Daily Archives: March 10, 2020

Mexican Burger @ a German-themed college bar?

So, we’re hanging out at Ein-Stein Bierhalle, this funky basement dive bar on College, right across the street from U of T. This joint has been slinging drinks and serving up pub grub since 1996…but I’d never been here before. Hey, I didn’t go to to the University of Toronto — I graduated Fieri Cum Donkeysauce from Flavourtown Culinary Academy, bro!!!

Now, this place has got all the classics like piled high burgers, 10 kinds of wings, and 7 different poutines. I kinda wanted to try the Hangover Poutine, but since I’m not even drunk yet, I went with the Mexican Burger:

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got your traditional burger toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, but they also smother it with cheddar cheese, salsa, and pile on a whole buncha holla-atcha-penos (which actually cost extra, for some reason). So really, this burger is about as Mexican as this place is German…although they do keep Warsteiner and Weihenstephaner in the fridge.

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Of course, I couldn’t go to a funky joint with 7 different poutines and order a side salad, son! These chili cheese fries hit the spot with a nice balance between beans, beef and cheese — but even on their own, the fries would be pretty good. Now, if you could get ’em with sausage and a fried egg on top, that would be Hangover Poutine Gone Wild in Flavourtown!!!!

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I gotta give ’em credit for having a pretty decent craft beer selection, too. Instead of one of the German beers, I went with this Love Potion Number Nein, a Side Launch Hibiscus Sour. I had literally never seen this beer before, bro! But if you like ’em sour, tart ‘n fruity, then this is your jam!!!