Toronto Life - The Dish

The latest buzz on restaurants, chefs, bars, food shops and food events. Sign up for the Dish newsletter for weekly updates. Send tips to



Introducing: Hey Meatball, the new Leslieville location of the mix ’n match meatball shop

Introducing: Hey Meatball Leslieville

Name: Hey Meatball
Contact Info: 912 Queen St. E., 647-340-6439,
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Owner and Chef: Rodney Bowers, former owner of The Rosebud, who also owns Hey in Roncesvalles and Hey Meatball on College Street

The Food: Meatballs and sides. Customers can design their own sandwiches, pastas and plates by choosing from a menu of balls, sauces and starches. Some combos are suggested, like The Rodfather, a pork meatball sandwich with Bolognese, pesto and Parmesan. Delivery will be available by 2014.

The Drinks: House-made cream soda, ginger ale and lemon-lime pop. A liquor license is in the works.

The Place: A cheerful, family-friendly diner with 27 bright red seats and a wall-spanning photo of three adorable, spaghetti-eating kids. A Boeing B-54 model airplane hangs enticingly from the ceiling.

The Numbers:
• 4 balls: chicken, beef, pork and vegan
• 5 sauces: tomato, Bolognese, pesto, mushroom and cheese
• 6 sides: spaghetti, elbow macaroni, rigatoni, mashed potatoes, polenta and brown rice
• 7 days a week for lunch and dinner

Our Introducing series explores newly opened restaurants, bars and shops throughout the GTA
This is not a review.
Toronto Life’s starred reviews can be found in their entirety in our
Restaurant Guide. Got restaurant news, tips or rumours? Send them to