We made it just in time before having to wait at the bar or the door for a seat. We found a spot on the patio and shared a picnic table with another party of three, cozy. Good thing Torontonians are pretty friendly at popular and hip-to-the-bone restaurants because we shared a table with the guy behind Taste Toronto – Twitter, Instagram – and his friends! Inside, you’ll find tacky decor from the bar to the hanging signs on the walls. I like that they went all out with the trashy and vintage fixtures, it gives the restaurant character and a chill environment. The food on the other hand, is a complete 180. I also love their motto, ” If you can kill it, we can grill it!”. Another thing to point out, they only accept cash but they have an ATM on the 2nd floor right outside the washrooms.
It was only me and Sally, and although we wanted to try everything on the menu, our little tummies couldn’t hold it all. Sad. Crack rolls were highly recommended, so we decided to go for meat and buns. Our only mistake was forgetting to order some greens to balance our meat-heavy dinner. Our only vegetable side dish was buffalo cauliflower. It was spicy, somewhat crunchy and fucking delicious. This is how you get adults to eat vegetables – deep fry them and toss it in buffalo sauce.
The two meat dishes were fried chicken thighs with gravy, cider syrup and hot sauce and grilled pork neck with a maple chili glaze. Both dishes had the perfect portions and were well seasoned and cooked. The fried chicken was delicious. It had a crunchy exterior and a tender interior. I loved the sauce that the pork neck was sitting in, the meat was somewhat tender and chewy.
Electric Mud gives a fresh and new spin on southern food that won’t leave you feeling heavy and unhealthy. It’s a super casual restaurant serving shareable and delicious food. Service isn’t horrible, seems like they’re just keepin’ it real. Presentation of the food isn’t forgotten either. You may think that the food would be dumped on a plate and served to you like any other BBQ restaurant, but that’s not the case. The cooks actually pay attention to the execution and presentation. That’s why Electric Mud is worth the visit even though you get to sit on picnic tables. It’s more about the food than the decor anyways!