The Rebel House

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Regulars fill both the cramped downstairs and upstairs rooms – all worn plank flooring, craggy wooden counters and coarse stucco walls – as well as a parachute-covered patio out back year-round. Bonus: more than 20 Ontario-only microbrews on tap — well, except for the Guinness.
Best: from a Canuck-inspired card, minced buffalo ’n’ beef burger on a kaiser topped with ancho ketchup, red onion and pickle on a kaiser; at dinner, old-fashioned meat loaf with roasted onion mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and succotash; cornmeal-crusted Ontario pickerel with roasted spuds and seasonal veg.Link text here

Gluten Free Beer!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

From La Belle Provence...La Messagere Gluten Free Beer, made with Rice and Buckwheat. Made by Les Bieres De La Nouvelle France Micro-brewery. 4.7% alc/vol. Why suffer from an allergy when you can suffer from a gluten-free hangover?!!Link text here

Toronto Life Restaurant Guide 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Reviews of the city's BEST RESTAURANTS"
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In a city dominated by McPubs, this neighbourhood local stands out. With the exception of Guinness, Canadian microbrews flow exclusively from the taps, and the menu focuses on hearty comfort food rather than greasy pub grub. It draws a diverse range of clientele: students, thirsty brokers and silver-haired WASPs fill the comfortable two-floor space. The vegetable and chickpea curry is more than just a token vegetarian dish: the veggies are bright and the legumes soft; a bed of bulgur soaks up the rich coconut sauce. Cheery service. Mains $12–$19.

Patio Season

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yes, it's patio season again and we're open and ready to go, and don't forget, we have 4 heaters fired up so there's never a chill in the air.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Creemore Special

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Each Thursday up to and including April 8th, Get a pint of Creemore for a dollar off the regular price! How great is that?!

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Now Magazine EASTvs WEST

Thursday, March 18, 2010


West End

Welcoming in daylight or dark, a great local should, above all else, reflect its clientele. That’s why west end pubs and bars are better. We’re cooler, smarter and more fun. West versus East? Seriously, that’s like frites versus McCain oven fries.

The Rebel House (1068 Yonge) is a Toronto fence-sitter, but we’ll claim it as ours because we don’t think east-enders would grasp the subtlety of the whole urban Upper Canada thing the Rebel’s got going on. It’s that same sophistication that...

Robbie Burns Day

Monday, January 25, 2010

Traditional to Robbie Burns Day is the serving of the 'Haggis', and so that is what we shall be doing. Come in and try this decidedly delicious treat and wash it down with one of our single malts.

The Bar Towel Review

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Without question, one of Toronto's finest good beer establishments. The Rebel House is a true Ontario pub, serving a large selection of Ontario craft microbrews on tap. They include familiar Brick and Lakes of Muskoka for the non-adventurous, along with Trafalgar, Kawartha Lakes, Wellington, Niagara Falls and Neustadt Springs for those looking for something with a little more flavour.

The Rebel House also has outstanding food, featuring many Canadian-themed dishes. My personal favourite: the big-enough-for-a-meal poutine. There is hardly a finer Canadian experience than a tasty dish of poutine and a fine ale.

Be warned, however, the Rebel House is not a large pub, and seating can often be difficult on a weekend night. The pub is very narrow, and has two floors, with a bar and table seating on each level. However, they do have an outstanding back patio when our weather co-operates.

Highly recommended. [original]

Blog.TO Review, December 31, 2009

Thursday, January 07, 2010

by Melissa Yu

The Rebel House has been doing its thing for over 17 years now. Co-owner, Bruce Roberts, has seen locals come and go, shops open and close, and the neighbourhood grow since he opened up shop with partner David Logan in 1993, but still the Rebel remains strong.

Back then, the Rebel House was one of the only joints of its kind in the area, and Roberts fondly recalls the two hour-long lineups that went out the door onto Yonge Street. Today there is more competition, but this also translates into more diners checking out the area as a whole.

On my first visit for lunch, the restaurant is busy and the extensive menu offers up bistro-fare as well as an array of classic pub standbys, like meatloaf and mac and cheese. There's also a modest vegetarian selection. Daily specials -- featuring a soup, salad, mussel plate, daily bread (an appetizer with toppings baked upon toasted sesame flat bread), main entrée, pasta and dessert -- appear on a separate menu.

I order the daily soup: potato, bacon chowder ($5.75), and the spinach salad with julienned green apple, slivered almonds, and cheddar cheese dressed in a creamy maple dressing ($5.20). The side portion I opt for is plenty, and spills off the plate with the addition of flavourful and smoky blackened chicken ($4.50).

My date goes for the risotto appetizer ($7.25), which is equally generous. The barley is simmered in tomato and white wine with mushrooms and grilled vegetables and is marvellous. The earthy flavour of the mushrooms compliments the creamy grain and the sharpness of the Parmesan that is sprinkled on top, while the subtle tomato compliments the red peppers.

The Rebel House RosedaleOn another visit to the Rebel for weekend brunch, I chat with Bruce and ask him what advice he can offer to up-and-coming restaurateurs. It's pretty frank: "Get ready to work a lot. The more time you can put in at your establishment, the more it will stick to your idea of the type of place you want it to be. There were days in the early years here when we thought we might throw in the towel, but if you can ride out the tough times and continue to put out a quality product, customers will appreciate it." He also mentions how important it is that customers see their owners actively engaged in the business, and says on any given night, he can recognize a lot of the faces in the dining room.

Over the Comics section of the Saturday Star and a cup of tea, I enjoy a side of bacon and the "Franglaise Toast," made from thick slices of French loaf, dipped in a thick egg batter and served with a fruit compote and crème anglaise ($8.75). The portion is again generous, and the batter is delicious and sweet.

The Rebel House French ToastWhen I ask Bruce about longevity and the dominating food trend focused on sourcing local, he notes that the success of the Rebel isn't about trying to follow trends. He has always been committed to serving a quality product, and good food is made from fresh ingredients that feature the best of what the surrounding area (Ontario) has to offer.

Their extensive beer menu includes draught and bottled beer mostly from local micro-breweries and they only serve VQA Ontario wines. Bruce says there is nothing trendy about that, it just what makes sense, and it's what they've always done.

Rebel House BreakfastAs I linger over the end of my tea and chuckle at Dilbert and the gang, I catch a shot of the eggs Benedict, served with peameal bacon and a salad, and make a mental note to order that next time. I leave with the prospect of more great meals to come, and with a pining for warmer days when I can enjoy a pint on the Rebel's excellent backyard patio. [original]

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