A few weeks ago, after a meeting on the east side, we decided to make a pit stop at Leslieville Pumps and pick up lunch for the fourth floor. Between them and Paulette’s, Queen and Carlaw has become quite the foodie corner. We’d been hearing a lot of buzz about this gas station cum southern BBQ joint, so decided to check it out for ourselves.
Founded by two brothers, Greg and Judson Flom, Leslieville Pumps feels like an establishment you’d stop in at in Tennessee en route to Nashville, instead of in Toronto’s Leslieville. The gas station is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, but the kitchen serves from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during weekends.
A self-described smoke house, the Pumps’ menu has a lot of items that are cooked “low and slow”. Along with breakfast sandwiches, there’s beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken thighs. We sampled the brisket and woweeeee, was it delicious. Piled onto a fresh bun, the brisket is topped with crispy onions, barbecue sauce and mustard. To die for!
As we can never turn down a pickle, the fried pickles were a definite order item. The batter remained crispy, as did the pickle, all the way back to the office. Finally, the BBQ corn salad was a nice, fresh side dish but was a hard decision with corn fritters on the menu too.
We can’t wait to go back and try out more items on the menu. We heard another customer raving about the curry, which is made by a Sri Lankan staff member and the BLT, made with maple glazed smoked peameal bacon sounds like an absolute must. One thing’s for sure, we’ll be heading over the east end a lot more often now.
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