Home Of The Brave – Fashion District, TO

Home of the Brave
Fashion District, Toronto
http://www.thehotb.com/

Having always wanted to go to HOTB I found my chance one day when scouring the area while feeling indecisive about where to brunch.

I’ve been before for drinks and while I usually don’t revisit after I’ve had food, I didn’t get everything I wanted to try and will most likely go back after this visit to try their burger and cheese steak and steak.

It was getting quite late and we decided not to ruin lunch and went for a slightly light brunch; ordering the buffalo cauliflower; BBQ ribs and the fried chicken and waffles.
While that may not be light for you it was definitely not a classic brunch for me.

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The cauliflower came out first and for anyone thinking it would be a slightly healthy, you would be dead wrong. It was battered; deep-fried and tossed very liberally with their homemade buffalo sauce. While they were fantastic morsels of fried goodness I would have preferred the cauliflower to have been flash fried and sauced rather than battered, it was a bit too much.

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The Ribs and Chicken and waffles came out next; the ribs were interesting, dry rubbed style with a glaze more than a sauce that was ever so fleeting, I didn’t mind the flavour but it was great by any means. The meat was fall of the bone, a little too much if you ask me, as you went to pick up a rib the meat started to fall off before it got to your mouth. These were not to my liking, that being said, they could be to yours.

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Lastly the chicken and waffles; my standard go to brunch dish really; this was a different style for me, the chicken was great, crisp, juicy and flavourful and fantastic with their sauce; the waffle on the other hand was their own style which, in my opinion, didn’t complement the style of chicken and waffles, it was too dry and crunchy; not giving the dish it’s roundness of juicy crisp chicken with fluffy waffles.

While an overall tasty meal I was oddly underwhelmed by the dishes ordered, the burger and cheese steak hopefully can redeem my opinion of the restaurant.

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Trinity Common – Kensington-Chinatown, TO

Trinity common
Kensington-Chinatown, Toronto
http://trinitycommon.com/

The last pedestrian Sunday brought about a bout of eating and drinking for me, in particular we ended up getting caught up in the awesome web that is the Trinity Common.

Knowing that I needed to try their fried chicken and cornbread waffle I didn’t anticipate a tough decision however when I got there I was overwhelmed with choice. I settled on the chicken and waffles and their BBQ ribs, we also got the choice of sides and we went with their sweet potato, fries, collard greens and shishito peppers.

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The food all came out together and my first thought was Jesus, those ribs.

They were huge, 6 ribs was going to be a challenge.

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I went for the Chicken first; it was juicy, crispy and flavoured well, the chicken on its own was quality however, I wasn’t s fan of the waffle; the cornbread didn’t have the accenting flavour or texture like a normal waffle does. Not what I’d imagined and somewhat of a letdown.

As I mentioned before, the ribs were ludicrously sized.

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Smoked nicely and sauced liberally in a tangy, pleasing and sticky sauce. I would’ve liked more sauce on the side because I drink the stuff but these were great. Good pork, with a perfect amount of cooking, not super fall off the bone but soft enough to come away when you sink your teeth into them.

All the sides were great too, the fries with their malt vinegar mayo being my favourite of them.

Trinity Common is doing something great in Kensington, a solid menu of interesting classics with a fantastic environment to boot.

Trinity Common Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato