In order for an establishment to be considered a good restaurant and bar, it must walk a fine line between between too casual and too fancy. They need to create a style and atmosphere that attracts all types, without alienating anyone. As such, we’re here today to tell you a little bit about a restaurant/bar in Port Credit that walks that line with swagger.
The Crooked Cue, located at 75 Lakeshore Road East, is a long-running business that has provided Port Credit denizens with a fun, clean, and safe place to drink and eat. For a little on the history of the place, we took it straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth:
In 1920, our grandfather Sam opened and operated Pappas Billiards in Belleville Ontario for 34 years. In 1954, our father Bill moved the business to Etobicoke and operated Kingsway Billiards on Bloor Street for 40 years. In 1992 our brother Sam and his wife Tracey opened and operate the first Crooked Cue in the Kingsway Billiards location. In 1997 we (John and sister Matina) opened and operate this second Crooked Cue in this charming and historic “Vogue Theatre” building here in Port Credit. Voted “BEST POOL HALL” in Mississauga 17 years running by Mississauga News. Our family is proud to have served our communities for almost 100 years.
So, what used to be a movie theatre, is now a pool hall/restaurant. And an incredible pretty one at that. Outside of the Crooked Cue just got a makeover to bring it more in line with the inside. It now has a shiny black sign and the name emblazoned above in white letters, with a backlight that alternates colours.
Given that it’s known as a pool hall, you may be taken aback when you step inside by just how classy it is. From the dark hardwood floors to the concrete walls, the black bar to the dark wood tables and chairs, the electric fires embedded in the walls to the myriad TV’s to watch, and the low-lighting to the intrusive music; The Crooked Cue is one of the nicest modern bars you’ll ever step foot in. Of course, there’s also 23 billiard tables, ping pong, a lounge, a patio, and a second floor for parties.
Of course, none of that would really matter if the food wasn’t up to scratch but, thankfully, it most certainly is. The Crooked Cue offers a rather huge menu, so we’ll just give you a quick rundown of some sections.
Beginning with the appetisers; here you’ll find Texas Nachos, Bruschetta Flatbread, Brisket Poutine, Asian Beed Satay’s, Greek Spanakopitas, and more. If you’d rather start with a salad though you could grab a Caesar, Greek, Avocado Taco, Pear & Goat Cheese, or Vegan Superfood Bowl.
Next you’ll find the pizza section of the menu, and it’s worth noting that all the Cue’s pizza’s are made in a specialised oven. The options are Margherita, New York, Sicilian, Philly Cheesesteak, Taco, California Chicken, and your humble writer’s pick of the bunch: Poutine Pizza. If you’d like you can ask for gluten-free, spicy, or vegetarian.
Moving on we find the entrees; 16oz Cowboy Steak, Cajun Chicken, Jack Daniel’s Baby Back Ribs, Curry Bowl, Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and New Orleans Jambalaya. Or perhaps you’d prefer some casual fare in the form of a Turkey Clubhouse, Fish ‘N’ Chips, Meatball Hoagie, Jerk Shrimp Tacos, Vegan Burger, or a Classic Burger.
Which brings us to the final section of the menu, the drinks and the desserts. The Crooked Cue has 25 domestic and foreign beers on tap, as well as red and white wines, dozens of cocktails, and no shortage of liquor. As for desserts, you can pick from Angel Cheesecake, Chocolate Lava Cake, Apple Crumble Tart, Butter Pecan Cranberry Tart.
As you can tell, we’re big fans of The Crooked Cue, but we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. That’s why we’ve compiled a handful of recent reviews from Google, where the restaurant holds a 4.3 based on over 700 reviews.
It wasn’t busy on a late Thursday evening so we got seated immediately. Our waitress was sweet, as well as other staff who helped us. Food was really delicious; I especially loved how I was able to get my burger on a lettuce bun! I will definitely be coming back here with more friends for a few drinks and games.
I love bringing clients to this super classy pool hall in amazing Port Credit. The food is awesome, great atmosphere, the assortment of beer on tap and many TV’s playing the game makes for a great time. I’ve closed 2 accounts while shooting pool here so I very much recommend using this fun facility to pitch & close prospects.
– Steve Sandhu
A nice venue in Port Credit that feels like it has been updated very recently.
Great for a relaxing evening with friends and family. Tasty food, and a very good selection of beers (both imported and local) on tap.
Good number of pool tables that can also be ping pong tables upon request.
Nice to see the photos of old Port Credit downstairs as you make your way to the bathroom.
Staff are extremely courteous and helpful.
Food portions are a good size, and the apps are great for sharing.
Great place to spend any night of the week.
– Mike Plesko
Great place to watch a game . Lots of well placed TV’s. Pool or ping long is great if u want to play. Decent menu and good service.
– Sharon Tierney
So, we’re not the only ones that have taken a shining to the Crooked Cue. Mississauga natives agree it’s a fine establishment to go and play a few games of pool, watch the game, and you can rest assured you’ll get quality, prompt service.
The Crooked Cue not only has an extensive men of quality food and drink, but it manages to be a place that’s a perfect setting for a night out with friends, or a romantic first date. It straddles the line between fancy and casual in a way that few other locations could ever hope to. As such, it’s the most popular bar/restaurant in Port Credit, and it’s not hard to see why. If you come to the town by the lake this summer, make sure you give The Crooked Cue a shot.