“Slice special and fries.”
For a good seven years, beginning when I was in grade seven, that was my usual lunch order at The Real McCoy restaurant. A hole in the wall burger joint near the corner of Markham Road and Ellesmere Avenue in Scarborough, The Real McCoy is a Scarborough institution for us kids who grew up in the Eastern Toronto suburb.
There are no tables or chairs, the decor and food photos have barely changed since I started going there 20 years ago and the walls are adorned with yellowing photos of minor sports teams sponsored by the restaurant in the mid-1980s.
But for those kids, like me, who attended Churchill Heights Public School just down the road, or Woburn Collegiate around the corner, The Real McCoy was a second home at lunch hour. For $5, I would get a slice of pepperoni pizza, a small box of fries and a drink from the most watered down Coke fountain of all time.
Same thing every day, and it was glorious.
Now, it appears Scarborough Now, which is apparently a television program on Rogers TV, has done a segment on The Real McCoy and the Mihail family that has owned the joint since it opened in 1969. Nice to see George and Louie and the rest of the team getting a little recognition.
(Thanks to Matt Blair for posting this video to his Tumblr page).
The Real McCoy also made a very brief appearance in the Barenaked Ladies’ music video for Lovers in a Dangerous Time, which, upon re-watching, is one of the most early-1990s things I’ve ever seen.
Seriously, it looks like it could be a music video for a song off the soundtrack to Singles or Reality Bites.
Check out The Real McCoy making an appearance at the 2:13 mark of the video.
Why the inclusion in the music video? Well, BNL founding members Steven Page and Ed Robertson met while attending my public school, Churchill Heights, just down the road from The Real McCoy, so the guys were clearly big fans.
So there’s your tidbit of Scarborough trivia for the day. You’re welcome.