Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Tennessee Tavern

Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Tennessee Tavern

Tennessee Tavern

Grant van Gameren now has four restaurants and two bars, each unique, though all sharing a current of electricity—and, in most cases, lots of cured meat—that’s uniquely his. This Parkdale spot is his interpretation of an eastern European tavern—you wouldn’t guess from the name, a leftover from the last tenant.

Pretzels the size of your head are served with dill pickle spears and mustard for dipping.

On the menu is an exhaustive index of sausages (heavenly kielbasa), schnitzel (paper-thin, crispy), pretzels the size of your head (warm, salty), cabbage rolls (oniony, saucy) and, in a nod to his principally hipster clientele, a paprika-dusted corn dog (delicious). This is hearty, gut-busting food, complemented by local craft brews and a long list of obscure eastern European liquors and liqueurs, all offered by the shot.

1554 Queen St. W., 416-535-7777,

The Tennessee Platter is loaded with two veal schnitzel, debrecyna sausage, wood-smoked pork and two cevapi.
The European restaurant inherited its non-European name from the last tenant.