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Toronto.com Review

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Its unpretentious Canadian spirit is reflected in the mainly 20-30-something crowd that frequents this popular Rosedale haunt. Although there is an outstanding back patio with parachute roof, seating is limited. If you're lucky enough to score a seat, sample the numerous offerings from Ontario’s micro-breweries, the hearty, simple fare or the weekend brunch menu.

Rebel House is a find. Count on washing down some good old-fashioned bar food with a bit more thought than the typical Toronto tavern. Legend has it that one of the battles fought in the Upper Canada Rebellion involved a historic march down Yonge Street -- where Rebel House sits. And although it may be too young to be part of any legend, it's pretty safe to say that they are forerunners of a foreseeable culinary trend: Ontario, not English, Ontario tavern food. Tight quarters of the smoke-filled ground floor bar scene offer few tables for UCC grads and grizzly-faced regulars clamouring for another pint. [original]