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There’s no such thing as the blues

An ideal date spot The Blues Can has it all

It’s a scorcher of an evening and to cool down we decide to take in a set of jazz and swing standards at The Blues Can in Inglewood located in the old Ironwood space.

The room looks pretty much the same as I remember a medium-sized music hall with platform stage. We’ve got a half-hour before the band starts so we sit at a patio of sorts (a garage door opening on to Ninth Avenue) to soak up the last of the day’s sun.

To go with the rays we decide to sample dishes from the Cajun-inspired menu and order fried pickles ($8) and the spinach and roasted beet salad ($8).

Battered in cornmeal and flash fried the pickles are crunchy and tangy — perfect for dipping into the housemade Cajun remoulade . The combination of the Dijon mustard-based dip and crispy fried pickles excites us for what’s to come.

The salad is also a solid selection. It features a healthy mound of spinach and mixed greens with sliced roasted golden beets and Roma tomatoes. Topped with crumbled Stilton cheese sweet and spicy nuts and a cilantro-honey-lime dressing the mix of textures and flavours is simply awesome.

Just as we’re about to dig into our mains local band Blue Swing hits the stage with their take on standards including “All of Me” and “Route 66.” It’s fun and lively music to dine to and we thoroughly enjoy the stand-up bass and guitar duo’s renditions of classic songs.

While The Blues Can would be an ideal place for a date I’d steer clear of the ribs and chicken combo ($18) until you’ve established a certain level of comfort with your partner. It can get really messy.

My husband’s ribs come slathered in one of the most delectable barbecue sauces in the city a bourbon-based concoction that packs some serious punch and is guaranteed to end up all over your fingers. It was so flavourful that it left the chicken seemingly wanting by comparison. Oh the dangers of too much delicious.

I order the blackened chicken po’boy (half $9 full $14). Served on a delicious pretzel baguette the blackened and seasoned chicken breast is topped with jalapeno aioli Stilton cheese and greens with a mango aioli coleslaw and your choice of salad soup or yam and potato fries. It’s extra spicy so I was glad to have tasty bites of refreshing coleslaw to cool down with.

With the heat of the day behind us and the sweet sounds of the band drifting into the late summer evening we can’t help but order the key lime pie ($5). The slice of pie comes packed with summery citrus flavour a pleasant texture and a passable crust. My only issue is with the whipped cream which didn’t add much to the already creamy dessert. I suggest you ask for yours without.

I think it’s safe to say that you can expect to have a good time when you visit The Blues Can. The food is a few notches above pub grub the service is friendly and the live music offers a nice change of pace. Stop in for lunch or dinner the next time you’re in Inglewood.

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