On Sunday night I was hungry and I had transportation, so I decided to go to the Next Act Pub, where I don’t go very often. By the time I found a parking space in Old Strathcona, it was fashionably late and the pub was almost full, so I sat at the bar.
I asked the bartender to recommend some hoppy ale, and he served me an Alley Kat Orange Dragon Double IPA. I would definitely drink this one again. It was moderately hopped and had a sort of orange-peel citrus taste to it.
Then when I was reading the menu and contemplating dinner, the bartender reported that the Cameo Burger (the Next Act’s name for burger/sandwich special) was the Paul Reubens, their take on a Reuben sandwich. Before he was finished reciting the ingredients, I realised that reading the bar’s twitter-feed description of that sandwich was what had put the Next Act in my head in the first place, so I waited til he finished, told him so, and ordered the sandwich along with fries.
The official description of the Paul Reubens is “the amazing Paul Reubens cameo!! Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, pickle and homemade sauce on marble rye.” It was a really good version of a Reuben sandwich, with lots of meat but not enough that it fell apart, and savoury fresh marble-rye bread lightly grilled with – I don’t know if it was butter or oil, but the grilling added to the satisfying mouthfeel. The fries were thin and crisp and not too salty.
Also, from my seat at the bar I could read the show posters on the wall, and I saw signs for at least two interesting plays closing that day that I hadn’t known about before. Which is another good reason to go to the Next Act more often.