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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: BBQ ribs combo to go, bro!!!

Although patios are open in Toronto, it’s really hard to get a table right now. I mean, that’s great for the restaurants in this city, but not so good when you’re rolling out, looking for the greatest burgers, bacon and beer. Don’t get me wrong, we’ll still be going out to eat as much as we can…but let’s just say the takeout reviews aren’t going away, either. 😉

Now, I haven’t actually been to The Carbon Bar since that one time, in 2016, when their Pit Master Platter failed to satisfy my hunger. But I’ve heard a few good things about them in the meantime, and when I saw they were part of the Toronto Premium Restaurants deal on DoorDash, where you save 7 dollars when you spend 30 or more, I figured I’d give ’em another shot. As it turns out, their pork ribs combo with two sides was $28, and when you add a side of gravy, it’s an even 30, so there you go…

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These ribs are served St. Louis style, which means you gotta bite through the gristly bits at the end. But they are still nicely seasoned, with a good, smokey flavour, and taste great with the side of sweet ‘n spicy sauce, which does what it says on the label. Plus, the metal catering tray kept ’em nice and warm on the way over, which is definitely a plus.

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This mac ‘n cheese is TheBomb.ca, bro! Creamy, crunchy, with a mix of mozza-cheddar and some breadcrumbs on top — again, the catering tray kept it nice and hot till it’s headed down my piehole!!!!

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Now, the thick ‘n lumpy gravy was probably meant for fried chicken, but it still tasted fine on these fries. And hey, if I’m spending two dollars to save seven, you can pour some gravy on me in the name of lard anytime, bro!!!!

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Now, because The Carbon Bar’s beer selection is basically just Budweiser, I reached into my fridge for a Clutch American Pale Ale from Redline Brewhouse. The light, hoppy flavour goes nicely with some smokey BBQ, I gotta say. And no, this brew has nothing to do with the heavy rock band from Maryland — but that does kinda look like their logo, though…

 

 

 

 

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Richmond Station Burger to go, bro!!!!!!

I KNOW we are just two days away from restaurants reopening for patio dining, and we are definitely gonna hit up a couple funky joints this weekend, but the latest deal in the delivery world is DoorDash’s Toronto Premium Restaurants, a buncha classy joints where they take $7 off orders of $30 or more until June 30. Now, at a few of these places, it’s pretty easy to drop like $90, which doesn’t make it such a big deal… but if you only spend 30 bucks, you end up saving almost 25%.

Now, you KNOW I loves me a good deal bro, and I’ve found a few of these classy establishments where you can spend no more than 32 dollars on a decent lunch or dinner — which is music to my ears, cuz I’m probably gonna drop much more than that on patio beers this weekend. And of course, we’re starting off with one of the most legendary, famous, iconic burgers in Toronto from Richmond Station, where you can get the Station Burger, fries AND a local craft beer for an even $30…which means that, after the DoorDash discount, the fries are basically free. 😉

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Dude, this burger tastes even better than I remembered! Patty is nice ‘n thick, cooked to your liking (although they don’t go below medium), topped with aged cheddar, lettuce, onions and donkey sauce. But the beet chutney is what makes it — that’s not blood on the bun, it’s beet juice, son!!!

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Now, you could pay a couple bucks more for polenta fries, but if you wanna stick to the 30-dollar limit, then these rosemary fries are the ticket. Nice and crunchy, served with some more donkey sauce — dude, that’s like a donkey sauce double down in Flavourtown!!!!

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Now, there are a couple $6 beers that will get you where you need to be, but why settle for Creemore when you can have this delicious amber from GoodLot, a farm-to-can brewery that actually grows its own hops!? It might not have been ice cold by the time I got it home — dude, did you see how hot it is today!? — but it definitely still hits the spot!!!!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Angry Shrimp Poke ain’t no joke!!!

When it’s a million degrees outside, the last thing I wanna do is turn on my oven. And if I can find a takeout dish that’s best served cold, all the better! So we’re checking out Poke Guys, this funky little poke place just offa Dundas, where they’re serving up seven different kinds of poke bowls, bro! You can get ’em with salmon, tuna or even tofu, but I knew I had to go with the Angry Shrimp. Dude, Angry Shrimp was the name of my Glenn Danzig cover band, bro!!!!

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The food may be cold, but it’s definitely bringing the heat, son! These sweet and spicy shrimp get an extra kick from the kimchi, with some corn, cucumber and avocado to cool it down (the avocado costs extra though — dude, this is body by avocado!). And did I mention the pineapple???

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While I don’t have a problem with putting pineapple on pizza, it definitely hits different when you pair it with shrimp. You’ve got the sweet with the heat, the acid with the sour and the juice with the succulent seafood… Now, I’m not saying you should put shrimp and pineapple on pizza, but if somebody did, I would probably at least try it.

r/fakehistoryporn - An Italian-American being forced to watch pineapple added to pizza for the first time ever. (1914 Brooklyn, USA)

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: We be jammin’ this Jamaican patty double down!!!

Patois has gotta be one of the funkiest joints in the city, serving up Jamaican/Chinese fusion since 2014. I already ordered their jerk chicken and oxtail dinner kit in the early days of the pandemic, but this time, I’m going back for something I only had once, waaaay back in the day — their Jamaican take on a KFC Double Down, with cheese and bacon between two Jamaican meat patties. Is this love, is this love, is this love that I’m feelin’, bro???

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OK, now this is slightly different than the original version, which came in a bun — but it’s still pretty funkalicious. The first few bites are pretty much just patty, but when you get to the cheese and bacon in the middle, that’s what makes it, right there. I kinda wished they doubled down on the bacon, though, bro…

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But you KNOW I’m not just crushing one sando, son!!! This Dirty Fried Rice is packed with peas, Chinese sausage and scrambled eggs, and it’s just 10 bucks with Skip The Dishes — that’s a lot more rice than it looks, bro! Everything was nice ‘n hot, and I won’t say I was full after finishing this…but I maybe only had room for a small dessert.

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Since I’m pretty good at drinking beer, I washed this down with a Bear Runner Blonde Ale, brewed in North Bay by New Ontario Brewing Co. This nice, lighter beer tastes pretty good when it’s 200,000 degrees out and you want to drink something that’ll cool you off, but not overpower you, or when you’re eating a lotta food, and don’t wanna feel too bloated afterwards. Both of those sound like pretty good reasons to me, bro!!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Beefy double cheeseburger and cheese fries from The Bullger

Now, when I heard that The Bullger, this funky burger joint at Queen and Parliament, was serving up an eight-dollar double burger with a fried egg on top for the Eggs Anytime deal with Skip the Dishes, I was all over that like beef on a bun, son! They call this the Bull’s Eye, and it totally hits the target!!!

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OK, now let’s break it down. We’ve got two beefy six-ounce patties, topped with mozza cheese, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, and just oozing with donkey sauce…and then they put an egg on top!? Shut the front, back and side doors, bro! Now, this burger was really messy — I definitely needed all the napkins that they gave me! But the patties were on point, and when you get a nice bite of egg, and maybe a couple shrooms, that right there is the golden ticket!!!

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And now we’re kicking it up another notch with some cheese fries, bro! These french-fried potaters are topped with real cheese, and then they put some cheese sauce and donkey sauce on top! The only downside is that, while the top layer is nice ‘n cheesy, the fries underneath are pretty much plain. Ya gotta layer on the cheese sauce, son!!!!!!!!!

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Now, they don’t serve beer at The Bullger, so I pulled this bad boy outta the fridge. Hustle Over Hype is a crushable pale wheat ale that doesn’t really have the citrusy kick of a wheat beer or the hoppiness of an IPA. But it does have an old-timey boxing dude fighting a hop monster on the can, bro!!!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Hail to The Hummussiah!!!

You KNOW I’m all about that Middle Eastern food — this is body by shawarma, bro! So, when I heard about The Hummussiah, this funky little joint right smack dab in the middle of Ryerson University, serving up nine different kinds of warm hummus bowls, I was all over that like peace in the Middle East!!!

It’s hard to pick a favourite among so many great hummuses, but I had to go with the Chuck Stew Hummus Bowl, with slow cooked beef, potatoes and chickpeas, served with house pickles, pita bread, a mango amba sauce and some spicy green schug — I’d put that on a flip-flop, bro…

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…or at least a big piece’a pita bread. The pitas here are nice ‘n thick, so you can really load ’em up good. I really couldda used a third pita, though — that’s how much stuff was in the bowl! And I’m not sure you’re supposed to fold it up like a taco, but it seemed like the best way to get this all straight down my piehole.

Oh, and I definitely went and scraped up everything off the side of the bowl — no hummus left behind, bro!!!

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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Bacon and egg and cheese…and beer!!!

The George Street Diner, this funky little joint in Corktown, is the kinda place that puts the Diner in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. OK, so Guy Fieri has never been here — but as a matter of fact, Harry Potter actually has. We also hit this place up a couple years back for an Irish take on an English breakfast, so when I found out they were doing the Eggs Anytime deal on Skip the Dishes, you KNOW I had to check it out!!!!

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This Egg in a Hole sandwich has just about everything I want for breakfast. We’re talkin’ grilled cheese on challah bread, with Irish rashers (British style-bacon) and an egg in the middle! Now, you can eat this sandwich with your hands, although it gets a bit messy once you break the yoke…

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Served with your choice of seasonal salad or homemade coleslaw. Me, I couldda gone for some hash browns or potato wedges, but I guess I’ll settle for coleslaw…

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This slaw is a little stringier and more peppery than what you’d get in a container, which gives it a little more flavour, and a not-unpleasant aftertaste. Man, this would go really good with some fried chicken, or some BBQ, bro!!!

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And, because it’s Beer O’Clock somewhere, we’re washing this down with a Blueberry Blonde from Ottawa’s Broadhead Brewery. Now, some of the other blueberry beer I’ve had was pretty much purple, but this one has a nice blueberry aroma while still looking like an ordinary beer. And its nice, smooth taste goes good in the morning when we could all use a little Hair of the Dog after that Leafs loss in OT last night, am I right????

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: The spiciest “mild” dish I’ve ever eaten…

So, Skip the Dishes is doing this Eggs Anytime deal where they take 5 bucks off egg-based dishes at a buncha different local restaurants. Unlike Guy Fieri, I actually like eggs — just about as much as saving money — so I figured I’d check out a few of these places before this offer expires.

Up first, we’ve got PAI Northern Thai Kitchen, a place where I once had some of the best beef curry in my life. For Eggs Anytime, you can get five bucks off their signature pad thai, or this Thai-style stir fry, pad gra prow:

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OK, now let’s break it down. You’ve got rice and your choice of protein — pork, chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu — stir-fried in basil with a fried egg on top. It probably goes without saying, but I went with the beef. This dish also ranges in spice from no spice all the way to Thai spicy (which is obviously hotter than Farang, aka white-guy, spicy). Well, I didn’t wanna be a total wimp and ask for no spice, so I went with mild. And man, if that’s mild, I don’t even wanna know what Thai spicy tastes like!

I mean, I’m not the type who puts raisins in potato salad to cool off the spice of the mayo, but to me, this has gotta be at least a medium in my books. I’m pretty sure I’ve had some hot wings that were less spicy than this. But while I’m probably gonna be feeling the burn for a while, the combo of rice, beef and egg was not a bad lunch for $12.50. I gotta say, though, if they were doing 2-for-1 on Uber, I could easily finish both of these and still have room for dessert, bro…

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: 2-for-1 deep-fried lobsters, son!!!

Uber Eats ended its 2-for-1 specials on Monday, and you KNOW I like to go out with a bang, bro! Now, the last time I ordered lobster on Uber, it was like 80 bucks. So, when I saw that Dine & Dim, this funky joint in East Chinatown, was serving up two Typhoon Crispy Lobster Mountains for $29.99, I knew I had to get me some! And they both come with Typhoon Crispy Fries? I don’t even know what those are, but I want them already…

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Now, this hits different than your average Atlantic lobster supper, no doot aboot it. Rather than getting one long piece of tail, these babies were all chopped up, breaded with a crispy coating, and into the fryer, which meant they were still nice ‘n warm when my delivery finally got here. I started off with a regular fork, before digging out a plastic lobster fork (which broke), and by the end, I was pretty much just cracking claws with my hands and biting off meat with my teeth. So yeah, it was pretty messy… Oh, and those Typhoon Crispy Fries? Pretty sure they were just McCain Crinkle Cut Superfries, bro.

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Now, the thing with lobster is that it’s a lotta effort for not a lotta food. It took me about 40 minutes to get finished with these bad boys, and while I wasn’t super-full afterwards, I didn’t really have room for dessert. In the end, the meat wasn’t as tender and succulent as an Atlantic lobster, and the deep-fried tactics made getting it out of some of the little claws almost next to impossible. But this Crispy Lobster Mountain was at least as good as the 15-dollar prime rib and lobster at Woodbine Casino, if not better, and twice as fun to eat. So, it wouldn’t be my go-to if I had a hankerin’ for crustacean…but if I happened to see it on special again, I might be inclined to order it.

(Aaaaand it looks like you can get a Typhoon Double Lobster for pick-up for $42.99, so if I’m ever in East Chinatown, I might hafta look into that…)

 

 

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Celebrating Victoria Day with a poutine burger!!!

Since Toronto is still shut down for indoor and outdoor dining, I can’t even go for some AYCE wings at St. Louis Bar & Grill, which they’re normally serving up this time of year. Dude, right about now, I could really go for AYCE anything…as long as it’s not vegan. But in 2021, I still can’t even celebrate Victoria Day except by getting drunk at home, which is really just another Monday afternoon in Flavourtown. So when I heard that St. Louis had a special poutine burger for the occasion, well, I think I’m still allowed to head down the street and pick it up???

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Now, their All Canadian Burger is pretty basic — they take a frozen beef patty, cook it till it’s hockey-puck grey, and top it with fries, curds and gravy. I even made sure to check if this burger came with bacon before paying extra to add bacon — the menu says it does, but I didn’t really see or taste it until halfway through…and that’s because they use bacon bits, not bacon strips. So that’s a bit of a bummer, bro!

And while Harvey’s Bacon Poutine Burger circa 2017 let you add all the toppings you want, you can’t put anything else on this burger unless you pay extra for it. So if you wanna make it, like, a smoked meat poutine burger, you’ll hafta order that smoked meat from somewhere else…

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Now, I couldda laid down a buck-fiddy for a side of poutine — and then maybe put some more poutine on the burger — but I thought that might be a touch too much, BroC/DC! And besides, their Signature Golden Fries are one of the things St. Louis does really, really well. Hot ‘n crispy, with just the right amount of crunch… Dude, if they ever did AYCE fries, I could pound like seven pounds of these, son!!!!!!!

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And what better beer to wash down this All Canadian Burger than a Canuck IPA from Great Lakes Brewing, a beer so Canadian it even has an apology on the can? In Flavourtown (with a U), we drink this brewski instead of Molson Canadian during the North Division playoffs, bro!!!!!

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