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Hitting the Spot

A review of the Auld Spot Pub

by Leslie Clark

While wandering the Danforth, one thing’s for sure — you’ll never go hungry. Although the area has always been a hotspot for the finest Greek food in the city, its landscape has broadened to include many different types of cuisine. You can find Japanese, Italian, numerous coffee shops and bakeries, and of course, a few cozy neighbourhood pubs. One of these is The Auld Spot Pub, where I had the chance to drop in for a visit recently to unwind after a hard day.

The atmosphere is inviting and cozy. We were seated at a wide, comfortable booth, and when the sun went down, the candles on the tables created a welcoming glow. Service was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing.

The menu is fairly small, but includes most of the options you’d expect at any good pub — burgers, fish and chips, poutine — plus a few surprises. My friend and I shared a sampling of appetizer dishes. We started with raw oysters, which arrived fresh, cold, and attractively presented — my three basic requirements. The PEI mussels with gorgonzola cream were delicious, and I was glad to have toast to soak up the rest of the light and flavourful cheese sauce. The shrimp and cod cakes were moist, flaky and complimented perfectly by a subtly spicy aioli.

The Auld Spot Pub offers a good selection of beers, with many local breweries included. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try one of their martinis or sample from the scotch list.

In addition to their Danforth location, there’s another Auld Spot Pub on College Street. The restaurant also caters, and according to their website, they specialize in pig roasts and freshly shucked oysters — both a great way to make a statement at your next special event. They also state that their food is locally sourced where possible.

347 Danforth Ave.

Hours of Operation:
Monday and Tuesday – 4:00pm to midnight
Wednesday to Friday – 4:00pm to 2:00am
Saturday – noon to 2:00am
Sunday – noon to midnight

Kitchen Hours:
Sunday to Wednesday until 11:00pm
Thursday to Saturday until midnight

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