Town Crier Pub 416.204.9588 Open daily lunch & dinner http://towncrierpub.ca/
Everything about this Brownstone on John Street in the heart of downtown Toronto feels European, including the 50 beers on tap and the old world food menu.
Tired of that same old Charcuterie plate? Well, this pub serves up something different. German cured meats including spiced salami, smoked farmers sausage, buttery Westfalian ham, creamy brie, Edam cheese, a creamy potato salad, and crunchy warm pretzels and hot mustard – familiar and simple, like the good old days back home. The beer to accompany this delight is a lightly-sweet and fruity Delerium Tremens.
Of course I had to try the pork knuckles – fatty rich and full of that stick to your ribs goodness served with mashed potatoes, garlicky carrots, rapini and broccoli (where was the promised sauerkraut?). A side order of Spatzele gratin is a spin on the original – it’s tasty but does not win me over. An amber La Trappe Quadruple beer pairs nicely with this dish, slightly sweet and pleasantly bitter.
The servers are excellent, friendly and well versed in the beer and food menus. The décor needs a little love but the patio is gorgeous in the summer. Brunch on weekends and late nights make this eatery an all around winner. Bottoms up!