The Kennedy Public House
The Kennedy Public House is a gastropub that manages to combine elevated, imaginative pub food with a decent drinks menu, and flatscreen TVs showing the latest game. It took the place of Sharkey's (to a grateful BWV) and the renovated space is equipped with modern, neutral decor with black and white photos from Toronto's past.
Photo Credit: Ted Yarwood
We ordered the Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail ($8.50), with muddled fresh strawberries and mint, Captain Morgan white rum, and fresh lemonade. The drink was very light, with an overwhelming taste of lemonade and an underwhelming taste of rum.
To start, we got the Black and Tan Onion Rings ($6), which were flavoured with Guinness. They were slightly overcooked, which heightened the flavour of beer over any other.
We decided to take advantage of one of their weekly specials, Pizza Mondays, where we ordered two pizzas for the price of one. First up was their Pulled Pork Pizza ($17), made with BBQ sauce, pulled pork, mozzarella, jalapeño, marinated tomato, crispy onion, and cilantro. We also tried the Spinach, Bacon, and Brie Pizza ($16), which had garlic cream sauce, roasted garlic, spinach, double cream brie, bacon, mozzarella, and chilli flakes. Both pizzas were well made, with a thin and chewy crust. We favoured the pulled pork pizza: it combined savoury, sweet, and spicy perfectly.
2 for 1 Pizza feat. Asmita and Kristen!!
The service was on the opposite spectrum of the food – the staff was more social with each other than any of their patrons. It's not the place to go for a low-key meal but the place to go for unique takes on classic pub food.