Eat St. On Location: Toronto The Good

Toronto has long been Canada’s commercial and cultural capital, but it wasn’t until recently that its street food scene began to emerge as a formidable force as well. Free from much of the bureaucracy that hindered it before, the city is finally coming into its own as a destination for discerning food truck foodies. Join us next week as we check in on Toronto the Good and see just how far the city has progressed.

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Urban Smoke Fusion BBQ

Date: Tuesday, September 24

Location: Durham College Oshawa Campus (2000 Simcoe Sreet Oshawa, ON)

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Why just get a pulled pork sandwich when you can get a pulled pork baked apple? Why settle for brisket when you can sink your teeth into a a brisket grilled cheese instead? Urban Smoke Fusion BBQ is changing the way Torontonians view BBQ with their brilliant new twists on traditional techniques. It’s innovative, it’s inspired and it’s 100 percent delicious!

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What they will cook for us:

The Dirty Bob: A thick-sliced hickory-smoked brisket on a grilled cheese sandwich made with sauteed onions, mushrooms and swiss cheese and served on thick grilled Texas toast.

The Texas Yorkie: Smoked brisket in a rich french onion dip served open-faced on a fresh yorkshire pudding “bowl”, topped with horseradish mayo and served over fries.

Pulled Pork Stuffed Apple: A honey crisp apple is cored and baked, then filled with Urban Smoke BBQ Carolina smoked pulled pork, topped with a habanero cream sauce and garnished with sliced almonds.

Hillbilly Tiramisu: Espresso, bourbon, coffee-liquor and orange-liquor soaked ladyfingers form the boozy foundation for this otherwise classic dessert.

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Frankie Fettucine

Date: Wednesday, September 25

Location: Sherbourne Commons on Dockside Drive at Queens Quay E

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

A recent addition to the Toronto street food scene, Frankie Fettuccineʼs menu is turning heads with its artful mix of classics dishes like their creamy Frankie Fettucine Alfredo and modern treats like Ossobuco Gnocchi Poutine. Top it off with a little cannoli and you have a meal that any Nonna would approve of.

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What they will cook for us:

Ossobuco Gnocchi Poutine: This Italian twist on the French- Canadian classic features hand-made gnocchi boiled then fried in order to get that perfect crisp. Itʼs then smothered with braised veal, Quebec cheese curds, veal gravy and finished with a gremolata herb.

Frankie Fettucine Alfredo: Handmade fettuccine gently mixed with a bacon, mushroom and egg sauce with cream, peas and fresh herb garnish. This dish has that heartwarming melt-in- your-mouth taste!

Lobster Penne nʼ Cheese: Frankie takes this new-classic up a notch by swapping out the mac for penne and adding fresh lobster and toasted bread crumbs on top.

Cannoli: These babies are deep-fried and then piped (with added chocolate!) before being dressed with powdered sugar and served.

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Curbside Bliss Cupcakes

Date: Thursday, September 26

Location: Sherbourne Commons on Dockside Drive at Queens Quay E

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

Think youʼve seen every gourmet cupcake ever invented? Think again. Curbside Bliss Cupcakes has over 50 flavours to choose from, including a menu of “Man- Cakes” that features a grown-up selection of booze-boosted desserts.

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What they will cook for us:

Seriously Hot Dogginʼ: Sweet maple sponge infused with cayenne pepper cream, topped with chili buttercream frosting and spicy candied salami!

Beer Run: Light and fluffy chocolate sponge baked with “stout” and topped with “stout” frosting and candied bacon!

Hit the Road Jack: Silky red velvet sponge with whiskey frosting and topped with a chocolate-dipped pretzel.

Peanut Butter: Moist chocolate sponge infused with hazelnut spread and topped with peanut butter buttercream and a peanut butter cup.

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The Feisty Jack

Date: Friday, September 27

Location: Sherbourne Commons on Dockside Drive at Queens Quay E

Filming time: 12:00 p.m.

The Feisty Jack believes in bringing people what they really want: simple gastro-pub fare that tastes great! From their signature tikka masala-stuffed Bollywich to their Shepherdʼs Pie Britine (their version of poutine), The Feisty Jack nails that elusive sweet spot between traditional and modern British cuisine.

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What they will cook for us:

The Bollywich: The Feisty Jack has reinvented Chicken Tikka Masala as a spicy but homey wrap with fried onion, cucumber raita, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and madras basmati rice in a hot toasted naan.

Scotch Eggs: Hard boiled quail eggs wrapped in spiced pork, lemon, sage and mustard then panko dredged and deep- fried. Served with a housemade Guinness-HP dip.

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Jonny Blonde

Date: Saturday, September 28

Location: 235 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Filming time: 1:00 p.m.

Chef Jonny from Jonny Blonde is the food truck boyfriend of your dreams. His deep gravelly voice and badass locavore ethos (He butchers the chickens! He bakes the bread! He picks the veggies from the field!) are the perfect complement to his lovingly prepared juicy meat skewers and outside-the-burger flatbreads. Jonny Blonde is 100% food truck realness with the hand crafted menu to back it up!

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What they will cook for us:

Short Rib nʼ Rootbeer: BBQ beef short rib in a jerk and rootbeer marinade, served with coleslaw on Jonnyʼs homemade flatbread.

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Karma CaMEALeon

Date: Sunday, September 29

Location: 235 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Filming time: 1:00 p.m.

Karma CaMEALeon is out to change the world, one bite at a time. Branded as Ontario’s first 100% plant-based and animal-free food truck, this rolling restaurant is striving to be a catalyst for positive change by providing healthier, greener, and more compassionate food choices for a sustainable planet. They may not make much of an environmental footprint, but they have made plenty of friends in Toronto’s food community.

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What they will cook for us:

Philly Cheeze Steak (Hamilton-style): Truckmade seitan that is baked, sliced and marinated before being receiving a liberal drizzling of truckmade “cheeze” sauce before being topped with deep fried onions.

Jamaican Jerk Taco: Housemade Jerk marinated jackfruit between two blue corn tortillas, with a coconut slaw and guava papaya salsa.

No Piggy Pulled Pork: Baked jackfruit on a bun with their housemade spicy cajun slaw and a ketchup-molasses garlic BBQ sauce.

Taquito Dog: A vegan hot dog deep fried in a corn tortilla, served on a fresh baked bun with housemade pico de gallo, salsa verde and tofu-based chipotle “mayo”.