Niagara Falls... Pack a lunch from Toronto, or eat there??
Thanks to a great suggestion... now I have to ask...
I will be staying in Toronto and taking a day trip to Niagara Falls. It has been more than 10 year since I last went and I recall eating at not so good tourist trap place. This time around, have things change, is there any places you would recommend to eat? If not, should I just go somewhere in Toronto and have them pack a lunch for us? May be somewhere in St. Lawrence market? Thanks for any advice!!
Lots has changed in Niagara Falls over the past 10 years. Mainly Casinos and more tourtist traps. Most chains have now moved into town.... but your idea of taking something from St. Lawrence market and finding a spot along te Niagara River to enjoy it is a great idea if you want to avoid yet another "15 minutes or free" lunch menu.
There are definitely some great options in and around Niagara on the Lake. You could pick up lunch from Pie Plate in Virgil, the lovely deli spot that's just off the main road in NOTL (whose name escapes me at the moment) or, as Full Tummy suggests, the Anna Olson restaurant at Ravine Vineyards - great, fresh food and a very pretty place to enjoy lunch en route or to pack up and take away (prepared salads, fresh breads, cheeses, pizzas, pastries, etc.). I don't know anyplace in Niagara Falls per se but if you're planning to spend the rest of your day there, I think it would be nice to have your lunch near NOTL as an added experience - if you are picnicking, there are definitely some pretty spots along the parkway. Enjoy!
The Pie Plate
1516 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA
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Hi TG, I haven't been to Niagara for a few years but will be going this Fall (on the way to Washington DC and Philly). We used to stop and eat at Hillebrand Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's very pretty there and they have an outdoor area. But, it's certainly more expensive than a picnic. If you're planning a fancy dinner that same night, I think your idea of picking up some stuff from St. Lawrence Market and having a picnic is a great idea. I like the Portuguese roast chicken place although they might open too late for you to pick up and get to Niagara for lunch. On a previous trip towards Pennsylvania, we stopped in Niagara, parked in the big lot by the falls and ate some homemade fare while gazing at the rushing waters. That beats sitting in Denny's any day!
Here's a link to a previous thread on NF dining. I found it when I was doing research for my own trip.
Its been about 4 years since my last trip to Niagara Falls. The only standout I recall is the exorbitant prices for mediocre food.
Its funny Aleta mentions Denny's: we had $20 coupons for breakfast at Denny's as part of our hotel deal. So I'm thinking "$20 for breakfast? Pretty good." Two of us ate a basic breakfast: 2 eggs over easy, bacon, toast, homefries, coffee.
The bill came to $47.
I still had to add $27 out-of-pocket to the coupon, then add tip...for a lousy egg breakfast! Even at $27 it was way overpriced!
We ate at a steak house ("Bullseye" if I remember) 'cause we had a $100 coupon. So I'm thinking "$100 coupon for dinner? Pretty good."
Well that story pretty much ends up like the first...
Sad fact, but with over 20 million visitors a year in a small town, the food doesn't have to be good or fairly priced.
Just my 2c...
Wow! $47 at Denny's. That's amazing. Will make a note to avoid Denny's when we are in Niagara Falls this August. You could feed a family of 4 at a Toronto Chinese restaurant for that amount.
I just had a look at our itinerary for the August trip to Washington DC and Philly. I'm a Type A planner and I have our meals and sightseeing all mapped out in advance. For the one day we spend in Niagara, here is the food entry:
But I feel its not simply Dennys, but likely all of touristy Niagara. Its loaded with TGIF, Applebees, things like that, all charging primo+ prices.
Perhaps in a more quiet area or less trodden section, you might find a mom and pop operation serving real food, I don't know.
As others suggest, Niagara-on-the-Lake might be better for meal choices, it certainly is quaint and a nice get-away.
For a real treat, take a little detour to Niagara on the Lake and check out Stone Road Grille http://www.stoneroadgrille.com/. They also have a pizza/sandwich take-out storefront.
Also consider going to Port Dalhousie and Treadwell Farm to Table http://www.treadwellcuisine.com/index...
Hope you have a great day and find some good lunch!!
Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA
61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA