Not My Dog
1510 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6R 1A4
Since 2005, Not My Dog has been a welcome place for Parkdale’s bohemian culture.
|Cuisine Type |||French, Fusion, Indian, Italian, Japanese|
|Ambiance |||Outdoor Dining, Patio Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic Spot|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Live Entertainment|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, Visa|
|Getting There |||Queen streetcar|
|Cross Street |||Queen and Lansdowne|
|Tue-Wed 6PM-12AM, Thu-Sat 6PM-2AM, Sun 6PM-12AM|
Profile Last Updated: January 07, 2008
As gentrification makes its way along Queen Street West, Parkdale is becoming a boon for Toronto’s bohemian-types. Still retaining its notable low-cost housing and cheap eats and drink, the area has attracted a mix of struggling (though not starving) artists. A frequent watering hole for said artsy hopefuls, Not My Dog provides an outlet for inspiration and angst. A true hole in the wall, the restaurant/lounge is modest, comfortable, and very very relaxed. Showcasing the raw talent of local artists and musicians, Not My Dog places utmost importance on fanning the fires of independent culture.
Sights & Sounds
Each week, Not My Dog hosts an entertainment line-up that serves to engage and amuse. The restaurant’s own 1957 Nordheimer “honky tonk” piano receives a hammering on Tuesday nights, and after some Stevie Wonder-esque performances, the patio turns into a movie theatre. On Wednesdays, everyone can be a star with Not My Dog’s “Everybody’s Got a Song” open mic night. Replete with the occasional karaoke performances, live comedy, and DJs spinning everything from jazz to progressive rock, there’s usually something going on to tantalize and titillate.
The menu at Not My Dog is just as inspired as their clientele. A blend of vegetarian with an assortment of meat dishes welcomes all palate preferences, each complimented with an unusual twist. Somewhere between Japanese, Italian, and Indian, top picks include wasabi potatoes, chicken curry (with choice of egg), goan mince, and ginger tofu. Guest chefs add new sensations to the fare, so check back often.
Go Back Often: There are frequently guest chefs.