As if the owners of Grand Electric wern’t busy enough maintaining their Parkdale taco spot, they can now add smokehouse to their list. Electric Mud is their new project, serving southern inspired BBQ food, around the corner from Grand Electric.
I personally loved the ambiance, which receives mixed reviews by other critics and visitors. Inside is very tiny, casual and kind of rustic and edgy with 80’s beer advertisements on the wall. The patio is what really excites me. Picnic tables, and outdoor lights strung above gave it a very summer BBQ, backyard vibe. We did go with another couple and were seated beside two other diners, which was a little cramped, but nothing to get upset about.
Now onto the food. To start, I ordered the Sweet Tea which was iced tea spiked with bourbon, which was pretty strong, but a nice touch. We started with a salad of shoots, greens, radishes, jalapenos, green onions, crispy fried pieces of I’m not sure what, tossed in a creamy buttermilk dressing. It was a fresh start to our rather indulgent meal. Speaking of indulgent, next was fried chicken. Since each dish is rather small, it is meant to be shared, which makes eating only one small piece of fried chicken feel okay. It was incredibly moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, with the perfect coating and honey and tobasco drizzle.
As for sides, we chose the potato salad, coleslaw, and collard greens. Each were a refreshing addition, which a nice tang from the coleslaw, creaminess from the potato salad, and unexpected spice from the collard greens.
We decided to try something different and order the catfish sandwich, which was a wonderful decision. Blackened catfish topped with some sort of mayo sauce, yellow peppers, shredded lettuce, and the best part-potato chips! This sandwich was incredibly flavourful, we debated ordering another.
The star of the show was definitely the brisket sandwich. Tender, juicy, medium cooked thin slices of brisket on a soft bun topped with fried onion strings and green onions was seriously one of the best things we have eaten in a long time. This is a drip-down-your-arm kind of sandwhich. The juice from the meat and the creamy drizzle of sauce work oh so nicely together. Since this was so mouthwatering, the boys decided to order another one at the end, and us girls chose dessert instead (with a few bites of brisket of course!)
Our friends ordered the pork ribs and since we don’t eat pork, we believe them when they say they were fall off the bone, and quite tasty, topped with green onions and peanuts.
The beef rib comes with one rib, which Jonty and I shared because it was quite large. It tasted so smoky and sweet, and the meat was incredibly juicy as well.
Banana cream pie for dessert!!! It was more of a parfait than a pie, since had a graham cracker crust and was layered with creamy banana-y goodness and banana chunks , topped with whipped cream. Oh my. This was unreal. It was so unreal that we ordered another one. Along with our second one we ordered their pralines and cream soft serve ice cream. It was the best ending to an incredible meal.
Electric Mud is the perfect place to come if you are looking for an indulgent, flavourful meal, which is even better when the sun is shining down on the outdoor patio.