If anyone remembers Toast, located in the spot that McQueen’s now occupies, you won’t have a single memory of it visiting McQueen’s. Completely overhauled, McQueen’s brings a nice somewhat upmarket feel to what we know as a ‘pub’. Not filled with coasters and sponsored beer posters, it’s got more of clean, bright linear feel to it. Almost like a dining room in someone’s house; exposed brick, nice dark wood tables and a long bar. There are TV screens (ugh) but to the sports oriented, who like a beer with their hockey/baseball, no one can argue. Luckily for us, the TVs were on, the sound off, filling the place with good tunes instead.
Unfortunately I can’t describe our food experience there with the same fervour as the decor.
My friend and I spied the ‘Caplansky’s’ smoked meat sandwich on their menu and immediately both of us ordered it. Our other companion, the nachos.
Dreaming of steamed corned beef on warm rye bread dressed up with a dill on the side, was…just a dream. Our sandwiches arrived on the ‘cold’ side, the bread definitely not fresh and yes, well, the dill was fine. And the slaw was delish. Our companion who ordered the small nachos, received a large one – all the more to share, except that after a few not very warm bites, we left it behind.
I’m never sure why new establishments don’t consider food, service and presentation equally as important as the vibe. I do.
While the service was okay, when we explained the sandwiches were not exactly hot, the waitress said she’d talk to the chef vs. replacing / warming up the meals.
You may not have the same experience we did, but go for the vibe, the drinks (although if you’re after a wide variety on tap you’ll be disappointed), and the hockey/sports games.