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Grilled Whole Fish & Best Lobster & SLS Eats?

Re: Joe's, I can't handle the wait in Miami...

But I try to get there when I'm in Vegas :)

Aug 22, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Las Vegas

Crenshaw Melons APB?

Crenshaw melons seem to be missing from Produce sections this summer. I've been checking in T.O. and KW areas.

Can any hounds advise any recent sightings?

Need help with good place for lunch in Kitchener.


I recommend you check out Red House. Had a nice meal there last month. Former Charcoal Steak House chef who's out on his own now. Patio dining if weather permits.

Taco Farm at King and Erb is interesting. Tacos can be hit or miss (definitely unconventional - not trying for authentic) , but I enjoy their fried chicken (Honey, tequila, Lime, black pepper) Very sweet, but pairs up nicely with their 3 housemade hot sauces. Lots of different tequilas to sample if that's your thing...

If it's BBQ you want... Hogtails in Waterloo or the Lancaster Smokehouse are both good choices.

Just a heads up... Sabletine pastries on King St. for some great pastries, macarons, etc.

Let us know where you end up!

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

LOL... I forgot they call them "Mexican"! (the ones with the sauce, IIRC)

Nothing remotely Mexican about them! Hilarious!

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

I don't believe the OP is referring to BBQ at all. More of a grilled, "steakhouse" rib.

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

FWIW... I wouldn't even bother with a steak at the Steak Pit. I believe their "specialty" has always been Ribs. (they even get their own page on the menu IIRC...)

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

Sounds like you're talking old school steakhouse ribs as opposed to slow cooked/smoked BBQ ribs(?)

Years ago, Steak Pit on Avenue Rd. was always up there with the best, IMO.
Interestingly enough, I went back over a year ago and the ribs were still (surprisingly?) quite good. Same waitresses, etc. I remember from the 70's. Might be worth a try.

Local mid-high end restaurant with chef actually there?

I'm sure others who are more local will have other (better?) suggestions, but I'll start off by recommending Sage, especially since you are staying at the Aria already. A beautiful room, interesting food and I believe Chef Mclain is in the kitchen (although he is from SoCal, originally - not Vegas) Had a great meal there a few months ago. Everything I tried was delicious. "Foie gras chocolate bar" dessert was a standout.

Aug 11, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Las Vegas

Best burgers in LV? And other lunch recommendations in/near Paris (on strip)

Really enjoyed Ramsay's BURGR at PH, got to taste truffle fries, wings, Farm Burger, and milkshake - all were great and the overall experience was very positive!

That being said, if we are judging on the basis of BURGER taste and quality only, I prefer Keller's at MB. I have had both grass fed and Kobe burgers at Burger Bar and would agree with Uhockey that it is an excellent choice.

Either way, I think you'll be pleased.

Aug 07, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Las Vegas

Camp 31 BBQ.....Paris, Ontario (Not So Great)

Not sure why people keep making roadtrips to Camp 31. It hasn't been a BBQ destination (for me) for many years now.

Hogtails,"The Lanc", even SOS in KW are ALL better than Camp 31 IMO.

ISO Waterloo chow worthy

Pepi's gets a lot of love here locally. Not sure why.

Just meh, IMO.

If you want great pizza (wood fired oven) in the Tri Cities (not easy, BTW...) try BREADHEADS on the DFB (Duke food block) in downtown Kitchener. Caveat: their hours (especially summer) can be "challenging"...

Re: notable eateries, start with MPC Kitchen, Red House and Hogtails BBQ/Lancaster Smokehouse. For groceries, Vincenzo's is best. (think KW's version of Pusateri's, etc.)

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Sorry to hear your experience didn't mirror ours...

Perhaps it was because we got there a little earlier? (6pm)

The place was busy, but we had a (large) table downstairs and our service (as mentioned) was fast. Re: noise, I just assumed it was always kind of a busy, hustle bustle kind of place. It did not inhibit conversation though...

Thought about the duck, asked about the Pork Chop as well and our server recommended the Pork Chop. I was not disappointed. Med rare, with a real smokey flavor that was offset by a plum reduction sauce (not oversauced, which was welcome) My DC really enjoyed the Pork Shank, it was alot, but had real good flavour with some nice crispy bits. She described the flavors as "authentic" (she is German) I thought it was quite tasty as well.

I would rate our experience at Six Penn a solid 7.5/10.

Bill Maher: easily a nine.

Jul 28, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Just a quick followup:

Had a very good dinner at Six Penn Kitchen, Pork chop was delicious and so was the Pork Shank. Sides were good as well. Casual, friendly service was efficient and speedy. Good value for the price, IMO.

Parking was a bit of a nightmare due to the huge country music show at PNC Park (I had NO idea) the first 3 garages we found were all full. But I managed to find a small lot about a block away for $20. Not sure if that's alot in Pittsburgh, but it's a bargain on an "event night" in downtown Toronto - so all good. Had a nice walk around the district before the rain forced us inside beautiful Heinz Hall.

Thanks again to all for the suggestions. burghgal, hope you enjoyed your dinner and the show.

Jul 28, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Yeah... read some reviews re: Six Penn and they were kinda all over the place. Since we are coming in from a long way (Toronto area) I really need to have a reservation somewhere. Butcher offered only bar seating, and I thought we might want a little more room after the drive.
Re: Sienna, looks very Italian (not a bad thing, but we have lots of that in T.O.) and not a big fan of Asian (Grit) At this point, reservations are filling up everywhere for Sat. night as would be expected. Will probably stay with Six Penn and hope we catch them on a good night.
Thanks to all!

Jul 22, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Thanks yammers, Effort and burghgal for the suggestions. Wasn't able to get in at M & P or Butcher. I have a res at Six Penn.

Everything looks quite nice... any "must haves" on that menu?

Jul 21, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

yammers thank you very much for the feedback.

I like Proper Brick oven, but no res means that probably won't work pre show.

I'm leaning toward M&P. Any must haves on that menu?

Jul 17, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh foodies: ISO pre show eats near Heinz Hall

Heading to the Bill Maher show 8:00pm on Jul. 26. Can any 'burgh area hounds advise a good place for pre show eats close to Heinz Hall?

Fancy or casual works... timing/parking and good food most important.

Any suggestions? (Go Steelers!)

Jul 16, 2014
kwfoodiewannabe in Pennsylvania

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

Fair enough.

answer: nowhere, IMO.

St. Jacobs is fine for the market (a bit touristy for my tastes, but...) however, I wouldn't bother eating there, especially if you're looking for a "foodie destination", if you just want some eats before/after/during shopping, Crazy Canuck has simple food (fresh cut fries, sandwiches, etc.) mostly made in-house from what I gather. A whole lot better than fast food, but NOT a destination.

There are a few decent spots in KW (MPC Kitchen, Red House) as someone pointed out earlier, but nothing you can't get in T.O. or vicinity, with the exception of some good German fare perhaps and BBQ, which I understand is somewhat lacking in T.O. (Buster and Stockyards notwithstanding). I have been thinking about trying Langdon Hall (which some say is a foodie destination), but with all the lukewarm reviews I've read, it really has not been a priority.

I wouldn't call KW and area a foodie mecca by any stretch. It's taken me years just to find a few good local faves. That being said, it might work geographically as a base for the OP's roadtrip, since it is pretty central to almost all the suggestions in this thread.

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

agree re: Monforte. My new fave in Stratford

(thanks, Prima!)

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

not suggesting it as a destination for the OP, as that would be simply foolish. It is a dinerish place with some good homemade eats.

I believe you asked the question:
Right BUT where should one eat in St Jacobs?

My posting was simply in response to your question specifically, and while I don't consider KW to be a destination of any sort (except perhaps, Oktoberfest?) I did point out to the OP in an earlier posting re: the merits of using it as a base for various day trips that others suggested.

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

not fancy, and nothing like Vidalia's, but the Crazy Canuck is doing some good eats by the St. Jacobs market, FYI...

Trip to Niagara Falls/Buffalo N.Y. what grocery items would you bring back?

Sahlen's hot dogs. The BEST.

Or you could just eat a charbroiled one at Ted's...

Best Ontario Food Cities--Beyond Toronto?

True, however the rest of ChefVegabond's comments were a good explanation of the (former?) "rivalry", and if it exists at all, it's probably more of a football thing.

Re: the OP, I wasn't going to recommend Kitchener/Waterloo though we do have some decent family stuff (Children's Museum, Butterfly conservatory - Cambridge) and some good eats (good BBQ, a few gems) then I started reading other's suggestions and it occurred to me...
1 hr. to Toronto (east), 1 hr. to Niagara (south), 40 minutes to Hamilton (south), 20 minutes to Elmira (north), 25 minutes to Stratford (west)

If I was the OP planning a road trip, KW might be a good base. Just a thought. Certainly depends on how much time you have, and specific wants/needs. IMO, all of the suggestions are excellent.

Have fun brooklynsabra! Let us know where you end up!

Erin ,Georgetown, Acton ??? - foodie thoughts ?

Haven't been for a while, but Saunders Bakery on Main St. Rockwood used to sell some delicious jelly donuts.

If you get there early enough you get them while they are still warm... mmmmmm

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I grew up down the street from the Beck family (Switzer's owners) and had many meals at the original Switzer's. Agree re: their knucker on a poppy seed roll, which was always great. While I enjoyed the food there more overall, I always liked Shopsy's corned beef better. Probably something to do with the hand slicing. Of course Shopsy's went way downhill and I never really bothered after they left "the Ave." Always ordered corned beef or pastrami. Never bothered with MSM until CSD brought the Snowdon Deli recipe here and started hand slicing.

Re: "up north", IMO if you want "Jewish deli", you go where the jews are. (generally, up north)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

Actually kwass, although I agree with the spirit of your post, IMO, a Bagel World (the originator?) twister beats a Kiva's twister.

Kiva's regular bagels are MUCH better, but for me BW still gets the nod for (an occasional) twister.

Agree re: Steeles deli (nice) and I think Center Street does a great job (cue the haters) certainly not "second rate".

evansl ... have not been to Meyer's but I don't think it's worth the trip to Winnipeg for deli. If you really hate T.O. deli (why?) you can go to MTL (Schwartz) or NYC (Katz) (much closer than the 'peg)

Or do you consider them "second rate" as well? :)

Union Burger

FT... Don't need well done, and Frat burger is an occasional option (short drive to waterloo) Bauer burger is not bad but $17.00. I'm looking for something a little more "everyday", I guess.

Davwud, I had no idea Burger's Priest was considering expansion beyond the GTA. That would be nice...

Union Burger

not really... Morty's wings are fine. The BBQ place burgers are just ok in my experience.

Looks like I'll just have to get my burger fix weekdays in Cambridge.

Union Burger

That's what I figured. I generally don't bother with the chains, but this is walking distance from my home, so I thought I'd ask. Also, we have a Works (meh), but NO Five Guys locally. Not much in the way of decent burgers here in Kitchener, although we do have FratBurger in Waterloo (fresh ground daily and will cook your burger RARE - just not my thing) and Little Louie's in Cambridge (Amazing... better than ANY char grilled I have eaten anywhere in ON - but NO weekends)
I was just hoping for something decent that I could walk to... oh well...

Union Burger

Bumping this thread to ask if any 'hounds have tried this chain?

No T.O. locations thus far, but I know they have opened a Mississauga location since this thread was last updated. They now have a new location in downtown Kitchener.

Not a fan of Crabby Joe's so I am wary...

Any recent experiences/reviews?