Introducing: Big Crow, Anthony Rose’s new backyard barbecue tucked behind Rose and Sons diner
Name: Big Crow
Neighbourhood: The Annex
Contact info: 176 Dupont St., 647-748-3287, roseandsonsbigcrow.com
Owners: Anthony Rose
Chef: Chris Sanderson, who’s also the chef at Rose and Sons
The Food: Barbecue and simple sides. Garlic shrimp are flash-grilled and served with almond mayo. Slow-smoked wings and ribs come with sides like garlic bread, pork and beans and potato salad. Ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
The Drinks: Homemade ginger beer from Thomas Lavers in Kensington Market. Mai Tais and boozy fruit punch are sold by the glass and pitcher.
The Place: The space feels like an outdoor mess hall with picnic benches, a makeshift kitchen housed in one half of a reclaimed shipping crate and wait staff who cheer each time a train rolls by on the nearby CP railway tracks.
• 60 seats at picnic tables
• 3 months to renovate
• 1 sawed-in-half shipping crate to house the bar and kitchen
• 1 custom barbecue from Sacramento, California
• 1 soon-to-come mermaid fountain in the likeness of Rachel McAdams, owner Anthony Rose’s celebrity crush