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Casual Dining in Niagara Falls

Hi fellow Chowhounders!
I am going to Niagara Falls this week and was wondering if anyone could suggest some good places to eat. Just casual, but good food. We have 2 teenage boys with us so somewhere they'd like too. Pasta, pizza ribs, etc but also good for us parents to enjoy some decent food and wine. Not a huge fan of chain restaurants such as the usual places like The Keg or Tony Roma's.

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  1. I visit relatives there frequently. There are only three places they will eat: an old mom and pop place, the Capri, which is consistently good and authentic old school; Casa D'oro which has hilariously over-the-top decor and Italian American Food; the Stone Inn, which is the prettiest room in town and pretty solid food.

    Niagara Falls is really a desert, though. If these places are full, I'd probably go for a chain place, and I hate them, too.

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    1. re: arugula

      Thanks for the tips! Capri sounds good. Thanks!

    2. There is a place called Clancy's on Stanley just north of 420/Roberts (plaze with Tim Horton's beside OPP). It';s a sports bar, I like their wings, pizza, ceasar salad and burger. Service os pleasant and the beer is always cold. T believe they have pasta, broasted checken etc...Food at Clancy's is better then Wild Mushroom, Hooters or St.Clare. As mentioned ealier, I'd avoid the chains. Skyontower, Minolta tower etc...

      1. Although not really adventerous eating, you MUST go to ANTICA PIZZA. It's on Victoria Ave., right off of Clifton Hill. Usually, everything around there is of the tourist trap nature, but this is family-owned and high-quality. You will have excellent pizza and pasta there for sure. I'm going to out on a limb and even suggest that it's worth a drive from Toronto to Niagara!!!

        1. The Wife and I went to Yank's (right near our Day's Inn) http://www.yanksniagara.com/ and got a pizza that was fantastic (just like homemade). Seemed like a good local place with lots of beer options and a nice casual atmosphere.

          1. I quite liked the two Brew Pubs, Taps on Queen St, and Niagara's Best on Lundy Lane. The food was a steal at Niagara's Best, and although there were major problems getting it, they ending up comping our entire bar bill! I'll happily go back to both.

            1. There is a pizza restaurant in Niagara Falls that makes their pizza in an open wood fired stone oven. Best pizza I ever tasted, but unfortunately I do not remember the name of the restaurant or the street it is on...maybe someone can help? I'd love to go back there next time I am in Niagara Falls.

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              1. re: heathercheryl

                Maybe it was Antica which was mentioned earlier in the thread? I haven't been but looks like they do have a wood burning pizza according to pics on their site.

                I am heading down to Niagara tonight for "Crushed Ice", a downhill skating competition thing. Looking for places to eat before hand and my friend is on a very limited budget.... I would rather pay for her meal then eat at Wendys but still looking for something pretty casual and "relatively" inexpensive. Thinking we might do Old Yanks or Antica as recommended in this thread.

                1. re: ylsf

                  Antica is a good standby there. Prices are reasonable. Also if you're over in the fallsview district, Coco's is comparable to Antica in price and quality.

                  Another standby that's reasonable is Lucky's in Casino Niagara. We go down about every two or three months as an escape from the city. If you ask they'll serve stuff form the Quench menu to you in Lucky's. Most of the sandwiches used to be on the Lucky's menu until recently.


                  1. re: abigllama

                    Thanks for the additional recs,

                    I am surprised by all of the recommendations for Antica... both on here and on Yelp,etc..... Maybe I had high expectations, and maybe the food is "good for Niagara" but people were saying on Yelp that they took a pizza home to Mississauga and friends were "raving" about it,etc.... Maybe I didn't order the right thing but the two items we had were nothing special...

                    The arrancini were pretty good but they seemed a bit undercooked to me.

                    I had a margeritta pizza which was covered in mozzarella. Although I like garlic, I felt the sauce had an overwhelming garlic flavour. Anyway, the pizza was definitely edible but not something I would go out of my way for. Again, maybe I should have tried something with more ingredients but I tend to start out with a simple pizza when I first go to a place.

                    Anyway, what I was really disappointed by was the gnocchi. I had a bit of my friends and it was really watery and I did not like the texture at all. I have had gnocchi in a lot of places and this was by far my least favourite version anywhere. On the menu it says "GNOCCHI DELLA CASA Our Specialty " . I had assumed they were made in house since it says "Della casa" and that it is their speciality... I have had those pre-packaged/vacuum sealed gnocchi that were better than this. I had only sampled some from my friends plate but if it was my dish I would have probably returned it to the kitchen, it was that bad.