Leslieville Pumps

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Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Pulled Pork Sandwich,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
929 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

In the United States, particularly in the South, gas stations are more than just a spot to fuel up for the next leg of the trip. Food culture is attached to them in a way that’s rarely seen here, although if Judson and Greg Flom have their way, that won’t be the case for much longer.

As co-owners of Leslieville Pumps General Store & Kitchen, these brothers have teamed up to turn an old gas station on Queen Street East into a gathering spot for drivers and diners alike. Judson, who trained as a chef at George Brown College, wanted to make a different imprint on the city with his skills, and turned to his brother, Greg, as a supporter. “I was looking to open up my own restaurant and there were a couple different locations I was looking at, but nothing really seemed right to me,” explains Judson. “I ended up just getting our tire fixed next door because there’s a garage there, and they had sort of joked about me taking over the gas station and the Country Style that was in there. Of course, I didn’t take it very seriously.”

Judson may have initially brushed off the garage guys’ banter, but something kept gnawing at him. At home one night, looking online for recipes, he came across something called Oklahoma Joe’s, one of North America’s top-rated barbecues that happens to operate out of a gas station. The seeds for Leslieville Pumps were officially sown.

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Best pulled pork in Toronto

Best pulled pork in Toronto

“The Pumps” pulled pork is some of the best in Toronto. The sweetness comes from their house-made barbecue sauce, while the smokiness is due to the slow and low cooking method required to get the pork just right. It comes with a side of slaw.

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Best Restaurants for Barbecue in Toronto

Best Restaurants for Barbecue in Toronto

Southern BBQ sandwiches are the main atrraction here. While the regular roster is mightily impressive (Smoked Butter Chicken!), come for the Chicken and Waffle sandwich, available exclusively on weekends. Best I ever had.

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Best Restaurants for BLTs in Toronto

Best Restaurants for BLTs in Toronto

What appears at first glance to be a gas station, is actually one of the best little eateries in the city for Southern comfort food to go. Their BLT (at an astonishingly low $5.30), features maple glazed smoked peameal (or “Canadian” if you wish) bacon, with lettuce, tomato and homemade mayo, nestled in a toasted egg bun.

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