Sunday, January 14, 2007

Scrubbed By The Washboard Of The Lord


True to their word, the fine proprietors of The Dakota Tavern (SheenaVision Passim) have opened a full service kitchen to kick off 2007. Friday night Sheena stopped in for a bite. A Tex-Mex inspired simple and inexpensive offering - Jerk Chicken Quesadillas, Sirloin Burritos, range of appetizers including guacamole, queso fundido (warm and gooey multi-cheese dip with chips). The side of Mango salsa with the Quesadilla was excellent. As was the side of homemade baked Mac 'n Cheese.

El Chaperone tried to be funny and ordered the Macarena and Cheese. Sheena rolled her eyes. But the staff loved the idea and started dancing to it and thought maybe they'd do a spicy version of it and call it that. Cripes.

Today we checked out the first ever and now regular weekly Bluegrass Sunday Brunch. Sheena cannot recall the last time bruch was so much fun. Well, maybe that Saturday morning Jalapeno Pancake Breakfast during
SXSW hosted by Mojo Nixon...

Food was fun and not the typical brunch offering. When you sit down, they'll bring over a big old platter of eggs, beans, salsas, chorizo/chili, warm tortillas to make your own breakfast fajitas. Cornmeal muffins and big heap of fruit salad on the side. The size of the food heap varies depending on how many people sit down. Family style, tables pushed together. Or as some commented, like summer camp when you were a kid. Coffee and screwdrivers flowed abundantly.

Musical entertainment by Washboard Hank. The vibe was so incredibly nice. Fun bluegrass and gospel standards as only a man with a bell on his head can deliver. Very family friendly. The toddlers doing that joyful wiggly bum dance that we all seem to forget once we hit kindergarten. Dads with trucker caps reading "Pimp My Tractor" throwing their sons in the air, as Moms sipped mimosas made from bubbly kept cool on ice in a John Deere pail.



Sheena swooned.

14 Comments:

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Marshall McClueless said...

I checked out the Dakota last Sunday night, had a couple of pints and I thought the place was cool, Thanks for the tip Sheena.

I will definitely try that brunch sometime soon.

 
At 1:29 AM, Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I see a John Deere icebucket that my dad would give a kneecap for.

 
At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Fenderbender said...

is that a corn cob for a handle?

 
At 9:15 AM, Anonymous sooey said...

that's not trying to be funny, you philistine - it's being punny. gawd. get your worms right, sheena.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheena, that ice bucket would work nicely on your upcoming Southern sojourn.

 
At 3:57 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

Yes, I know.
But I don't think it will fit under my shirt.

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Bog Sheena.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous sooey said...

"hi", raymi's mom.

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger petite gourmand said...

that sounds perfect.
my kinda brunch and kid friendly too.
excellent.
will definitely check it out.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Fenderbender said...

do they charge 12 bucks each cover plus food for a brunch?

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

Nope, just $12 bucks. That's food and cover charge. Only extras are boozy beverages.

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Etobicoke Slim said...

Attended the brunch today. Yummy scrambled eggs, spinach sausage, spicy home fries and cornbread muffins to eat washed down with a couple of pints of Guinness. Hank was in good form and my 6 year old daughter was mesmerized.

We'll be attending this brunch again soon.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Sheena said...

Oh, that's neat, Slim. I missed it, but I think a few other mutual virtual acquaintances were planning to be there... did you see them?

 
At 7:22 AM, Blogger Etobicoke Slim said...

Not having met, to the best of my knowledge, in the flesh any of the other members of this cyber community I can't say that I did recognize anyone. We were sitting at the head of the long table right in front of the stage. I see that Mozo was there as well as Railin' and I would have introduced myself had I known them to see them.

WB Hank and his band of brothers played songs written by Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash, some other old-time bluegrass standards as well as some of his own original tunes. I have a soft spot in my heart for him as he plays into the story of how I met my wife which involves copious amounts of Upper Canada Rebellion, a party at the UC brewery, a tour of Parkdale at 2 in the morning. This was over 15 years ago so it seems that Hank has staying power as does my marriage.

 

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