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Just across the way from Rosedale Subway (good to know if you're in a hurry), the Rebel House is named for Upper Canada's (Ontario) long history with taverns (which might explain a few things too) - specifically the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion, which was fought in this very area. As a tribute, the Rebel House serves only Ontario brews (ok, Guinness too), and a selection of Ontario wines, along with Canadian-themed dishes (including a great poutine). [original]
This casual spot is beloved by locals. Is the draw the warm welcome, the better-than-average pub grub, or the impressive selection of microbrews? The crowd is mainly 20- to 30-somethings decked out in designer casual wear, more intent on socializing than eating. The specialty of the house is hearty, simple fare; grilled Atlantic salmon and seared Angus strip loin are top picks. Pastas and salads are worth a taste, too. [original]
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]
This Rosedale eatery specializes in foods from Ontario includes fifteen kinds of draft beer from local microbreweries on its bar list. Specialties of the house include lamb and ale stew, scallop stuffed rainbow trout, wild boar sausage and P.E.I. mussels in wine. The whole trout smoked on a cedar plank is also recommended. The curious might want to try a bison burger.
The service is prompt and professional. Dinner per person including tip averages about $60. [original]