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Starbucks Improvement???

Thanks...I just happened to see the references to PNW coffee places....

Apr 07, 2008
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Starbucks Improvement???

I'll be in Oregon (central Oregon...Corvallis, the coastal areas and Crater Lake) in the summer on a vacation with friends/family and was wondering about good places for a coffee that aren't Starbucks. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Apr 07, 2008
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Looking for a country pub....

The "Woolie" is Guelph is nice (great hand pumped ales) but isn't really a 'country' pub. Another one, a bit further afield, is the Mono Cliffs Inn in Mono Centre, Ontario (the Bruce Trail literally goes in front of the pub), which has great food (not sure about brunch) and a neat pub in the Cellar. I'm sure they have a web site. There may be a pub in the Hockley Valley somewhere.

Apr 04, 2008
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Worst in Toronto

Food court food is never a reliable indicator of a cuisine...think of the stuff that they pass off as chinese food in shopping mall food courts.

Mar 03, 2008
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best burgers in T.O.

There is a Wimpy's in Cobourg...is it in any way connected to the UK Wimpy's chain?

Feb 03, 2008
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best burgers in T.O.

MM,

You must have grown up near me....I've never been to Johnny's by choice...there is nothing great about the burgers...word of warning...don't get a burger when the Leafs are on as the flippers are more interested in the Leafs.

Yeah, they do love the French's mustard there.

Feb 03, 2008
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Original Canadian Foods? Eh!

I didn't realize that Hickory Sticks were a Canadian thing...not that I liked them at all....

Jan 30, 2008
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Original Canadian Foods? Eh!

Got to love the spruce beer...that and a Jo Lois and you're set for a night of QC fun.

Jan 30, 2008
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Regional fries-spinoff from the "quirks"

In my times in the USA...I've asked for vinegar and they never seem to have it....is it not used on fries there, especially malt vinegar.

Jan 23, 2008
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Black Angus Steakhouse - How much?

You are right that website looks like it was done to serve a contractual obligation. Is the Black Angus in TO related to a 'Black Angus' I saw somewhere in central London (UK). My BIL from Brantford loves the Black Angus...it is about as adventurous as he gets in TO, other than chain 'theme' restaurants. (Rainforest, Hard Rock, etc)

Jan 22, 2008
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Small cities' food specialties

I think McDo's has poutine on its menu in QC...a chain in QC called Mike's has a number of different poutine permutations.

I was never a fan of poutine and you are right it is heart attack in a cup.

Jan 21, 2008
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Small cities' food specialties

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned dipping a dill pickle in Kool Aid...as seen on Feasting on Asphalt.

Jan 21, 2008
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Is Winnipeg really a Wasteland? (moved from Canada board)

Obviously you love TT food, but I think that it does not rank highly in most people's definitions of a cosmopolitan city in terms of its cuisine.

Jan 16, 2008
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Mountain Crest Beer

Way back when in Ireland and the UK, I believe doctors recommended Guinness for young mothers due to the iron in it....those days are over now. If the mothers were going to drink beer, Guinness was the one that was recommended.

Jan 13, 2008
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countries that just don't have good food/overlooked national cuisines

I can't remember the exact name of it, but the rice, vegetables and meat dish that is popular in NL from Indonesia is pretty good. The coffee in NL is good as is some of the beer. I don't recall that they have an indigenous high end cuisine...they have brought in food specialities from other countries as NL is a land of traders etc.

Jan 04, 2008
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Want really bad food? Go to Baton Rouge - Eaton Centre

You have summed it up perfectly. I went to Baton Rouge in Kanata about 3 weeks ago just before a Senators game. A client was paying so I couldn't grumble, but it was pretty uninspiring. The same client took me to a Baton Rouge in Anjou, QC....can you guess that the client likes Baton Rouge.

IMHO, Baton Rouge does not give value for money food wise. The surroundings are quite nice (although it can be quite noisy), but the cost of the entrees is quite high for what you get.

Dec 17, 2007
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West end Italian rec for family function

I realize it is a long time since you posted, but you mentioned you didn't want formal or stuffy yet you still considered Pinocchio's. That place is like a hushed funeral home and I wouldn't think many kids would like it.

Dec 14, 2007
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Help for Lunch in Brantford

My SIL and BIL live in Brantford and it doesn't strike me as a great place for food. It seems like a chain restaurant kind of place. It always struck me as unusual that as recently as 3 or 4 years ago they still had a O'Toole's there. The Wellington Coffee Pub is a good safe choice. The salads, waffles, wraps, sandwiches there are all quite good and a reasonable price. Other than that, you're heading towards chicken ball, deep fried zucchini sticks, nachos and the like in Gretzky land.

Dec 12, 2007
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calypso hut

From what I recall, in the past the place was just a drinking hole (aka a rum shop) and the menu was secondary. The decor was sparse and that is being kind. She wanted to turn it into a family friendly place. In terms of WI restaurants the decor has never been an important detail from the WI restaurants I've been to.

Nov 20, 2007
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calypso hut

According to something I read on the net, in October 2007 the police had to come to the restaurant due to some shooting at a christening party...charming..

I caught a few minutes of the show last night and the owner (Nisha) said she bought the bar from the previous owner (who was a bar fly) and she wanted to change it from a rum shop. I didn't see the end of it...was she succesful.?

Nov 20, 2007
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Driving the 401 - Toronto to Montreal

I agree with pinstripe and JennaL on this one...the Big Apple is awful both in terms of its pies and the other food. Its a good place to stop for 20+ minutes and let the kids let off some steam, but to eat no thanks.

Nov 09, 2007
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What is the difference between Mexican-American food and Mexican-Canadian food? [Moved from Canada board]

Deep fried zucchini sticks, all dressed pizzas, cheese curds, beaver tails,

Nov 08, 2007
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Driving the 401 - Toronto to Montreal

What about the Pilot House in K-town. I'm sure there may be somewhere nice along the main drag in Gananoque but I just don't the names of any places. Cornwall, Lancaster, Prescott are all food wastelands, IMHO.

Nov 05, 2007
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Driving the 401 - Toronto to Montreal

Chez Piggy is nice etc., but I don't believe it is too quick. The Kingston Brew Pub has nice reasonable food and great brewed in house beer. One small glass should be fine etc.

It may be easier for posters to list places you wouldn't want to eat on route. i.e any 401 rest area.

Nov 05, 2007
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What's with the lousy service in Calgary?

Unfortunately for the waiter they are the last segment in a chain starting with the food prep people, to the cooks, to the bus boys, to the waiters etc. We don't tip each of them individually. I admire you to be able to block out indifferent and down right rude service from the waiter and accentuate good food itself. The rest of us are unlikely to reward the restaurant by tipping them. If they keep on getting tips due to good food, the waiters attitude and service is highly unlikely to improve.

Nov 01, 2007
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What's with the lousy service in Calgary?

Why would you leave a tip when you were insulted like that. Haven't you heard of the 'customer is always right'. I realize that waiters etc, get poorly paid, but IMHO if they want to earn more, they need to civil, courteous and helpful to you as the customer. You should never be guilted into or feel obligated into tipping.

Oct 26, 2007
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Port Stanley - Foodie Paradise

What is the name of that hotel a few streets back from the beach that is renowned for their perch platters. I was there in the summer one Saturday and the place was a madhouse. The food was OK for the crowd of people I was with. They also had zucchini bread or something like that.

Oct 18, 2007
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Great Fall Drives and Food

Hey Melly...I had forgotten about Peter Sellers pub. It is actually in Mono Centre, IIRC, about 15 - 20 km north of Mono Mills but really close to Mono Cliffs Park. The food upstairs is excellent and the pub downstairs on a winters afternoon/evening is really cosy.

Sep 24, 2007
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Match the city to its ethnic cuisine

I often thought that Toronto with its large Italian population and a large Irish community would be a hotbed of an area inbetween...namely Savoie. Hearty food with an abundence of flavours.

May 26, 2007
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Match the city to its ethnic cuisine

I often thought that Toronto had elevated Savoie cuisine to street food status

May 25, 2007
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