Toronto's Best Short Ribs
Chef Brad Long’s hunt for the city’s best short ribs
by Karen Aagaard
FOXLEY, 207 OSSINGTON AVE.
Cafe Belong’s Brad Long likes Foxley’s short ribs even before he tastes them. “They look spicy — oh, and they smell good, too.” After taking a bite, and then several more, the affable chef says: “I would drive across the city to get these!” Price: $12
SEGAR, 1568 BAYVIEW AVE.
“These are more ‘mom’ than ‘dad,’ ” says Long. “They’re braised, not barbecued. I like these ribs a lot, actually. They’re savoury, succulent. They were definitely made with love.” Price: $25
L’UNITÀ, 134 AVENUE RD.
“See, now these are in the same realm of short ribs as item one [Segar],” says Long, enjoying a few bites. “These are more like ‘Sunday dinner’ ribs. A pinch dry but very nice.” Price: $28
SARIWON KOREAN BBQ, 7388 YONGE ST.
“These short ribs are scored and cut down,” says Long. “I can definitely taste the sugar in these and the garlic and scallions, too. Definitely a little more going on with these ribs.” Price: $25.95
BARQUE, 299 RONCESVALLES AVE.
“Now these deserve an honourable mention,” says Long. “These are the only ones with tomato and smoke. To be fair, they are overcooked. But the sauce is great.” Price: $9
GUU IZAKAYA, 398 CHURCH ST.
“Now these are barbecued,” says Long of Guu Izakaya’s sesame-sprinkled “karubi” short ribs. “These are almost done in the Miami style.” Price: $6.80