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Need Niagara/St. Catherine Recs.

Will be in Niagara, Niagara on the Lake and St. Catherines for 10 days and can't stand chain restaurants! Any suggestions of places where I could get good food at a reasonable price would be welcome. I like all types of food, including Middle Eastern, Mexican, Cuban, French, European, etc...and am not afraid of hole in the walls. Thanks.

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  1. Here's a few tips:

    Pow Wow on St.Paul Street in St.Catharines (casual)
    Anna Olsen's Bake Shop/Deli in Port Dalhousie (quick breakfast - delicious cheese scones - or pick up some items for a picnic)
    Treadwell in Port Dalhousie (probably best restaurant in area - more pricey)
    Cafe Amore in St.Catharines
    Anitpasto's in St.Catharines (great home-made Italian food, deli - great to pick up some items for a picnic - they have a hot table to grab a veal sandwich)
    Niagara Falls is a tourist trap - avoid eating there.
    Sammy's in Niagara Falls NY for wings.
    Many of the wineries have great restaurants - Cave Spring, Hillebrand, Peninsula Ridge etc. Jackson Trigg's is a beautiful spot - I think you can only get a cheese plate there though...
    There's been a few threads on NOTL lately - avoid Buttery - look back for tips there.

    Have fun!

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    1. re: thebutcher

      Stone Road Grill has received a lot of attention, haven't tried it out yet-

      1. re: nummanumma

        Treadwell - unbelievable. Am still thinking about it. Ate there for the 1st time last w/e. Will post a detailed review soon.......You won't be disappointed.

      2. re: thebutcher

        Agree with PowWow, Ive only been once, but my mom loves it. I personally hate anna olson and dont adore her store. Do stop in port at the ice cream shack for soft serve though...

        Ah, antipastos. Everytime I go home I get my mom to pick me stuff up. Love the breaded eggplant and stuffed peppers. Take home a huge jar of tomato sauce for cheap. I have some in my freezer now :)

        Sammy and Gagsters in NY are great for pizza and Wings. I have childhood memories of my cousins and I drawing on the paper placemats while waiting for our food and doing the "locomotion" across the restaurant while it played on the jukebox.

        Thanks for the memories :)

      3. Oh, I should also put a plug in for "The Pie Plate" in Virgil - great place for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. Leave room for the lemon merangue pie - it is incredible. It's actaully perfect and I don't say that often about any food!!!

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        1. re: jcanncuk

          Thanks for all these suggestions. I am SO anxious to try some of them out. Have been in Niagara Fall/Clifton Hill for 4 days with a family reunion. I'm desperate for some good (even edible) food! The butcher is not kidding when he says don't eat here. I'm heading for St. Catherines and parts beyond tomorrow and appreciate the help.

          1. re: Morebutter

            I ate at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe in Niagara Falls last week and it was actually (shock,awe and surprise!!) very good!!!. It is located in the Fallsview area right accoss the street from the new Casino. I had the wild mushroom soup which was delicious and the linguini with clams. The clams were actually fresh and the pasta perfectly prepared. Worth going to as most other places are pretty awful.

        2. Hey ....
          Had a good meal at "Mosy on in" near lock #3 on the Welland Canal.
          It is a bustling, working class diner with lotsa charm, good energy and pretty decent food. Give it a try .... also check out lock#3 to see the ships going up and down.

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          1. re: Stewart

            Don't know if it's too late for this, but:

            Sahla Thai on St. Paul St. in St. Catharines is great. LOVE the house dressing which served with the lunch salad (salad is included with every lunch special)!

            Wellington Court Cafe (also downtown St. Catharines) - haven't been there in years but if it's still open, it's wonderful.

            Da Pizza Joint on Lakeport Rd in Port Dalhousie has the BEST white pizza I've ever had. But you have to like salt!

            1. re: zainab13

              Sahla Thai has another location on Queen St. in Brampton - it's mediocre, bordering on awful.

            2. re: Stewart

              In reply to Stewart...My husband will agree with you on that, he loves the Mosy....