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Niagara Falls,canada side -Resturant thats not a tourist trap

buffalo bill Oct 3, 2005 08:40 AM

I am visiting Niagara Falls with my In laws, I know, and would not like to end up at some tourist trap but a a real cozy resturant that is known for its local flavor but with good food and not super expensive. Any sugguestions would be greatly appreciated. This is also Saturday night and I would like to stay within 10 miles of the Mariott Fallviews or 20 minute drive, thanks

  1. g
    Gourmando Oct 3, 2005 03:49 PM

    I'm having a little trouble with this one.

    Niagara Falls is mostly chains and tourist traps. I'm not sure what the boundaries of "cozy" or "Super Expensive" are.

    Can you be a little more specific about the type of food you are seeking, and what sort of price range you'd be looking at for main dishes?

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    1. re: Gourmando
      jgagan Oct 3, 2005 09:06 PM

      My wife and I spent a night in Niagara Falls (Canadian side) this summer. We ate at a place called Cafe Tu Tu Tango, which I had never heard of but was surprisingly pretty good. It is in the same building as the Wolfgang Puck restaurant. We had the Baked Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip, Sesame Seared Tuna Sashimi - this was really good, almost like a tuna prosciutto - very thinly sliced, Cuban Grilled Steak Skewers and Chicken and Shrimp potstickers. For dessert, "Crazy Bananas" - very tasty. I was expecting a tourist trap, but we were surprised at how good it was - and fairly reasonable as well. So you might want to try it out.

      Link: http://www.cafetututango.com/

      1. re: jgagan
        jgagan Oct 4, 2005 03:15 AM

        Here's the Canadian menu - with prices. Note - "cozy" might not be an apt description, but it is close to the fallsview hotels.

        Link: http://www.cafetututango.ca/external/...

        1. re: jgagan
          JOJO Oct 4, 2005 09:46 AM

          This place was a nice cozy Italian eatery. Family owned & run. I highly reccomend it. http://www.thecasadoro.com/default2.html

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      LyleB Oct 5, 2005 11:40 PM

      When I was in Niagara for my Sommelier's conference, we ate at a large yet excellent Italian eatery called Carpaccio. They serve tasty and huge portions of mostly traditional Italian fare. Families are definitely welcome. The owners are enthusiastic supporters of the Niagara wine industry and the servers are very wine friendly. The antipasto, seafood pasta, veal and tiramisu were all excellent.

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      1. re: LyleB
        Kase Feb 2, 2007 06:23 PM

        I would like to echo the choice of Carpaccio's as a great place to eat in Niagara Falls that is not a tourist trap type restaurant. When we were visiting in winter 2005 my sister requested some recommendations from one of the bartenders at the Delta where we were staying. He pointed us to Carpaccios and we couldn't have been happier. It was a very charming restaurant with an authentic Italian flare.

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        ajc165 Nov 8, 2005 02:16 PM

        try the copacabana...across from the embassy suites,,,it 's a brazilian steakhouse,,,,lot's of meat choices,,,around 35 cdn. per diner

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          flipp Feb 3, 2007 03:10 PM

          If you like Indian there's a place called Passage to India on Stanley Ave near the Doubletree Hotel. Buffet on weekends full of local families, very reasonably priced - a great escape from all the crappy tourist traps.

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            FlyingChef Feb 3, 2007 04:23 PM

            Carpaccio would my first choice.

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