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May 8, 2007 09:48 PM

Good places to eat in Sudbury

I thought I'd list some good restaurants in Sudbury, in case anyone's passing through. There is some good chow here.

A must-try is a porchetta sandwich from the Regency Bakery. Porchetta is a lovely slow-roasted spiced pork from Italy that for some reason has become huge in Sudbury. You can find the bakery on Regent street behind Wendy's. You pick a bun, then hand it to the deli counter to load it up with meat.

For a nice fun celebration-type meal try Respect is Burning, an Italian bistro hotspot downtown on durham Street. It's festive and a bit loud. There are some yummy pastas and dishes like veal and ribs, and a delicious pear-pancetta slad with cashews.. It's where Sudbury's emerging yuppie class likes to hang.

There's a Greek restaurant that is now under Vietnamese ownership that has a simple but delicious Vietnamese menu. It's called Stelio's, on Barrydowne just south of Lasalle (where the New Sudbury Mall is).

There's also a pan-Asian place on Lasalle called Cafe Korea that has barbeques on the table. The bulgogi is a little expensive but pretty tasty.

And there's a Mexican place called Casa Mexicana that has 2 branches - one downtown on Elm, near the farmer's market, and the other on Lasalle. It's simple but pretty yummy, especially the chicken mole.

And if you just want a coffee or something, there are 2 places in town I really like - books and Beans on Durham is a friendly cozy kind of place where everyone knows your names, and they have some nice sandwiches like hummous, cheddar and veggies on ciabatta.
The Old Rock Roastery near the fire station has a lot of fair trade beans and some locally made creamy sweet treats (and firefighters like to hang out there, enough said).

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  1. What about Ristorante Verdicchio? I had a great meal there a while back.

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    1. re: Fwagra

      I ate at Verdicchio's about 11 years ago and it was so good. Quite a surprise for a place like Sudbury.

      I was expecting someone to suggest Deluxe Burgers

      1. re: Fwagra

        Second Verdicchio. By far and away the BEST restaurant in Sudbury. And it rivals MANY restaurants here in TO for quality of food and service.

        The Gregorini family has been in the resto business for a very long time. They know food and wine, and are exceptionally warm.

        I also highly recommend Respect is Burning. Supper Club atmosphere with amazing pizza. Rob is a genius in the kitchen.

        1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

          I was told Verdicchio wasn't worth the money and instead go to Respect is Burning - same family, (I think Verdicchio's son) much better value for the money, Is that true? What about Tony Telkenberg's, is that place still around? And where is the best omelette, without too much grease?

          1. re: breakaway

            Verdicchio and Respect is Burning is owned by the same family (two brothers)...and Verdicchio's is definitely worth every penny.

            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

              I went to RIB and the service was awful. The tomatoes in the Caprese Salad I ordered were hard as a rock and flavourless. The pasta was all right. They don't serve decent bread. They are lucky it's in Sudbury because they certainly couldn't make it where there is competition.

              1. re: breakaway

                Haven't been for a while (it's been over 6 months), so I'll refrain from recommending it for now. Thanks for the heads up.

                Did you bring it to Rob's attention?

                1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                  I sent a strongly worded email and never received a reply. If they had any class at all they would have acknowledged my email. Thankfully I don't live in Sudbury and if I'm ever there again I won't waste my time at RIB.

                  1. re: breakaway

                    Its too bad you don't live in Sudbury. I actually feel sorry for you because it is an amazingly progressive and growing city. Folks here are warm and inviting, friendly and real. I have lived in Toronto and Waterloo, both you might argue should have the better cuisine, or at least Toronto should given its size. However, I have found small towns actually care about their customers because they see them more often, not just popping in and out. Sorry you had a bad experience breakaway, but you are welcome back to give other establishments a try. RIB is not our only restaurant. I have eaten amazing meals in North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie and many towns in between. You really should give it try are welcome.

                    1. re: hometown boy

                      Hey, hometown boy, what are your recommendations for Timmins? I'll be spending Christmas up there. I really like the upstairs dining room at the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine.

                      1. re: hungry_pangolin

                        I haven't been there in a while, but I hear the Restaurant Nadeau has a great breakfast service...lots of people usually means good food. Also, you might want to try the Cedar Soup Barrel as they have an excellent selection of deli type food. Its not New York, but it is pretty great fare. For dinner time I would definitely give Colasacco Pasta place a try. Very good homemade selections and good prices. Night life used to revolve around Miller's pub but I don't know if it is still around. I thought I had heard it burned down so you're on your own after supper! Bon Appetit.

                        1. re: hungry_pangolin

                          hungry pangolin, if you'll be in timmins you need to go to "chez nous" to have the "quebec poutine" (don't order the other varieties) and to see the "POUTINELAND" sign. it's part of the timmins experience.
                          lots of locals go to the london cafe, but i can't vouch for it personally. the fish bowl is another popular spot.
                          we narrowly escaped having to make the northern ontario (timmins, north bay) tour this year, but i do admit, i'm envious that you will be able to have a decent poutine.

                          1. re: foodiemommy

                            Ahh come on! Every "Northerner" knows the BEST poutine in Northern Ontario is the chip stop in Sturgeon Falls!

                            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                              I agree with Splendid Wine Snob, being from that area. You can't beat Sturgeon Falls fries or poutine, as I have said in other threads.

                              1. re: foodiemommy

                                Gotta be honest... I don't like poutine. And I've had it in (Ville de) Quebec. But where is Chez Nous? Is that in the Franco-Ontarien Centre on Algonguin Ave.? Fish Bowl was OK, but... meh. How is the dining room at The Senator Hotel these days? Back in the day, it was *the* place to go. For the record, last year, twice I had lunch in The Airport Hotel in SP, and the tomato sauce for the ravioli was one of the best I've had ever, including Toronto, Firenze, Venizia... in late October, it was bright, fruity, almost floral. The ravioli were B+. They really have to think about even a modest wine list, though.

                                1. re: hungry_pangolin

                                  I had a crappy meal a few years back at The Senator. Can't vouch for The Fish Bowl, haven't eaten there. Will be sure to visit the Airport Hotel next time I have to go up to Timmins. Thanks for the tip.

                                  1. re: foodiemommy

                                    Just to be clear, I mean the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine, on Bruce St., by the lake, not at Timmins Airport. God bless her, Elva, the woman who took over the Airport about a decade ago, has done good things with that place. My mother and a couple of her friends went for dinner two weeks ago, and the roast beef was very good, according to her (and she knows her beef). Their menu is not remotely "cuisine", but it's really good, honest food, well executed.

                                  2. re: hungry_pangolin

                                    What about the Dante Club? The pasta and sauce is still home made by the Nonnas is still one of my favourite places to go when I go back up.

                                2. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                  Actually every Northern knows that the best poutine comes from the chip stand on Manitoulin Island - the next best is the Northland Hotel in Chelmsford. oh the flashbacks.

                                  1. re: juliewong


                                    What are the coordinates of this chip stand on Manitoulin. I spend a fair amount of time up there, and I'd like to check it out.


                                    1. re: toquedeville

                                      There are 2 chip stands in Kagawong and there is another that I know of on #6 south of Little Current and north of Bidwell Road but can't remember extactly where except it is on the east side of the road. I always go for the burger and fries so haven't tried the poutine.

                                  2. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                                    I agree whole heartedly...between the two rivals Riv and Larry's across the street from each other, which is your favorite? BTW, was battling some yuppies on another chow subject when it comes to poutine, when you grew up having it in Sturgeon, the local stuff is crap and over priced...

                  2. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                    Thanks for the great support! It is always appreciated!! RV

                    1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

                      We had an enjoyable lunch at Verdicchio as we drove through Sudbury. We showed up at about 2pm for lunch; so clearly we were on the late side but still within the lunch window (the restaurant serves lunch until 2:30 pm Wed-Sat) . When we arrived, our waiter told us that the wood-fired pizza oven had cooled down and that we should tell him, if we wanted pizza, so that they could add some wood to the fire. We did tell him that we would like some pizza, and so he kindly re-heated the oven. However, it seems as though the oven didn't quite get hot enough, because when our pizza came out, the crust was baked somewhat unevenly, and the texture was more reminiscent of fried dough then of pizza crust.

                      The Verdicchio salad was very good and fresh; the Caesar salad was promising but too heavy on the dressing. Service was quirky, but very friendly. All in all, I think it was a good but by no means great meal. Would I go again next time I drive through Sudbury? Sure. The food is head and shoulder above anything else that is served within dozens of miles.

                      1351 Kelly Lake Rd, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E, CA

                  3. Mmmmmmm....Sudbury Porchetta always gets me salivating...

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                      1. If you don't feel like going out, Topper's Pizza is a pretty good local chain.

                        1. Also...there is FINALLY a Thai restaurant opening up on Notre Dame where Little India used to be! I can't wait.

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                          1. re: curiousmonkey

                            There is a decent Indian restaurant on Paris St, called Indian Summer. It's not very busy but the food is good (not the best ever but passable.) Definitely better than most Sudbury offerings.