Usually I bring my lunch to work because I like to save money like that. And even when I do go out to eat, I have food court food or make a long journey to a vegan place; but today, I agreed to go out to a random lunch with my friend, Ken.
Not surprisingly, choosing a place to eat is always a difficult task #firstworldproblems. Good thing we somehow, miraculously, agreed up Bannock in a very short period of time. We’re both familiar with Bannock and I’ve been there for various types of meals (dinner, lunch & “take-out). Bannock is part of the Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (O&B, Biff’s, Canteen, Luma, etc.) and is described as serving Canadian comfort food.
On this particularly Frankenstorm afternoon, Ken decided he needed to be SEVERELY comforted and the powers of comfort food overtook his brain and he ordered the duck poutine pizza. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
Monstrosity. It was a pizza with carmelized onions, pulled duck, cheese curds, crispy french fries and gravy. I wondered how he could go back to work after this meal and he assured me this wasn’t as bad as the time he had AYCE Indian food for lunch. So I was confident I wouldn’t have to carry him back to work!
I opted for a slightly ligher fare – the Praire Grain Salad with the soup of the day (roasted red pepper tomato).
Now this salad wasn’t what I had in mind. I thouhgt it would be more of a leafy salad with some grains on the side, but as you can see, I got full-on grains..with mayo? The pickled vegetables were good, but it was much too heavy for me.
My final word:
Overall my experiences at Bannock have been great. They always have great service and food. This lunch was a comfort food overload and I didn’t really like what we had, but previous times at Bannock I’ve enjoyed their fish dishes, soups, bannock and other lighter fare. It’s a cool central place and always great when it’s rainy and cold!
Just wanted to announce that I will have a guest blogger doing a series on places to eat in Markham, ON!!!!!