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PATIO LIT EATS: Fish ‘n chips by the sea shore…

Now, Toronto may not be a place where you can eat freshly caught seafood from the ocean next door — but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a waterfront patio scene. While I probably wouldn’t wanna eat anything that comes outta Lake Ontario, I can still enjoy looking out at the lake from the massive back patio at Against the Grain, this funky joint right next to Sugar Beach.

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Now, it feels like it’s been a while since I’ve eaten a burger, so we’re starting off with a trio of prime rib sliders. You’ve got some thinly sliced pickles and spicy mustard on the bottom, and then cheddar cheese and a piece of crunchy, deep-fried bologna on top. The meat is cooked to well done and comes out really hot, so I couldn’t really tell that it’s prime rib…but overall, it was still pretty tasty!

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But you KNOW that was just a light snack in Flavourtown! So we’re moving on to the main course, freshly battered haddock with a whole pile of thin ‘n salty fries. Batter had a nice crunch, goes good with the dill tartar sauce — I kinda wish I couldda made mine a two-piece order, though!

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Of course, I’m not gonna go to a place like this and order a Cranberry White Claw, bro! This here’s a Lemonade Stand, a refreshing lactose sour from Indie Ale House. Just enough citrusy sourness without being too bitter — I totally crushed a few of these!

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We’ve also got a Hopped and Confused Vol. 2 from the Mill St crew. Despite its name, this beer isn’t very hoppy — it’s only got 20 IBU. But I’m always down for a Dazed and Confused reference…it’s a fiesta in the making at the Moon Tower, son!!!

 

English-style fish and chips @ The Queen and Beaver

Now, the Queen and Beaver has gotta be the best name for a British pub that I’ve seen in a while…although you might not wanna linger on that mental image for too long. But if you’re looking for a cozy place to have a cheeky pint, you could definitely do worse than this joint–anywhere with Firkin in its name, for starters!

But man, not only is this place serving up a buncha local craft beer, they’ve also got real-deal English pub food. You’ve got bangers and mash, Welsh rarebit, and this all-time pub classic, fish and chips:

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OK, now let’s break it down. The fish is so flaky it falls apart on your forky, with a nice, light batter. And the fries are super-legit — real deal British pub chips. But what makes it are the mushy peas. Mushy whaaa???

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Dude, this stuff is like Baby Food Gone Wild, bro! Man, I’d eat it off a flip-flop–and I don’t even like peas! Now of course, you can’t have real-deal fish and chips without washing it down with a nice stout:

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Now, this ain’t no pint ‘a Guinness, bro! This Black Hand stout from the Satanic beer fiends at Blood Brothers packs an extra punch at 7%. It’s got a little more bitter, a little more flavour…but still goes pretty great with fish and chips!

FRONT STREET FOODS: These fish ‘n chips are totally off the hook!

Now, I dunno about you, but I loves me some fish ‘n chips. You’ve got some flaky fish in a crunchy beer batter, some crispy fries on the side… Dude, this is body by fish ‘n chips! So when I found a funky little food stand serving up fish ‘n chips for only 10 bucks, you know I had to check it out, bro:

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Now, they sure don’t shortchange ya at this place. You’ve got a nicely fried piece of fish, a whole pile of hot, seasoned, spicy fries and a great big slab of crunchy coleslaw. They give you so much sides, I could almost use another piece of fish, or three, or seven…and just barely have room for dessert!

Top 5 Food Cities: 1. Seattle

Not only is Seattle home to my favourite NFL football team (Go Hawks!), but it’s also got some of my fav food joints, as well. Sure, there’s Pike Place Fish Market and some of the freshest clam chowder, calamari and fish ‘n chips you’ll find all over this country. But you can also get all kinds of good stuff here, from deep-fried candied bacon, to a breakfast burrito served Christmas style, to a chicken-fried steak as big as your head. (I actually finished it, too, but that joint was too dark for me to take a picture, bro!) If I had a green card, I would totally move to Belltown, get Seahawks season tickets and eat my weight in seafood every month… Hey, a food dude can dream, can’t he?

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Ivar’s Fish ‘n Chips is the real deal. Right on the waterfront, they’re serving up some righteous clam chowder and out-of-bounds fish ‘n chips for Happy Hour!

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Not to be outdone, these Pacific King Salmon tacos at Pike Place were one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had.

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Just a Russell Wilson spiral away from the stadium, the Pyramid Alehouse serves up some killer calamari and righteous fish burgers in its own right.

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So, this funky southern-style breakfast joint just opened up in Belltown about a year ago. They call this the Smokin’ Hot Bitch: Biscuit and Gravy smothered in cheese and topped with a grilled Louisiana Hot Link & jalapenos. I call it magically delicious!

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See, I wasn’t kiddin’ about the breakfast burrito, bro!