Carne asada Alberta beef tacos @ Tres Carnales

Man, if there’s one thing I missed the most about living out west, it’s Alberta beef. Whatever they put in it, it’s just so much tastier over there. So, we’re hanging out at Tres Carnales, this funky little taco joint, right in the heart of downtown Edmonton, and there’s just one thing on my mind…carne asada, son!

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Now, at this place, tacos come four to an order, and they don’t let you mix and match. So while I might have liked to try the Alberta pork shoulder cochinita pibil or the local, farm fresh guisado de pollo, instead I’m all in on the steak.

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Now, these tacos might be in danger of being crushed by a dwarf, but what they lack in size, they more than make up in flavour. Meat is super tender, melts in your mouth. You’ve got a nice crunch from the onions, a little cilantro, lime, and a generous dollop of chipotle sauce… You could put that on a cowboy boot, and it would still taste good!!!!

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12″ Dutch pancake stuffed with meat? Sounds like a balanced breakfast to me!!!

Last weekend, we were in Edmonton for the Grey Cup, looking for a place to eat a big breakfast before the big game…and we found just the place on Jasper Ave. We’re hanging out at De Dutch, an Edmonton institution and West Coast classic since 1975 putting a Dutch twist on breakfast and lunch. (They’re only open till 3, so ya gotta get there early!) This place specializes in 12″ personal pan pancakes, and they’re serving up a Dutch-Style pannekoek with all the meats:

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The Meat Lovers Pannekoek is totally outta bounds, bro! You’ve got Dutch-style back bacon, turkey bacon, ham AND sausage baked right into this thin ‘n fluffy pancake the size of a medium pizza…and then they put tomatoes and Dutch cheese on top!? Dude, this is breakfast, lunch AND dinner—or at least enough food to tide me over till kickoff!

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Grey Cup victory beers + beef dip @ The Undergound Tap & Grill

So, after Calgary crushed Ottawa in the Grey Cup last night, we’re partying it up in Edmonton, son! And what could go better with a Grey Cup victory than some Calgary craft beer and Alberta beef???

We’re hanging out at The Undergound Tap & Grill, this funky craft beer sports bar right in the heart of downtown Edmonton. This place has got over 70 beers on tap, but there’s only one that will quench my thirst after such a vicious beat down: Red Rage by Tool Shed Brewing Company.

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This amber ale is coming straight outta Calgary with an easy drinking taste and a just a hint of coffee at the end. And what goes better with Alberta beer than Alberta beef, bro????

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This beef dip was nothing fancy—roast beef, provolone cheese and sautéed onions, with a side of au jus for some dunkalicous action. But man, that Alberta beef sure is darn tootin’ tasty. I definitely missed this meat!!!!

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So, after slamming that roast beef sammy, I’ve still got room for a liquid dessert. This Rye Porter, also from Tool Shed, is nice and smooth, with just a bit of that coffee taste, but they brew it with rye malt to give it a bit of an extra kick. Man, if I ever come back to Calgary, I’m moving right across the street from the Tool Shed brewery!!!!!!!!

Who needs Bud Light Lime when you can have Iron City Light Mango???

Now, I’m not a big fan of Bud Light to begin with, but they’ve gotten a little silly silly with their flavours lately. I mean, you’ve got stuff like Bud Light Lime, Bud Light Raisin, Bud Light Cranappletini…OK, so I might have made the last one up. But one Pittsburgh brewery is going where even Bud Light doesn’t dare to go–we’re talking Iron City Light Mango, bro!

So here I am killin’ time at a Quaker Steak and Lube in the Pittsburgh airport, pounding Yuenglings and seasonal Sam Adams, when I spot this hot mess on the beer list. OK, so I’m tempted–how do you get mango into a light beer, anyways?

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Well, it turns out this beer doesn’t really taste like mango, or even a fruity milkshake IPA. Instead, it was more like flat orange pop. Still better than Molson Canadian though, bro!!!

This is probably the best place to watch football in Pittsburgh…

So, we’re hanging out at City Works, this funky joint in Market Square, right in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Now, since the Steelers were playing on Monday Night Football last week, it meant you could watch any other game on Sunday–and this place was showing pretty much all of them. I mean, they even had the Bills game on, bro!!!!

Not only that, but they’ve got some funky delish dishes, plus over 90 craft beers on tap. Dude, it’s kinda like Real Sports…without all the douchebags. Oh, and they’ve got better beer here, too.

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So, we’re starting off with a Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’, this hoppy pale wheat ale from Lagunitas. Dude, we’re lucky if we get Lagunitas IPA in Toronto, so you know I’m all over this one. It tastes kinda like a strong hefeweizen, but with an apricot aftertaste that explodes all over my face, bro!!!

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Now, you know I love nachos, and I’m also a big fan of duck confit, so when you put ’em together, it’s like bippity, boppity boo, bro! You’ve got some onions, tomato, jalapenos and queso fresco, along with white beans, for that funky fresh Frenchness, all smothered in pepper jack cheese sauce…and served on wonton chips!? Shut the back door!!!

Now, this plate of nachos was actually not that big, so I definitely still had room for  dessert:

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Dude, if this Peanut Butter Snickers Pie was any more rich, it would be throwing dynamite with Maren Morris! You’ve got an Oreo cookie crust, peanut butter mousse, whipped cream and chunks of Snickers, served up on a checkerboard of caramel and chocolate sauce–that’s a checkmate in Flavourtown, bro!!!

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Now what goes better with dessert than another beer? This here’s a nice chocolately cocoa porter called Sweet Baby Jesus from Duclaw Brewing outta Baltimore…and I didn’t even hafta go to Baltimore to get it!

 

This Primanti Bros sando eats like a three-course meal!

So we’re hanging out at Primanti Bros, Pittsburgh’s original gangsta sandwich joint, open since 1933 in the Strip District. This place does one thing, and they do it real well, piling meat, fries and slaw between two pieces of bread, bro! Now, this funky joint is open 24 hours, which means this is my idea of a balanced breakfast:

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What we’ve got is the Roast Beef & Cheese, which is sorta like Pittsburgh’s take on a Philly Cheesesteak. There’s hot, thinly sliced beef, melted provolone, and then a whole pile of fries, coleslaw and some tomatoes on top–y’know, for that one serving of fruit. And this is just half of it…there’s a whole ‘nother side to this sandwich, son!

I can’t say whether I still had room for dessert–they ain’t got no dessert on the menu. But who needs to save room with a sandwich this good? Man, even JuJu Smith-Schuster goes here, bro!!!!

Real-deal Texas BBQ, deep in the heart of…Pittsburgh???

So, we’re crusin’ down Butler Street in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh’s hottest neighbourhood, when I spot this bitchin’ BBQ joint with a massive outdoor patio, picnic tables, and a buncha people playing cornhole out front. You know I spun a U-ie in the Camaro right then and there, bro!!!

Walter’s Southern Kitchen actually just opened at the end of August, and it’s run by the same folks as Morgan’s BBQ in Brooklyn…but when it comes to meat, they’re definitely doing it up Texas-style:

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Dude, that beef brisket is real-deal, Bomb.com, too legit to quit, bro!!!! The meat just falls apart on your fork, melts in your mouth, and explodes all over your face. And then you’ve got the turkey. I’m more of a fried chicken man myself, but when you’ve got it coming straight outta the smoker, all pink and tender, I could eat about five pounds of that…and probably not have room for dessert?

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Now, because I happened to be wearing my Franklin BBQ trucker hat, these dudes knew I knew what’s up, so they offered me some ribs for free. (Well that, and they were also all outta sausage). Feast your eyes on this Flavourtown meat popsicle:

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Dude, these ribs were just as tender and flavourful as the brisket, with a simple salt-and-pepper rub. They were all sold outta beef ribs though, otherwise that wouldda been perfect…

Anyways, they’re still ironing out some of the kinks over there, but the food is super-legit, and I don’t know anywhere else in town where you can do yoga in the morning, play some cornhole and drink beers in the afternoon, and then chow down on BBQ at night. If another place like this does exist…then I might be headed back to Pittsburgh sooner than later, son!!!!