What’s on the menu at The Slip, Harbourfront’s new lakeside patio

What’s on the menu at The Slip, Harbourfront’s new lakeside patio

Name: The Slip
Neighbourhood: Harbourfront
Contact: 235 Queens Quay W., no phone, theslip.ca, @theslipto
Previously: Lakeside Local Bar and Grill
Owners: John Baker, Joe Papik, Chris Ioannou and Alex Castellani (Boxcar Social, Clocktower Bar)
Chef: Nico Aldea (O&B’s Café Grill, Porzia, Clocktower Bar)

The food

A lot of hand-held favourites (ribs, wings, burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, corn on the cob) and one salad. Harbourfront CEO and Boxcar Social regular, Marah Braye, brought the Boxcar boys on board to replace the long-standing Lakeside Local with something geared towards a younger audience. The Slip is seasonal, but the team is already busy opening up a third Boxcar Social inside Harbourfront Centre that will operate year round.

Albacore tuna ceviche with corn, guacamole, Anaheim chile and tortilla chips. $12.

Greens with roasted cauliflower, pomegranate seeds and ricotta salata in a lemon vinaigrette. $12.

Fish tacos with cajun-spiced Atlantic salmon, queso crema, pickled cabbage, Granny Smith apple and radish. $5 each.

The Philly Cheese Sammy, loaded with braised short rib, caramelized onions, provolone and mayo. Served with fries. $16.

Buttermilk-fried chicken thighs come with buttermilk sauce and kimchee. $14.

The drinks

Draught beer and cider including Labatt 50, Goose Island IPA and Brickworks’ Batch: 1904;Corona by the bottle (or bucket o’ bottles, of course); kegged cocktails available by the glass or pitcher; wine from Norman Hardie and Creekside; mixed drinks; and, because it’s a Boxcar offshoot, a selection of whiskey.

Margaritas (tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice) are available by the glass ($10) or the pitcher ($55).

They make radlers, too. This one’s a mix of Labatt 50 and fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. $8.

The space

The lakeside patio looks like something straight out of 90210 or The O.C.—in the best way possible. There’s plenty of communal seating and a space for planned or impromptu dance parties.

The Slip is all patio.


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