Mamo is no longer. La Guardia is awful. I used to live across the street. We went solely for the garlic bread. Everything else was terrible. Cordoba cafe is just a coffee joint. It's fine, but nothing spectacular. It's in LaSalle, so unless someone is in that neighbourhood, I don't imagine it would be a logical place to go.
It really is a shame that there aren't a lot of gems in Windsor. My favourite places qualify more as joints than restaurants, with the exception of El Mayor, which does really good Lebanese. I love Bac Lieu (Vietnamese). Everything on the menu is good. Marathon Ethiopian is good. Jade is good for dim sum (cart service on weekends and holidays). Wah Court does decent dim sum as well. Their food is also pretty good, but the service keeps me from return visits. Servers would rather look through you than notice you trying to catch their eye. Take a cue from the Chinese dining contingent and wave madly or bark at the staff to get their attention (and possibly win their respect).
Gee, that place has been there since before I got my first pair of shoes and I probably still have a newer pair older than most of you.
I'm visiting in the area and drove in to Windsor today to a deli/butcher called Triple J on Tecumseh and Crawford as I have real trouble finding Csabai kolbasz and Hungarian paprika at home. TJs is a medium-sized, old shop - dark and grey but clean. Very comfortable with a heady, strong smell of wood smoke, garlic and spice.
There were dozens of types of sausages, hams, bacons, salamis and other cured meats including my kolbasz. They also sell curing salt and a range of casings. Everything is done on premises including the smoking.
The sausage I bought has excellent smell and good, deep, mahogany colour. My sister is boiling some now with our Easter ham and it is right. It was $7.99 a pound and well worth it - I bought about 12 pieces. I scored big on the Paprika too. It's dark, red Hungarian bought in bulk. I boughtt a 1 lb bag for $9.99.
These people know what they're doing when it comes to German/Polish/Hungarian stuff.
Ediblethoughts, if your friends are still there on Monday it's worth a visit just for the smell.
Across the small parking lot is a wholesale/retail Italian cheese place. I took a quick glance inside and was again taken by the smell and quality of what I saw.
I don't have personal experience but here are some ideas your friends might consider.
La Guardia was recently reveiwed in the Windsor Star, sounds old-school Italian but may be worth trying -
website - http://www.laguardia.ca
The Balkan Bistro was appreciated in its previous location on McCaul in Toronto. Now in a heritage building in Windsor serving Turkish and Mediterriean dishes. Also favourably reviewed by local media a few months ago.
Cordoba Coffee House is supposed to be a good spot for fair trade coffees, pastries, etc
Hopefully, someon in Windsor will chime in with more comments. Do a search on the places page at
for more Windsor locations.
804 Erie St E, Windsor, ON N9A3Y4, CA
5880 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N8S1M8, CA
Cordoba Coffee House
5975 Malden Rd, Windsor, ON N9H1S7, CA
411 Mill St, Windsor, ON N9C2R5, CA
59 Pitt St E, Windsor, ON N9A2V3, CA
The only restaurant that I really love in Windsor is Buda (255 Oullette), for breakfast and lunch. Their dinner menu is also pretty good, but lunch is a good value. Kind of an Asian fusion place, run presumably by the same people as Chanoso's and Oishii (next door). I would also recommend Eros Restaurant (2270 Wyandotte, at Randolph) for relatively cheap and good lunches, if you like more exotic dishes like Portuguese chicken or noodles. I haven't personally had much experience with fine dining in Windsor (as I just visit), but I have heard the occasional recommendation for Bistro. In my experience, it's pretty slim pickings in Windsor, although I have had good luck with dim sum and other Asian food.