AFT KITCHEN & BAR
686 Queen Street East
BBQ – Bar – 11am~2am – Weekend Brunch
On a Wednesday night, I was on the hunt for a BBQ spot that was a short distance from my campus. A quick search, and Aft Kitchen & Bar was immediately brought to my attention. It was a pleasant 20 minute walk to the end of King Street, and trialing over the bridge onto Queen Street East. Upon entrance, I knew that this spot was going to be fantastic. Beautifully dimmed, cozy bar seating is available, two chalkboards: one with drinks and the next with specials – this spot was already bustling at 6PM on a weekday.
1. Portobello Mushroom Frites ($8)
Panko-crusted, marinated Mushrooms with a Thyme Aioli
This was the very recommendation by the server. On it’s own, it was super tangy, the breading was packed with a ton of herbs and held a juicy bite, but with the much-needed dip, it was all slightly muted, delicious!
2. Fried Chicken, Blackboard Special ($18)
Buttermilk Fried Chicken Breast, Spicy Rice stuffed Pepper with a Smoked Tomato Sauce
Incredible. The battered bits of the Chicken Breast was insane! The meat was spectacularly juicy and tender. Bone and all, it was such a nice big piece! The rice was wonderfully spiced and filled with tender pieces of Beef and Pork. I had a whole dang farm on my dish!
3. BBQ Side Ribs ($20)
Slow-smoked Pork Side Ribs with Coleslaw & Cowboy Baked Beans
These are Pork Side Ribs served with Coleslaw and Baked Beans. Beautifully glazed and tender. Perfection.
The only thing is that the service isn’t anything I found exceptional, it was probably only this time around – she definitely didn’t want to be there. But, anyway! Come for the food, I’ve definitely found a new must-hit-up in the East end. Well done.