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Build your own steak dinner @ The Shore Club

Now, I’ve had a lotta great steaks all over this city, but I had never been to The Shore Club, this fancy steakhouse next to The Ritz-Carlton on Wellington. You KNOW this is body by steak bro, so I had to check it out…even if I had just destroyed a giant steak the other night!

Now, the deal at this place is they’ve got a buncha different cuts of meat — striploin, filet mignon, rib steak, short rib and bone-in ribeye, then you can choose to add seafood, like shrimp, lobster, scallops or crab legs. They also have five different sauces and butters, for that extra kick. Plus, there’s no less than 12 different sides to choose from, son!

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Me, I went with an 18 oz rib steak, instead of the 24, but I added scallops and a Bearnaise sauce, plus steakhouse fries and wild mushrooms. Now, this wasn’t quite as good as the steak I had the other night — which is one of my top five steak dishes ever — and I think I’ve even had a better rib steak at Barberian’s, at Morton’s and maybe even Ruth Chris. But the scallops were super-tasty, nicely seared, and melt-in-your-mouth tender. This is the perfect bite, right here:

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Oh, and word to the wild mushrooms, which were sauteed in garlic and herb butter. Wild mushrooms could not drag me away from you, Mick Bro-gger!!!!

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Of course, even after eating all that steak back there, you KNOW I still had room for dessert. Dude, that was more like a steak snack in Flavourtown, bro!!!

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Man, this Old-Fashioned Chocolate Brownie had pretty much everything I want in a dessert. You’ve got marshmallows, pecans, chocolate sauce AND caramel, with a scoop of ice cream on top??? Shut the front, back and side doors, son!!!!

FRONT STREET FOODS: Bison + Lobster = Best Friends Forever!!!

Now, I know I already ate here a few weeks ago, but I just can’t get enough HotBunzz. This real-deal, Bomb.ca, Asian steamed-bun invasion is even more funkalicious than a Duran Duran bassline, bro! So today, I kicked it up a notch with some insane braised bison and sexy surf ‘n turf:

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Let’s begin with bison. This Canadian cowboy is home, home on the range after being braised in Korean kalbi marinade for almost as long as a Triple D marathon on the Food Network. Then they stick it in a bun, and top it with even more bison, an Asian pear puree and a few fried onions, for that extra crunch. The bison is super tender, the bun is nice and crunchy, and I didn’t even use that fork cuz I ended up stuffing this straight down my piehole! But stick around, cuz you know we ain’t done, son…

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Now, for the box-office-smash sequel, they took a braised bison bun and stuck a whole lotta lobster on top. This chicken of the sea is seasoned with a dry jerk spice, some nice brown butter and garlic lemon aioli, to boot! The lobster is super chunky, with a nice hit of jerk, and the bison on the inside is melt-in-your-mouth tender. I’m pretty sure I could eat 17 of these, but they’re two for 15 bucks, and I gotta put gas in the Camaro, so, y’know…

Loaded Pierogi’s serving up surf, turf ‘n earth, son!

Loaded Pierogi, this funky joint on Church Street, puts almost anything you can think of on these pillows of Ukrainian goodness, including buffalo chicken, duck confit and Philly cheesesteak. What’s better than steak and lobster? How about steak and lobster on top of pierogis?

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OK, let’s break it down. The pierogis are on point—warm and crispy, fried to perfection. (You can get ‘em boiled, too, but why boil food when you can fry it, bro?) You’ve got these thick chunks of peppery steak, a bit of kick from the onion, nice creaminess from the sour cream. The only complaint is that the lobster gets kinda lost here. It’s more stringy than chunky, and can’t really compete with the meat. Now, if they served it up thick and meaty like a lobster roll, this dish would be so far outta bounds that it might break your windshield in the parking lot. But it’s still in my top five pierogis of all time. Pretty sure I could eat 27 of these!

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Cool thing is, though, on Fridays, you can get the loaded surf and turf with a pint of the house brew for just 18 bucks. Dude, that’s less than it costs to park at a Jays game! And hey, the beer’s better, too…