Grand Electric - Queen and Dufferin

Post your own brewpub, pub and restaurant reviews here.

Moderators: GregClow, Cass

atomeyes
Beer Superstar
Posts: 2151
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Grand Electric - Queen and Dufferin

Postby atomeyes » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:58 am

I was there on Friday night (3 days after the opening). Pretty decent beer selection with their two draught beer being Dieu du Ciel offerings (!!!).

Its a fun place to get good beer and very good Mexican food. I did a review with pictures (if interested) over here.

Here's their beer list:

Image


Its another nice option on the west side. I wouldn't be surprised to see one-offs making tap appearances in the near future.[/img]
Last edited by atomeyes on Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Cass
Beer Superstar
Posts: 3299
Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Toronto
Contact:

Postby Cass » Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:37 am

Thanks for the info. I read about it in the Star and looked like one of the guys behind it was getting some inspiration from Big Star in Chicago (honky-tonk taco & booze joint). If it can be anything like Big Star then this place is a great addition to the city!
User avatar
El Pinguino
Seasoned Drinker
Posts: 1391
Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:02 pm
Location: Downtown TO / Galapagos Islands
Contact:

Postby El Pinguino » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:38 pm

Will check this place out for sure....this is my 'hood so nice to have an alternative to The Rhino.
User avatar
shintriad
Bar Fly
Posts: 561
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:19 pm
Location: Toronto

Postby shintriad » Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:16 pm

Looking forward to giving this place a shot, thanks for the info.
atomeyes
Beer Superstar
Posts: 2151
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Postby atomeyes » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:51 pm

El Pinguino wrote:Will check this place out for sure....this is my 'hood so nice to have an alternative to The Rhino.


2 hour wait on Friday night.
Walked by on Saturday and there was room at 9, but they got slammed right at 6 (opening).

and the Rhino....uggg....we went there Saturday. never again.
User avatar
El Pinguino
Seasoned Drinker
Posts: 1391
Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:02 pm
Location: Downtown TO / Galapagos Islands
Contact:

Postby El Pinguino » Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:39 pm

Wow, good to know atomeyes. Sounds like a successful launch...

Ha, The Rhino is one of my main 'compromise' bars. all of my non-beer friends really enjoy it there and I can usually spend a few hours answering the 'what are you drinking?' questions when I order something out of the norm.
User avatar
Belgian
Bar Towel Legend
Posts: 9783
Joined: Sun Jul 04, 2004 6:15 pm
Location: Earth

Postby Belgian » Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:58 am

Will check it out.

Did they fly to Montreal themselves to get the DDC?
In Beerum Veritas
atomeyes
Beer Superstar
Posts: 2151
Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:39 pm

Postby atomeyes » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:08 am

El Pinguino wrote:Wow, good to know atomeyes. Sounds like a successful launch...

Ha, The Rhino is one of my main 'compromise' bars. all of my non-beer friends really enjoy it there and I can usually spend a few hours answering the 'what are you drinking?' questions when I order something out of the norm.


The Rhino could be an amazing bar. this is probably best put in another topic, but their plentiful beer menu that usually has zero stock available is mind boggling. print a new bloody menu! and the room feels like a large, cheap motel bar when you compare it to other bars on the west Queen West strip.

the beer selection at Grand Electric is stripped down and i wish it would be kicked up a wee bit, but the vibe (and the food) make it really attractive to go to.
User avatar
Belgian
Bar Towel Legend
Posts: 9783
Joined: Sun Jul 04, 2004 6:15 pm
Location: Earth

Postby Belgian » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:19 pm

atomeyes wrote:The Rhino could be an amazing bar. this is probably best put in another topic, but their plentiful beer menu that usually has zero stock available is mind boggling. print a new bloody menu!


I know. And they have to journey to the very depths of hell to check every request. Usually the 'new arrivals' printed with the draught beer list is more useful than the beat-to-crap old laminated beer list they pretend is a menu.

But it's more than a bar, it's a Rhino Adventure. Try the burger!
In Beerum Veritas
User avatar
GregClow
Beer Superstar
Posts: 4038
Joined: Fri Aug 10, 2001 7:00 pm
Location: Parkdale
Contact:

Postby GregClow » Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:16 am

At the risk of threadjacking - this seems like the best place to mention that Rhino launched brand new food menus a week or so ago.

They've got a new chef who has travelled a fair bit through Europe and Asia, and he's taken inspiration from the street food he tried in a lot of the places he's visited. A few old favourites are still there as well - burger, wings, nachos, mussels - although most have been tweaked a bit.

Even with the changes, though, the prices are still ridiculously cheap - nothing on the dinner menu over 16 bucks.

Here's a bit more info: http://www.toronto.com/blog/post/705642 ... -the-world
User avatar
lister
Beer Superstar
Posts: 2040
Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2005 2:33 pm
Location: Toronto

Postby lister » Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:23 pm

We'll probably go this Saturday. The girlfriend will like the food. Not sure about the music though or the volume level. Oh well, got to try it once and there's another store I want to visit out that way anyways.

Hopefully some more beers make the tap list. I can't drink the Corne so it'll be King for most of the night (don't like drinking the same beer over and over and I hate paying bar prices of bottles that are LCBO/TBS available) until finishing with the Peche.
lister
Malcolm
Posts: 318
Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:44 pm
Location: Parkdale

Postby Malcolm » Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:47 pm

Went last night, hoping to avoid the masses but it was pretty busy. Cool place, but 16 oz beers??? I asked the waitress why we can't get an imperial pint and she said:
1. They couldn't find 20 oz glasses. I gave her the stink eye.
2. The owners had to figure out the "price point" and thought that was a good deal. $7 ($8 for DDC) for 16 oz's?
3. It's craft beer so they need to charge more for less.

At that point I told her I could get 20 oz of the same thing ( Church Key) across the street, so they're not the only ones in the neighbourhood pouring it. She gave up and walked away. Wicked bourbon selection though...
Philip1
Posts: 322
Joined: Mon Dec 20, 2004 1:10 pm

Postby Philip1 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:24 pm

Poor waitress, having to put up with customers like that.
Malcolm
Posts: 318
Joined: Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:44 pm
Location: Parkdale

Postby Malcolm » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:19 pm

Philip1 wrote:Poor waitress, having to put up with customers like that.


Whatever. Unless I'm mistaken, you weren't sitting at our table and therefore have no context of the situation. So I'll tell you. It was a lighthearted exchange that didn't affect her excellent service and attitude toward us for the rest of the night.
She certainly wasn't offended by my preference for 20 ounces.
velovampire
Seasoned Drinker
Posts: 1079
Joined: Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:12 pm
Location: Parkdale

Postby velovampire » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:26 pm

Malcolm wrote:...I could get 20 oz of the same thing ( Church Key) across the street...

Which brew? Have they expanded the tap list from three, or is this replacing one of the three posted in the chalkboard photo?

Return to “Good Pub Reviews”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

cron