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Saskatoon's best breakfast?

Just curious if there's a neat spot for breakfast in Saskatoon. Something like the Fine Art Cafe would be cool but it doesn't open until 9 am which is too late. I know about Grainfield's and Denny's but thought there might be something else out there that I don't know about. I frequently visit but have never lived in Saskatoon, so really don't know about much past Idlewyld, Circle or 8th.. Thanks in advance.

Nov 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any good eats downtown Calgary and at Chinook Mall"

Pizza. Right on. This is what I'm looking for too. Hidden places with good food. She likes artsy craftsy but she likes good pizza too.

Oct 31, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any good eats downtown Calgary and at Chinook Mall"

My wife and I love going to places the locals frequent. We avoid chain restaurants like death when vacationing and if I hear you right you are a local and this is where you go. The girls might also be pressed for time so your suggestions will no doubt be useful. Bang on! Thanks a mill!

Oct 27, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any good eats downtown Calgary and at Chinook Mall"

Yum. This is exactly what I need a RAVE about something near the hotel or the mall. Thanks. Makes me want a cupcake though.

Oct 27, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any good eats downtown Calgary and at Chinook Mall"

Thanks! That's exactly what I meant. Badly worded question. Sorry. I know I can search the boards and I often do but don't have the time and thought a direct question would yield the quickest results. And I was right. You and fellow chowhounds are fantastic. I'll definitely give your info to my wife especially the Heartland suggestion as that sounds right up her crafty folksy alley.

Oct 27, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any good eats downtown Calgary and at Chinook Mall"

My wife and her 3 female friends are going to be staying at the Marriott in downtown Calgary and shopping at the Chinook Mall. They were wondering if there are any good spots to eat in these areas? They will be walking. All cuisine suggestions are welcome. Not too pricey or fancy though. They like homey, cutesy, artsy places. I told them I would see what I could find out and chowhounds have never let me down yet. Thanks in advance.

Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

saskatoon?

I know this is an old post and I know it originally did not want a meat and potatoes place but as a chowhound who is often looking for good places to eat, I had to contribute somewhere.

Our favorite restaurant in Saskatoon is Mr. Rizo's on Idlewyld. It does have a pretty predictable menu but we have gone there many times and it never disappoints. On our last visit we had to make a late reservation and ended up closing the place down. Never did we feel rushed in the least and in fact our waiter Lee made us feel like part of the family and even turned down the lights for our pear flambe dessert. It has become a little pricey lately but it's worth every penny because everything from the vegetables to the coffee is so flavourful and just great and so consistently well prepared. The service is a bit "different" but I think fun and I wouldn't trade it away for anything. Also the location is downright strange but don't let the fact that is in a sort of old motel scare you off. Make a reservation for sure and expect straight forward food perfectly done, cramped but cozy tables, unique service, and a terrific time.

Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Prairie Provinces

Is there any good pizza in Saskatoon?

Yeah, I just got back from a trip to New York so everything pales in comparison. Not expecting a NY pizza though and I have a feeling I just have yet to discover a decent slice in Saskatoon that i'm going to enjoy. The truth is out there I think.

Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Prairie Provinces

Is there any good pizza in Saskatoon?

Been to Venice House in Prince Albert and liked it but never tried Saskatoon's for some reason. Copper Kettle? Really? Never occurred to me. Thanks for the reply. Lots of food for thought.

Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Prairie Provinces

Is there any good pizza in Saskatoon?

Been to both restaurants but never tried the pizza. Thanks for the suggestions.

Oct 26, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Prairie Provinces

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Looks like this is a dead post now which is just as well since we have now been and returned but I felt obligated to report back to all the hounds that were so generous with their submissions.

Firstly though, what a great and friendly place. Our visit was incredible! The problem was though that there were so many things to see and do that of course there just wasn't ever enough time! On one day we quite literally were too busy to stop for a real meal until 2:30 in the morning but oh, what fun we had. We did go to the Shake Shack which was a neat experience and my wife absolutely loved it, especially standing on line in the park. Fun but I myself would have chosen to do otherwise. The Empire Diner was straight forward as far as food goes but absolutely cool to go to. By far out best meal and best all round experience was Trattoria Trecolori Inc which was absolutely unbelievable for us. Reasonably priced, impressive service and nice decor. We poked our noses into the Russian Vodka Room but never had time to give it a try but will if we ever go again. Sarabeth's was a superb breakfast treat. John's, Grimaldi's, and Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn all had pizzas that were out of this world and different too. Can't name a favorite because its the apples to oranges thing, but NYers are blessed to have the best pizza I have every tasted in my whole life. Would not repeat the NY Noodletown for the food's sake but the experience was a lot of fun. Sat with a local Chinese couple who were very friendly and helpful. Tried to get lunch at the Bouchon Bakery at Columbus Circle but it was closed. On our last day we ordered some Murray's bagels to go then ate them on the train ride which was a mistake in a way because my wife and I cannot even call the things they sell here bagels anymore. They are simply not the same thing. Loved ordering them even. We call the round things with a hole in it here smigels now but we can't eat them anymore because we now know what a real bagel is supposed to taste like. If we are ever lucky enough to return perhaps we won't need to have such a full agenda and we can dine a little more. Hope so because I'm sure so many of your suggestions would have been memorable. Friends of ours are now coming to us with questions and I am passing on your recommends to them. Thanks again to everyone.

Oct 18, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Is there any good pizza in Saskatoon?

We often visit Saskatoon and have yet to find a very good place for pizza there. Did not care at all for Vern's which seems to be everyone's favorite and not really interested in a chain restaurants like Pizza Hut although we do enjoy Houston Pizza on Hill Avenue in Regina. Any suggestions are welcome as we are returning soon and we are desperate for a decent pie!

Oct 18, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Prairie Provinces

Good Eats in Saskatoon

Actually, I'm from out of town but in Saskatoon as I write and just got back from another old standard in Saskatoon, The Granary on 8th Ave. Had not been for a few years and the meal and service were still quite good. Very comfy place.

Apr 25, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Good Eats in Saskatoon

This is a late reply, but just noticed the post and thought you might still be interested. Our favourite restaurant in Saskatoon is Mr. Rizzo's on Idlewylde. It is a very small place hidden inside a cheap looking motel which seems an oddity, but don't let that scare you off, the food is simple but uniformly delicious. Pretty basic menu but everything is very well done. The service is impeccable but a little odd too, as you feel as if you're being waited on by your uncle or nephew or someone. It's on the pricey side for Saskatoon but I never hesitate going there because it never disappoints and is always worth any extra few dollars. In my opinion, it is a far superior experience to Carver's or the Keg or the like.

Apr 25, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Western Canada Archives

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

I'll be sure and wave. I'm quite sure you'll be able to recognize us by the smiles on our faces and/or open mouths. Thanks.

Apr 04, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Actually the byob is what attracted me to Tartines originally then I actually saw it on a movie we just happened to rent called "Trust The Man" which I took as a sign. The movie was just okay though so I still might reconsider Tartine given all the other super suggestions I'm getting for the village. Thanks.

Apr 04, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Thanks. I know this is another touristy thing but I keep forgetting how easy and comparatively inexpensive cab riding in Manhattan reportedly is. Where I live a very very short cab ride costs nearly $20.

Apr 04, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

I'm sure we're going to be wowed by it all including Brooklyn. Just wish we had more time. Plan on walking back to Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge which we are really looking forward to. Little worried about the heat in mid-August though. We're used to much cooler temps up north.

Apr 04, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Thanks, I'll check it out.

Apr 04, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Tried to find 2nd Av Deli but there are a few of them. Where exactly?

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

I hear ya. Thanks for the heads up.

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

This is probably going to sound like a touristy question but isn't it a little awkward to get to? Katz's seemed the same. Smoked fish sounds odd to me too. Tell me more as so many hounds seem to think this is the way to go. Thanks, I'm really learning lots with your reply and all the others too.

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Yes and that's a great location for us. However my original intent was to vary the 5 day menus a bit; French, Mexican, Russian, Irish, Cantonese. It would be very easy for us to overdo Italian as its usually in our budget range and we all like it. I"m pretty confident about Trattoria Trecolori as even hounds seem to approve. Must admit I'm tempted with Primitivo though. Could you tell me more? Would you recommend the prix-fixe options?

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

It's 5 days but I secretly suspect my timetable and eats probably aren't realistic but will give us a target. I've had too many bad experiences on holidays walking endlessly in an unknown place not really knowing what the group is looking for. Boards like this are a great way to find out what real people think though, so thanks for the heads up. Picked Sarabeth's in the market because it sounded like somewhere that would appeal to the women I'm with whereas the Empire Diner is more for me. I will say that breakfast spots that were "special" were hard to find on the net. Shake Shack is for a quick bite and we will have just arrived so I know we'll be so excited that we won't be able to sit inside. Maybe I'll rethink Murray's. My wife does want to try a good bagel though, preferably toasted.

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Thanks for the reassurance about Grimaldi's. It sure looks good on youtube. I'll check into Yakitori Totto - thanks for the tip.

Apr 03, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

The Brooklyn tour is during the day and returns us to Union Sq. then we go to near the South St Seaport to catch "the Yankee Clipper" offered by NY Waterway for a night game. I'm from a village not even enough people to make a town, so thought the ferry would solve a lot of issues for us. Like I wanted to take a ferry ride anyway and with this we get the day view and night view of Manhattan and thought it might be a bit of a tailgate party to the game, the map of the NY subways looks like a plate of multi-coloured spaghetti to me so not really confident about that yet, didn't know how bad the crowds would be on the trains, didn't know what the Bronx would be like. I'm looking forward to the game and the water tour but I'm not 100% on spending a whole very valuable to me day in Brooklyn. Worried we might just end up spending chunks of time in traffic, etc. so while it sounds like fun, not quite sure about that yet.

Apr 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

OK, I confess. I am probably gong to be the ultimate tourist who gets hit by a taxi while staring up at the scapers. We are thinking of catching a guided tour of Brooklyn and Grimaldi's is a part of it. I've already booked a Yankee game for that day so while your suggestion makes absolute perfect sense, if we're going to see anything of Brooklyn it'll likely be by taking that tour and I would like to say I at least saw Coney Island. I knew about Katz's of course, but it always seems kinda awkward to get to relative to what we're doing. Also I've already booked a ferry ride to the game. Man the p sandwich and train sound great though, so thanks maybe next time.

Apr 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

I meant Edison Cafe. I've read quite a few comments on line about their matza (?) ball soup sounded interesting and different (to us) and we'll probably be at MoMA and wasn't interested in some of the alternatives (La Bon Soupe sounds good but too expensive for us for a lunch, Burger Joint no because we're doing the burger thing already at Shack Shack, Mandoo Bar and Bouchon Bakery sound interesting but "on line" time again). From what I've read on line, the Edison seemed like a place a local might go. No?

Apr 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

Wow, from the boards etc. its amazing to me how pizza is such a hot topic. I can hardly wait to dig into one. I'm sorta committed to Grimaldi's for a lot of small reasons and up til now thought it was a top ten spot but if it doesn't meet expectations I am definitely not leaving NY without trying others. Di Fara is too far for me but while surfing I came across a site claiming "Manhattan has its Di Fara" at a new place called Artichoke. Anyone been there? Is it true?

Apr 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan

Any dogs on my list of places to eat?

These sound like great spots and they look like they are up my alley. I knew about the Red Cat but time is a factor that night and the Rocking Horse is very close to our hotel. Had heard of none of the rest and Blue Ribbon Bakery looks so good. We live in northern Canada and a diner is so cool to us (I know "touristy" but I guess I yam what I yam) and the Empire looks like its right out of the movies so I couldn't resist. Can't thank you enough for the input and I'll post my final decisions closer to departure date.

Apr 02, 2008
Andrew Largeman in Manhattan