Caesar cocktail lovers eagerly welcomed the Score on King to Toronto. This new pub hails from the west coast, and are known for their massive, over the top Caesars. However, this neighborhood spot is much more than a few fancy drinks. The Score serves up pub food with a twist and huge portions.The menu that they serve is identical to their Vancouver location. When they aren’t serving brunch, they have an all day menu with nachos, fried chicken, avocado fries, pulled pork mac n’ cheese, sushi sliders and other staples.
Inside the restaurant, they can seat 120 people. There’s industrial seating, comfy booths and fun, quirky touches. There are over a hundred thousand bottle caps that were placed by hand on the walls and the floors. Towards the back of the restaurant, there are thirteen thousand magnetic alphabet letters scattered on the walls that were shipped from the mom and pop dollar store next to their original location.
When I visited, it was all about the brunch. Their hearty brunch menu features avocado toast, a breakfast burger, eggs benny, pulled pork tacos and more. We sat on their sunny patio (it can hold 60 people) and enjoyed our brunch.
I went with The Big Score Breakfast ($16). I had scrambled eggs, multigrain toast, bacon, hash browns, maple sausage and baked beans. The maple sausage was especially good. They have a unique sausage that’s not available in Toronto yet, but will be on the menu soon. How amazing does a chicken rum pineapple sausage sound?
My dining partner opted for the Crispy Chicken Benny ($15), and was not disappointed. Free range chicken is mango fired and topped with cheese, tomato and hollandaise sauce. Instead of an English muffin, the benny sits atop a thick slice of jalapeno cornbread. If you’re more of a purist, you can stick with the traditional benny on an English muffin.
Obviously we couldn’t leave the Score without trying a Caesar. We didn’t go with the showstopper, but opted for a smaller, more manageable beverage. I had the “Scorn Dog” ($13). My cocktail was topped with two mini corn dogs and onion rings served with optional dill honey mustard. The corn dog was surprisingly delicious for being an add on, and the onion rings were panko breaded and perfectly fried.
The Checkmate Caesar ($60) is the massive showstopper. The menu cautions that this drink must be shared. The extra large Caesar has a roaster of toppings: roasted cornish game hen, hot wings, onion rings, a burger, a full sized pulled pork mac n’ cheese hot dog, a pulled pork slider, a pickle and a brownie. See the entire list of Casars here.
The Score is a welcome addition to this stretch of King East. It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends and watch the game, or just enjoy a boozy Sunday brunch.
The Score is at 107 King Street East.