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WINTERLICIOUS 2020: Double cheeseburger & chicken wings @ Museum Tavern

Dude, you KNOW I can’t go through two weeks of Winterlicious without eating a burger, bro! We’re hanging out at Museum Tavern, this funky joint down the street from the AGO, where they’re serving up one of the top five burgers in Toronto. Not only that, but you also get an appetizer AND dessert, all for just 33 bucks? Shut the front, back and side doors!!!!

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So, we’re starting off with these funkalicious buttermilk fried chicken wings. Dude, I wish I could eat these babies at the start of every meal! Hot and crunchy, straight outta fryer, with a spicy adobo sauce on the side — I’d put that on a flip-flop!!!

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One thing about this cheeseburger — it sure is cheesy! You’ve got two thick ‘n juicy patties, smothered in American cheese, with lettuce, onion, tomato and special sauce — it’s like a Big Mac on steroids in Flavourtown!!!!!

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You know the deal, we still get dessert even if you don’t have room for it…and you KNOW I still have room for dessert, bro! This tres leches combines sponge cake, sweet cream and whipped cream, and puts some chocolate on top, for that extra kick. Nothing wrong with that at all!!!

These BBQ bacon wings hit me like a hurricane…

Dude, if there’s one thing I like more than crushing a pound of chicken wings, it’s crushing two pounds of chicken wings…for the price of one. And down on Bloor St, just a slight breeze from Dovercourt, there’s this funky little dive with a wicked awesome wing night serving up all kinds of flavours–and they’re 2-for-1 on Tuesdays, son! Plus, they’re named after Miami’s football team AND Patrick Swayze’s all-time greatest film!? Welcome to Hurricanes Roadhouse!

Now, a pound of wings is normally 14 bucks here, but if you order two different flavours on Two-Fer Tuesdays, they do charge ya 50 cents extra. Although that price also includes either fries or veggies and blue cheese, so that’s still a pretty sweet deal. And while I don’t normally eat vegetables, you know I went for the veggies and dip–dude, this is body by blue cheese, bro!!!

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So, in the one hand we’ve got a pound of Red Hot wings, with a vinegary kick that’s probably just Frank’s Red Hot sauce. It does kinda linger with ya a bit, though. But if you want a real spicy wing, get the Gale Force–they’ll blow the paint offa yer barn, bro!!!

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But now here’s where they funk it up a notch. On top of the 12 different flavours on the menu, they also give you a Flavour of the Day, which could be anything under the sun… And last Tuesday’s FotD was BBQ Bacon, so you KNOW I had to order it! You’ve got the smoky BBQ taste of their Memphis BBQ sauce, but then you get bites of bacon juice all over the place–at least, it must be bacon juice, cuz I don’t see any actual bacon on the chicken, but it still tastes like bacon. It’s like a Christmastime miracle in Flavourtown!!!

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Of course, you KNOW I’m not gonna be drinking some hippy-dippy, GMO-friendly kale smoothie, Michael Bro-lander! Instead, we’re chugging back a couple Yellow Trucks, this complicated blond lager from Draught Dodger Brewery. This beer’s a little bit hoppier than your average lager, but it still goes down smoothly with some bacon-flavoured chicken wings!!!

Whole lotta jerk wings for 8 bucks @ Southern Accent

You know me–this is body by chicken wings, bro! And I’m all about finding the best deals on wings in the city, whether it’s hitting up a couple friendly neighbourhood bars on Bloor West, or destroying four pounds of AYCE wings at St. Louis. Now, I’ve been to Southern Accent before for some badass blackened chicken livers, so when I heard they had jerk chicken wings on special on Thursdays, for just eight bucks an order, you KNOW I was ready to get back on that horse, cowboy!!!!

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Now, normally when you’re thinking jerk chicken, it’s gonna put a little fire in ya wire. But that was definitely not the case here. On a scale of one to wingsanity, these were pretty mild. But the meat was nice and tender, and the seasoning was quite tasty… Let’s just say they go pretty good with a beer:

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Way up high in the atmosphere, it’s Elora Borealis, from the Elora Brewing Co in Elora, Ontario. This pale ale was light, not too bitter, with just a hint of lemony freshness. Now, while they also had specials on bourbon this evening, the beer was not half price–this pint cost me just as much as a whole order of wings, bro!!!!

Bloor West Village Chicken Wing Challenge: Shakey’s vs. Bryden’s

Dude, you KNOW I love chicken wings–this is body by chicken wings, bro! And while I wish that every night was wing night, over in Bloor West Village, the night of the wings is Tuesday, when these two funky little craft beer joints are both serving up a pound of the good stuff for about eight bucks. Man, even Bill Gates’ haircuts cost more than that!!!

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So, we’re starting off at Shakey’s, this funky little hockey bar just a bit west of Runnymede. This is the place to go for Leafs fans in the neighbourhood, so it’s probably a good thing that I wasn’t wearing my Calgary Flames jersey after the Flames blew ’em away in the third period on Monday!!!

Now, this place is serving up all sorts of wings ranging from mild to suicide–or honey garlic, if you’re into that–but I went in a different direction with the dry-rub Cajun wings. These wings were hot in more ways than one–I had to wait for ’em to cool down before I could pick ’em up. And $8.50 also gets you a side of fries, although the ranch dressing is a dollar extra…

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Of course, if I’m eating wings you KNOW I’m not sipping on a vodka cranberry, bro! This here’s a West Coast Style IPA from Beau’s. It definitely tastes like an IPA, but the ones I’ve had in Seattle were a lot more bitter…which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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Now, speaking of bitter beer, Bryden’s is actually owned by Great Lakes Brewery, which is known for its grapefruit-tasting pale ales. But when it comes to wings, we’re going for the sweetness with these Maple Jack bones. You get more maple than Jack Daniels here…but why drink Jack Daniels when you can drink beer?

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Going completely away from the IPAs, this Robust Porter from Cheshire Valley hits the spot with its cocoa Guinness-y goodness. I could probably pound a few more of these, but after all that blue cheese back there, I think I’d better not.

Now, when it comes to wings, I’d say that Shakey’s gives you more bang for your buck–‘specially if you like French fried potaters. But the rotating taps at Bryden’s impress me more. If I was in the neighbourhood on any day other than Tuesday, I would probably hit that place up first–definitely if the Leafs were playing!

Seoul Shakers’ got my soul shakin’ with some funky Korean fusion!

So, we’re hanging out at Seoul Shakers, this funky little Bloordale Village dive where they’re mixing up Mexican, Korean and comfort food classics, like kimchi cheeseburgers and gojuchang tacos al pastor in an old dingy diner that’s so outta bounds, it’s got Tom Jones above the Wu Tang on the jukebox!

Now, you may NOT play the Travis Tritt right above the 2Pac here, but you CAN chow down on some sweet ‘n spicy soy-glazed deep-fried eggplant…so I guess that’s good enough???

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Now, I don’t always eat eggplant, but if you do it up like this, I would eat it every day. You’ve got sweetness, you’ve got spicy, you’ve got crispy and crunchy, with a side of bell peppers, scallions, and a little chili oil for that extra kick. Kick out the Korean jams, bro!!!!

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Now, these signature Seoul Shakers wings definitely kick the heat up a notch. You’ve got a crispy onion batter and a Thai-style chili/garlic/soy glaze, with some sesame seeds, hot peppers and cilantro. And it’s not just spicy hot–I almost burned my digits when I picked this one up!!!

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These Roast Kimchi Chopped Cheese sliders might be this joint’s signature dish, and it’s totally funkalicious. You’ve got a chopped ground beef patty topped with roast kimchi, lettuce, pickles, onions, cheese and special sauce. And they’re serving ’em up in two sizes: Biggie (four to an order) and Smalls (two per order). Man, can I do like a Big Pun and get seven of these????

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But the hip to the hop don’t stop there, bro! The hits keep coming with this cast-iron roasted Cornish hen served on Korean sweet rice porridge, with sides of pickles, onions and potatoes. And believe it or not, but this chicken’s so tender you can slice right through it with chopsticks — they won’t even give you a knife if you ask for one!

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Now, you might be sippin’ on soju and juice at a joint like this, but this is body by craft beer, bro, so I’m going straight for an ice cold Blood Light, an evil pale ale from my Satan-hailing homeboys at Blood Brothers Brewing. Dunno the IBUs on this one, but it’s definitely not too hoppy. Why make it a Bud Light when you can make it a Blood Light???

Funky half-priced wings @ Crown & Dragon

So, we’re hanging out at the Crown & Dragon, this cozy neighbourhood pub at Yonge and Davenport. This place is famous for wings, and they’ve got ‘em half price half the time—Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. And man, these guys have got a whole lotta funky flavours, bro!

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Now, when I saw the Country Western wings, I was all over that like Charlie Pride on the first ticket to San Antone, son! And these wings have got both flavours: tangy AND spicy! Well OK, they’re not as spicy as they say. It’s sort of a mild BBQ sauce, with a big hit of horseradish at the end. Still more country than Sam Hunt, though…

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Now, these ones totally kicked the funkaliciousness up a notch. The Roadside Lemonade wings take real lemonade, and add some fresh rosemary for that piney finish. It actually kinda tastes like lemon chicken—and goes surprisingly well with ranch dip!

Real-deal Cajun BBQ…deep in the heart of Mississauga!

Now, with all the awesome-sauce BBQ joints right here in The Big Smoke, I wouldn’t normally go all the way out to Mississauga for some slow-cooked southern comfort food. But when I heard RD’s Southern BBQ was serving it up Cajun style, then I had to come check it out!

Now, this place has all kinds of ragin’ Cajun classics, like po’boys, red beans and rice, gumbo and even etouffee…but they also have Cajun BBQ, which I didn’t even know was a thing. I was gonna start with some rib tips, but they were all sold out, so I went with hush puppies instead:

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These goodness gracious great balls of corn were a lot better than the ones I had in Nashville, which were a little overdone. You still got the nice texture of the cornbread, with some actual chunks of corn, which was a nice touch. And that sauce on the side was legit!

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Now, I don’t normally put BBQ sauce anywhere near my brisket, but with the way they cooked it, the sauce was the boss. The thinly sliced, lean brisket probably tasted better with the sauce than without. And their medium sauce has more kick to it than you might expect!

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Now, the beef brisket platter comes with your choice of a quarter chicken, jumbo wings or Creole shrimp. These wings were alright, but maybe not as jumbo as I expected. If I’m ever back here again, I think I’ll go with the Creole shrimp…

…oh, and beef ribs. I am definitely ordering the baby back beef ribs next time!