The food: Fried chicken, fried green tomato sandwich
The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder, a new chicken and ribs joint in Toronto, specializes in smoked meat and barbecue, but E and I checked it out at lunchtime on a recent grossly hot summer day for the Southern fried chicken.
The menu specifies a 15-20 minute wait for the buttermilk marinated chicken to be cooked to order, and after I walked into the open kitchen with counter seating that is the shop, I was glad I’d thought to call ahead to place our order, so I didn’t have to linger indoors in the ovenish room waiting for it.
The fried chicken, and a BAT (for bacon, arugula and fried green tomato) sandwich that we also ordered – to complement the fried chicken with more fried food – was ready 1 minute after we walked in the door, and presented in individual iron skillets, which the helpful counterman (one of the shop’s owners) carried outside for us so we could sit on a sidewalk bench, the skillets perched on two low tree stump tables.
The $12 Fried Chicken Combo was enough for two: it consisted of five pieces of juicy chicken coated in a classic, crisp, nubbly, amber crust, and came with a generous quantity of good fresh cut fries, a small dish of pickleish coleslaw (not to my liking, but never mind), and some hot sauce.
The chicken was worth going back for (in cooler weather), but the find of our visit for me was the $9 BAT sandwich: a juicy, sweet (re: the lemon aioli and fried green tomato) and smoky (thanks to the house-cured bacon) combo on a rustic ciabatta roll. I didn’t want to share it.
P.S. I loved the homemade Limeade, infused with mint, too.