Electric Mud BBQ (Closed)
5 Brock Ave., Parkdale
Service can be a little brusque here, but who cares? If you’re a fan of BBQ, you have to try this place. The grilled pork ribs (served with avocado, cucumber, and sumac yogurt) and the buttermilk fried chicken are the things to order, but if you’re visiting with vegetarian friends, there’s also a crispy fried Buffalo Cauliflower and a fine beet salad, smoked and served with spiced pecans and gremolata.
North Standard Trading Post
1662 Queen St. W, Parkdale
Simply put, the North Standard Trading Post stocks all the items you need to survive the brutal Canadian winter. (Think snug coats and sweaters from the likes of Carhartt and Woolrich, as well as North Standard's own label.) The store is celebration of adventure and outdoor living—you’ll notice collections of books themed around Canadian life, vintage issues of National Geographic, and a guide to camping with kids.