Monthly Archives: October 2019

Holy peanut butter jalapeno bacon cheeseburger, Batman!!!

So, we’re hanging out at Allen Burger Venture, this funky little joint on Allen St, right in the heart of the cool part of Buffalo. If your favourite craft beer dive bar only played punk rock and new wave and had 14 different burgers – without counting the non-beef ones – on the menu, it would be this place. And you know me, I had to go with the funkiest of the funky bunch…this is burger number five, Lou Bro-ga!

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Now, this has gotta be the most outta-bounds burger I’ve had since I ordered the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup burger, and made mine a double! You’ve got the salty creaminess of the peanut butter, some heat from the hot peppers, a nice chewy bacon, and a thick and juicy patty – and then you throw down some white cheddar!? Shut the back door!!!

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But the funk train don’t stop there, son! These are some of the biggest, breadiest, crunchiest onion rings I’ve ever seen – and they’re beer-batted in Olde English 800, maybe the one beer I might not drink over Molson Canadian. It sure tastes good on some rings though, bro!!!!

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And when it comes to beer, there ain’t no Canadian here! (They do have Labatt Blue Light though, for some reason.) Instead, you’ve got 24 taps of local craft beer, and even more in cans! This here is Nosferatu, a bloody red ale from Great Lakes Brewing – not the one from Etobicoke, but the one in Cleveland. And rather than the bitter taste of a Crazy Canuck, this brew actually reminds me more of Arch Brewing’s Dinner Jacket O’Red IPA, which used to be my Ottawa Redblacks beer…except that they don’t make it anymore. 😦

Holy veal & spinach ravioli!!!

So, we’re posting up at Il Posto, this funky joint in Yorkville that’s been dishing out Italian classics since the early 80’s. Man, this place has got all the pastas: spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, gnocchi and tagliolini, but when I saw the ravioli de carne e spinaci, I knew I had to try it:

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got these homemade noodles, stuffed with veal and spinach, and smothered in a tomato and basil sauce. Plus, they give you a whole bowl of Parmesan for the table — I would put that on a flip-flop! This dish was quite tasty, but I could probably eat twice as many…dude, this is body by ravioli!!!!

I’ve got 24 problems, but a pierogi ain’t one!!!

So, we’re hanging out at Tennessee Tavern, this funky little dive serving up Eastern European eats in Parkdale. Last time we were here, I chowed down on some too-legit-to-quit schnitzel and a pile of pillowy pierogis. My biggest regret was that I only ordered six of them. Good thing I don’t make the same mistake twice, though!!!

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Now, these little pieces of Polish perfection are boiled with bacon and onions, and served with a side of sour cream…make that two sides of sour cream. The pierogis are soft like butter, and small enough that I can scarf em down in just a couple bites — no knife needed! And while 24 is the largest size they serve ’em up on the menu, they do have AYCE pierogis after 6 pm on Sundays. Not sure how many I can polish off, but it’s definitely more than 24, bro!!!

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