Places We Love: Grand Electric

After a year of planning, A, P, J, and I finally made it to Grand Electric. Now, you may be asking yourself “it took you a year to get to get to a restaurant?” to which I will emphatically respond, YES, A YEAR! Grand Electric is no ordinary restaurant, as it is arguably the hottest eatery in Toronto. Parkdale’s Grand Electric focuses on Mexican food, craft beer, Bourbon and loud music. They also don’t take reservations, which generally results in lines that twist around the block. Despite being told that it would be 2 hours for a table of four, we decided to put our names on the list and spend the time waiting across the street at the Rhino.

With a small, focused menu, Grand Electric is able to dish up food and drinks that really do live up to the hype. I started the night with a lime margarita that was a refreshing accompaniment to the spicy and flavourful food that was about to follow.

We decided to share an order of guacamole and chips. The guacamole was smooth, and well seasoned with onions and chilies. The chips that accompanied it were dusted with an addictive spice mix and served warm. It was garnished with chicharon (AKA fried pig skin). Needless to say, it didn't last very long.

We then moved on to sample some of the famous Grand Electric tacos, priced at $3.50 each, or 3 for $10. I decided on the Pork Tinga and the Baja Fish, both of which did not disappoint. The Pork Tinga taco, a Mexican version of pulled pork, was succulent and covered with just the right amount of spicy sauce. The Baja Fish taco was by far my favourite of the night. The huge piece of fried fish was lightly battered, crispy and not at all greasy. Both were served on soft tortillas that could barley hold all of the fresh ingredients that were piled on them.

Although we were all full, our server did manage to sell us on dessert. The Tres Leches cake - served in a mason jar - was a milky, moist sponge cake topped with candied apples that tasted similar to dulce de leche.

We loved everything about our experience, particularly the lively atmosphere, the gangster rap, and the helpful service. Grand Electric was definitely worth the year long wait.

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