At Aurora’s Wicked Eats, the devil is in the details.
Not surprising given that owner Rob Stewart has both owned restaurants, including in York Region, and has been managing troubleshooting for other restaurants as an operations specialist since the 1980s.
Wicked Eats, a casual kitchen and bar, serves up Canadian-inspired comfort food as well as dishes that represent a sample of our multicultural heritage.
This means that in addition to burgers, ribs, chicken and waffles, fish and chips and country chicken poutine, there are Thai Bangkok nachos, jambalaya rice, a bowl of tostada au chicken and squid fritti.
Chicken and sausage-based jambalaya rice dinner is a unique and popular dish at the Wicked Eats Kitchen & Bar in Aurora. (Steve Somerville / Metroland)
The decor is uniquely Canadiana, paying homage to Canadian sports and their heroes over the past century. This includes a hockey wall of fame starring Mario Lemieux, Paul Henderson, Wayne Gretzky and Sidney Crosby.
Standing up for the best of Canada’s character is something Stewart takes to heart, even though he knows that blasting our own horn is not something Canadians are known for.
âWe’re not really good at selling ourselves what we’re good at. We always seem to be what we’re not good at, âhe said.
âMargaret Atwood, in her book ‘Survival’, considers that Canadians are always the ones who talk about what we are not. We are not American, we are not this, we are not that. We are not breast beaters trying to brag about who we are.
But Canadians have much to be proud of, said Stewart.
âWe are humble. We are grateful. When you travel you see how much we are loved. We have one of the best qualities of life (in the world), âhe said.
âWe’re a vertical mosaic and for the most part we appreciate our differencesâ¦ Wherever you go in the United States, it’s polarized. You are either one way or the other. And if you’re not one-sided, you’re the enemy. We don’t do that in Canada. Our nationalism is like a hybrid of several nationalisms. They call it the vertical mosaic region.
That passion is reflected in Wicked Eats’ sinful menu, said Stewart.
âWe are passionate about our multicultural Canadian heritage. Our food and drink are just as distinct as our nation, âhe said.
âSimply put, our brand represents inspired and envy-worthy Canadian food and comfort food. “
HOURS: Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, from noon to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m.
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