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Stone road grille in NOTL

I'm heading to NOTL in a few weeks and was thinking about having dinner here one night. The menu looks great, and judging by the comments here, the food is good, but if I remember from my last visit to NOTL, the restaurant is in some strip mall or something. Whats the atmosphere like inside the place? Any advice?

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  1. It's very warm and cozy inside, with some eclectic decor. You would never guess from the outside. It's a wonderful spot -- far and away better than anything you'll find in Old Town, and a lower price point than the winery restaurants. Highly recommended.

    1. I have a "room shot" as well as menu shots in the flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/s...

      Recs: Though I went a couple years ago now, I really enjoyed the maple cotton candy and especially enjoyed the Clafouti for dessert (Uh.. note: I have a sweet tooth). Phenomenally good. Everything else was good, but only so-so. I would rather go back to Treadwell's out of the two.

      If you're going to Stone road, there's also Willow Cakes and Pastries (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/s...) in the same strip, but in the stand alone store thing in the lot. Lovely looking cakes, the truffles and butter tarts were nice.

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      Stone Road Grille
      238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

      Willow Cakes
      242 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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      1. re: jlunar

        perfect, thanks so much. Those butter tarts at willow cakes look amazing. Now Im really excited!

        1. re: hungryabbey

          I personally would skip Willow Cakes for The Pie Plate. Willow Cakes' products are prettier, but The Pie Plate's are tastier.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            thanks for the tip. Taste trumps appearance when it comes to high-calorie treats.

            1. re: hungryabbey

              Yes, I agree. Pie Plate, not Willow!!!!

              On my visit to The Pie Plate a few weekends ago, they had both raisin and nut butter tarts. In my opinion, they were better than Flaky Tart. Smaller, too, which makes them easier to eat. Everything we tried there was delish.

              I also recommend Olson's at Ravine Vineyard, for a nice lunch if the weather is good. Very picturesque, and I did enjoy the savoury items (the sweets are hit and miss, in my opinion). The sandwiches in the new shop (RV) are pre-prepared in the refrigerator (so you can see what you are ordering) and then put on the panini press once ordered. I appreciated this, since the time I ate at her original location in Port Dalhousie, Hubbie and I got sandwiches that didn't match what we expected according to the menu description (light on ingredients, etc.).

              I hope you do go to SRG. We had a wonderful meal there.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Im so glad you mentioned the Ravine vineyard, I was planning on making a stop in for a light lunch. I'll report back on it all.

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  I would recommend lunch at Peller Estates. It was the best lunch I have had in a very long time! It was simply divine.

                  1. re: ocean

                    I would love to go back to peller. I had an incredible tasting menu dinner there with my bf last summer. However, my parents (read: non foodies) are taking me this year along with them and would not appreciate this level of dining.

      2. Don't let the location discourage you. The atmosphere at SRG is warm, exciting and altogether extremely comfortable - and classy without a hint of pretension.

        1. STG is cosy and warm in the sense it has friendly staff and clientele but it's also pretty noisy. My favourite feature is that all dishes are available in 1/2 portions to allow you to sample and create your own tasters.

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          1. re: Apprentice

            really?? even with the main courses? Like, I could have 1/2 portion of steak frites and 1/2 portion of duck?

            1. re: hungryabbey

              Yes, all of their entrees are available in appetizer sizes. It's a nice feature.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Very nice. So any recommendations for apps, desserts or mains anyone?

                1. re: hungryabbey

                  Highly recommend the cloudberry crème brulée. Checking out the online menu, it looks different from the one I remember a few weeks back. Don't know if it's their current menu, an old one, or just a selection. I had the steak frites, which I very much enjoyed. Definitely have the lobster triangolini and the charcuterie plate, the latter of which is all made in-house, by the chef, and featured a totally decadent, luscious chicken mousse the night we were there (plus a bunch of cured meats).

                  1. re: hungryabbey

                    i was there over the christmas break, and they had this beautiful chef's special with lamb cooked in 3 ways - a mouth-watering sheppard's pie, a chop, and a small rack. very very delish.

                    btw - as everyone else has said, it's a great little place. the decor is nice, and to be honest, its one of the least pretentious (sp?) places i have been for this type of dining. enjoy!

                    1. re: dimsumyum

                      thanks for the reply! Sounds like a real gem, Im excited and will report back.

            2. How are the prices at Stone Road Grille? I see the menu online, but as Full Tummy commented earlier, I'm also not sure if the menu is old or current so I wasn't sure about the pricing. Just ordering a salad and an entree for lunch, could we get out of there around $25 per person (not including tax and tip)? I'm hoping to arrange a one-day trip with a few friends and would like a sit-down lunch and then head to all the other "sweet" places noted on this board for a treat... so just want to make sure Stone Road Grille's prices would be suitable for the group.

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              1. re: alleycat81

                I think 25 for lunch would be enough, extra if you want wine, but as you can see, the most expensive main at lunch is 14$, so you should be okay. Report back if you go!