If you are going to take a slow and steady approach to opening a new brew pub/restaurant you want Mike Duggan at the helm. With a long history in brewing exceptional beers (Duggan was a founder of the Mill Street brand) and a personal phone directory of just the right friends to have (Consulting Chef Rene Chauvin) this bare bones designed restaurant, shop and brewery has all the ingredients of success.
With a 155 seat capacity the space heavily relies on industrial chic touches of wood topped tables and lots of metal fixtures. An onsite store allows you to buy most of the beers available on tap including some pulls, my favorite the Parkdale Bomber, bottled in the highly popular growler. Unisex bathrooms and a big screen television attract a diverse crowd of Parkdale regulars and out of town visitors.
This simplistic approach is also evident in the kitchen. Sous Chef Eric Snidal gave into the early pressure of the prerequisite tacos by offering a daily special when the restaurant first started out as merely a pop up and has since morphed the menu into an eclectic mix of bar favorites including wings and burgers, and by listening to a largely meat-free neighborhood and creating stellar vegetarian dishes even carnivores would enjoy like this mixed grain salad with raspberries, pomegranate, and cucumber.
Beer drinkers extraordinaire can enjoy standard snacks like candied bacon, chicken crackle and spicy crisp wings available as jerk, lemon pepper, Cajun and hot ‘n’ honey.
While the tacos are long gone from the original menu their replacement in the chicken enchiladas are easily a favorite including all the flavors from the missed tacos rolled into a small, compact delicious bite of flavor. With what Duggan’s believes to be the best around, 40 day cured beef is now in the kitchen and hitting the plates in some massive entrees giving diners the choice to snack away or stay for a meal all while enjoying some pints. Regular additions and subtractions as the seasons change keeps the menu new and fresh and if someone at your table isn’t a beer fan, wine and spirits are readily available.
With future plans including more interior decorating touches, a cool basement space and a rare Parkdale patio Duggan’s is slowly gaining traction as a must visit brewery and restaurant. And with smart leadership, a wealth of beer knowledge and a kitchen staff excited to experiment it will quickly become a “regular’s” place to be.