Sneaky Dee’s

Located at 431 College St.  Thanks for the picture, Nhi! =)

Sneaky Dee’s has been a long-time popular establishment in downtown Toronto.  It is a grungy place that serves what is known as the best nachos in town, Tex-Mex and pub grub, bar, and live music.  The upstairs area serves as a concert venue for artists to showcase their talents.  My friends and I visited Sneaky’s Dee on a Friday night and had a great round of food and drink.

We ordered the Kings Crown nachos to start.  I was ready for a lot of greasy and hearty food that night; we all were.  Many of us hadn’t seen each other in a while so it was wonderful to order an array of finger food to share over beer. 🙂

KINGS CROWN. $17.50
-crisp corn tortilla chips covered with salsa raja, piled high with frijoles, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, mixed peppers, jalapenos, melted cheese, topped with guacamole & sour cream

The Kings Crown arrived at first as an impressive pile of crisp corn tortilla chips stacked together with various ingredients with the biggest mound of guacamole and sour cream I’ve ever seen.  It was a huge beast of an nachos order.  We dug in immediately.  The cheese and tomato on the nachos reminded me of pizza toppings with cheese and tomatoes.  I liked how much guacamole there was on the top, but I didn’t think it was particularly creamy or tasty.  I also didn’t taste much of the jalapenos (were there even any?  I don’t even see any in the picture now that I look at it..); I absolutely LOVE having the spice from the jalapenos kick in whenever I eat nachos so I was a little disappointed with this part.  Also, I found that all of the ground beef was distributed unevenly throughout the nachos.  This is a great dish… unfortunately, I have to say that it’s not the best nachos I’ve ever had in Toronto.  I fondly remember tasting better ones at another establishments.

DESTROYER. $17.50
-French fries, melted cheese, gravity, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, jalapenos, topped with guacamole and sour cream (veggie & vegan versions available)

The Destroyer is actually very similar to the Kings Crown (it makes me wish that we ordered something else for more variety at the time).  It is a pile of French fries smothered with melted cheese, gravy, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers, jalapenos, and again topped with guacamole and sour cream.  This reminded me of eating the Fries Supreme at Taco Bell (which I love by the way!  One of the earliest fast-food loves I can recall :9).  The fries in the Destroyer were relatively short ones and the taste was not as tomato-y as the Kings Crown.  This one also contained more ground beef in it… as far as I could taste anyway.  I found it amusing that they included ketchup on the side for dipping since the order was essentially all fries.

MILD WINGS (large). $22

The eight of us shared a large order of mild wings as I’ve heard that the second best thing at Sneaky Dee’s is their wings.  The order of wings arrived and I think everyone around the table enjoyed it.  I liked it for the most part.  The wings were a tiny tad dry and, again, I’ve had better wings at other places, but it was definitely passable as pub food.

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JALAPENO POPPERS. $8.75
-breaded jalapenos stuffed with cheese served with sour cream

I love jalapeno poppers!  We ordered a side of these and they were okay.  The outside was a little less crisp than I would have liked and the cheese inside wasn’t as tasty that I wanted it to be.  The jalapeno inside the popper also wasn’t particularly spicy either.  I guess their batch of jalapenos at the restaurant are non-spicy for the most part.

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ENCHILADAS. $12.50
-3 crisp corn tortillas covered with salsa mole & Melted cheese, served with ensalada, frijoles & mexican rice

A couple of us ordered the enchiladas to share.  It arrived as a large plate full of three enchiladas, rice, frijoles (refried beans), and salad.  We were given the choice of choosing beef, chicken, pulled pork, or vegetables — I chose beef.  The rice was decent, the frijoles were pretty good, the salad was just salad, and the enchiladas were okay.  Again, I’ve had better Mexican food elsewhere.  The corn tortillas weren’t wrapped very tightly and I found that all of the beef stuffing from the enchilada fell out as I was trying to eat it.

You can’t miss this spot; it is right on the intersection of College and Bathurst and easily accessible by streetcar

Overall, I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with the food.  It was decent, but not amazing.  The atmosphere of the restaurant was great, however.  It’s really more of a pub scene where friends can gather together for a relaxed meal over lots of chatter and noise.  All around the restaurant, you can see writings that previous guests that have left behind.  The walls, seats, and even the washrooms are covered with such graffiti!  It really gives the place a lot of charm and personality.  I’m grateful that I got to try one of Toronto’s “best nachos”, but I think I need to do some more looking.  For those of you that have been there, what was your experience of Sneaky Dee’s? 🙂

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About stenoodie

I'm a stenographer, foodie, avid traveller, and a really silly person if you get to know me well enough. =)
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