What’s on the menu at Petty Cash, Steve Gonzalez’s new restaurant and bar in King West

What’s on the menu at Petty Cash, Steve Gonzalez’s new restaurant and bar in King West

Name: Petty Cash
Contact: 487 Adelaide St. W., pettycashtoronto.com, @pettycashtoronto
Neighbourhood: King West
Previously: SpiritHouse
Owner: Baro and Capture Group
Chef: Steve Gonzalez (Baro), Nate Middleton (Home of the Brave) and Trevor McNeil (Kasa Moto, Ruby Watchco)

The food

“We want to be a neighbourhood spot that people can hit up a few times a week, and still feel good about themselves,” says Gonzalez. The menu’s “Fresh” section is made up of mostly plant-based, healthy-ish options like mushroom tacos, tuna poke and salads. The last-call set will gravitate to the “Familiar” section of the menu, which is made up of drunk-food friendly things like buttermilk wings, burgers, nachos and fried chicken.

The Faux Gras is a vegan play on duck pate. The spread is made from mushrooms, walnuts and lentils. It gets its hue from a hint of beet juice. $8.


This seven-layer dip starts with a foundation of guac, which is topped with whipped cream cheese, bean salsa, sour cream, mango salsa, cheddar, chilies, scallions and cilantro. $17.


Taco-Bouta-Salad comes with roasted and pulled adobo chicken, lettuce, guac, bean salsa, sour cream and crispy corn tortilla strips. $23.


The Not-So Petty Burger is a griddled quarter-pound chuck patty, cradled in a potato bun and topped with secret sauce, lettuce, tomato onions and pickles. $16.


Here’s a whole spread.


Left to right: McNeil, Middleton and Gonzalez.


The drinks

The short drink card includes by-the-book cocktails and a few fruity numbers like the Pineapple Zaddy served in brass pineapple, and a slushy frozé that combines watermelon-strawberry juice and vodka. The unpretentious wine card includes big California bottles (starting at $10 a glass) alongside some less-common BC wines likes Mission Hill Pinot Noir. The beers are mostly big name brands (Coors Banquet, MGD, Creemore, Guinness, Peroni).

The space

The 150-seat space is decked out in heaps of greenery tucked into every available windowsill, and a safe built into the DJ booth. They found it at an old junk yard and haven’t been able to open it. “We don’t know what’s inside—could be a million dollars,” says Gonzalez. “But we’ll never open it.”

The flat-screens scattered throughout the space will always be tuned to sports.


They sourced 2,400 cassettes to make this feature wall.


Here’s the patio.