Back when it first opened, I did an interview with Adrian Ravinsky, co-owner of 416 Snack Bar (181 Bathurst St. at Queen) about the ingredients and inspirations for some of their most popular snacks. They’ve since made good on their promise to constantly update the menu and here’s a quick peek at some of their all-new cutlery-free eats. (The oysters are the only item that remain from the original menu).
First I’ll highlight the ridiculously messy but addictive S’more Brownie ($3) that’s not officially on the menu, but make sure to ask the staff for one. It’s literally a chilled lump of chocolate, graham crackers, mini marshmallows and peanut butter.
The Sushi Pizza ($5) is a dainty circle of fried rice topped with hot-smoked, wild North Pacific salmon, a creamy mustard-like sauce, sesame seeds and shredded dry seaweed.
For those who cry whenever the McRib disappears from the McDonalds menu, here’s a way better alternative. The Ribwich ($4) comes on an adorable mini bun and contains pork belly bits slathered in BBQ sauce with the traditional onion and pickle slices.
My pal and camera operator to the stars, Dylan McNiven, knew he wanted to order the Grilled Thing ($3) which on this day happened to be grilled asparagus sprinkled with salt accompanied by a side of orange-infused hollandaise sauce. I’m usually indifferent to asparagus, but I double-dipped several times and wished I could eat all four spears myself.
The Bone Marrow Toasts ($4) are served hot and the warm marrow oozes between the holes of the crunchy crisp.
I can’t wait to visit again and try the Scotch Egg Benny and Spanakopita. I really commend the owners Adrian and Dave for rotating the snacks and experimenting with new and exciting mini dishes. To keep up on all the new items hitting the menu, visit their snacky blog.
416 Snack Bar / 181 Bathurst St., Toronto
416 364 9320 / Hours: Mon-Sun 5pm-2am