The storied and elegant building that showcases the Church Street pub and restaurant Hair of the Dog was opened in 1954 as LaBaron Steakhouse.
Current owners Keir MacRae and Michael Schwarz bought the three-storey building, near the former Maple Leaf Gardens, in 2000. Since then, it’s become a hugely popular meeting place, a classy watering hole and restaurant with an enviable beer list, two outstanding patios that are regularly featured on ‘Best in Toronto’ lists and a cordial and cultivated staff. The dog-inspired décor and various other commendations to canines add a sense of playfulness to the establishment.Read the story of Hair Of The Dog
Potato & Leek Soup
with croutons & cheddar cheese
Chicken Liver Pate
with French baguette
with bacon, caramelized onions & sour cream
with red thai curry sauce & challah bread
with bacon, green onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese & sour cream
corn & flour tortillas with tomatoes, green onions, jalapenos, black olives, cheese, salsa & sour cream
with house made curry, cheese curds and fries
Duck Confit Flatbread
with arugula, parmesan & caramelized onions
bacon, parmesan, croutons & house made dressing
tomatoes, peppers, red onions, hemp seeds & tangerine vinaigrette
Thai Steak Salad
red onions, peppers, tomatoes, green onions & coriander lime vinaigrette
all sandwiches are served with fries
Substitute fries for sweet potato fries, Caesar salad or mixed greens
half pound ground beef with lettuce, tomato & onion
soy burger, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion & chipotle mayo
Butter Chicken Grilled Cheese
on challah with house made slaw
Black forest ham, brie, cranberry Dijon mayo
Fish & Chips
classic English style served with coleslaw and tartar sauce
pan seared and served with chic peas, tomatoes, black olives Curry indian style with basmati rice, cucumber raita & grilled pita
Mac & Cheese
elbow pasta, tomatoes, green onions, in a classic cheese sauce
8oz top sirloin, fingerling potatoes, asparagus and chimichuri sauce
peppers, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, black beans, refried beans, wrapped in a tortilla and served with rice
Country Fried Chicken
breaded breast with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and chicken gravy
with sweet potato mash, spiced apple chutney and asparagus
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The nachos are to die for, and I don't even like nachos very much. The menu was severely limited due to the incredible business that is Pride Week, and I was at a stretch finding something vegetarian and to my liking. After being told that they were accepting no substitutions (understandably, but I just wanted no mayo and onion on the veggie burger), I went with my second choice, the curry. I wasn't expecting much, but it succeeded my expectations. Not fantastic and it needed more than a sprinkle of salt, but pleasant nonetheless. Co-diners raved about their nachos and pulled pork. Service was a bit scattered due to business, but were very friendly. When a beer was brought to our table that wasn't ordered -- but welcomed! -- he let us have it on the house. Blanche de Chambly on tap, fantastic!
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