Food trip in Ontario...
Hello everyone... I am going to do a road trip in Ontario and I need some advice about where to eat...in this cities:
"Niagara 2 days, Toronto 4 days, ottawa 2 days...
I need One fancy and several casual restaurants.
(I like the Italian restaurant, french, steak house, seafood, Chinese, Fast food like gyros, shwarma, etc. I am open to suggestions.)
Inexpensive breakfast...Maybe a good public market!!!
A good Bar with good apetizers and inexpensive drinks "Happy hour"
Also cheap good food for the hurry days.
Please let me know your opinions.
In Toronto http://www.manpuku.ca is cheap and cheerful. The curry udon , either beef or vegetable is AMAZING and a great deal at just 5.99. It is a huge portion. The place is not fancy but we drive from Burlington to have this !!!
In Niagara on the Lake http://www.notlgolf.com/clubhouse.html The lunch menu is pretty standard fare and reasonable for NOTL. The view is beautiful in every season as it is right at the mouth of the Niagara River.
Ottawa I always loved Fridays Roast House http://www.fridaysroastbeefhouse.com/menu.htm Wonderful ambiance..not too pricey..
I heard from a chef friend of mine that the lunch at the Chateau Laurier is very good and also reasonable. http://www.fairmont.com/laurier/Guest... great service and a fabulous lunch buffet for 27.00 or you can order off the lunch menu.
Niagara: Second Stone Road Grille for a nice lunch or dinner, best bang for the buck in the area without a doubt. They make everything in house. Also recommend Vineland Estates for a more high end dinner (great wines). For a nice lunch/brunch I highly recommend the Bleu Turtle in nearby St. Catherines, the chef used to be head chef at Peninsula Ridge Estates. Also for a good dinner About Thyme Bistro is a great choice.
Toronto: You will get tons of recommendations here. For the best upscale meal imho Canoe consistently delivers. I also recommend Kensington Market. Go there for dinner at Torito for fun and delicious tapas. Spend the afternoon there eating burritos, empanadas and my favourite the papusas at the back of Emporium Latino (a grocery store).
Ottawa: Go to Domus, you won't be disappointed. The Black Tomato is a good, cheaper and more casual place to get good food and well priced wine.
For Niagara on the Lake, I'll give my broken record recs: Stone Road Grille for fine dining in a slight casual (but still very nice) atmosphere. Olson Foods at Ravine Winery for a casual lunch or snack. Stone Road Grille is really the best restaurant in NOTL for the money (IMHO only, of course). And the wine list is exclusively Ontario wines, so you can try wines from wineries that you may have wanted to get to, but didn't.
Toronto (assuming you're staying in a downtown hotel):
European Fancy Restaurant: Nota Bene, 180 Queen @University Ave.
Chinese Fancy Restaurant: Lai Wah Heen, 108 Chestnut (btwn University & Bay)
Public Market: St. Lawrence Market, Front/Church (I think closed Sundays)
Cheap Food for hurry days: Chinatown (Dundas/Spadina), St. Lawrence Market again
Afternoon coffee/tea: Avenue at The Four Seasons
Niagara 'fancy' restaurants: Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, 290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-lake.
Sorry, don't know Ottawa.
Afternoon tea - Niagara on the Lake - Prince of Wales hotel is very good, very expensive. Charles Inn is a little more affordable. Both are less rushed than you would get in Toronto.
Toronto - Get your Chinese fix here. Especially go north (up the 404) to Richmond Hill and Markham. Many great spots here - you can read a lot of reviews on this board.
Ottawa - This is where to get your shawarma. They are much better here than in Toronto; perhaps it's because there's a strong Lebanese community. Can't remember any specific spots - perhaps Ottawa hounds can help.