Welcome to Southern Accent

For 34 years, Southern Accent has been bringing “Cajun, Creole and Soul” to Toronto as the most authentic New Orleans dining experience in the city. Recently relocating to the trendy College and Ossington intersection, Southern Accent has spent three decades perfecting N’awlins favourites such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, Blackened Chicken, Pecan Pie and the best Bread Puddin’ in the city making the restaurant the “go-to” for Louisiana Cookin’ in Canada’s largest city.

What would great Southern food be without Southern hospitality and Mardi Gras atmosphere? Our bartenders, waiters and waitresses are as passionate and knowledgeable about great food and drink as they are about giving you a great time. So what are you waiting for? Click “make a reservation” now and join us tonight and “laissez les bons temps rouler”. For larger parties, set menus, caterings and private areas, give us a call now and we’ll be happy to talk you through our options.

The People Behind the Magic

Southern Accent was founded by Frances Wood after she arrived from her Native Ireland in the late 1960’s where she worked as a registered nurse until, on the advice of a dear friend, traded bedpans for bus pans in the 1970’s. After opening the Rosedale Diner in 1979 she was hooked. Frances opened Southern Accent in 1984 where she has combined her love of folk art, antiques and the sights and sounds and tastes of New Orleans. Today Frances and co-owner Thess remain devoted to Louisiana fare with a Southern and Soul twist. Both Thess & Frances regularly visit New Orleans & La Fayette to soak up the culture, the food and good times.

Thess joined the Southern Accent team in 1998 with his enthusiasm and love for cooking he quickly moved up the ranks in the kitchen and ended up apprenticing under former Chef Elena Embrioni. He became chef and business partner in 2008.

Thess has combined the cultural traditions of his native home in Sri Lanka with the varied influences and insights gained from multiple visits to New Orleans, where he fell in love with the ambience, the music and of course, the food.

A 34 Year History

The story began in 1984 in Mirvish Village in the former home of “Gastons” French restaurant, incidentally the site of the first patio liquor license issued in Toronto. The old Victorian House was the perfect setting for a 34 year love story with Nawlins cooking. Frances combined her loves of folk art, antiques, Cajun cooking and good times to create one of Toronto’s longest running and memorable dining experiences. Guests could excuse themselves from the table for a tarot card or psychic reading during their visit in true New Orleans fashion. The 1940s bar played host to the best Mardi Gras and New Years parties before the sale of Mirvish Village meant the relocation of this Toronto institution in January 2017. The art, the antiques, the romantic “snug” tables have all been preserved in Southern Accent’s newest chapter.

The Legend Lives On

The Southern Accent legend lives on at 839 College Street in Little Italy just west of Ossington. A wall of photo memorabilia greets guests on the left as they look back on their favourite memories of 34 years on Markham Street. An open kitchen is on the right, behind stained glass windows taken from Markham Street with “peep holes” through which you can watch the kitchen staff at work.

The “Zydecco Bar” is decked out with the original folk art shelves, glass light fittings, bourbon and all of our much loved New Orleans “libations”.

Experience the N’awlins magic in the “Second Line” dining room, a melting pot of Cajun, Creole and Soul with a soundtrack of Jazz, Blues, Southern Gothic, Cajun and Zydeco music. The “Second Line” dining room has a fitting tribute to each of the 5 dining rooms of the original location. Taste our famous Jambalaya, Gumbo, Blackened fish, chicken, all washed down with a Bourbon and the best Bread Puddin’ in the city. We have separate vegan and gluten free menus, all with a Cajun twist. A meal for two can be enjoyed in one of our curtained “snugs”.

Private areas, set menus and cocktail parties can be arranged.