Calling all Windsorites
Chatham has a bigger offering for Organic than Windsor does. Most Windsor independent butchers can point you towards natural meats. Fieldgate Organics is in the Market and sells organic meat. Sanson Estate Winery has natural beef, berkshire pork and heirloom vegetables. Enchie Organic Market offers a variety of products. Remark Farms has imported/gourmet spices, oils, etc. Let me know if you return and want more specifics.
On our way back from Detroit we visited our long time favorite Balkan Bistro on Mill St.. Balkan had moved from McCaul St near AGO in Toronto to Windsor for about a year and we have always been a fan of their inexpensive, hearty food.
I am happy to report that the food quality was excellent and the service was friendly and attentive.
Our Dolma was a disappointing mess, falling apart in a puddle of oil and vinegar. but the homemade homus was delicious.
Our entries were all fantastic. My calamari was a big portion of perfectly and well seasoned concoction. the side of rice was delicious as it was. My companies' meat loaf and lamb kebab also received great reviews.
Our bill including alcohol was under $100.
We will go back when we visit Windsor again.
Just moved to Windsor, but since the post seemed so bare, thought I would add in my two cents :)
Josephs (down the street from University Plaza) is a decent place for cheap and fresh fruit and vegies, not too sure if all the items are local or organic. Right beside it is a meat market, again, not sure on the organic side, but it is fresh and non chain.
Windsor is pretty good for ethic food, Chinese is great (Wah court is good on Wyandotte) and Vietnamese is good too (Pho Xic Lo on Wyandotte). There is also a farmers market on Market Square 2109 Ottawa St., but without a car, I can't tell you how it is. Let me know if you find anything chow worth down here (especially coffee!)
Tunnel BBQ - not for the ribs, which I find rather dry and boring, but for the little pastry shop at the side where they sell the most fantastic brownies. Get a half dozen to go.
Erie street has some nice Italian spots (or, perhaps, had - I moved away 7 years ago, and haven't been back). We used to get a gelato, and stroll up and down the block checking out menus before choosing a spot to eat. Can't remember being disappointed.
As Mike suggests, there are some very good Chinese spots on both University and College near the U.of W. campus. I'm hesitant to name names for fear they are no longer there, but if you don't mind pedestrian decor, you can get some great food. Bill Wong's is still probably there; I'd give it a pass.
I tried asking this when I was leaving for Windsor in July to perform at the Fringe Festival and was met with astounding silence...
The only "Chow" worthy place I ran into was May Wah Inn Chinese on University Ave W. Not the fanciest (it's rather stark and plain) and the service is, well, efficient. But it is the best authentic Chinese I've tasted outside of Agincourt/Markham. When I walked in and discovered the restaurant was jam packed and I was the only non-Chinese person there, I knew the food would be authentic and delicious...
re: Mike from Hamilton
It's been a few years since I've eaten there, but I've always enjoyed Bubi's http://www.bubis.org/ It's a burger joint specializing in "gourmet" burgers (i.e. greek burgers piled high with feta, etc.). They're not shy with the garlic, the portions are generous, and I've found the food to be delicious.