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Going to town on that assado, bro!!!!

Now, Yonge Street might be the longest street in Canada… but when you go downtown, south of College or so, it’s like a restaurant desert, bro! That doesn’t mean there aren’t any restaurants — but they’re mostly fast food, chains like Milestones and/or tourist traps. Your best bet is to hang a right onto Elm Street for some righteous eats, son…

Or you could head on over to Leña, this funky joint inside The Bay at Yonge and Richmond, for some real-deal, south of the border, Argentinian-style cooking! We first came here for brunch a few years back, and the flavours were on point, so now it’s time to see what they’re serving up for dinner…

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You KNOW we’re starting off with some empanadas, bro! I just had an empanada last weekend at Smorgasburg, but it’s not like we’ve got a weekly limit on empanadas here…  Susana’s Gaucho Empanadas have a nice, tender crust, stuffed with beef, egg and olives, with a side of chiminasty sauce (yes, that’s what they call it) that really kicks it up a notch! Gonna need a couple cold beers to wash that down, bro…

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They’ve got a pretty decent beer selection here, too, with seven brews on tap — none of which are Molson or Coors. But instead, I went with an Octopus Wants to Fight from the local IPA meisters at Great Lakes. It’s not quite as hop-heavy as their signature Canuck IPA, but there’s no question you’re still drinking an India pale ale…

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But now it’s time for el evento principal! Man, I haven’t had assado de tira since 2018, so when I saw these Spanish-style short ribs on the menu, you KNOW I’m all over that Maradona, bro! The beef is very charred, but nice and medium-rare in the middle, with a side of potatoes and snow peas. It comes with chimichurri, but I think I could go for more of that chiminasty sauce instead… You could put it on a flip-flop, and it would still be nasty, Ms. Jackson!!!!

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But even after all that beef back there, we’ve still got room for dessert. I already knew their churros were legit, so I thought I would try their milk chocolate tres leches cake this time. We’re no strangers to tres leches on Triple B, but I’ve never seen a chocolate version before. Let’s just say I was a bit disappointed when it came out in a mason jar…but the four or five bites you get here ain’t bad, Meat Bro-af!

 

 

 

 

Goin’ full gaucho @ Leña, bro!!!

Dude, we’re hanging out at Leña, this funky South American joint inside The Bay, right on Yonge St in the heart of downtown Flavourtown. This place is serving up all kinds of funky brunch, like a brisket burger, breakfast beef empanadas and this South American cowboy’s desayuno, The Full Gaucho:

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got these super-runny herb fried eggs, two kinds of pork, with blood sausage AND pork shoulder bacon, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, a couple pieces of warm flatbread and some tasty griddled taters — dude, this is body by griddled taters! But I gotta say, the blood sausage is what makes it:

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Now, this sausage is definitely a different texture than you get from one made of meat. But it’s got a nice spice to it, bit of kick from the onions, and goes great with eggs and taters. Man, I don’t even need a fork — I would eat this off a flip-flop!!!

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Of course, even after eating all that grub, you KNOW we’ve still got room for a plate fulla churros, bro! You gotta love deep-fried dough, sprinkled with icing sugar, and then a whole teacup of chocolate for dipping… Dude, I could totally chug that teacup of chocolate, son!!!