If you’re around College Street often, you have probably seen The Dog and Tiger at the corner of Euclid, and just steps away from one of Canada’s most popular bars. Taking up the corner with its massive patio, The Dog and Tiger may look like any neighbourhood pub, but this spot has recently changed up its entire menu.
Forget the fries and greasy pub fare, the new menu at The Dog and Tiger is a farm-to-table experience, which supports local farms, butcheries, fisheries, breweries, and wineries.
“I think what makes our new menu so special is that we’re providing a farm-to-table experience that’s approachable and down-to-earth,” said Luke Nicholson, Owner of The Dog and Tiger, when the new menu was first introduced. “It’s a chef-led menu that still feels like a local spot. We’re supporting a host of sustainable food providers — and we’re giving guests the opportunity to be a little more open-minded, try something new, and to consider the importance of eating local.”
Nicholson is talking about Executive Chef Thomas Salvo, who helped bring the idea to life. Salvo, previously at Chase Hospitality Group of restaurants, has been known for putting modern twists on classic dishes. And on the new menu, some of the items that have these twists include the gluten-free and vegan Mushroom Caesar, which is made of roasted hen of the woods, black trumpet vinaigrette, grilled gem lettuce, crispy oyster mushroom, and potato crumble, as well as the House-Cured Lamb Bacon – which includes grilled Beverly Creek lamb, wild leek pesto, shaved Mountain Oak gouda, pickled ramps, ricotta, on Brodflour sourdough.
And we love Brodflour bread. It’s on their menu again with the Beef Tartare dish, which is served with house B&B pickles, Hodge Podge, triple crunch mustard, horseradish, watercress, Pasture egg yolk, and of course, a delicious side of Brodflour brioche.
The farm-to-table freshness doesn’t just apply to the food menu. A cocktail called Mind your Peas and Booze includes Ontario-grown pea pod juice, Dillon’s Small Batch Gin, fresh squeezed lemon, muddled mint, and house simple syrup. Pea pod juice may sound weird to read, but don’t let that fool you. This drink is refreshing, and delicious.
Besides dinner, the neighbourhood pub also offers brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 11 AM. The Dog and Tiger also runs monthly dinners that showcase their new, local partners (like butchers or fisheries). Keep an eye out on their social media for their upcoming events.
For lovers of the outdoors, there is a massive all-season, heated patio, and the bar offers half-priced bottles on “Wine Wednesdays.” On Fridays, there’s Happy Hour on oysters and sangria from 3 PM to 5 PM.
Good food, happy hours, and patios? We are there!
When: Tuesday through Sunday from 5PM to 10:30PM (bar open until midnight, Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: 537 College Street