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Prohibition Gastrohouse

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Now well established in the Riverdale area, Prohibition Gastrohouse brought some much needed life to a otherwise sketchy corner of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue. Surrounded by long term, well known establishments such as Dangerous Dan’s and The Real Jerk, Prohibition has made a name for itself by offering a wide selection of local, import and micro brews on tap, accompanied by a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner menu offering a wide range of creative and unique dishes for your tasting pleasure.

Owners bypass the “Happy Hour” red tape and offer “Hooch” hours at certain times in the day offering drinks at discount prices. Hooch hour applies to most draft beers and making it worth your while, especially if you’re a fan of  the good stuff such as Delirium, which can usually run you $7.00 to $8.00 at regular prices.

I’ve had a number of items off the menu and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Naga Ghost Chicken Drummies are my go-to item - I’ve never had a bad batch or one that didn’t leave my mouth on fire.

The website is simple and fairly bare, with only a map of their location and contact information. Menu has yet to be posted so you’ll just have to go in blind and experience it for yourself.

Prohibition Gastrohouse

http://myprohibition.com

696 Queen Street East

Toronto, Ontario

416-406-2669

From Toronto to Stouffville – The Corner House

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Situated on the corner of Main Street and Park Drive in the Town of Stouffville, The Corner House offers a mix of fine to relaxed dining at an affordable price. While the beer selection isn’t anything to brag about, the dining experience and service is next to unbeatable.

I made reservations for a Saturday night in the upper room to experience what staff called the “best live duo in town” and we weren’t the least bit disappointed. Right off the bat, the staff made no issue of our changing number of guests and did their best to accommodate without any attitude or heavy sighs on the other end of the receiver. Appetizers at our table ranged from Grilled Flatbread, Grilled Calamari and Pan-Seared Scallops. Entrees of bacon-wrapped lamb chops and grilled beef tenderloin were served in a classic style accompanied by optional taters or greens. Wait staff was more than prepared to answer various questions regarding wine pairings and offer suggestions without hesitation and with confidence.

Beer was limited to a short list of the regular import and domestic types and only offered Stella Artois on tap – somewhat disappointing, however; the lack of tap beer was backed by a solid wine selection of Ontario, California and Italy’s best. My only beef would be the lack of reds from France – only one bottle listed from Liore and I would have liked to see at least a couple of heavy hitters from either the Rhône or Bordeaux regions.

The live music was great – the boys played three hours straight without taking a break and covered off a number of classic rock hits from the 60′s and 70′s.

If you’re living in town or just passing through, The Corner House offers a dining experience that can’t be beat outside of the GTA.

The Corner House

6403 Main Street

Stouffville, Ontario

905-640-8494

email: info@thecornerhouse.ca