Thanks for all the suggestions. We tried Snug Harbour for drinks at sundown. Very busy place with poor acoustics but a nice view. We tried the bruschetta, which was truly dreadful. I would have liked to have those calories back.
We tried Hook's after walking the main street to look at the menus. Blackened fish is something of an art, and not easy to do correctly. Spice and texture can be screwed up easily and quickly. This was done properly, and was tasty, with nice heat. Served on a sauced rice mixture with baby shrimp, and two good sized, but salty, mudbugs. The place was full, and service was efficient. When the place is full and it takes the wine five minutes, and the mains maybe fifteen, they've got their act together.
actually its Thyme 4, and they do have a small patio out front. its not on the menu but the penne a la vodka is amazing, ask they'll probably make it for you.
I heard that the pump was opening a patio? I hope so. Need more patios in the neighbourhood. the little dive dinner across the river is great for souvlaki or braekfast, very busy place and cheap beer, small patio but depending on your tastes possibly lacking in atmosphere.
For patios, you have limited choices:
- Colossus, for good greek. I find their specials better than the menu items usually. Last time I went the salad was disappointing (warm), and they didn't serve bread (they used to). Hopefully just a bad service and not an indication that it's going downhill. They have all the standards, but also a lot of non-standard Greek stuff.
- Napolia (?), though I'm not sure of the name. It has an outdoor patio, but I've never eaten there. It's relatively new. I never ate at the previous location either (Mosquito Grill). Luckily the porn/bong/tattoo place next door has changed into a nail salon or something, so it may be a little less sketchy?
- Snug Harbour, where the food is bad, but the patio and view are great, especially at sunset. Seafood oriented, but I'd eat before going.
- Lake Affect, pub fare, patio, food uninspiring. There's another bar, called Natty's, which has a small patio, but I've never eaten there. Also The Old Stable Pub, which I've never been to.
- Roc'n Docs has generic pub food, and a rooftop patio opening soon (the entire place was recently renovated).
- Ten has overpriced "upscale" pub food, basically, with terrible service and a lot of pretention.
For those which do not have patios:
- The Harp & The Brogue, both of which have decent pub food and beer.
- Souvlaki Port Credit, though I haven't been since the name change, had great (and cheap) souvlaki, gyros, etc.
- Pump House Grille has okay food. Recently renovated.
- Spice was pricey and bad tapas (though the shrimp were okay), terrified me when the waitress came out half-way during service and told me that the food I was eating (after confirming before even going) may contain things I am allergic to (and therefore will kill me).
- Crooked Cue has pub grub.
- Great Canadian Pizza & Amadio's both serve up pretty good non-chain delivery pizzas.
- Hook's has cajun fish, which was quite good. Others enjoyed their meals. Haven't really tried anything else there though.
- Lago Shore, Breakwater and Il Pescatore are the fine dining restaurants; Lago Shore was underwhelming, as was Breakwater (service was great here though, and their bar menu looks like it might be tasty), and Il Pescatore hit-or-miss (though some of the items we tried were really good, alas, not on the menu anymore).
- Aielli is sort of like Via Allegro, only the wine list isn't as great (and the interesting wines are usually missing), and the food is not nearly as good.
- Jam Martini Bar has great drinks (and really good deals on drinks), awful food. Shore 71 is roughly the same idea, only the drinks aren't as well-made, are more expensive, and the food is equally bad.
- There's a Mediterranean restaurant called Girasole (I think) to which I've never been.
- Marish's Boulangerie has food and desserts, but I've never tried them.
- Friends Fish & Chips for incredibly cheap food, Country Fish & Chips was on RM and I didn't find it that great, Helen's Fish & Chips is the best choice for f&c in the area.
- Burrito Boyz for burritos. I'm sure you know what they're all about.
- Lino's for Italian sandwiches.
- Thai by the Lake, Thai House Cuisine 2, Thai Signature are your options along that front; I can't eat Thai food due to allergies, but I've heard Thai House Cuisine 2 is authentic and good (don't shoot the messenger).
- Thyme Ristorante, cheap & cheerful Italian.
- Ridgetown, again, pub food.
I'm sure I'm missing something, but this pretty much sums up most of the restaurant, other than the typical chains. Many restaurants have windows that open during the summer if they don't have patios (or even if they do). There's a place doing homeburgers and shakes and stuff opening where Pita Pit used to be, but I don't know if it's opening anytime soon.
Missed Holiday Garden/Dodai Sushi. Canadian-Chinese, Korean and Japanese in one. The cooked Japanese food tends to be okay for take-out; the tempura is decent, the teriyaki steak is part of a tender NY strip, the miso soup is slightly better than the generic ones served elsewhere. It's not exceptional in any way, but I've found that the use fresh ingredients. Prices are a bit high though. The sushi isn't very good though.