Thursday, September 5, 2013

Home of the Brave

The recently open Home of the Brave (@theHOTB) by TUM alum / La Carnita (post here) Andrew Richmond... glad that all the exciting restaurant opening up on King West like Valdez across the street. No reservation and we told that there'll be a 45mins wait (leave phone# n come back) but end up being only around 20mins.

Love the urban vibe with the steel walls, subway tiles, industrial finishes and blackboard beams.
I especially love the lights hanging by the bar (^_^)

The menu consist of American comfort food, offering original takes on regional specialties and homestyle cooking that we Canadian probably forgot or never seen before.

Have to say I love everything including the open kitchen but it was so hot in there when I went last week and with no AC, it's difficult to enjoy our meal fully when we are sweating like pigs (>_<)

Zombie Slushie
~ three type of rum, grapefruit, pineapple, bitters & cinnamon syrup
This was an extremely strong cocktail, definitely worth your dollar worth.

Zombie Slushie: Three Types of Rum, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Bitters, Cinnamon Syrup

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Tater Tots $5
~ Crispy Potatoes. Cheese, gravy, herbs
This was almost like gnocchi, so crispy and soft at the same time. It was perfect with the extra thick and yummy gravy.

Fried Bologna Sandwich $9
~ bologna, house made American Cheese, toasted pistachios, spicy sour cream
Love it since the preview at #DOS and this totally reminds me of lunches back in high school but this is a fancier version for the grown up me. Def an A+ for Executive Chef Johnathan Hamilton with this overstuffed sandwich with altering layers of cheese and thinly shaved deli meat.

 Kentucky Fried Handshake Sandwich $13
~ Fried Chicken, Mango, Iceburg Lettuce, Louisiana Hot Sauce
 Best presentation ever, pictures of this dish online everywhere was what attracted me to this place.
Give it a handshake and pull it off before biting into the moist, juicy and well seasoned chicken with the extra crispy coatings. Love how the hot sauce is served on the side so that the skin or bun doesn't get soggy, although the chicken is very flavorful the sauce is very much needed.

 Johnny Cake w/ Smoked Trout $14
~ cornmeal Griddle Cake w/ Savoury Cream,
 A Rhode Island staple, this was new to me and I'm not sure I really like it. I usually love sweet and savory combination but somehow I don't like this version... somehow, it's too sweet and not salty enough, the maple syrup drenched griddle cake took over the smoked trout flavor. We end up just eating the smoked trout with the savory cream.

 Bones in a Bucket $18
~ Kansas City Rubbed Beef and Pork Ribs, Ranch Dressing, Celery, Carrot
This was fall off the bone good with a thick coating of sauce, it was one of the best beef ribs.

 Would have love to try their desserts and some of the cocktails but it was so hot that we lost appetite.

Verdict :
Love it here but with it wasn't so hot, will hopefully go back when it's colder.
Love the decor, the service and the atmosphere .

Home of the Brave on Urbanspoon

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