This is going to be a short and sweet share of a little joint we checked out a few weeks ago after our adventure to The Beaches. Following the disappointment of the Food Truck Festival we headed back along Queen Street to find somewhere for dinner. Our return trip included our little stop to The Sidekick superhero cafe, a venture into a dreamy vintage inspired dress store called Doll Factory by Damzels, and eventually a quick stop for dinner before it was time to check in for another night giving Haunted Tours.
On the bus ride to Queen Street East I had noticed an interesting looking pub with an even more intriguing name. Prohibition Gastrohouse caught my eye from the tiny bus window with it’s sleek black exterior and it’s historically based name. I’m a big fan of anything 1920s, and I’m always looking for places that grab their vibe from that era. With the venue still in mind at the end of the day we decided to check out what they had to offer.
Lucky timing sat us right at the big open windows that face the street. The rest of the restaurant is dimly lit with dark tones to match that black exterior but at the window we had the sun shining in (I was thankful for this because it made photographing food a lot easier).
A peruse through Prohibition’s menu shows off a wide range of upscale pub food from salads to burgers, poutine to ribs, and even platters of cheese, charcuterie, seafood or conservas. If you’re looking for an interesting dig in for date night, their Redneck Platter for two sounds quite interesting. At $61 it’s a bit pricier but you do get a good amount of food, which the menu lists off as such: two 36-hour sous-vide & house smoked maple bourbon BBQ beef short ribs, 1/2 southern fried chicken, truffle mac & cheese, and jalapeño-cheddar biscuits. It sounded delicious but since I was leading a tour that evening we opted for sharing something a lot lighter.
Our first choice were the chicken lollipops which are smoked and fried chicken drumettes. I will be honest I wasn’t really sure what the difference between a chicken wing and a chicken lollipop was but upon arriving at the table it became more apparent. The drummettes look like large drumsticks where all the meat is at the bulkier side.
While we normally stick to medium or honey garlic (or a mixture of the two when possible) Prohibition Gastrohouse left us intrigued by some more interesting flavours. On the hotter side of things you had Fervor Reaper Chile, Ghost, and Red Savina but we opted for the mild Georgia Peach & Vidalia Onion as our choice of heat. It was an excellent choice and a nice mix up from our usual flavours. It had the sweetness of a honey garlic wing but it really came through with a peachy taste which we loved. The chicken was tender and the smoked drumettes did just the trick.
To go with our chicken lollipops we ordered the Haute Poutine, which is a spin on traditional poutine using duck confit, duck gravy, and duck crackling. Loaded with cheese curds, this smaller dish was actually quite heavy and therefore very filling. You can order it without the duck as well if you’re looking for a more basic poutine.
Prohibition was a nice stop after a long day of adventuring and it gave my feet the break they needed before tour time. By the end of the night I had hit around 28,000 steps which is definitely on the high end of things. With sore feet but a satisfied tummy I made the trip home, already wondering what restaurant would end up next on the list. It’s been a few weeks since we sat down at Prohibition Gastrohouse so I can tell you there are more reviews coming down the pipeline. But for how, I wish you happy eats and a joyous Labour Day weekend.