STOCKYARDS SMOKEHOUSE & LARDER 699 St Clair West, at Christie, 416-658-9666, thestockyards.ca.
St. Louis Side Ribs ($25 rack/$13 half)
Tom Davis gets a lot of flak from the barbecue cognoscenti. Why are his celebrated side ribs, they ask, only available from 5 pm Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays? That's because it takes up to two days to for him to properly prep his Perth County pork, slow-smoking it in his custom-designed smoker over hickory and applewood. He could hurry up the process, but he's a perfectionist. Lucky us.
"On the off days, I need to be smoking pork butts and briskets, so the smoker is actually going seven days a week," explains Davis. "But I'm planning to expand our smokehouse out back in the near future. Once that's up and running, we hope to have ribs every day."
The self-taught chef also has something new up his sleeve: fish ‘n' chips.
"Only we'll be using local pickerel," says Davis. "Call it traditional with a twist."
Tuesday to Saturday 9 am to 9 pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 3 pm, dinner Sunday 4:45 to 8 pm. Closed Monday, holidays. Unlicensed. Access: steep ramp at door, washrooms on same floor.