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Smokin’ some wings @ 420 Smokehouse

Happy 420, dudes! We’re hanging out at 420 Smokehouse, this friendly neighbourhood bar & grill appropriately located at 420 Parliament Street. (And here you was thinking this joint was a head shop!) Now, this place does NOT do Texas-style barbecue—there ain’t no beef brisket on the menu, bro! But if you’re into chicken ‘n ribs, they’ve got you covered. And they’re serving up a pound of smoked wings for just 12 bucks:

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Now, I’ve had some smoked chicken wings before where you really get a ton of smoky flavour—but that’s not the case here. After taking ‘em outta the smoker, they stick these ones in the deep fryer…which is how you’re normally supposed to make wings, anyways. And while it sounded like it would be awesome, the 420 Wellington Ale BBQ sauce didn’t add much of a kick. I’d say these wings were pretty much on par with St. Louis Bar & Grill.

But hey, on the plus side, they’re serving up pints of Pickup Truck Pilsner for just 6 bucks until 7 pm! You KNOW there’s something ‘bout a truck, bro!!!!

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Real-deal three-course meal @ Barque Smokehouse

So, we’re hanging out at Barque Smokehouse, this cozy neighbourhood joint on Roncesvalles in the west end. Now, I’ve had a whole buncha funkalicious, bananas, shut-the-back-door BBQ in this city, but they say Barque is too legit to quit, so I had to hammerdance on over to check it out.

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I gotta say bro, they had me at “Nice throat.” Belle Gueule is one of my favourite Quebec beers, but you never ever see it over here. Not only did Barque have it on tap, it even came in its own glass! They hit that one so far outta bounds it took out a popcorn vendor, dude!

Now, it’s hard to pick a favourite among so many great meats, but if you get the Smoker’s Choice platter, they’ll give you some of everything: pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs—all that and a chicken thigh, son! But that’s not all; it even comes with appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Now, I had something similar at Carbon Bar a little while back, and there was nothing going on but the meat. But while you end up paying nine dollars more, Barque gives you enough food for a family of four…as long as one of them has a small appetite and lets me eat the rest. (I ate about six ribs alone, son!)

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But we ain’t even close to the main course yet, homeslice! We’re kicking things off with this crunchalicious salad. Man, this salad has got everything: napa cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cucumbers and crushed cashews—crikey! As far as salads go, this is pretty legit. All that’s missing is some bacon, or some tater tots or something…

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Ain’t no thang but a chicken wing, mang! These smoked wings are super-legit. They’ve got a really great five-spice dry rub and come with a creamy curry dip that’s money like Steph Curry at the three-point line. Whoever came up with that one is like my saucy saviour, son!

Here comes the meat, all dressed in heat…

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So not only do we get some superhero, rockstar smoked meat, but you know every superhero needs a sidekick, and this one comes with two of them. Say hello to my little friend Barque Fries Deluxe:

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Dude, this is like Taco Bell’s Fries Supreme, except you don’t hafta yell “Fire in the hole!” before eating. You’ve got nacho cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions. Now what would really take this dish to the next level is if they put some beef brisket on top—I would eat that off a flip-flop, hombre!

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The second sidekick is a shady character by the name of crispy cauliflower. Now, I guess that cauliflower doesn’t cost, like, 200 bucks a head anymore, cuz it feels like I’ve eaten a fuckton of funky cauli lately. But unlike some of its cauliflower cousins, this dish wasn’t deep-fried, but it came with a nice combination of cashews, chilies and cilantro for that extra crunch.

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Put it all together, and that’s quite a bit of food. Of course, I still went back for seconds, and even thirds. And you don’t even hafta ask if there’s still room for dessert…because dessert is actually included!!!!

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Dude, this is one of the best food deals I’ve had in this city since that time I ate at Trump Restaurant for Winterlicious. They don’t make ‘em much greater than this, bro!!!!!!!!11111

Momofuku needs to bring back bacon-flavoured chicken wings!

OK, first, let me take you back to the first time I ate there…

(Originally written November 17, 2012)

Two things crossed off my “to do” list today: eat at Momofuku on University Ave and see Skyfall, the new James Bond flick.  I’d attempted the former on its opening weekend a couple months back–but at the time, the wait was so long that it would be almost dinnertime once I’d secured a table to eat lunch.  Though it’s been several weeks since then, I made sure to get there a couple minutes before they opened this time, just to be safe.  As it turns out, there were really only a handful of people waiting at 11:30, and even by noon, there were plenty of spaces available–as long as you didn’t mind sitting at a high, wooden counter.  I ended up on one of said wooden seats, which gave me a great view of what was going on in the kitchen (although there wasn’t much happening when I took this shot).

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They say Momofuku’s pork buns are to die for, and they’re not kidding.  The juicy, succulent pork belly comes enveloped in a soft, doughy shell, with sliced cucumber adding a little extra flavour.  These things literally fly off the shelves–even at $10 for two!

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Now you might be wondering, what kinda overweight, brain-dead Alberta redneck goes to a classy Asian restaurant and orders chicken wings?  This guy!  And I gotta say, Momofuku’s smoked chicken wings are darn-tootin’ delicious!  Topped with scallions and seasoned in a light oyster sauce, they’ve got the most amazing flavour–basically, they taste like bacon!  No really, I had to check under the skin to make sure they weren’t hiding bacon bits in there somewhere, but I couldn’t see any.  I suppose that the act of smoking the chicken (next to the pork belly, perhaps?) gives them that distinctive taste that just blew me away.  Because if there’s one thing better than chicken wings, it’s bacon-flavoured chicken wings.  Now, if they could only incorporate beer into the recipe somehow, I’d take up residence at the Shangri-La so I could eat there every day!  (Alas, I can’t quite afford a private residence there, so it’s probably to my benefit that the wings aren’t beerified…)

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Looks amazing, right? But here’s the problem. These wings aren’t on the menu anymore, and they haven’t been in some time. You can get hot ‘n honey wings, but only at dinnertime. I’m sure those are good ‘n all, but they probably don’t taste like bacon. Unless they do taste like hot ‘n honey flavoured bacon, in which case…I should probably go there for dinner some time.