Eating & Drinking

Western Canadian chain Browns Socialhouse opens on Elgin

They took the west by storm and are now setting their sights on the east. Browns Socialhouse, which opened its first restaurant in Vancouver in 2004, has upwards of 30 locations in BC, 20 in Alberta, and a handful in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Now it’s ramping things up in Ontario with its second franchise. The newest Browns Socialhouse opened its doors a week ago at 160 Elgin St.

Browns Socialhouse describes itself as “a hybrid neighbourhood pub and casual dining concept.” BC natives familiar with the restaurant have described it to City Bites as “an upscale roadhouse.”

 

However you want to categorize it, it’s an ambitious chain, with founder, president, and CEO Scott Morison on the record as saying his plans for Browns Socialhouse include becoming the first Canadian full-service chain to hit a billion dollars in sales.

In addition to burgers and other traditional pub fare, the menu at Browns features healthy fare like rice bowls.

What’s the draw? A menu with wide appeal — burgers and steaks, but also rice bowls and salads — and a better selection of beers, wines, and cocktails than your typical chain.

Menu Sneak Peek

Blackened Chicken Caesar Salad: Crisp bacon, garlic croutons, aged parmesan, signature dressing

Cali Hand-pressed Burger: Jack cheese, bacon, iceberg lettuce, tomato, smashed avocado, crispy tortilla, chipotle aioli

#28 Dragon Bowl: Teriyaki chicken or tofu, rice, wok fired vegetables, red cabbage, crispy onion, spicy yogurt

Szechuan Beef Noodle Bowl: Five-spice beef, wok-fired vegetables, red cabbage, peanut, cilantro, chili soy glaze

Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich: Spicy fried chicken, iceberg lettuce, pickle, comeback sauce

  

Find It: 160 Elgin St., open Monday-Wednesday, 11am – 11pm; Thursday-Friday, 11am – 12am; Saturday 10am – midnight; Sunday 10am – 11pm. Weekend brunch served weekends from 10am – 2pm. 

Hot Tip: Enjoy your beverages? Plan your visit according to your tipple of choice. Browns has a set menu of daily specials — Mondays means cheaper mojitos, for example, while Wednesdays brings cheaper martinis. Stopping in with a group on a Saturday night? $10 off a bottle of wine works well.