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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 sometime...you 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 there....it 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...

                    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.

                        2. heard many good things about Indian Summer on Paris... have yet to try it.

                          I am a big fan of Sapporo Icibang, a japanese restaurant. They have some of the best sushi i've had in my life! The shrimp Tempura Roll (Dynamite Roll) is one of my favorite items on their menu! :P It is truly amazing :P

                          Another nice italian restaurant, very simple, but excellent food is Ripe, on Regent Street. They have very simple plates, but delicious food!

                          One thing i don't like in this city, is that we have too many italian restaurants. Ok, it is good, but there's so much more cuisine. Thai, Vietnamese, etc. Seems to be lacking. I have yet to find a good greek place in Sudbury too!


                          1. I'm at the Old Rock right this minute (another big feature is that it has free wireless internet), and loving it. Fantastic place to study or work.

                            Another place I love to eat here is the Laughing Buddha on Elgin Street -- it has a funky artsy atmosphere that is (unfortunately) rare in Sudbury. They've got great panini-grilled sandwiches and their pizzas are good. Good selection of rare imported beers as well. Plus, in the summer they have a really nice patio, probably the nicest in the city -- it's a gem.

                            Also, The Office Bistro on Elm Street (near Durham) is a favourite. Upscale atmosphere and menu, but the prices are not sky-high. I hope more people will come out and support this place.

                            1. Wow, thanks guys!!! I love that I have found this site.....We're new to the Sudbury area and there are so many restaurants we want to try, many we have tried, and many we are wondering about...so I'm going to start by asking about a couple.....we'd like to try "Ali Baba's" ~ has anyone tried it yet? Also, that new thai restaurant on Notre Dame...I forget what it is called but would like to know what everyone thinks of it!

                              As for Respect is Burning, have yet to try it, but have only ever heard great things about it! Sapporo Ichiban I tried for the first time this week and I am telling you....the dynamite roll and the spider crab roll have made me soooo glad I moved here!!! haha! Being 30 hours away from everyone and everything we know is now worth it cuz the sushi is amazing!!! I had heard that Verdicchio's is good but not worth the $$, but after reading some comments, I am definitely going to try it!! Wow, I am so excited...keep posting when you try and find new places that are yummy to eat! I love all types of food...and also can't wait to try the Casa...um, I forget, the Mexican place downtown! Mmmm, keep posting, my stomach is starting to growl just thinking about it!! :-)

                              1. Just adding some place links. Feel free to add some notes to the "What you should know" sections.

                                1. clicked too soon....

                                  Respect is Burning
                                  Durham St, Greater Sudbury, ON P3C, CA

                                  Regency Bakery
                                  1355 Regent St, Sudbury, ON P3E3Z1, CA

                                  Cafe Korea
                                  798 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A4V4, CA

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

                                  Indian Summer
                                  1543 Paris St, Sudbury, ON P3E3B7, CA

                                  Casa Mexicana
                                  1142 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A1Y4, CA

                                  1. some more...

                                    Sapporo Ichibang
                                    79 Cedar St, Sudbury, ON P3E1A7, CA

                                    1. And again

                                      Sapporo Ichibang
                                      79 Cedar St, Sudbury, ON P3E1A7, CA

                                      1788 Regent St, Sudbury, ON P3E3Z8, CA

                                      Laughing Buddha
                                      194 Elgin St, Sudbury, ON P3E3N5, CA

                                      Office Bistro
                                      61 Elm St, Sudbury, ON P3C1R6, CA

                                      Ali Baba
                                      833 Ontario St, Sudbury, ON P3E4L1, CA

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                                      1. re: JamieK

                                        Oh chowhound where were you when I was training for a month in Sudbury and living in a hotel where I could write everything off? I even went to Deluxe burgers for a foot long dog... A FOOT LONG.. I would never reccomend that.

                                      2. The Parker House Inn on Elm has great soups and sandwiches and they have THE best coffees in town. They roast their own beans and it's all fair trade. Love this place. I go there for lunch all the time. It has so much charm. It's an old house turned into an Inn and bistro.

                                        1. Enrico's restaurant in the Caruso Club.

                                          It is authentic italian-canadian nonna's home cooking. It is all you can eat and is the best bang for your buck in the city.

                                          Kicks the tomato sauce out of Verdicchio. I can make that 30$ plate of pasta at home.

                                          Also, Indian Summer is amazing for what it is. I heard they've been trying to sell. Eat up before the Sudz loses its best restaurant.

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                                          1. re: betsythedairycow

                                            wow! 30 bucks!! that is pretty pricey. funny, i don' t remember seeing any pasta dish over 18 bucks on the menu and that was just last week.

                                          2. There seems to be a need for more up-to-date news on the Sudbury Dining scene.
                                            The above thread seems to have wandered off into poutine country which wasn't the kind of dining we had in mind on our arrival on Friday.
                                            Good food is very hard to find in Sudbury.
                                            If you find it, please report it.

                                            Local specialty is freshwater fish, particularly pickerel - Teklenberg's may be the place to find it but it didn't survive the kitchen. We came into town for a wedding hoping to impress a visitor from Ireland. The service was friendly, the ambience rustic. The rusticity should not preclude good a good presentation. Travel anywhere in the world and you can find good cooks producing good local food. Simple grilling should bring out the uniquely delicate taste in pickerel - the kitchen just didn't manage that. The baked potato was small, the accompanying veg Ok but unspectacular.. My companions suffered through overcooked stirfries. You cannot do that to a scallop (Ok - scallops are not local) and get away with it.
                                            Beer choices were few and confined to Canadian big breweries. There are a lot of Ontario craft brews that would go well with the menu - but sadly not offered. Our food choices did not lean toward wine.
                                            Will someone post a place that can prepare good fish fare in Sudbury, in time for our next visit?
                                            The Saturday catered meal - wedding banquet type - suggested quality kitchen staff may be hard to find in Sudbury. I don't blame the wedding party's choice - I suspect from this meal and prior visits that Sudbury is a culinary desert.
                                            Desert? - dessert?
                                            The chocolate mousse was actually delicious - let's not pan everything.

                                            A breakfast (Gongas - tiny eggs, thin bacon - suggestion - go for the peameal) and a lunch elsewhere were not significant in any way.
                                            Sunday Brunch at Brystons, Copper Cliff showed that good kitchens do exist. Staff suggested Verdicchios and Pasta e Vino for better luck.
                                            Verdicchios was too expensive and just too far away for our needs on the weekend, Alexandria's in retrospect may have been a good choice and on a future visit I hope to try Indian Summer and the much touted Regent Street Porchetta.
                                            Parker House Inn bakery is now closed - sadly.
                                            In 25 years visiting Sudbury, good dining has been very scarce. Two good chefs I have known have sadly gone under financially. Ah! Whatever happened to the Sunset Marina on Windy Lake. Big city tax on a successful enterprise and they can't survive.
                                            I urge the locals to demand better and beyond the usual chains.
                                            Posters, tout the good spots, please.

                                            1. Unfortunately almost everything is closed on Sundays. We drove around past Indian Summer, Respect is Burning (I do not get that name), and Casa Mexicana (2 locations)but all were dark. Beef N Bird was open but it is more bar than restaurant and we had kids and no one under 19 allowed. Ended up at a pizza place we had driven past about 7 times, Ugi's, which was nothing special. Chicken wings were very nicely prepared but "hot" was barely a medium. Draft beer a choice of Macroswill or Macroswill Light. La Boulangerie du Village was a hit for breakfast (not really breakfast meals but great baked goods). Also stopped by Leinala's Bakery for some great doughnuts. Went to Casa Mexicana (downtown location) on Monday night and it was very good - for what it attempts (chimichangas, burritos, etc. not fancy cuisine) it is probably better than most, if not all, Mexican in Toronto. Thanks to posters in this thread and another for the ideas.

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                                              1. re: maple99

                                                We live close to Sudbury and frequently visit Sudbury on Sundays and most restaurants are open, but close earlier than usual.
                                                We really like the My Thai Palace on Notre Dame; the salad rolls, spring rolls and the glass noodles with shrimp and chicken are very good. My daughter is Celiac and they are great about special diets.
                                                We have had a couple of amazing meals at Restaurant Verdicchio's, but very pricey. We also really like the Pat and Mario's on Lasalle for more reasonable but good Italian fare.
                                                We had a wonderful older waitress there l who told us it was the only restaurant in Sudbury she would work at and it was clean clean clean in the back which is always nice to hear.
                                                If you like Sushi the Sushi restaurant downtown is very good.
                                                The prime rib at MR Prime Rib was melt in your mouth the best I ever had-it's pretty much a traditional "meat and potatoes" restaurant
                                                We have heard that Casa Mexicana is very good but have yet to try it.
                                                If you have time to travel the Schoolhouse Restaurant in Providence Bay on Manitoulin Island is an amazing place to dine close to one of the nicest beaches in Northern Ontario. Only open in the summer however they do special meals on select weekends during the winter months.
                                                By the way I don't care for poutine (aka"heart attack on a plate")

                                              2. Nobody has mentioned Alexandria's. It is fairly expensive but the service and food are of much higher quality than that of Respect is burning. When looking for a nice properly done meal with good service wile in Sudbury I sudgest Alexandrias down across from the Theater Center!
                                                Good eating to all and to all a good night!

                                                1. Mmmmm..... foooooood! :OP

                                                  So, my hubby and I have tried a lot of restaurants In Sudbury. Simmons Gallery Grill!!!! Helllllloooooo! Yum-tastic. The service was EXCELLENT and ... they had great bread (calbrese I think). The house white we chose was the most delicious Pinot Gregg'o I have eva had. Mmmmm... and the butterscatch creme brule... I wanted to lick the ramican. Y'all should try it. (OH! and live music on Friday's and Saturday's)

                                                  My Fav breakie-lunch-dessert place in all of Sudbury is Ti Amo. You can't beat the latte's and waffles. Oh... anytime is a great time to eat-a waffle.

                                                  Anyone agree? Anyone tried Simmon's? (love to know what you guys think) ;OP

                                                  1. So, back in the first week of November 2011, I spent 3 days in Sudbury while my husband was hunting, and I took all the advice I saw on this post to decide where to eat during my visit. Except for two nights when I just wanted to stay in my hotel room and ended up with some East Side Mario's, this is some updated feedback on the local places I ate:
                                                    - Regent Bakery and Deli - I enjoyed my first meal in Sudbury with lunch of a porchetta sandwich. Delicious and enjoyable at a picnic table outside in the sun despite the November weather. Nice soft roll with mustard and a latte from the adjoining cafe. Good start to the day!
                                                    - Restaurant Verdicchio - This was everything I expected! I had a four-course fixed price menu for dinner (amuse bouche, beet and goat cheese salad, sausage papardelle, venison pot pie and panna cotta) with perfectly paired wines. The food was wonderful and fresh, but, in particular, the wines were ideal. It also was the most expensive meal I had in Sudbury and matched the price I would have paid for the same in Toronto. But the experience was soothing and restful.
                                                    - Alexandria - My lunch was simple and clean and perfectly executed. I had the calamari to start and then a chicken special with a glass of Pinot Grigio. The environment was cozy if a little bit dated, but the wait staff were friendly and professional. Prices were comparable with a Toronto lunch, but better than some places that I have paid this much in Toronto.
                                                    - Respect Is Burning - I had a lunch special pizzetta with sausage and the soup of the day, a house-made chicken noodle. I imagine the place would have been a lot of fun at night, as the decor is a little edgy and lively. The food was straightforward and tasty, and helped brighten a cold and rainy day downtown.
                                                    I would have liked to try some other places, but ran out of days. Would be interested in trying some other places mentioned in the future, as the above recommendations were, in my opinion, very reliable.
                                                    Thanks to previous posters!

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                                                    1. re: ilinda

                                                      Gonna bring this thread back to life. My favorite restaurant in Sudbury is Bella Vita cucina. It's in a residential area so if you didn't know it was there, you'd never find it. But the food has always been fabulous.

                                                      Bella Vita Cucina
                                                      493 Kathleen St, Sudbury, ON P3C2M7, CA