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Summerlicious: Five Doors North

Two of my university friends and I had dinner at Five Doors North last night. I had raved about this restaurant to one of my friends. Summerlicious dinner is $25 + tax & tip. We sat near the front of the restaurant near the tiny patio out front. We had noticed that their specials included elk. We were tempted to try the dish rather than go with the fix prixe menu.

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While waiting for our other friend we got the rosemary foccacia ($1/person) and a pitcher of sangria ($39.96). The sangria isn’t as good as the one I had in Toledo, Spain. It’s not as sweet as I would have preferred it however the alcohol is quite strong. The fruits used include green apples, oranges and limes.

One friend ordered the baked goat cheese polenta for the appetizer, grilled black tiger shrimp roasted corn salad for the entree and creme brulee for dessert. Another friend ordered the baked goat cheese polenta for the appetizer, Miami ribs for the entree and creme brulee for dessert. I ordered the grilled asparagus salad, Miami ribs and creme brulee. I was interested in the corn, sweet potato, coconut chowder however I decided to go with salad since a friend and I were splitting a pitcher of sangria.

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The Grilled Asparagus Salad is comprised of grilled asparagus, arugula, Olive Oil Poached Tomatoes, Gorgonzola Cheese and Chianti Vinaigrette. The grilled asparagus was tasty while the tomatoes surprised me since I expected it to be warm or cooked rather than cold since the asparagus is cooked. I never had Gorgonzola cheese before and I discovered that it has a really strong flavour since it is an Italian blue cheese.

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The baked goat cheese polenta is baked goat’s cheese with polenta, sundried tomato paste and pesto on a bed of arugula. One of my friends said that the sundried tomato is only on half of the polenta. Quality control for the polenta could be improved since we were all under the impression that the sundried tomatoes, like the pesto, would cover the whole area of the polenta rather than just a portion of it.

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Szechuan Marinated Miami Ribs comes with coleslaw. My friend thought it was too sour while I thought the coleslaw has a strong something to it. The ribs were good albeit too charred along the edges. I think I prefer their baby back ribs from Winterlicious compared to the Miami ribs.

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Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp Roasted Corn Salad comes with Chipotle Aioli. My friend enjoyed it.

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The creme brulee was delicious. The custard was nice and creamy while the top was a bit hard and crunchy.

I am definitely coming back here soon to try their elk if they still offer that dish. Overall, this is becoming my favourite midtown restaurant.

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Winterlicious: Five Doors North

My friends and I decided to eat dinner yesterday at Five Doors North. The Winterlicious menu is $25 + tax and tip. It’s a really quaint, decently sized restaurant. The decor was interesting in that the lighting was from hanging lampshades and mini chandeliers along with candles on the tables, although the lighting was abit dim. There’s music playing in the background and at times I couldn’t really hear my friends talk due to the background noise. The service was fantastic and prompt. Due to the weather this past Saturday, my friends and I were slightly late for our reservations and we took a while to decide on what to order since there are 5 appetizers and 6 entrees to choose from.

In the end, one friend had the Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for the appetizer, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad for the entree and the Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. Another friend had the Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash, Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction for the appetizer and Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding for dessert. We split the Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce and BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans because we both wanted to try the two mains. I had the Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto for the appetizer and Crème Brulee for dessert.

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When we sat down, we were provided with water and slices of bread. There’s a bottle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground black pepper on the table. The bread was alright, it wasn’t as good as the bread I had at Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal. Our table was close to the bar and kitchen so I noticed that their alcohol selection is fairly extensive.

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

My friend really enjoyed the beet salad. The beet was nice and sweet while the cream was a nice touch to the dish.

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

My other friend loved the pork belly with butternut squash and sweet onion reduction. It had a crispy, crunch skin while the meat was really tender and quite juicy. The butternut squash mash with caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction was a nice touch to the pork belly.

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

I loved the goat cheese polenta with sundried tomato and pesto on a bed of leafy greens. I feel that you can never go wrong with the goat cheese, sundried tomato and pesto combination. Although I didn’t really see or taste the sundried tomato in the polenta.

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

The pumpkin seed crusted salmon with mango and red pepper salad was really good, my friend loved the dish. The mango and salmon combination is superb.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

When my friends asked whether I prefer the pork belly or the goat cheese polenta I told them I couldn’t really choose between the two cause it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges, I loved different aspects of each. When my friend and I split the BBQ baby back ribs and the veal striploin, I had a preference. I absolutely loved the BBQ baby back ribs. The baby back ribs were fall off the bone or nearly fall off the bone tender and juicy and the baked beans sauce just added another dimension to it. I had the veal striploin cooked medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The green peas, mushroom, potatoes with gravy complimented the veal striploin but my friend and I couldn’t really figure out what was missing from the dish in order to make it on par with the ribs.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

My friend also enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake. It has a very chocolatey taste to it, I think they used dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate to make it.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

My other friend loved the bread pudding. Bread pudding is baked french toast as my friend aptly describes it.

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

I enjoyed the creme brulee. The caramel was a thin layer that wasn’t too hard to break. The custard was smooth and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant for their service and food quality. If you have time in the next week and a half, take advantage of their Winterlicious menu and make your reservations.

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Au Pied de Cochon

My foodie friend and I ate at Au Pied de Cochon on Saturday for dinner. We had reservations at 5pm. My friend made the reservations on September 25, a mere 2.5 weeks before my trip to Montreal. He said that I was very lucky that he was able to get us reservations on such short notice. At first we wanted to eat at Joe Beef or Liverpool House but they were fully booked the entire Action de Grace long weekend.

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We ordered Duck in a Can ($43) and Happy Pork Chops ($25).  We were also given a loaf of bread and some butter. The loaf of bread was quite delicious. The outside was crispy and crunchy but the inside was soft and chewy, exactly how I prefer French bread.

Duck in a Can

Duck in a Can

Duck in a Can consists of a slice of bread, half of a breast, foie gras, iced balsamic meat, buttered cabbage, head of a roasted garlic and 2 sprigs of thyme. Foie gras is literally translated as fat liver. It was absolutely scrumptious! My friend and I loved it.

Happy Pork Chops

Happy Pork Chops

Happy Pork Chops consists of onions, pork chop and mushrooms. It was delicious! The meat was very tender and juicy. My friend and I loved it as well. My friend was still hungry after finishing these two dishes while I was pleasantly full. I thought that we would have leftovers because of the online reviews that I read. He tried to convince me to order the foie gras poutine but I wanted to try the poutine at La Banquise instead. Overall, I would come back to this restaurant again but it’s definitely a once a year kind of restaurant.

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Hog’s Tail BBQ

I usually get take-out from Hog’s Tail and it’s usually purely meat in a take-out container. I usually get their 1lb of pulled pork ($10) although I’ve had their 1lb of beef brisket ($11) and their ribs ($12/20) before. I’ve also tried their Catfish Louisiana Po’Boy ($11). They were all tasty. However, my friend and I decided to dine in in April after our history of always getting take-out.

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our dinner

We split an appetizer called Chicken and Andouille Gumbo ($7). It is a stew comprised of chicken, Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, celery, okra and rice and it comes with a square of cornbread. It’s quite tasty.

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

We both got the 2 meat and 2 sides sampler platter which also comes with a slice of cornbread ($17). My friend had pulled pork, beef brisket, coleslaw and braised collard greens. My friend didn’t like their beef brisket for that particular meal since it wasn’t as soft and tender as the ones he had before. However he liked the pulled pork, coleslaw and collard greens.

braised collard greens, pulled pork, beef brisket, cornbread and coleslaw

braised collard greens, pulled pork, beef brisket, cornbread and coleslaw

I decided to try their pig tails, jalapeno hush puppies and Carolina stone ground grits. I also had their ribs. I liked their jalapeno hush puppies and their ribs. I discovered that I’m not a fan of pig tails and grits. I wasn’t able to finish my meal so I had leftovers for brunch and dinner for the next day.

cornbread, stone ground grits, pigtails, ribs and jalapeno hush puppies

cornbread, stone ground grits, pigtails, ribs and jalapeno hush puppies

Overall, if you want Southern style BBQ in Waterloo, this is the place to go.

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