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Mayoral hopefuls get dishes on city's restaurant menus

As election fever (or fatigue) creeps over Toronto, multiple local eateries have begun offering a solution to get rid of that terrible taste being left in all of our mouths. Election-themed dishes have popped up on the east side of the city at Rendez-Vous Ethiopian restaurant, where they're advertising a menu of specials for each candidate.

Rob Ford (and, we can presume, Doug) get kitfo, appropriately for the beefy, gravy-obsessed brothers; Olivia Chow gets the vegetarian special; and John Tory is assigned tibs (meat and veggie stew). David Soknacki, meanwhile, has had his name stricken from the list, but you can still order his signature dish (cha cha, char-broiled beef with peppers and onions).

This comes hot and fresh out the kitchen right after the Lakeview Restaurant unveiled a slate of mayoral burgers last month. The Olivia Chow features Jack (Layton) cheese and NDP-orange peppers, and the all-Conservative-blue John Tory burg comes with blueberry BBQ sauce, blue cheese and blue corn tortilla chips. Meanwhile, the Rob Ford ("now Doug Ford", the menu amends) is essentially a high-class version of the Double Down: a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two pieces of their signature cornflake chicken, with gravy (obviously) on the side for dipping.

For good measure, there's a Morgan Baskin burger, named in honour of the race's favourite novelty teenage candidate; it comes with two soy patties, baby spinach and crushed Doritos on a bun, and if you order it, staff will give you a glass of Kool-Aid and Instagram you while eating it. All of the burgers can be made vegetarian, the menu notes, except for the Rob Ford.

Photo via thecjm on Instagram.


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