Grand Electric

The Grand Electric group is launching a music podcast The Grand Electric group is launching a music podcast

It’s no surprise that dedicated restaurant owners care about music—Bieber blaring through the speakers could cause burger sales to slump (or soar, depending on the place). But Colin Tooke and Ian McGrenaghan, co-owners of hotspots Grand Electric and Electric Mud BBQ, care so much about it, they’re starting a podcast. “Music is a huge part… Read more »

Pop-Up Pick: get crazy-soft cashmere at Kit and Ace’s Muskoka shop (and th... Pop-Up Pick: get crazy-soft cashmere at Kit and Ace’s Muskoka shop (and then celebrate with tacos)

Lucky Torontonians who get to spend their summers in Muskoka have something else to be thankful for: the shopping scene up north is seriously improving, and options are no longer limited to Tommy Bahama. For summer, Vancouver-based cashmere maker Kit and Ace has set up a season-long pop-up in Port Carling in a re-vamped boathouse… Read more »

Best of the City 2014: Fun Best of the City 2014: Fun

By Caroline Aksich, Chantal Braganza, Matthew Hague, Bronwen Jervis, Gabrielle Johnson, Emily Landau, Frances McInnis, Simone Olivero, Rebecca Philps, Amy Rosen, Peter Saltsman, Courtney Shea and Caroline Youdan | Photograph by Dave Gillespie | Illustration by Lauren Tamaki wild ride Wild Ride Rock ’n’ Horse Saloon 250 Adelaide St. W., 647-344-1234 A night at Rock… Read more »

Grand Electric is taking reservations for private pig roasts Grand Electric is taking reservations for private pig roasts

Garden parties generally bring to mind wide-brimmed church hats, Pimms cups and frock coats (also: gardens). In Parkdale-speak, the term means something a little different: namely, a boozy pig roast with 10-20 of your pals. Starting today, taco shop Grand Electric is taking reservations for private parties on its distinctly flora-free patio. For $32 a… Read more »

Cinqo Drinkos: five inspired Toronto takes on the classic Mexican margarita Cinqo Drinkos: five inspired Toronto takes on the classic Mexican margarita

There are few things more quintessentially Mexican—or more dangerously refreshing—than the margarita, a time-honoured mix of tequila, triple sec and lime. Lately, Toronto cocktail gurus have been playing fast-and-loose with the classic cocktail, adding unusual ingredients like tamarind, chili peppers and fermented tea. Here, in honour of Cinqo de Mayo (it’s today!), five great (if… Read more »

Grand Electric takes cottage country with a new Muskoka spin-off Grand Electric takes cottage country with a new Muskoka spin-off

Here’s yet another reason for Muskoka cottagers to feel blessed and superior: Grand Electric, the hip-but-grungy taco shop in Parkdale, is branching out with a seasonal lakeside spin-off up north. Details are still being worked out, but co-owner Ian McGrenaghan was able to share some basic info, like the general setting—a lakeside property in Port… Read more »

Chef’s Choice: Grant van Gameren of Bar Isabel picks his favourite restaurants Chef’s Choice: Grant van Gameren of Bar Isabel picks his favourite restaurants

Photograph by Ryan Szulc Who better to guide a fantasy food tour than a chef? We asked some of the city’s top culinary talents to walk us through their ideal day in Toronto restaurant meals. grant van gameren Bar Isabel BREAKFAST “The Federal on Dundas West is my breakfast local. I always get the Cubano… Read more »

Straight Outta Parkdale: the mystifying hip-hoppification of Toronto chef cultur... Straight Outta Parkdale: the mystifying hip-hoppification of Toronto chef culture

In 2011, we walked into a dinky taco shop in Parkdale and found the future of Toronto dining: blaring ’90s hip-hop, beautifully bedraggled wait staff and, in the kitchen, a crew of tattooed, fist-bumping, F-bomb dropping cooks. The little spot was Grand Electric, of course, and it didn’t take long for other restaurants to adopt… Read more »

Parkdale taqueria Grand Electric is now doing takeout Parkdale taqueria Grand Electric is now doing takeout

Grand Electric fans can scarf their pork tinga tacos and squid hoagies without enduring the hours-long waits and blaring ‘90s gansta rap that, along with sublime Mexican food, have made the little shop one of the city’s buzziest taquerias. The restaurant, whose efforts to add a second floor were thwarted earlier this year by the… Read more »

Critic: How tequila-fuelled taquerias like Playa Cabana became the city’s buzz... Critic: How tequila-fuelled taquerias like Playa Cabana became the city’s buzziest places to eat—and party

By Mark Pupo | Photography by Dave Gillespie Grand Electric ½ 1330 Queen St. W., 416-627-3459 La Carnita 501 College St., 416-964-1555 Playa Cabana 111 Dupont St., 416-929-3911 Playa Cabana Cantina 2883 Dundas St. W., 647-352-7767 Playa Cabana is on the ground floor of a slim Dupont semi just off Davenport, a convenient pit stop… Read more »

Introducing: Electric Mud BBQ, the raucous new barbecue joint from the owners of... Introducing: Electric Mud BBQ, the raucous new barbecue joint from the owners of Grand Electric

Name: Electric Mud BBQ Neighbourhood: Parkdale Contact info: 5 Brock Ave., 416-516-8286, @ElectricMudBBQ Owners: Colin Tooke and Ian McGrenaghan of Grand Electric Chefs: Tooke and Benjamin Denham (Veritas, Grand Electric) The food: Down-home but not particularly traditional Southern barbecue, including peanut-crusted ribs ($13.50), pork belly ($12.50) and “duck ham” (duck that’s prepared like black forest ham, $13.50).

The Dish Power Rankings: muddied waters edition The Dish Power Rankings: muddied waters edition

Toronto Life’s roundup of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag. After four weeks in the top spot, Edulis gets bumped for a red-hot new barbecue restaurant. Meanwhile, OddSeoul continues its steady rise.

The Grand Electric team opens Electric Mud BBQ around the corner from their taco... The Grand Electric team opens Electric Mud BBQ around the corner from their taco joint

The pair behind Grand Electric pulled a fast one last weekend, quietly opening Electric Mud BBQ on Saturday with barely a lick of advance press (owners Ian McGrenaghan and Colin Tooke had coyly refused to respond to rumours that they’d taken over the old Stampede Bison Grill space). While their first restaurant specializes in not-quite-authentic tacos, bourbon and blaring… Read more »

The Dish Power Rankings: buzzing diners and taco insurgents The Dish Power Rankings: buzzing diners and taco insurgents

Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag. The Hoof Raw Bar steals the top spot this week, now that Jen Agg has revived the mega-popular Hoof Café brunch (see last week’s rankings). Over in Parkdale, a new southern Italian restaurant is gaining ground and in… Read more »

Grand Electric’s second floor falls victim to the Parkdale restaurant moratori... Grand Electric’s second floor falls victim to the Parkdale restaurant moratorium (UPDATED)

Grand Electric’s second-storey expansion, which would’ve added 40 seats to perennially packed taco bar, is on hold due to the Parkdale strip restaurant ban. Co-owner Ian McGrenaghan told Post City the suspension came as a surprise, since GE applied for the necessary permits prior to the ban and had nearly finished construction. Barring a successful legal challenge, the second… Read more »