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Great Places for Fish and Chips (aka fi' n' chi')

When I visited last winter, Leo's, which is normally quite good, was somewhat disappointing. The fish which usually was crispy, was overcooked but still gummy on the inside (oil was too hot?).

One place which was a pleasant surprise was Buddy's on Newfoundland Drive. Nice fish with a light and crispy batter. Definitely
worth another visit.

Jun 16, 2014
jcontario in Atlantic Canada


I drove by at lunch time this past Thursday and it was closed up with for sale signs on the lawn. Has something happened?

Jan 18, 2014
jcontario in Houston

First foodie trip to NOLA

I won't pretend to be as experienced as the locals but during a recent convention, we had a great muffaletta from Cochon Butcher at lunchtime. For breakfast, Restaurant Stanley near Jackson Square has a nice Banana Foster French Toast. Their Eggs Benedict is OK, not great, but the with fried oysters certainly adds a different (and not unpleasant) twist.


Nov 28, 2013
jcontario in New Orleans

Best Apples for Apple Pie?

We are in Ontario, and for us, it is only Spys. Most other apples that we have tried are either too mushy or too sweet. We will buy about 20 lbs in late fall when the Spys are available (it is a very short window) and then keep them in the cold room. When the Spys are gone, it is the end of pie season.

On a tangent, for cherry pies, it is only the Montmorency sour cherries which are available right now. Nothing compares to a warm cherry pie (except maybe a warm apple pie or a warm blue raspberry pie).


Aug 08, 2013
jcontario in Home Cooking

Pierson & Company BBQ

Has anyone heard if Pierson's has re-opened? I am coming to Houston in a couple of weeks from Canada, and Clarence's food and hospitality has always made his a favorite place to stop.

Nov 21, 2012
jcontario in Houston

Why is the Olive Garden so reviled?

OMG - I remember reading that Johnson Howard feature as a wee nipper. The kids in the back seat mindlesly chanting "Johnson Howards, Johnson Howards". I always flash back to that story whenever I see one of these on the highway.

Nov 04, 2012
jcontario in Chains

Newfoundland Savoury

How about soft molases cookies?

Oct 08, 2011
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

Best Fish and Chips in St. John's

I will be going to St. John's Newfoundland next month and thought that I would re-open the debate as to where to go for the best fish and chips - Ches, Leo's, somewhere else? What do you folks think?

I remember a place on Water Street that I went to about 10 years ago - downtown, at a corner as I recall, that had really nice light crispy batter and moist fish, but darned if I can remember what the place was called. Defintely wasn't Leo's or Ches.

Oct 08, 2011
jcontario in Atlantic Canada

PEI Lobster Suppers in Late Nov?

I am flying home through Charlottetown in late Nov, and have 6 hours to kill on a Saurday afternoon between noon and 6 pm. Since there is not much to do at the airport, I was thinking of making a break from the airport and getting my fix of lobster. I checked the website for the New Glasgow lobster suppers (my favorite place) and they appear to be closed at that time of the year. Are there any other places open in late Nov that would have Lobster suppers? or failiing that a good place to satiate my fresh lobster fix?

Sep 24, 2011
jcontario in Atlantic Canada

Walkers Shortbread Cookies...where?

Does anywhere carry the rarer flavours from Walkers like Stem Ginger, Orange or Raspberry-Chocolate?

Calgary Jian Bing?

This is probably a long shot, but I was wondering if there were any places in Calgary that sell a version of the Chinese street food crepe called Jian Bing? For some unknown reason, I have just had a "taste flashback" and now have an urge for one.

Sep 01, 2011
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

Best Steak Sandwich

Not to be anal, but, in my mind if it is shaved or sliced steak on a kaiser or bagutte, it is beef on a bun. A true steak sandwich (at least out in Alberta, where the beef is so nice), is a striploin or sirloin on a slice of garlic loaf with onion or mushrooms and steak sauce on the side. I have been searching Ontario for one that can match what I had out west, but have not found it yet, so any rec';s wouold be most welcome.

The Beer Boutique - new The Beer Store concept - Liberty Village

Tex, I am with you. I am fortunate enough to live close to the US border and also travel often to Alberta, so I have options to pick up reasonably priced beers and spirits with a much wider selection than our provincial monopolies provide us with. In Alberta I can get a wider scotch selection in the Calgary Airport than I can find in any liquor store in Ontario. Plus the prices are about 20 to 30 % less. I avoid the LCBO and TBS on principle. When will we get a provincial government with the intestinal fortitude to bring us out of our 19th century prohibtion mindset and treat us like responsible adults? So long as alcohol sales are controlled by the Big 3 breweries and the government, concepts like The Beer Boutique are just putting lipstick on the same pig. Rant Over!

Jelly Modern Doughnut - you have to try it

I notice on their website that they list their prices by the dozen. I assume that you can also buy them individually? How much per single doughnut?

May 31, 2011
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

My Wifes 40th Birthday trip to NOLA. Recomendations please.

Smilingal, what exectly is the chef's table in the kitchen? Sounds like it could be interesting. I had a dinner at Emeril's restaurant in Orlando at a seat overlooking the the kitchen and spent an enjoyable dinner chatting with one of the chefs and getting some good recs. I would also recommend to the OP that Emeril's in the Warehouse District in NO is a good deal at lunch. My wife and I had two very nice meals with desserts and a glass of wine for $80.

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jan 11, 2011
jcontario in New Orleans

Calgary Rodizio - Bolero vs Gaucho

I am a big fan of Brazilian rodizio, having had it a couple of times in Rio de Janeiro. I will be out in Calgary next week and am thinking of taking my daughter and boyfriend to one of these places. Which one would the Calgary Chowhounds recommend. The boyfriend will be a big meat eater but the daughter may just eat from the salad bar (depending on her mood) , so does either place have a salad bar only price?

Jan 20, 2010
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

French Quarter - A culinary journey

We would definitely second Bill Hunt's reco of Emeril's. I was initially a little concerned that with its celebrity cachet, it might be pricey and pretentous (we usually do for mid range restos). But, I must say that our meal there was probably one of the best and most enjoyable meals that we have ever had. It is really a great deal at lunch when you can get a nice sized, 3 course meal for $20! Service was exceptionally pleasant, professional and efficient. I would not hesitate to try one of his restos again. Emerils is in the Warehouse district near the Convention Center but is only a 15 minute walk from the French Quarter.

Oct 22, 2009
jcontario in New Orleans

Best restaurants open after 1000pm

We had the same question recently, as we too had a later flight arriving in NO. Mulattes across from the Convention Center is open until 11 and isn't too bad for a late night snack/meal.

Oct 20, 2009
jcontario in New Orleans

Mexican in Calgary

John Manzo,

Keep us posted as to when that new mexican place on 17th Ave finally does open. When I visit Calgary, I often stay in a condo a couple of blocks away and usually walk by this place in hopes that it will be open. I am not expecting a Texas style taquieria, but am curious as to what this place will be like.

John F

Oct 17, 2009
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

Late Evening eating

My wife and I are getting into New Orleans airport around 9 pm. By the time we pick up our bags and get to the Hilton Riverside, I am anticipating it will be after 10 pm.

I know that there are lots of choices within walking distance available in the French Quarter for a casual meal - I am thinking something like a Po-Boy or seafood, but many of the places say that they close at 10 pm.

Any favorites?

Sep 27, 2009
jcontario in New Orleans

BBQ on the Bow

While driving back to Calgary on Sunday afternoon, I heard about BBQ on the Bow and rushed down to find everybody packing up at 4 pm. Sounds like if I would have got there earlie I would have been mighty disappointed as like others I had hoped to buy some samples of ribs from the competitors (for dinner that night). I agree with others that if you are advertising for an event for the public, you should be providing samples to the public like they do at ribfests and chilifests. It can still be a competition and can put a few bucks in the pockets of the competitors, couldn't it?

Sep 08, 2009
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

PEI - Cardigan Lobster Suppers

There is a group of us heading down to the Cavendish area next week for golf and food. While most of the group likes seafood there are a couple who don't, so we are on the lookout for places that serve both lobsters and other meats. We have often done the New Glasgow Lobster suppers which are great for the lobster, but their other meats (not surprisingly) are so-so. So we are looking for other options.

The Cardigan Lobster Supper place looks like it has a nice wide selection of non-seafood fare, plus it is close to a couple of the courses that we will be playing. Does anyone have any reviews or comments about this place.

Are there any other options in the north end of the island that would fit our needs? We tried the Fisherman's Wharf in North Rustico, a couple of years ago, and weren't really impressed.

Jun 14, 2009
jcontario in Atlantic Canada

Fort Worth - Crawfish

I am going to Fort Worth next week for a couple of meetings and would like to sample a crawfish boil since it sounds like they are in season. Most of the recs that I have read on this board seem to be for crawfish places either in Dallas or north of the city. Are there any good places in or near Fort Worth?

Apr 02, 2009
jcontario in Dallas - Fort Worth

Good, Cheap Eats Near Galleria/Houston?

Danhole, my expeerience with Houston 'cue has been limited but I really enjoyed the food at Pierson's. If you go there, make sure that you allow for an extra 15 or 30 minutes to talk with the pit master, Clarence! He is quite proud of what he has set up and loves talking with the customers. Plan to go there for lunch on Monday.

Feb 07, 2009
jcontario in Houston

Good, Cheap Eats Near Galleria/Houston?

I too often go Houston on business and stay near the Galleria. In fact, I will be there again next week. I have found that Pico's on Bellaire Blvd about a 5 minute drive from the Galleria. It is more Mexacan than Tex-Mex which I something that I like; margaritas are also very good. For BBQ, I am less familiar with what might be in the area, but my favorite is a new place called Pierson and Company on TC Jester north of the 610. I am guessing that it is maybe a 20 minute drive away. It is a small place but had good food and a very hospitable chef .

Feb 06, 2009
jcontario in Houston

BBQ in Kilgore

I am heading up to the Kilgore area for one day next week. Any recommendations for a good BBQ joint in the area?

Feb 05, 2009
jcontario in Texas

Beijing Duck in Kingston

After watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, I have developed a real urge for Beijing Duck complete with pancakes etc. Does anyone know if any of the Chinese restaurants in Kingston offer Beijing Duck?

Later Evening Casual meal in Calgary

Not a problem. I am quite familiar with Henry's from several years ago having spent many long evenings there, but I wasn't sure whether it had changed over the years. Boccavino looks interesting - sounds a little like Mercado on 4th St. wit hthe market and upscale Italian food. Does it stay open open late?

Nov 25, 2008
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

Later Evening Casual meal in Calgary

Originally planning to stay at the Delta Bow Valley.

Nov 25, 2008
jcontario in Prairie Provinces

Later Evening Casual meal in Calgary

JM, I am guessing that you also like Henry's? I used to live in Calgary for about 7 years but have not kept up with the restaurant scene over the past few years, so I usually fall back back on my old favorites like Caesars and Da Guido when I need a full meal. Just thought I would check to see if there were any new recommendations. Thanks for confirming that Henry's is still good. Do they have their own kitchen or does their food come from Craver's which would make it a fine choice for a steak?

Nov 25, 2008
jcontario in Prairie Provinces