Welcome to Shark Club’s “Playoff Pairings” feature – a friendly suggestion of which food menu items pair best with a particular NHL playoff series. Drinks are omitted, since you know ordering any Molson Canadian product during the playoffs grants you the opportunity to scratch & win your way to victory. (Not sure what we’re talking about? Read about it over yonder).
For the Panthers | JERK FLAVOURED WINGS
If someone wanted to send us to watch a Panthers playoff game, we definitely wouldn’t protest. With a rink situated just an hour + from Miami, the opportunity to hit up Miami beach and catch some playoff hockey in the same day is what vitamin-D deficient Canadian sports fans dream of. But, we digress. Florida’s cuisine has a marked Caribbean influence, so it’s only logical to warm up with a plate of jerk-spiced chicken wings. Make sure to have your blue-cheese or ranch dip nearby to combat the Jamaican spice.
For the Islanders | MINI PRETZEL BUNS WITH WARM CHEESE DIP
Pay homage to Mikhail Grabovski & Thomas Greiss’ homeland with an order of mini pretzel buns. Pretzels, (or ‘brezels’ as the German’s say), are believed to be brought to North America by German Immigrants in the late 18th century, and now you can bring warm beer cheese sauce to your taste buds via our delicious salted mini pretzel buns. While we may be breaking tradition from the original twisted knot shape, we keep the tradition with mustard dip on the side. No cutlery required!
For the Panthers | STEAK SALAD
In honour of Jaromir Jagr and his age-defying flow, it only makes sense to combine something classically manly on top of a bed of lettuce – of course, in salute to Jagr’s own impressive salad (See what we did there?). Order the steak salad and be greeted by a grilled top sirloin steak with green beans, grape tomatoes, potatoes and romaine lettuce, joined together by a grainy mustard dressing, topped with basil pesto. We salute you, Jaromir.
For the Islanders | HADDOCK AND CHIPS
Even though the Islander’s have now moved to Brooklyn, we still think it’s important to pay respect to their original home on Long Island (and perhaps that fisherman logo they rocked between 1995 – 1997). We admit, fish & chips is as obvious a choice as betting on the Islanders in the early 80’s to win the Cup. Order up two pieces of beer battered haddock with fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce and forget about those haters who oppose clear decision making.
When you have a team called the Islanders facing one that resides in south Florida, it’s a no-brainer to stick to seafood for your game night menu. Lightly breaded, tossed with pepper and sea salt, our calamari is served with tzatziki and sweet chili sauce – not to mention easily sharable with your table-mates.
You can check out our full menu here.
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