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Come and Get It

Come and Get It's graffiti-style sign suits their temporary status.

Is it possible that Queen and Spadina is replacing King and Portland as ground zero for inventive, affordable, and delicious food in downtown Toronto? First Banh Mi Boys opened with their tightly focused menu of cheap deliciousness and now Come and Get It has opened around the corner.

Come and Get It's menu has a pleasingly simple matrix-style.

Come and Get It's menu has a pleasingly simple matrix-style. Click for a larger version.

Through a matrix-style menu, each of Chipotle Short Rib, Hawaiian Pork Belly, Granny Smith’s Chicken Caesar, and Herbed Crunchy Green Beans are served as an $8 sandwich, a $9 salad, or a $7 poutine. The sides menu follows the obvious options of fries ($3), salad ($4), or poutine ($5) and sandwich combos add fries and a drink ($11), salad ($12) and drink ($13), or poutine and a drink. (more…)

Black Hoof Revisited

Last weekend’s Globe and Mail has Joanne Kates’s take on the Black Hoof.  Like Ms. Kates, Kat and I enjoyed ourselves so much there that we took friends with us for a return visit last month and I’ve produced an update to my earlier review.

The Basil Fawlty

The Basil Fawlty

Chef Grant van Gameren gets a lot of (deserved) attention for his cooking but his partner, Jen Agg and her cocktails deserve as much praise.  I admit having a prejudice against cocktails because of the super-sweet, electric blue, hyphenated “tinis” that monopolise most cards. I’m pleased to see that the closest the Hoof comes to this is having memorable nicknames for the liquid creations but in a subtle (as in “Basil Fawlty”) instead of overtly sexual (as in “Red-headed Slut”) way.  I didn’t get to try them all but the table’s consensus was that the three we tried all tasted great.  Best of all these cocktails are actually served in traditional highball glasses instead of the annoyingly ubiquitous cone-shaped cocktail glasses. (more…)