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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Nashville hot shrimp sandwich with PEI lobster poutine

I don’t normally eat spicy food… but I’ve been to Nashville a couple times, and I’ve had the second-best hot chicken in town, along with a couple other places. So here we are, in Second Lockdown, and I’m missing the Music City. Now, some of the best hot chicken in Toronto is too far away to deliver, so when I saw that Coast, this funky seafood popup kitchen, was serving up a Nashville hot shrimp sandwich, I figured that might still hit the spot. And this place is actually so close to me that my food arrived in less than 30 min — beat that, Domino’s!!!

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Now, they don’t let you choose your heat level, so you know we’re not in Nashville here, but I gotta say, this sammy is still sneaky spicy. Like, at first it didn’t seem too hot, but the heat sorta builds up and then sticks around. It’s maybe only a 1 or a 2 on the Nashville scale…but that’s all I can really handle, anyways!

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I was a bit bummed out by the tragic poutine I had the other day, so I also decided to order some lobster fries. This PEI lobster poutine was a little light on the gravy and heavy on the herbs — the chives really give this dish a big boost. And while the fries were on the thin side, the combo of fries, real-deal cheese curds and big ol’ chunks of lobster all go together quite nicely.

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This Baldwin Street Fisheye IPA from Kensington Brewing Co. also pairs quite well with some spicy seafood. It’s hoppy, but not too bitter, strong (6.5%), but not too overpowering…and it’s even got some fishies on the label, bro!!!!

Slaying some Nashville Hot Shrimp, son!

Now, you KNOW it’s Endless Shrimp season at Red Lobster, which is like a culinary Thanksgiving of the sea in Flavourtown. You’ve got your breaded shrimp, your garlic shrimp, your Mediterranean shrimp…even a shrimp linguini alfredo, bro! But the whole reason I’m here is for their brand new funkalicious flavour, Nashville Hot Shrimp:

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Now, it’s not exactly Nashville hot chicken, but this shrimp’s got a bit of a kick. They use a dry rub that’s sorta like BBQ chips on steroids, and then drizzle it with honey for a little added sweetness. They definitely won’t melt your face off though, bro!

And since the shrimp don’t stop till you say when, I just polished off, like, 72 of these babies. I’m gonna be feeling the bern like Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm Season Nine, Bernie bros!!!!