior

There’s plenty of sides and apps to choose from, so much so that you’ll be tempted to order multiple small dishes in lieu of a main. I try out the K.F.C – Korean Fried Cauliflower ($9 CDN + tax) because it’s come highly recommended by so many friends who swear by it and the server confirms it’s a top seller. Chunks of cauliflower are battered with spices, deep fried, evenly coated with Korean chili sauce and garnished with scallions. Despite being cauliflower the texture is actually quite meaty almost resembling actual chicken and there’s the perfect mix if sweet, spicy, and sourness from the Korean chili.

We also try the Skillet Cornbread which is served with a side of whiskey & maple whipped butter ($8 CDN + tax). Served in it’s own individual sized cast iron skillet the edges are crispy and the center crumbly. The whisky maple butter is whipped to a borderline whipped cream consistency and tastes more like whipped whisky with the faintest hint of maple, which is actually a good thing as it tastes like a very sophisticated whipped butter. Plus there’s nothing I hate more than rock hard butter that tears your carbs to shreds as you desperately try to spread it on.

 

The Carbon Bar: K.F.C + Skillet Cornbread
The Carbon Bar: K.F.C + Skillet Cornbread

Continuing on my attempt to try all the delicious sounding apps and sides we get the Collard Greens sautéed with artisan butter ($7 CDN + tax).Unsurprisingly, it’s delicious. The collard greens are cooked perfectly and let’s be honest anything slathered in artisan butter is bound to be a tasty. The fact that the greens are healthy balance out the butter right? At least that’s what I tell my jeans which are getting a little snugger as the meal progresses.

I obviously fail at my attempt to try every side an app available but one that I can rarely resist ordering whenever I see it on a menu is mac & cheese. The Mac & Cheese here is baked with vintage cheddar, mozzarella, and chipotle ($11 CDN + tax). It’s rich and flavorful and ohhhh so cheesy. It’s everything a good mac & cheese should be and definitely comfort at it’s finest.

 

The Carbon Bar: FixinsMacAndCheeseCollardGreens
The Carbon Bar: Mac & Cheese + Collard Greens

Finally the star of the meal – Pit Master Platter, requiring a minimum of two people to order at $30 per person. The platter is filled with pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, fries & chipotle mayo. I have to say that this brisket is the best I’ve had in Toronto. It absolutely melts in your mouth and I still think about it long after the meal is done.

Just to change it up a bit I also try out the Octopus A La Plancha ($27 CDN + tax). It’s served with confit fingerling potatoes, graffiti eggplant, smoked red peppers, preserved meyer lemon, tipsy olives, squid ink tomato emulsion. It’s good, but the Pit Master Platter is where they really shine. It is a nice alternative though for those that are looking for an alternative to the meat-heavy platter.

 

The Carbon Bar: Octopus A La Plancha + Pit Master Platter
The Carbon Bar: Octopus A La Plancha + Pit Master Platter

Finally for dessert we get the aptly named Kentucky Pecan Pie  ($16 CDN + tax).  Meant for two it’s packed with pecans, 72 % bitter chocolate, Lot40 rye cream, and pecan brittle. The 72% bitter chocolate makes this a dessert that’s not overly sweet, but the crust is flaky and the rye laced cream and pecan brittle

 

The Carbon Bar: The Kentucky Pecan Pie
The Carbon Bar: The Kentucky Pecan Pie

If you’re looking for more of a bite sized treat you should definitely check out the Chocolate Bourbon Skull –  an edible gold painted skull shaped bitter chocolate is filled with Jack Daniel’s butter ganache and pecans ($3.50 CDN + tax each). It’s smooth, creamy, and heavy on the whisky. Plus it just looks really cool.

The Carbon Bar: Chocolate Bourbon Skull
The Carbon Bar: Chocolate Bourbon Skull

 

The verdict? As much as I LOVED the brunch here dinner was even better. Yup. Some of the best barbecue in the city all with a proper cocktail and a sleek space. Just make sure to bring a group of friends so you can try it all.

 

 

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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