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St. Catharines/Niagara people! I need your help!

There's a bbq place on St. Paul St, pretty much right at Ontario that isn't bad if you want to stay in the city, but if you can take a drive out to Winona, right on Hwy 8 there's a place called Memphis Fire that is fantastic. It's just under 30 mins from St. Catharines and worth the drive.

Apr 28, 2012
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Paris Crepes Bistro in Niagara

I probably would too, but, there are a few places on Queen St. worth trying. Mide Bistro is good, as is Taps for more casual fare. There is also a good little pizza place (I can't think of the name..) on Queen and the corner of a side street (the street isn't that big so it can be found easily). It's really small and not much to look at but the food is really good.

Apr 17, 2011
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheap eats in Niagara Falls

I haven't tried the chicken and waffles. They just changed the menu so I haven't really tried the entrees. The burgers and sandwiches are all good, and pizza is decent too. Everything I have tried is home made and fresh. They smoke all of their own meats.

It is a nice change from all of the touristy places in the Falls, and the prices are decent.

Apr 17, 2011
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheap eats in Niagara Falls

Breakfast in the Falls you can go to the Flying Saucer (cheap, greasy spoon) or John's on Thorold Stone Rd. There's no shortage of breakfast places if you leave the area around Clifton Hill. For dinner, again, get away from Clifton Hill.. Some recommendations, for the best value, most of the restaurants on Queen St., are good. You can go to Taps Brewery and get a pizza, wings and growler of beer (about 4 pints) for $25. All of it is homemade, including the beer. Paris Crepes is ok and Mide Bistro is good. If you avoid the chains in NF, you can eat well for your budget.

Apr 13, 2011
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Paris Crepes Bistro in Niagara

I went there back in October or November. I would just say it was ok. They were sold out of the special by 6pm, which is what I was going to order. I did end up having a crepe and it didn't have much filling in it and the crepe itself was kind of dry. My friend had the cassoulet though and that was tasty. It's still open though so it must be going over fairly well.

Apr 10, 2011
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recs near Jordan/Niagara

If you are looking in the Jordan area, About Thyme Bistro and August are both good. Second Stone Road Grille for pizza, and will also add that The Old Winery in NOTL also has good pizza (not crazy about their other food though). Antica in Niagara Falls is also popular.

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

About Thyme Bistro
3457 King St, Vineland, ON L0R2C0, CA

Old Winery
2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

Apr 06, 2011
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One healthy (AND DELICIOUS) option near Vineland

There are a few options. The Epicurean is close by. The Old Winery Restaurant is about a 5-10 minute drive. Southbrook Winery has a cafe/stone pizza oven set up outdoors (also about a 10 min drive). One of my favourite options though (weather permitting), is to have a picnic along the parkway. You can get some food from The Epicurean, Harvest Barn or Kurtz Orchards and eat along the river (there are plenty of picnic areas). Might be a nice break from being indoors at the theatre all day.

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Old Winery
2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

Aug 28, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One healthy (AND DELICIOUS) option near Vineland

I would recommend About Thyme Bistro, August (food very good but service so-so) or check out what is going on at The Good Earth Cooking School. They have a little restaurant now and the winery is open. They may have a set menu dinner that weekend. I think About Thyme and August would both fit what you are looking for.

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About Thyme Bistro
3457 King St, Vineland, ON L0R2C0, CA

The Good Earth Food and Wine Co.
4556 Lincoln Ave., Beamsville (Niagara), ON L0R 1B3, CA

Aug 13, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives types of places in Niagara Falls, Canada

About the only time you will see me say this but I have to recommend the Flying Saucer for your type of trip. Usually only somewhere you would stop after a night out but it fits what you are looking for. It is located at 6768 Lundy's Lane.

Jul 12, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Can anyone recommend good Chinese restaurants in Niagara Falls not in the tourist area

For Italian in NF I would recommend Napoli. It isn't too far from the tourist area but the food there is good. For Chinese I can't really recommend anywhere in the falls but if you have a car and are willing to drive about 20 minutes Ming Teh in Fort Erie is great.

Jul 10, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara Falls Canada on a budget

Antica Pizzeria is pretty good and fairly cheap. It is located at 5785 Victoria Ave., right in the tourist area.

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Antica Pizzeria
5785 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G3L6, CA

Jul 09, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara on the lake resaturant reccomendations for a family friendly lunch and adult dinner

I agree with the previous posters, you have a lot of good choices there. I also would recommend trying somewhere other than Stone Road Grille for your second meal (the food is good but one night is probably enough). Just a quick note that Treadwell's is about a 20 minute drive from NOTL and About Thyme is about 30 minutes away so that could influence your decision as well.

Some more family friendly places for lunch are Kurtz Orchards, The Pie Plate in Virgil and the Little Red Rooster. All of them are informal. At Kurtz you can get either premade or made to order sandwiches and other light lunch items and take them outside to eat. They have a pond on the property where your toddler might enjoy watching the ducks. It is also across from the Niagara River Parkway which is a popular and scenic picnic spot. The Pie Plate is a good family place although there is nowhere for your child to run around. The Little Red Rooster is a family restaurant close to Old Town that is popular with locals. Nothing fancy, but decent home made food. The Ravine is still a good choice as well, even though the Olson's are no longer there.

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Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Treadwell
61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

Little Red Rooster
271 Mary, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

The Pie Plate
1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

Jul 04, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

there must be one good restaurant in Niagara Falls!?

Not that I disagree with you. Stone Road Grill is excellent, but it is in Niagara on the Lake, not Niagara Falls...

Jun 09, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

there must be one good restaurant in Niagara Falls!?

I personally thought Paris Crepes Bistro was just ok. I originally ordered the beef bourguignon which was the special but they were sold out (it was early and the place wasn't busy). I found out after waiting about 20 minutes for our order to be taken, then waiting another 10 for the waiter to come back and tell me. If he had been busy waiting on other tables I would have been fine with it, but he only had our table and was standing behind the bar talking to another staff member. I ordered a tomato and spinach crepe instead, which was ok but not really memorable. I was hoping for something more from a crepe place. My friend ordered the cassoulet which was actually very tasty and I would recommend that. Overall though, I was underwhelmed by the service and food. I will say though that my visit was in February and maybe there have been improvements?

As someone else mentioned, Mide Bistro on Queen St. is worth checking out. Had a good meal there. There is also a little pizza place called Amore that isn't much to look at but the pizza is really good.

Jun 09, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent Pho, Sushi or Korean restaurants in Niagara region?

For good pho I recommend Mai Vi in St. Catharines (about 15 mins from Niagara Falls, on way to Toronto). The restaurant is located downtown on St. Paul St.

Suisha Gardens in Niagara Falls has pretty good sushi. They have a sushi bar and also tables where the chefs come out and cook in front of you. Haven't been there for a year or so but the food was good. It is located on Lewis Ave in NF, not far from Clifton Hill. Not sure if they are open for lunch though.

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Suisha Gardens
208 Slater St, Ottawa, ON K1P5H8, CA

Apr 08, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to St. Catharines -- tips?

I think the place you are referring to is Tony's Fish Market. Personally I have never been there but it has been open for as long as I can remember.

Mar 20, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

there must be one good restaurant in Niagara Falls!?

I also recommend AG.

Napoli on Ferry St. is also good for Italian.

If you want to take a cab to Queen St. (downtown NF), Taps Brewery Pub is decent though sometimes inconsistent with their food.

Mar 10, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara-licious-anyone trying them

I went to Peller last weekend for this promotion. Definitely a good deal for $35. They were also offering a wine pairing for an additional $25. They had a 6 course tasting menu available as well.

Mar 08, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St Catherines...where to eat?

The food at Lina's is better than say, an East Side Mario's, but it won't be up there with the best Italian you have ever had. Even though it isn't a chain the quality of the food is similar. I have had a couple of ok to decent meals there, but also a couple of very awful ones. It isn't somewhere I would pick to go for a meal, but if a group of friends are going it isn't so bad I would stay home..

Feb 26, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St.Catharines Foodie

pubb,

Thank you for mentioning Wildfire and also for bringing up the question of why people would go to The Keg rather than there. The service and food there has always been much better than The Keg and I encourage others to try it if they are looking for a steakhouse. I almost wonder though if they consistently run out of porterhouse? The same situation happened with my husband, with the same result. No one went home unhappy...

Also agree with you about Cask 22 (actually I agreed with about all of your post). While it is true that the owners aren't overly knowledgeable they are incredibly nice people. I think the wine bar is a great addition to downtown and hope they can stay open. The few times I have been there it has only been our table and a few people at the bar. It is a comfortable place to sit and sample a few wines or buy a bottle (or two..). Kind of a relaxing, mellow atmosphere, nice after a long week at work.

Jan 07, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Moving to St. Catharines -- tips?

Well maybe I am somewhat biased because I live in St. Catharines but I don't think the situation is as bleak as others are making it out to be! Yes the downtown is in desperate need of a makeover but there are still some great places to eat (and yes I have traveled and eaten outside of this region so I do have something to compare to!).

I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the market. No it isn't the SLM but there is a good variety and the product is consistently good.

Since you are living downtown I will mention some of the places there that are worth trying.

You mention you like Vietnamese, Mai Vi is the best in the area. I don't believe you have to go in with lowered expectations either, the food there is consistently fresh, hot and very tasty. I would easily recommend that restaurant to anyone. The pho is also very good.

There is also "Toi" on Queen St. It is owned by the same person as Mai Vi but it is more of an asian tapas places. Presentation was good, food also tasty.

The Spotted Calf on King (across from Market Square) is also worth trying. More of a bistro with a good chef and ever changing menu. They make use of the market across the street for most ingredients and everything is made in house.

Amakara Japanese on Geneva is great.

Carlos Cantina on St. Paul is good for comfort mexican. Not necessarily mind blowing but again, most things are home made.

Others have mentioned Wellington Court, been around a long time, always popular.

Sahla Thai (St. Paul St.) and Spicy Thai (Queen St.) are both fine although nothing exceptional on the menu.

There is a new thai place on Queenston St. near the hospital, Chang Noi's. Haven't tried it yet but heard it is pretty good.

There are a few others downtown as well but I haven't tried them so don't want to comment. Hopefully with the new arts centre that is being built things will start to pick up.

Without a car your shopping options are pretty limited as the transit in this area is terrible but in Fonthill there is a Mennonite butcher called "The Good Shepherd". Meat is all drug free and quality is great. The people that own it are exceptional and they are constantly cooking product for you to sample. If you go they only take cash. There is also Lakeland Game Meats on St. Paul St. West. If you are looking for anything unusual she usually has it or can get it but she also has beef, chicken and pork. Only place in the area I have found Berkshire pork. It is open Tues-Sat from 12-5.

As I am writing this more and more places are popping into my head but that should get you started (haven't even touched on the wineries!). I'm the first to admit the city looks pretty terrible right now, and that at first glance you might be wondering what you got yourself into, but the region really does have a lot to offer if you can get past the boarded up places downtown!

Jan 06, 2010
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Skylon Tower AWFULLLL~! (Niagara Falls-REVIEW)

Sorry you had a terrible dinner, I wish we could have warned you ahead of time. I don't know any locals that would consider going there, it's just known for being all around terrible!

The one positive is the view. If that is what you are looking for, dine somewhere else, then take the elevator up (still a touristy thing to do but if that is what you are here for then why not).

I hope you don't hold this experience against Niagara, there really are a lot of great places to dine! Unfortunately, especially in NF, there are a lot of tourist traps too.

Feb 16, 2009
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

St.Catharines Foodie

You've covered a few of the good ones already but here's a few more that I think are pretty good..

Mai Vi - St. Paul St. - Vietnamese
Coppola's - Carlton St. - Italian
Bansaree - St. Paul St. - Indian
Carlos Cantina - St. Paul St. - Mexican
Cafe Amore - Marindale Rd - Italian (good desserts but the food is hit or miss, maybe just for coffee and cake..)

Jan 23, 2009
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara on the Lake getaway

Further restaurant suggestions in the Niagara area, more specifically, St. Catharines (only because meal prices tend to be less than NOTL - which can be pricey).

Coppola's on Carlton St. - good Italian food.

Wildfire Steak House on Ontario St.

Mai Vi on St. Paul Street - great, fresh Vietnamese food.

Just a few that would provide a good meal while fitting your budget.

Dec 09, 2008
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Niagara on the Lake getaway

What is your budget? This area has a lot of options. In NOTL, The Stone Road Grill is good, as are some of the bigger hotels. In Port Dalhousie (part of St. Catharines), Treadwells is good. Niagara Falls has a lot of options as well. I've heard really good things about AG but haven't been there myself. These are just a few suggestions, on the pricier side, but there are a lot of great restaurants. An idea of your budget and type of meal you are looking for will help with ideas.

Dec 07, 2008
frais in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for Best Cheesecake

I second Artisanal's cheesecake as well. Definitely creamy and not too sweet.

Nov 09, 2008
frais in Manhattan