Rock Lobster opened on Ossington Street in Toronto and I learned they were offering wine on tap from Vineland Estates, I knew I had to check the place out. While the wine was the original draw, it’s the lobster poutine, lobster rolls and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese that keep me coming back. I love the vibe, especially at the Ossington location, and the food is just so delicious. I often joke that I walk into Rock Lobster and then waddle out – happily full of Vineland’s fantastic Cabernet Franc and all the lobster-infused comfort food a girl could ask for.
Boots & Bourbon Saloon – a much-needed county music venue in the city and the home of even more decadent and fun food offerings.
Recently, I was going through a difficult time and my lovely husband, who typically preaches quinoa and lean chicken as the foods of choice, said those magic words to make me feel better – “Do you want to have dinner at Boots & Bourbon?” Um, yes.
And while nothing on either restaurant’s menu should be consumed on a regular basis (a caution that must be added when you are married to a personal trainer who reads your blog), this was a dinner I happily drowned my sorrows in.
On my first visit I had the killer mac ‘n’ cheese and on the second indulged in a happy hour, half-price appetizer, food-coma-inducing selection. Our favourite? The to-die-for deep fried spicy McClure’s pickles and the nacho platter. The wings were a little over-cooked that night, but that was a small complaint. Overall, we were thrilled with our evening.
Both Rock Lobster and Boots & Bourbon offer great atmosphere. Boots has a reputation for being one heck of a good time in the evenings and I can’t wait to have a girls’ night there soon. It’s been a long time since I worked in country music, but I don’t think you ever get it fully out of your blood. A night dancing up a storm at a rowdy country bar seems like a whole heck of a lot of fun!
Where’s your favouite guilty pleasure restaurant or comfort food?
For more information on Rock Lobster: http://rocklobsterfood.com/
For more information on Boots & Bourbon: www.bootsbourbon.com/