We are going to be passing through Frederiction next week and staying downtown in a BnB - anyone have any suggestions as to a good place to eat? Nothing too heavy, perhaps a bit funky in terms of decor. And open Monday nights!
Fredericton's ethnic food scene is awesome (and affordable.) Just a couple:
Caribbean Flavas on York... everything is delicious, and lots of it is lighter... soups and smoothies as well as jerk and curries, etc. Open till 8:30pm on Mondays.
Dimitri's Souvlaki on King... Greek food. Salads are great as are the vegetarian options (can't speak for the meat). Open till 9:30pm on Mondays.
Chez Riz on Queen... my absolute favorite. Super-cheap, fabulous Indian food. They also offer buffets at dinner time— the only buffet I'd ever recommend (photo of someone's plate on Flickr: <http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreela...).
Open till 9:00pm on Mondays.
123 York St, Fredericton, NB E3B, CA
I'm not a Fredericton local, but whenever I visit town El Burrito Loco is a must on my itinterary - tasty mexican food. I'm not sure if I would consider the deco funky --- it's certainy busy, and a lot of fun. It's down town, so should be relatively close to where you are staying.
I hate to be such a critic about Fredericton's restaurants, but I would want to this info if I were visiting.
The only consistently competent rooms in town are in the Delta and Lord Beaverbrook. The Blue Door and Brewbakers offer mediocre food and relatively expensive prices. Sometimes their dishes are worse than mediocre. Just the other week I had "Vietnamese Market Noodles"--a banal bowl of rice noodles with a generic sauce. Dimitri's is the sort of Greek restaurant that can only exist in suburbs and small towns. Avoid it. Chez Riz is barely passable, as one would expect from an "Indian" restaurant that generally caters to people who are decidedly not from the subcontinent (and whose culture shuns spice).
Once upon a time, El Burrito Loco was surprisingly good "Mexican", but some years ago they expanded and declined substantially in quality.
Don't come here looking for good restaurants. This is a meat and potatoes town and little more. But if you have access to a kitchen, the market offers some really excellent meat producers and in the summer the produce is superb.
I'm going to have to provide a counterpoint to waxingdeep. I'm not sure what sort of food tastes he has, or whether his (as I see it) poor judgement is the result of glitchy visits, but so far I'm quite certain I wouldn't trust him to recommend me a restaurant any time soon.
My only experience at the Delta was very poor, the service was pretty poor considering we were the only table, and the food was overpriced and bland. (I suspect waxingdeep would like Oscar's on Prospect, which I felt was about on par with the Delta. Restaurants for people who insist on seafood or steak in order to be satisfied.)
Perhaps it's my fault for thinking a meal of the price I paid at the Delta should be more substantial, or perhaps I mistook the rice side dish's nature and it was indeed meant to be slightly crunchy. Perhaps I should speak up and complain more to the staff so they can fix the problem... but alas, I am timid. I did get the impression I was meant to be appreciative for the seared skin and fat left on one side of the morsel of boring duck... but I wasn't.
On the other hand ... despite El Burrito Loco's occasional lapses in service, the food has always been good, and I have to stop myself from overindulging (generally unsuccesfully). I have friends who have moved all about for school, etc. who spent the first few years moaning about a lack of EBL, from the expected Wales and England, to North Carolina and *Texas*
The Blue Door and Brewbakers are some of the better places to spend money at "restaurant prices" in town. The Blue Door's sweet potato fries are great, Brewbakers' maple curry chicken penne...
Dmitri's is admittedly blessed with a bit of a diner air, but the prices are reasonable for what is obviously not meant to be haute cuisine. Consider the other options for Greek and Mediterranean food in Fredericton? Pano's? I mean really, they have paper placemats... (then again, so did the deceased Praying Mantis...)
Sure, don't travel to Fredericton for the food, but don't avoid our restaurants because of this fellow's poor reviews.
If I had to make a shortlist for visits (future ones, for the original poster) I would say Brewbakers, the Blue Door and Mei's.
Gotta reply here as well. I agree with Balthcat. The Delta offers mediocre (and that is generous-partly because of the view!) food, poor service and little in the way of "funky decor". It's a hotel dining room. Period.
I have seldom had a poor meal at Brewbakers and/or the Blue Door. And, if for some reason, there has been a problem, it has been corrected (or at least someone has acknowledged the problem-not so at the Delta) The wine lists at both places are quite good as well.
Dimitri's is not fancy, but has good greek food. Not amazing, but good.
I cannot comment on The Lord Beaverbrook, since I have only eaten banquet food there.
For the person who recommended Mei's-yes the food is good- but fyi- there have been some cleanliness issues in the kitchen.
I think Chez Riz is around the most authentic you can get in terms of Indian food in Atlantic Canada, and this is not based on my opinion but on the thoughts of my Indian friends... they all say that when they order "Pakistani hot" it is very very close to what they get at home... I've been there many times with my Indian friends and without them and the experience and taste have always been excellent. I don't know where you get this idea of barely passable... especially since it is one of the most popular restaurants in downtown Fredericton.
I never found much good to eat in Fredericton, which always surprised me given it is the provincial capital city -- I figured the expense-account business from politicians would support some good places. To me, the Diplomat, out by the Delta, epitomized the place, with ordinary food at high prices.