Antler’s wild game burger is a vegan’s worst nightmare!

So, we’re hanging out at Antler Kitchen & Bar, this cozy, locally sourced wild game joint that got hit with a bunch of vegan protesters a couple weeks back. Now it’s pretty hard to get a table, but there were no angry vegans when we stopped by to feast on their meaty delicacies last night.

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So, we’re starting off with some wild boar spring rolls, son! These deep-fried orbs of deliciousness were super hot and crispy, with a whole buncha seasoned boar meat. I could probably slam eight or nine of these, but I wanted to save room for the main course:

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This wild game burger is a mixture of wild boar, bison and deer–and it’s even got a duck-egg aioli on top. So many living creatures gave their lives for this dish…and dude, it’s magically delicious! It’s like a really good thick, juicy burger, straight from the forest, with all the magic. This is actually the best burger I’ve had in a little while, bro!!!

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And because I haven’t consumed enough creatures already, I wished it all down with a tallboy of Big Rock Grasshopper, my go-to craft beer from Calgary. Maybe a pint of Warthog Ale mighta been more appropriate?

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Pizza slice and Italian beer @ Sud Forno

So, we’re hanging out at Sud Forno, this funky Italian cafeteria on Yonge St. This place has counters stocked with soup, salads, sammies and desserts…but you know me, I headed straight down to the pizza aisle, bro!!!

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This here’s the Spicy Cacciafore, with some hot soppressata and mushrooms on a crispy crust. I don’t like how they sliced it so that you get soppressata on one side and mushrooms on the other, making me take one bite out of each piece instead of scarfing a whole slice at once. But other than that, it was pretty tasty. At six bucks a slice, it’s a step up from Pizza Pizza, that’s for sure!

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Now, you KNOW if I’m eating pizza, then I’m also drinking beer. And this Italian cafeteria is serving up Italian beer from Birra Menabrea, straight outta Italy. Their Bionda is light and crisp, with a slightly malty finish. Pretty sure I could pound six or seven of these…but then I’d hafta polish off a whole pie!!!

“Say hello to ma lil’ friend!”

So, we’re back at Hogtown Smoke, the new location right in downtown Flavourtown. I see they no longer have the 22 oz pork chop on the menu, so instead I went with a sammy that combines two kinds of pork…and just so happens to be named after my favourite Al Pacino character. Say hello to ma lil’ friend Tony Montana 2.0, bro!

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got pulled pork, back bacon and creamy coleslaw, along with beer-braised onions, pickles and some melty Velveeta, all smothered in their signature Hogmother BBQ sauce. And this is literally only half of it–there’s a second side to this sammy, son! Throw down a side of fries, and it’s a sandwich that eats like a meal for about 20 bucks (after tax)!!!!

Fried chicken sandwich and tequila fries @ Tequila Bookworm

So, we’re hanging out at Tequila Bookworm, this funky little craft beer bar on Queen West. This place has got daily rotating taps, along with a whole bevvy of pricey bottles, but when it comes to food, they keep it simple, with sandwiches, poutines and salads.

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This fried chicken sandwich is outta bounds, bro! You’ve got super-crispy breading, with pickles, lettuce, a nice crunchy slaw and some spicy mayo. Nothing wrong with that at all!

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And then there’s this funky dish of deliciousness, the house specialty: tequila fries. You’ve got some nice, crispy spuds, topped with green onions, tomatoes, feta cheese and these spicy chilies. This ain’t yer grandpappy’s poutine, son!

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With so many local craft beers on tap, it’s hard to pick just one. But I went with the Barnraiser Pale Ale, from Oast House Brewers in Niagara on the Lake. Apparently they don’t just grow wine in the Niagara Region…and I’ll take this zesty IPA over a pinot grigio any day!!!

Do you even know escargot, bro???

Now, I wouldn’t say that French food is my favourite foreign cuisine…but it’s probably somewhere in the Top 10. I mean, you’ve got French onion soup, duck confit, and my personal Flavourtown Flava Fav, poutine. OK, I guess that one’s French-Canadian, but hey, they still speak the same language, right?

Of course, they also eat things like snails and frog’s legs, too. Now, I don’t know if we’re still in grenouille season, but when it comes to escargot, you can get ’em for brunch at Le Papillon, this funky French bistro on Front Street, just a short crawl from the St. Lawrence Market.

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These slippery little snails are served up as a six-pack, swimming in a garlic parsley butter. Dude, I would put that on a flip-flop! But you know that’s just a pre-brunch snack in Flavourtown, bro!!!!

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Dude, this bacon apple crepe is LaBombe.qc.ca! The bacon is cooked perfectly, the right balance between crispy and chewy. Then you’ve got baked apples and mad cheddah stuffed inside a light, fluffy pancake with maple syrup on top. It costs extra for the syrup, but dude, this is body by maple syrup, bro!!!!

 

I’m about to goo goo g’chew this Walrus Burger!

So, we’re hanging out at Walrus Pub and Brewhall, this funky downtown joint that just opened at Bay and Wellington a few weeks back. Now I like pubs, and I like beer halls, so you put ‘em together and it’s gotta be great, right?

Well, for a place with Brewhall in its name, I gotta say their draught list ain’t all that special—especially when you’ve got places like Craft Beer Market and King Taps close by. Mind you, The Walrus is classier than Craft and much more spacious than King Taps, although it seems to be lacking in the patio department. But hey, its mascot is pretty sweet:

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I ended up going with the Henderson Food Truck Ale, which was a little malty, but not overpowering. I think it would go nicely with some taco truck fajitas… It also didn’t taste too bad with this burger:

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No walruses were harmed in the making of this sandwich—the burger’s just named after the joint, is all. Instead you’ve got some thick, juicy ground beef patties, American cheese, lettuce and bacon on a potato bun. Of course, I made mine a double. You gotta pay extra for the bacon, but that’s not even a question, bro!

While the patties were meaty, beaty, big and bouncy (whoops, wrong British Invasion band!) and the cheese was nice and melty, the bacon was actually undercooked and chewy. Maybe I gotta kick in an extra buck for crispy bacon???

Slammin’ a mac ‘n cheese meat loaf sammy @ Bar Hop Sessions

Craft beer is blowing up all over this city, bro! So when I heard that Bar Hop was opening a third location, right by my old stompin’ grounds at Pape and Danforth, you know I was all over that like foam on beer, bro! And they’ve definitely got some funky golden goodness on tap–like this beautiful brew, the Rabbit of Caerbannog White IPA:

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Dude, I’m all over a beer named after a Monty Python sketch, bro! And this rabbit goes right to the throat with flavour. You’ve got the citrusy fruitiness of a witbier meets the hoppiness of an IPA. I would not say “Ni!” to another one of these!!!

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But you know I’m not about to slam these beers on an empty stomach, bro! So we’re starting off with these stuffed jalapeno poppers, with smoked cheddar and mozza, topped with bacon jam. The first one did not have any heat to it, but the second and third packed enough of a kick that I had to order another beer.

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Now this one kicked the funkaliciousness up another notch. What we’ve got here is a There’s No Way of Knowing Saison from Sawdust City. This beer is brewed with lemon verbena and grains of paradise, which means it might actually be good for you. And it tastes pretty good, too!

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And finally, we get to the main event, Mr. Tuesday Night Special…a meat loaf sandwich with a deep-fried chunk of mac ‘n cheese on top. Dude, this is Comfort Food 2.0, bro! The meat loaf is hot and chewy, with some nice onion seasoning, you’ve got a bit of arugula for that one serving of veggies, and then the mac ‘n cheese block just hits you like a bomb baby, come and get it all!!!

Now, I don’t know if this will ever be added to the regular menu, but hey, it’s not like I need an excuse to go back… 😉