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Allen's on the Danforth

143 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON
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Allen's stands as owner John Maxwell's loving tribute to the Irish-American saloons of his native New York. Extensive use of wood, a tin ceiling, oak-plank floor, and warm dark colours give Allen's, t Go to full description...

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By Jenny on Oct 04, 2007
I've heard great things about this restaurant's patio from as well as numerous family friends, but was incredibly skeptic on trying it out. Walking along the Danforth, this place looks like your run of the mill pub...tiny and dark, with a small two-table patio at the front. Nonetheless, I decided to give my friends the benefit of the doubt and decided to try it out for an after-work beer (hey, if I didn't like it, I could always sense locking myself in for dinner if I find out the menu's star item is steak and kidney pie).

So we walk in and immediately I am taken aback. This ain't no pub! The waiters look like they're straight out of a French bistro, and the place even has a maitre d'! Ok so clearly not a pub. I nervously approach the guy and ask if the Toronto-renowned patio is really only the two rickety tables at the front of the restaurant. The guy smiles at me like he's had to go through this before, and I almost think he's going to pat my head and say "bless your little heart". He beckons us to follow him to the back of the restaurant and WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES DOES APPEAR BUT A BIG GIANT PATIO AND A BLACKBOARD OF BEER!!!

Honestly guys, this patio is awesome. Wooden decking with huge trees interspersed throughout. I felt like I walked into the wardrobe and came out into Narnia. It was beautiful. But what made it even more beautiful was 3 giant blackboards listing different beers from around the world. I was like a kid in a candy store...these people KNOW their stuff. They don't sell any crap beer either (i.e. no Molson or Labatt beers on the entire beer menu!!!). I can't exactly remember what I got, but it was good. HINT: If you're having trouble deciding, or you don't know too much about beer, ask your server. They're incredibly knowledgeable and make some great suggestions.

The other thing I liked about this place was the lack of condescending attitudes. For what I now know is an upscale Irish-American restaurant, the staff made my boyfriend and I feel incredibly welcome, even though we were only there for a beer or two. Word of warning though, we got there early (5ish) so we were able to snag a table for an hour. Any later, and we would have been S.O.L. The place fills up fast, practically every night.
Comment by KAT on Oct 04, 2007
oh there is nothing more exciting than the hidden gem, especially when the hidden gem is, what sounds like, the city's best patio.
Comment by lutz on Oct 09, 2007
yey i am happy you love the place ... i was just as charmed when i found it first time .. i was just worried that you won't make it through the front doors because of its oustide looks!!
Comment by Mystique on Jan 15, 2008
Thank u so much for sharing this little hidden 'gem' with the rest of us.
Not being from TO, if I had come across this place, I wouldn't have given it a second glance, nor would I have gone in (Just the thought of 'steak & kidney pie' gives me the heebie jeebies, literally!!)
I can't wait to try this place, altho it sounds like the summertime is the best time becuz of the awesome patio! :)
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Allen's stands as owner John Maxwell's loving tribute to the Irish-American saloons of his native New York. Extensive use of wood, a tin ceiling, oak-plank floor, and warm dark colours give Allen's, the glow of comfortable tradition.
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