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Review: The Hogtown Pub and Oysters, Toronto


I recently attended the launch party for The Hogtown Pub and Oysters located in the heart of Little Italy on College Street. Hogtown has taken over the space formerly occupied by The Auld Spot Pub and revamped the menu to create a more refined gastro pub experience. I invited my friend Maxime Bocken along for the ride. His first foodie event, I think he found it rather hilarious how food bloggers and photographers act like wolves as soon as the food comes out from the kitchen. Everyone wants that perfect shot of untouched culinary beauty.

I was the first to arrive, as always and took some great pictures of the interior. By the time I left the place was absolutely packed with the cities favorite food writers, chef’s and pub grub lovers.

I sampled (* notes my favorites):

Yealands Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Hogtown Bourbon Manhattan *

Amsterdam Oranje Weisse *

Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

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Oysters

lemon, horseradish

Hogtown Cobb Cold Roll

rice paper roll with smoked BBQ chicken and pork loin

Caesar Salad Soup Shot

arugula and romaine puree with garlic crouton

Chipotle Heart Taco

cast iron-seared beef heart with roasted red pepper and poblano salsa, garlic cream

Cherry and Brie Quesadilla *

dried cherries and brie, foie gras torchon and smoked salt

Pulled Pork Dumpling

caramelized onion, 5 year cheddar, BBQ dip

Chick Pea Falafal

cucumber and hot sauce

Chicken and Cheese *

fried and smoked chicken, blue mac and cheese with buffalo sauce

Potato and Asparagus Hash

ramp pesto aioli

Salmon on Chips

beet-cured salmon, crispy caper goat cheese, potato chip

Thai Scotch Egg *

sesame sauce gribiche

#334 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 


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