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Monday, April 9, 2012

Lunch is Ready- Come and Get It!!

We stopped by a cool new lunch spot the other day. It's on Spadina Av just north of Queen West. And, OK, we admit there is no shortage of sandwich shops in this part of town serving short ribs or pork belly these days, but what's different about this place is that it's a pop-up resto, here today and gone tomorrow. Or maybe this fall. Or next year.

Come and Get It only plans to be around till the demolition man comes calling. The site is slated to become yet another condo building, so owner Jon Polubiec rushed it open to make the most of its limited lifespan. And in the spirit of its short and sweet life expectancy, he kept things decidedly simple- from the decor to the menu.
 photo courtesy of The Grid- link below
The very basic interior has a splash or two of bright paint, fittings made of varnished chip board, and communal picnic tables at the back. The signage out front is by talented local graffiti artist Skam (don't you love that these guys have their own branded web pages these days?!) and is what really gives the place its vibrancy.
You choose from four ingredient combos (chipotle beef short ribs, Hawaiian pork belly, Granny Smith chicken caesar, or herbed crunchy green beans on the day we visited) and have your selection made up in either sandwich, salad, or poutine format. (Really?? Granny Smith chicken caesar dumped on an order of fries? Maybe we're missing something!) 
photo above courtesy Come and get It 416 Facebook page
We stayed pretty traditional and had the short ribs in the sandwich format and we stretched it with the salad and a drink combo option. It was pretty awesome! The rib meat is (understandably!) removed from the bone and bathed in the smoky chipotle sauce- not too hot, but great adobo flavour. It's topped with coleslaw and served on a fantastic ciabatta bun.
The vegetarian offering, herbed crunchy beans, looks pretty darned good, too!
photo above courtesy of The Grid- link below
And just because it's a throw away restaurant doesn't mean that they ignore concerns about waste management. We love that all their packaging is either recyclable (as in drink cans and bottles) or biodegradable. Corn bowls and potato forks!- how fantastic is that?!
photo above courtesy Come and get It 416 Facebook page
We'll be returning, for sure, to try the pork belly or to be tempted by any specials these guys have dreamed up on the day we drop by. Note to selves, though- don't leave it too long, or the only thing we might find is another big hole in the ground! 

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Come and Get It!
170 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, On M5T 2C2
(647) 344-3416

Come and Get It on Urbanspoon
Article in The Grid here
Restaurant`s Facebook page here

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