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Classic seafood combo @ Pearl Diver

Now, although they’ve got some pretty good fish on the West Coast, I feel like the East Coast is the best coast for seafood — especially when it comes to the chicken of the sea. So we’re hanging out at the Pearl Diver, this funky little joint on Adelaide, and starting off with some lobster sliders:

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Now, these buns are pretty basic, but they let the lobster do the talking. And between the two of em, you get about as much lobster meat as some of the lobster rolls I’ve had — for the fairly reasonable price (for lobster) of 26 dollars.

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But you KNOW that’s just an appetizer, bro! Now we’re diving in to some fish ‘n chips. Fish is nice and fresh, with enough breading to not be too healthy, but still not too heavy. Fries are thin and salty, and taste better with ketchup.

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Now, the last time we were here, they had some really good beers — and that has not changed at all. Like this Sawdust City Little Norway Pilsner, which goes great with seafood, and has a nice little crisp finish.

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And they’re still bringing a whole buncha Belgian beers across the pond that you probably won’t find anywhere else. Like Orval, a hazy trappiste pale ale clocking in just shy of 7%. Not as heavy as a tripel or quadrupel…but definitely more of a dessert beer.

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And speaking of dessert, this was one of the top five sticky toffee puddings I’ve ever had. It’s super moist, with just enough richness from the caramel sauce. Honestly, it takes Gordon Ramsey’s sticky toffee pudding (that I had in Vegas), puts it between two pieces of bread, and calls it an idiot sandwich, bro!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EATING LAS VEGAS: Hell’s Kitchen ain’t a bad place to beef…

Now, I’m not big on celebrity chef restaurants — unless that chef’s name is Guy Fieri. But Gordon Ramsay pretty much owns the Vegas Strip, what with Gordon Ramsay Burger, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Gordon Ramsay’s British Pub, Gordon Ramsay’s Fish n Chips — and his OG joint, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. This place is so hot, I could only get a table at 11 am on a Sunday… So I guess I can pull myself away from football for an hour or two and eat here?

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Gordon’s signature dish is the Beef Wellington, which is served medium rare on a bed of mashed potatoes with brown gravy. It’s no Beef Short Rib Wellington at BlueBlood, but it was still probably the best lunch I had in Vegas.

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When it comes to dessert, the sticky toffee pudding is almost as famous as the Beef Wellington. Warm, soft and not too rich, it goes great with a scoop of ice cream on top.

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Washed it all down with a North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner from California. This old-school, Euro-style pils was equal parts hoppy and refreshing. Oh, and I was in and out of there in less than 40 minutes, so I barely missed a quarter of the NFL action!!!

Lamb shank with a side of mac ‘n cheese, son!!!

Now, when the weather outside is frightful, I like to chow down on some go-to comfort food. You KNOW that I love lamb even more than Steve Carell, and mac ‘n cheese is probably my favourite side dish… So, we’re hanging out at The Queen and Beaver, this friendly neighbourhood English pub just offa Yonge St, and I’m like, why not do both???

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Now I’ve ordered lamb shank many times, many ways…but I don’t think I’ve seen it served with mashed squash before — it’s like culinary baby food in Flavourtown! And they’ve also got a whole lotta lentils, which is like the most green stuff I ate all month… But you KNOW the best side dish is yet to come, bro!!!!

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Now, I wouldn’t consider mac ‘n cheese to be your typical British pub food…but this British pub does a pretty decent take. Mac is nice ‘n creamy, with a crunchy breadcrumb crust — it’s a real culinary tongue-twister in Flavourtown!!!!

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Now, after tearing through that culinary mac-stravaganza, I actually wasn’t gonna order dessert…but then they sold me on the sticky toffee pudding. Their version uses molasses instead of caramel, for that extra richness — and there’s plenty of extra sauce. I’d put that on a flip-flop!!!!