Taking its name from a not particularly authentic Muddy Waters LP, Electric Mud (5 Brock, at Queen West, 416-516-8286) has been causing pandemonium since it launched not so quietly last weekend. The tiny 20-seat spinoff of nearby Grand Electric ditches Tex-Mex for Southern barbecue and operates Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm till late. And, no, they don't take reservations.
Parkdale's not the only nabe going crazy for 'cue. Over in bucolic Baby Point, the newly minted Marky & Sparky's Smokehouse (520 Annette, at Runnymede, 647-748-4227, facebook.com/MarkySparkysSmokeHouse) promises "quality product to a trusting public," while Riverside's AFT Kitchen & Bar (686 Queen East, at Broadview, 647-346-1541, aftbar.com) in the old Toucan Taco Bar opts for "Deep South" and Texas BBQ done comfort-food style. Not to be outdone, the folks behind Que (364 Queen East, at Parliament, 416-560-5630, quesupperclub.com) are transforming a one-time Corktown mattress factory into a Moxie's-style supper club serving multiculti barbecue. Watch for a post-Saint Patrick's Day opening.
Veronica Laudes and Luis Valenzuela of Kensington Market's Torito have confirmed that they have secured the lease at 962 Queen West, former home of Brazilian bistro Caju. The as yet unnamed boîte is scheduled for a late-April/mid-May launch and will feature dinner as well as eventual lunch and a patio. But don't come expecting a second tapas bar.
"We're still working on the concept, but definitely something Spanish," says Laudes.
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