If you’re searching for an outstanding meal, you can’t go wrong with Smoked and Cracked (516 Mount Pleasant Rd.) in Toronto! Located minutes away from our Davisville Village rental community, this incredible restaurant is all about the finer things, primarily lobster and other delectable seafood favourites, served in a comfortable and casual setting.
The concept for Smoked and Cracked was created in 2012 by Michael Kash and Ron Raymer, a dynamic duo with a huge number of years of experience in the Toronto restaurant and hospitality industry. The restaurant is all about simple yet fabulous food. Their focus is on great ingredients presented in simple and classic preparations. Everything is fresh and delicious, with live lobsters delivered daily to the restaurant from the East Coast. Smoked and Cracked also uses fresh local produce, herbs, local cheeses, and meats whenever possible.
The backstory of Smoked and Cracked is pretty serendipitous. Michael, an actor and chef, had opened his own catering company called Live Edge Catering. He met his business partner Ron Raymer on the job. Ron is a Classical French-trained chef with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He transitioned from working under notable chefs in well known restaurants (like Marie Lacroix from Church Restaurant, now called Revival House, in Stratford, William “Ben” Merritt from the Benmiller Inn in Goderich, and Toronto chef Dinah Koo) to working in catering in 1995. He met and partnered with Kash in 2012. The pair dreamed up the business over drinks after a catering gig. It all started with one deceptively simple question — ‘what do you think about lobsters?’ That night they decided to create Smoked and Cracked and are now aiming to expand the business with new franchise locations for the restaurant in other areas of Toronto.
The restaurant is inviting and features an open kitchen. Despite the fact that a luxurious ingredient like lobster finds its way into almost everything on the menu, the decor is understated with tables from Kash’s home, and furniture and decor pieces that were donated by family, friends and customers.
The restaurant is known for its smoked dishes. ‘We smoke our own foods using both hot and cold smokers, and use a variety of fruit wood chips to create a range of different smoked flavours,” says Chef/Co-owner Ron Raymer. In fact, they smoke everything from rainbow trout and wild sturgeon to duck and ribs at Smoked and Cracked. The locals love it. “When we started, we had seating for eight, but since the place took off, we now have 27 seats,” says Ron. You don’t have to eat in though, Smoked and Cracked caters! They run a successful catering business on the side, serving up everything from clambakes to lobster boils to their happy customers. They also work with customers to create their dream menu.
If you do decide to pay them a visit at the restaurant, be sure to try one of their classic lobster rolls. Their menu features a cold East Coast-style roll ($13.25), and a hot Newport-style roll ($15.25).
The menu also features seafood soup classics to pair with your roll, like New England Lobster Chowder (bowl $13, cup $9) and Lobster Bisque (bowl $15, cup $10). For a seafood-focused restaurant, the menu also features some fish-hater friendly fare like Caesar Salad ($10.95) and house-smoked Duck Magret ($20). Be sure to wash it all down with a craft beer or a glass of fine wine for the ultimate Smoked and Cracked experience.
Basically you can’t go wrong at Smoked and Cracked! Best of all, the restaurant is located just a 10 minute walk from our Davisville Village rental community.