Despite the fact that Toronto lacks direct access to the salt-water crustaceans of the Atlantic, the city has been showing some serious love to lobsters over the past year. And newish restaurants, like Midtown’s Smoked & Cracked, are proving that you don’t have to fork out a hefty portion of your paycheque to enjoy everyone’s favourite shellfish.
The blackboard menu at the small Mt. Pleasant restaurant keeps things simple—lobster rolls (hot and cold), a lobster boil, and breakfast sandwiches are all on offer, but the standout dish is the lobster mac and cheese ($16.95). Made using lobster stock, cream cheese, two cheddars, and large hunks of claw and tail meat, the piping bowl arrives tableside with a layer of melted cheddar on top. “We don’t skimp on the lobster that goes into it,” says co-owner Michael Kash. Rich and creamy, the dish will be especially effective once the cold weather hits. And best of all, it’s available for take-out and transports well.
Goes great with: One of the mammoth, deep-dish butter tarts ($5), a sweet, syrupy mess loaded with pralines and apples. Unconventional? Yes, but still a great end note to a meal here.—Jacob Rutka
Smoked & Cracked, 516 Mount Pleasant Rd. (at Millwood), 647-748-5722.