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Oct 9, 2007 02:45 PM

Peterborough choweats

My cousin just moved out to Peterborough and I'm thinking of visiting him later in the month. Neither one of us knows the city so I'm just wondering if you can recommend anything modest and tasty? He just started a new job there.

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  1. There have actually been quite a few posts on Peterborough but here is one from just last month - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/400548

    Lots of good restaus in that town!

    1. Cervantes is nice - tapas style... (Hunter Street West). That particular section of Hunter has several good options on top of Cervantes - Karma's Cafe (Thai), Gerti's (pub), La Hacienda (mexican)... My current favourite is Splice - on George Street (379 George Street). They are also 'tapas style' though not spanish, per se. It's quite a mix. The fish and chips are to die for: panko crusted halibut with a wasabi mayo... YUM!

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      1. re: kawarthagirl

        jeff Purvey's fish and chips...kitschy dining room with lots of nets and model ships and the best fish and chips in ontario

        1. re: Finnegan

          Never tried them. Can't be bothered as I live closer to Village Fish & Chips in Lakefield and we LOVE those!

          1. re: kawarthagirl

            I found the quality of the Village Fish and Chips hasn't been so good lately...I think it changed ownership a couple of years ago. Though if in lakefield give 'em a try and take your meal to go and eat it by the river (then drop into Hamblins for a super good, super sized ice cream cone)

            1. re: Finnegan

              We really like the lady who runs it - she is very nice, which is not always a given at restaurants in the Kawarthas, particularly given how many of them there are................ :)

              Anyhoo, there is a new tea house opening in Lakefield soon, so we'll have to give that a boo...

          2. re: Finnegan

            oooh- Jeff Purvey's seconded!

            omg I so want them right now- but I'm too far away!
            (congrats to your bro on the ptbo job btw- they're hard to come by !)

          3. re: kawarthagirl

            Hey Kawarthagirl - what is splice like/about? Even when it is apparently open, it looks closed/dark/empty, which has managed to deter us thus far.

            While it is not modest, my husband and I did go to Rare on Brock Street (a few doors past the cheese house) and really loved our meal there. Their "s'mores" dessert is pretty amazing.

            1. re: JennaL

              It's great! It used to be open at lunch but I think they've decided to stop that. So we go for dinner - excellent martini's - and with sharing of plates, you can try different things...........

          4. Try St. Verona's. Corner of Hunter Street at Water Street. I try and make the drive from the city every couple of months and it's my yearly anniversary dinner location. It's well worth the trip. Amazing food and a hugely impressive beer list. I can't find a web site, but I've never had a bad meal there. Prices are reasonable as well. When we were last there it was a mix of 25-45 year olds with a few university students. The servers and bartenders are extremely knowledgeable about the alcohol selection. And it's a very relaxed place. Laid back and friendly. You won't be disappointed.

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              1. re: JennyBenny

                If you get to St Veronus, please let us know your thoughts, when I still lived in Ptbo (moved last year, still miss it) I attempted on numerous occasions to drop in or place a reservation, never was successful, on one of the occasions, I called ahead to inquire about some of the menu options for a conservative senior and was told that there was nothing on the menu he would like, no discussion of what was on the menu. Friends who had better success at getting in have recently commented that the menu has changed and aside from a few sig dishes, the menu was ininspired.

                I do recommend Hot Belly Mamas on George St, not fine dining, but fun, tasty food, and a great atmosphere, lots of range in the menu pricing as well.

                I second the congrats on a job out there, it is a lovely city, with huge potential that is slowly emerging.

                1. re: kaymanti

                  We haven't been to Veronus in a while - when they changed the menu, they dropped 2 of my favourite paninis... We've always had good service, but never tried to reserve before....... We just showed up at times that were unlikely to be swamped.

              2. Just adding a few quick place links to this thread.

                211 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H, CA

                Karma's Cafe
                217 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H2L1, CA

                225 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H, CA

                La Hacienda
                190 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H, CA

                379 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H3R2, CA

                Jeff Purvey's
                124 Rubidge St, Peterborough, ON K9J3N4, CA

                Village Fish & Chips
                17 Queen, Lakefield, ON K0L2H0, CA

                St Veronus
                129 Hunter St W, Peterborough, ON K9H2K7, CA

                Hot Belly Mama's
                380 George St N, Peterborough, ON K9H3R3, CA