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Badass Bison Chateaubriand @ Reign

So, a couple months back, we went to Reign, this classy new joint in the Fairmont Royal York, where I had a wild boar chop that was too legit to quit. But when I saw the menu, I knew I’d be back to tame an even bigger beast — the Bison Chateaubriand!

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Dude, this is Wild Game Gone Wild in Flavourtown! Bison is nice and tender, cooked medium rare like a good steak — this don’t need no Bearnaise sauce, bro! Comes with potatoes au gratin and some market veggies, but we ordered a couple more sides, for this plate of perfection:

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Now, you might want to pair this fine dinner with a nice wine…but this ain’t Burgers, Bacon and Chardonnay, bro!!!

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Instead, we’re going with the closest thing to wine that’s still beer, a White Lies from Blood Brothers. This sour ale is fermented with wine grapes and dry-hopped with German hops, so it’s really got the best of both worlds.

Now, after splitting that bison three ways, you KNOW we’ve still got room for dessert. But it turns out they completely switched up their dessert menu since the last time we were here — no more chocolate tart or chocolate mousse, so we gotta go with the next best thing… rum!!!

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This little cream puff is soaked in raisins and rum, with a side of rum-soaked raisins. I don’t always eat fruit, but if you soak it in rum, then sign me up, son!!!!!!

I’m about to go all Asterix and Obelix on this wild boar, bro!!!!

Man, the last time I had wild boar, I think I got it on sale at Loblaws. And while that sanglier was super-legit, I knew I could probably do better if I didn’t have to cook it. So when I heard that Reign, this new funky joint in the Royal York Hotel, had a wild boar chop on the menu, I was all over that like Getafix on a pot of magic potion, son!!!!

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Man, this was probably the best pork chop I’ve had since that one at Hogtown Smoke that’s not even on the menu anymore! This lil’ piggy is cooked to a perfect medium, and it’s going wee wee wee all the way straight down my piehole! You’ve also got some fingerling potaters and green onions, nothing too fancy. There are not enough veggies here to steal the show from the meat, which is just the way it should be!

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Washed it all down with a Royal York Apiary Ale, this beer brewed with honey from the roof of the hotel — it don’t get more locavore than that, bro!!!

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Of course, you KNOW we still had room for dessert! This chocolate coffee tart was like Pies Gone Wild — you’ve got all kinds of chocolately goodness, with espresso, a white chocolate ganache and some crunchy toffee — I would put that on a flip-flop!!!!

Imma chugga-chugga choo choo this classic cocktail, dude!

So, we’re hanging out at York Station, this cozy little bar on the second floor of the Royal York Hotel. This place is so small, and hidden around a corner, that most people don’t even know it’s there. But they’ve been serving up classic cocktails and cheap eats since the 70’s–and when I say they, I mean Alina, the bartender, who’s been pouring drinks for 40 years!!!!!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still slammed a couple Steamwhistles, but in a place like this, you want to get a classic, old-school drink, so I went all Don Draper and ordered an old fashioned, with bourbon:

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This drink was TheBomb.ca, bro! You’ve got a nice boozy kick from the bourbon, a couple dashes of bitters, a splash of club soda and a cherry on top! I’m pretty sure I could pound three of these and still deliver the winning pitch to Lucky Strike!

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Now, if you’re not just having a liquid lunch, they’ve got all sorts of homestyle deli sandwiches for just two bucks a pop. You’ve got roast beef, salami and cheese, thickly sliced chicken and smoked salmon, plus a few more not seen here. They definitely don’t short-change ya on the meat though, bro–and the pickle is free!

But hey, if you wanna stop by after work, you gotta get here early–they’re only open from 12 to 7, Mondays through Fridays. Then again, you can always hit up the Library Bar downstairs for a pint or seven of the home-brewed Apiary Ale, son!!!!!