2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#29 Electric Mud BBQ

Electric Mud BBQ

Son of Grand Electric is a rockin’ out barbecue hut, an ode to bourbon and rock, to smoke and fat. And being the scion of Grand Electric chef/co-owner Colin Tooke, it’s great. Do not skip the Clydesdale (bourbon with grapefruit, agave and lime). Or the crack rolls (well named) — warm dinner rolls with butter that sat under the smoker and got smoky sweet. Also eat the slightly smoky ribs topped with just enough hot sweet Thai sauce. And the crazy crisp fried chicken. And the smoked baked beans. And the sesame seed-topped coleslaw. And the fab custardy banana cream pie. That’s the good news. Good news: They take resos now and will text you when tables are ready. Bad news: Picnic table seating, music too loud to talk.


  • Electric Mud BBQ
  • 5 Brock Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-516-8286
  • www.electricmudbbq.com

  • Chef: Colin Tooke
  • Cuisine: BBQ,Southern
  • Cost of dinner for two: $65
  • Hours: Mon. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Wed. to Thurs. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 4
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be rented out
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking available, parking lots nearby
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