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Apr 5, 2009 05:34 PM

Where to go in NOTL?

Hi there,

I'm going to Niagara on the Lake later this week and have a day and a night to spend there. We are eating at the Charles Inn but need help with a great lunch option. I'd love to go to Vineland, but it's too far out; we need to stick to NOTL on this trip. Also, these are the wineries I'm thinking of visiting. We know wine really well, so not really that interested in the big commercial wineries (except for Inniskillin), but more of the intimate ones with great wines. Where to go for the best Icewine?

Niagara College Teaching Winery






Chateau des Charmes

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  1. Stone road grill is hands down one of the best restaurants i've eaten at ever..(it's a destination-worthy restaurant (8 hours for me from NJ) ...i think they're open for lunch ...The only disappointment yer apt to have is the regret that you didn't go there for dinner.

    1. If you have time, grab a slice of pie at The Pie Plate on Niagara Stone Road. Wonderful homemade fresh fruit pies!

      1. If you're going to be at Reif, then they have a 'not bad' restaurant there - I prefer it to most places in NOTL. But if you're at Reif then it's only a 10-15 minute drive to Treadwell's (almost straight along the lakeside route - only 1 turn) - which is easily(IMO) the best restaurant in the Peninsula.

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        1. re: estufarian

          I've got your back on that one Estufarian. Fully agree that Treadwell's is one of the best in Niagara. However, if six wants to stay in NOTL, honourable mention should go to Peller Estates Winery (pricy) or Stone Road Grill (a bit more reasonable.) Stay away from anything in the town core itself... overpriced and mediocre, particularly the Vintage Inn chain (Prine of Wales, Queen's Landing and Pillar and Post)

          1. re: cynalan

            Glad to read positive reports I'm booked next week at Treadwells. I am in the minority, perhaps, but I had one of my worst meals every at Peller. Though they did have a wonderfully buttery Chardonnay that I enjoyed (year and label escapes me).

            Any recommendations on breakfast?

            1. re: Apprentice

              My wife and I recently tried The Old Winery Inn. Chef Tony de Luca who recently left the Oban Inn runs this restaurant located a stone's throw from the old town. We had the best eggs benny that we've ever tried. Not a huge menu but found it to be an enjoyable brunch dish.

              Sorry that you had a bad time at Peller. As for the Chardonnay, could it be the '96 Reserve. I bought several cases for the same reason... a really full-bodied, buttery, nicely oaked Chard. One of my favourite Niagara wines.

              1. re: cynalan

                Thanks for the recommendation for TOW and the Chard tip.

                1. re: Apprentice

                  Oops, notice a typo... that should be the 06 Private Reserve.

          2. re: estufarian

            Had a wonderful experience at Treadwell over the weekend. Ordered the tasting menu and wine pairings. Food was good to excellent. I've never experienced such enthusiasm and detailed explanations for each wine pairing - it was fun. They are a great group of hosts. I was really impressed with two wines in particular a Reisling by Ravine (suprisingly very German) and a 13th Street Gamay Noir.

            1. re: estufarian

              Hubby is loves Treadwell in NOTL. Not to be missed!

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