As a homage to tradition, we have a unique celebration called Nameday (yet another reason to get together, why not). For mine that recently passed, I decided to bring everyone to Greenwood Smokehouse barbecue spot. The reviews were good plus it is in the area, worth a shot.
APPEARANCE & NOSE
Welcomed by an R2-D2 BBQ at the storefront, sticking out boldly, we knew we were in for a treat with a twist. Their main storefront had a big rusty red metal sign with the name of the restaurant cut out - not easy to find, unless you know what to look for, at the same time, it was full of character. Inside, the space is filled with random objects and decorations from butcher farm tools to Japanese superheroes, Star Wars memorabilia and cottage country details. It fitted the traditional Texan joint feel – artistically rundown, but very cozy and casual. We were in luck to be the first ones on their tiny patio all the way in the back. In retrospect, we should have been more careful with our seat selection. There was plenty of smoke in our faces from the smoker and a hint of garbage smell from the little alley off the Danforth behind. Should have it been less hot, the garbage might have not been an issue and the smoke could be seen as a flavour enhancer. Fortunately, it was sunny and our friendly waiter was eager to get us fed.
SWIRL & PALATE
We wanted to try everything and so we got their medium platter as well as a couple of poutine portions. Feeling the heat radiating from the wooden posts wrapped in Christmas lights while, we seeped a beer on tap with name as well as any details of taste escaping us. Our Greenwood Poutine was topped with house bacon, and it was excellent. It came with double the cheese - Asiago, as well as curds and a unique smoked mushroom gravy. We also got the pulled pork one, but the bacon is what we recommend. As for our large platter order, it came on a metal tray with waxed manilla paper underneath, the meats all arranged in piles with a coleslaw in the middle and a couple of sauces. For the side, we had their re-fried beans and for a second side, the collard greens. We should note, the collard greens were very bitter and boiled to a point of being mushy, not an amazing option next to the re-fried bacon flavored beans. The coleslaw was decent, drenched in plenty of mayo sauce and a generous portion indeed. The meat did not turn out to be that much for the six of us, so we had to order some more after. Our least favourite were the wings - they had way too much Memphis BBQ sauce on and not that much of meat. The skin was great though, probably because they were "flash fried". We really enjoyed the smoked brisket topped with caramelized onion - it was tender and just fatty enough. We also liked their pulled pork butt with Carolina mustard. Topped with slaw, the pulled pork was juicy and perfectly flavoured. From the side, it looked like a happy baby’s accident (as my dad had to point out). Lastly, we were not impressed by the ribs - they were too fatty for our taste and, once again, doused in BBQ sauce.
alking under the exposed bulb light off the ceiling, with a pig themed aim in the background, Greenwood Smokehouse had all the right parts to enhance the mood. We would definitely recommend coming on a cooler month and trying their interior seats, for a comfort, personal feel. Plus, smoked meats are an awesome cure for the fall blues.