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What A Wait

We recently cleared out most of the places within a reasonable walking distance of our house. One that we had not been to yet was Pai in the Entertainment District, voted best Thai restaurant. And that’s because it took us almost a month to be able to get a reservation. When we got there the line went from the host stand all the way up the stairs to the front door. I felt like a jerk by-passing the line, but we had reservations. Unfortunately the previous people had not yet left our table and were just sitting there talking, after some milling about and consulting with others, we were soon seated. Looking around, the place was absolutely crammed. It was incredible. A Wednesday night and the wait was 45 minutes to an hour for a table.

We had looked up the menu before going out so we knew what we wanted. I was torn between two cocktails, one had a Polish liqueur, Krupnik, in it and was served with ginger beer and ginger garnish. The other one had Thai iced tea. I ended up going for the first, saving the other one if I decided to have a second round.

We were voraciously hungry and we each ordered an appetizer and a main- which almost never happens. Good thing we had, the coconut shrimp I chose was easily the best dish of the night. Second place actually went to my cocktail. The rest of the food was delicious but it was not an epic stand-out meal. I did not really enjoy the deconstructed salad. The pork was good but who needs that much lettuce?

I would have been mad had we been waiting 45 minutes to an hour. It was a good meal but nothing spectacular.

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Can’t Go Wrong with a Sandwich

For some reason it seemed perfectly fine to go to Kensington Market on a Saturday evening. It was only once we turned and entered the street that it dawned on me:… Saturday’s are so busy here! There were people everywhere, well what I could see of them through the fog.

I was worried we would have to walk and eat and that Torteria San Cosme, best cheap eats 2016, would be rammed. Thankfully I snagged two stools by the window while Brent ordered our sandwiches. On the side we had agua frescas. I was expecting water with a few bits of fruit and hibiscus leaves in it- not something more like juice. No complaints here, it was better than I had expected.

Our sandwiches were somehow so drastically different- yet we could not decide whose was better. The guacamole in mine, but the bacon in Brent’s? We were tied. It was nice to sit and relax, enjoying a delicious steak sandwich while people, er.. dog-watching. I saw some real cuties and one not-so-cutie. As if the meal was not awesome enough, we finished it off with fresh churros and dulce de leche sauce.

Our 2017 fooding was off to an amazing start. And so cheap, so far! Did I mention we went to Birreria Volo after and they had not one, but two (!!!), two Cantillon’s… on tap!!!

 

So Much Rice

Best bbq chicken was re-voted (yet again!) and this time it was even further from us, St. Matthew’s was north of St. Clair all the way over by Keele. However we had cleared out everything nearby and this was now all we had left, and best Portuguese restaurant which was a block or two away. The best of 2016 lists were only slowly starting to trickle in and as of Saturday the only one posted was best bar, but we already been there, of course it was Birreria Volo.

I was wary of going for bbq chicken, I knew exactly what to expect: two pieces of potentially dry chicken, buried under a mound of rice and potatoes. I was pleasantly surprised. The chicken was the best yet (we have been to so many places already!) the skin was crispy but the meat was not dry. The rice, while plentiful, was actually quite good. Everything was doused in hot sauce as well.

 

What A Start!

The new year got off to a great start fooding-wise. Tahkt-e Tavoos was voted best Persian restaurant and apparently they feature an awesome brunch. The even better part? We did not have to get up super early because brunch did not start until 10am. Even still, when we got there just after 11 there was a bit of a wait. That is one of the upsides to being a party of two- we don’t have to wait as long for getting seated.

Because we had gone on a weekend they had a specialities menu- making ordering a no-brainer. Of course I would get a speciality dish! And what’s a fancy brunch dish without a delicious glass of Persian chai tea? It was all delicious. My dish featured sausages and scrambled eggs. But the real winner was the flatbread and the lentils to dip it in. The potatoes were also tasty. I did not even try the feta cheese mini-brick, no amount of anything will ever convince me that feta is tasty or that I should eat it.

 
 
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