The Dock Ellis and Chef Trish Gill Strike a Homerun on Dundas West

 

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Originally posted to Ama’s weekly column on Toronto is Awesome.

Just when you thought Dundas West couldn’t get any better, a new sports bar has rolled into town with Chef Trish Gill at the helm. That place is The Dock Ellis. And if you’re thinking, is it? Yes, it is named after the baseball player who dropped LSD. So let’s get that out of the way right off the bat.

Located at 1280 Dundas Street W, just west of Dovercourt, The Dock Ellis serves up all the best in craft brews while Chef Trish Gill is giving you high-end pub grub that is clearly doesn’t have any pretentious vibes.

 

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Trish told me about the menu, “I didn’t want to go into it trying to reinvent the wheel. When it comes down to it, we are a sports bar. I immediately looked to what one would expect to find. I knew that if I was going to put nachos on the menu, they weren’t going to be your run of the mill.”

With that in mind, she introduced items such as Wonton Nachos ($10), which include chorizo made in-house, beans, green chilli cheese sauce, salsa, lime, crema and jalapeños. With just the right amount of heat and fresh flavour, this is perfect for kicking back with a pitcher of beer and not feeling too greasy. You’ve got a classic mixed up with some radical creativity.

 

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With that radical creativity in-mind and Gill telling me that the owner’s have given her the “framework to do some amazing work” within, we’re introduced to some next level pub snacks (each $5) such as the Bacon & Eggs (pickled eggs and crispy pig’s ears), Pig’s in a Blanket (morcilla sausage and fruit butter) or the classic Cheese Ball. All of the dishes here popped and Chef Trish tells me, “The owners are amazing in that they’ve given me sort of a framework to work within, but the creativity here is all mine. This means I can highlight some ingredients like blood sausage and beef tongue.” So far the response has been in the Dock Ellis’ favour.

 

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In additional to the fabulous food, there is a wealth of seating options and one of my favourite things of the evening: pool tables, shuffle board, foosball and an old-school video game set-up. What is it like there? Well Trish tells me, “It’s a fun place to hangout! Seriously, it has almost a house party vibe to it. I love the fact that we have a shuffleboard table, my grandparents always had one in their basement. Plus, the food that we serve is stuff that is fun to share, and what you might serve at home on game day, or at a tailgate.” It was so casual and fun, that I saddled up to the shuffle board table and took in a game. Reminded me of my childhood days.

 

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It is true. You can saddle yourself up there on a Sunday (the day that I originally went there with cohort Yuli) for their Tailgate Special, which is $18 per person and includes many offerings from the menu including Beef Short Ribs. But if that isn’t your thing, they have just also introduced a brunch menu, which offers up a Breakfast Burger and Eggs Benny that changes weekly.

The Dock Ellis is still in its infancy but if the food and atmosphere in the restaurant is any indication of things to come, I think it will be doing quite alright. Chef Trish tells me, “The menu will be ever-evolving. I am looking forward to changing it up every month. We have such a small menu that it really is important. I want to keep it small to ensure we are putting out great food.” Thankfully, the nachos are there to stay. New watering hole, here I come!

 

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