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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!!!

 

Burgermania’s running wild on Yonge-Dundas Square!!!

Now, burgers and bandanas are two of my favourite things, so when I heard that Burgermania was coming back to Toronto, I was all bouncing off the ropes for a big leg drop, brother! They’ve serving up sliders, fries and milkshakes all weekend in Yonge-Dundas Square — I don’t need to cook until Monday, bro!!!

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Now, the biggest line at the whole festival was for Ronto’s Burger, which was all over Instagram with its mac ‘n cheese sliders. But you know how things always look better on Instagram, bro? In reality, this mac wasn’t very cheesy, and most of it didn’t stay between the buns, meaning you had a half-decent double cheeseburger with a side of mediocre mac instead.

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Now, on the other hand, Ronto’s other culinary creation, the Barnyard Burger, was pretty legit. You’ve got a beef burger topped with fried chicken, bacon, drizzled with honey, and then some pickles and coleslaw to balance out the sweetness. Man, I could go for another three of these — if I didn’t hafta wait in line again!!!

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Right next to Ronto’s stall, Good Fortune Bar was serving up this classic cheeseburger with a twist — Hickory Sticks, the greatest chips known to mankind. I’m pretty sure I have eaten Hickory Sticks off a flip-flop before…but when you put em on a burger, they taste even better!!!

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Cherry St Bar-B-Que, home of the best beef brisket you’ll ever find in a food court, was offering up this culinary challenge. You could get their 100% ground brisket Cherry Mac burger for five bucks, or for just two dollars more, you could add another patty, and another, and another… It’s a Flavourtown Quadruple Down, Fieri-san!!! And while the rest of the toppings could not compete with all that meat, who needs lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles when you can have brisket, brisket, brisket and more brisket, broseph????

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Of course, you can’t have four burgers without fries, so we’re hitting up Chef Michael G’s World Fry House, where they’re fresh cutting french fries right in front of your face! These are The Italian, topped with Parmesan and parsley. Who needs Crimson and Clover when you can have Parmesan and Parsley, Bro-an Jett???

 

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???