Crack burgers, meltdown sandwiches and other menu items inspired by the mayor
The silver lining, perhaps, to Toronto’s seedy mayoral scandal: the outpouring of inventive—or at least amusing—creative responses. The past week has brought musical interpretations, provocative art installations and, most recently, a wave of tongue-in-cheek culinary tributes. Here, a sampling of restaurant dishes inspired by Rob Ford.
• Nicky’s Café in Regina made headlines last week when it unveiled a “Toronto-style” Cracked Pepper Burger, topped with cracked black pepper, onions, mushrooms and cheese. Our take: you know the city’s really in trouble when the capital of Saskatchewan starts feeling smug.
• Pastissima, the Italian take-out shop at Yonge and Eglinton, went in a slightly more figurative direction with its Ford-inspired sandwich.
• Sammy’s Sammies, a soon-to-open lunch counter at Queen and Euclid, rounded out its inaugural menu with a confectionary ode to Ford (topped with powdered sugar, natch).
• In what is perhaps the most fitting commemorative gesture, an unidentified Toronto bar named its evening drink special after the wayward mayor. The key ingredient: Kraken-brand spiced rum.