Pop-Up Pick: eat spicy chicken hearts and fried boar face at Hi-Lo on Queen East
Loka Snacks is the brainchild of Dave Mottershall, an award-winning PEI chef who brought his talents to Toronto earlier this year. After a brief stint at The Chase, Mottershall started his own food business, which has been popping up at farmers’ markets and, most Saturday nights, in the back of Riverdale bar Hi-Lo. The latter is a totally fitting venue, in name at least, for Mottershall’s brand of cheap bar food, which includes beer nuts and grilled cheese sandwiches, but also chicken hearts drenched in hot sauce and squares of deep-fried boar’s head with pickled blueberries (all priced between $5 and $10). The menu for Loka’s next pop-up, which takes place on Saturday, September 27, has yet to be made public, but here’s one tantalizing tip: according to comments on Instagram, something called a “Pancetta Big Mack” may be on offer.
Sept. 27. Hi-Lo Bar, 753 Queen St. E., 416-551-3459, @LokaSnacks