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Fox and Fiddle on John (or Fox on John) is the upscale Fox and the Fiddle located in downtown Toronto near Roy Thompson Hall and David Pecaut Square.
It’s beautiful here and they have a nice patio too. In the summer, I went to Fox on John on a Friday after work to check out their patio since it was a nice day out.
Their patio is spacious and is along the street with fewer cars passing by, making it a nice place to chill and hang for an after-work drinking session.
Beer pitchers at Fox on John are reasonably priced, especially for downtown. A pitcher of Belgian Moon is $20, which is about 4 pints.
Food at Fox on John
I enjoyed the calamari ($13) here. They use big squid rings, which normally I don’t like as much compared to the smaller rings, but they were good here.
It still had the squid flavour and the breading was also good.
AVOID the Brisket Sliders ($13) at Fox on John. You get three small pieces. I know sliders are supposed to be small so hear me out.
The brisket itself was small – just one thin layer per slider. And the worst part was that the brisket didn’t taste like beef brisket. It tasted like Ham to me!
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Service at Fox and Fiddle on John
The service here was a bit lacking too. I went with a friend and had a table for two on the patio.
There was a couch area that seats 4. When the people in the couch left, we asked if we can move there because we were expecting another friend to come join us.
Instead of saying that it’s unavailable in a nice way, what the server said was: “No, this seating is for 4 people” (in a rude way). Then, another server, who overheard our inquiry, added “Those seats are already taken”.
As it turns out, the people who sat there was just a group of 3, and not 4 as we were rudely informed.
We weren’t happy by this turn of event that, when our friend arrived, we just quickly finished our drinks and left. Our friend was starving anyway so we told him about what we thought of the food and he didn’t want to stay.
So, I think I’d only come back to Fox and Fiddle on John for patio and drinks. Even then, it would only be when my usual go-to for cheap drinks + patio places are full.
You should definitely need to plan to pre- or post- eat when coming here since food is average.
Fox on John
Address: 106 John St #3, Toronto, ON M5V 2E1