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It would be great to hear your recommendations on your favorite restaurants in Guelph. We enjoy ethnic foods but any suggestions are appreciated. This will be our first trip to Guelph.

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  1. I go to the University of Guelph, and usually go to the places which are reasonably priced. They don't have the best food, but I think its great for what you pay:
    - Diana Downtown (great Indian food)
    - the Cornerstone (vegetarian)
    - Cafe Aquarius (vegan)
    - Sushi Choice
    - Babelfish Bistro (which was on restaurant makeover) and Parallel.. I've never been to either, but apparently Parallel is always packed.

    Those are the best suggestions I can give to you... I wouldn't say there is that much great dining in Guelph, that I know of...

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    1. re: jayseeca

      If you are already up Guelph way, Take a short drive to Elora and have an unbelievable meal at "Alex's Kitchen". Located near the Elora Mill Inn, world renown Alex Sgroi, will prepare a meal, second to none.I have eaten there a few times, driving in from Toronto!!
      Worth the trip everytime!!

    2. How about the Bookshelf Cafe - been going there for 10+ years and it has always been decent.

      Link: http://www.bookshelf.ca/

      1. Ah... Guelph. I did my undergrad there. I haven't been back since (that was about 4 or 5 years ago) so take my suggestions knowing that much.

        Bombay Cafe was always reasonably reliable Indian. Diana's downtown was also decent.

        Wok's Taste used to be decent Chinese, but I've heard it's gone down quite a bit since they changed owners.

        I loved The Bookshelf Cafe while I was there.

        There's a vietnamese pho place on Speedvale just east of the Hanlon (the name of the restaurant escapes me) that was decent.

        There was a good Lebanese place on Edinburgh, but I think that's closed down now?? Not sure.

        There was a good fish and chips place downtown across from Trappers bar that served fresh cut fries - perfect after a night of partying.

        There was a great soup and sandwich spot on the corner of Woolwich and London.

        And the Black Mustard bistro on Wyndham was as "cosmopolitan" as it got - not sure if it's still there.

        Anyway, there wasn't much in the way of chowfinds in Guelph while I was there. Those are the spots that were obviously memorable enough to stick with me for the last 4 or 5 years though. Hope that helps a bit. :)

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        1. re: Juniper

          The pho place is Speedvale is called Pho Saigon, solid vietnamese food. A new place which has popped up in Guelph is Red Papaya... their food is good, but sometimes I find it inconsistent, especially the vietnamese dishes.
          There isn't a fish and chips place anymore across from Trappers unfortunatly. But there is Tony's Billiards for pool, drinks, and food. The food isn't that great, but the staff is very nice.

          1. re: Juniper

            >There was a good Lebanese place on Edinburgh, but I
            >think that's closed down now?? Not sure.

            Yep, Emir's is now closed. Goodies on Woodlawn and Speedvale is now your best bet for Lebanese, but it's very different.

            > There was a good fish and chips place downtown across
            > from Trappers bar that served fresh cut fries -
            > perfect after a night of partying.

            I think you might be thinking of MacDonel Grill - which last I checked was still there, but it may not be, I haven't looked since August or so.


            > There was a great soup and sandwich spot on the
            > corner of Woolwich and London.

            With the Grain

            > And the Black Mustard bistro on Wyndham was as
            > "cosmopolitan" as it got - not sure if it's still
            > there.

            Black Mustard is no longer there, but Parallel that has replaced it is very nice.

          2. Latino's has always proven reliable, even though their new location (in the plaza at Paisley and Norfolk) lacks the atmosphere of their old location on Cork St. Good, homemade meals - the daily specials are always good and I can't eat there without having their ceviche. Used to go there as a treat while attending university there.

            Though I haven't been to it for years, Carden St Cafe was a good spot for tropical-inspired dishes - I recall their rotis were good.

            Greek Garden (York & Victoria) offers standard Greek fare, but less greasy than what you get on the Danforth.

            1. Bistro Six is pretty good. Don't let the fact that it is located in a plaza (on Harvard St.) dissuade you. The present owners used to own the Bookshelf cafe. Please see the link below.

              Carden Street Cafe was a nice place for curries, rotis, etc. I haven't been there for a few years but I do remember it being fairly good and reasonably priced. It seemed to be a very popular spot on the weekends.

              Link: http://www.bistrosix.com/