Diners, Drive Ins & Dives types of places in Niagara Falls, Canada
I may do a day in Niagara Falls either on a weekend or a Monday this summer. Just wondering if you have any suggestions for a "Diners, Drive Ins & Dives type of restaurant". I will be on the Canadian side (will not be crossing the border) & I am going by myself.
I am looking for a few places as I will be having breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will be driving so hope that helps.
Betty's is still very busy, but I must say that I had a very negative experience there about a year ago. We were at a hotel in the area and had heard and read about Betty's for years.
I had fish and chips, their specialty, a memorable meal - but for the wrong reasons. The fish had a sweet flavour and a very mushy texture. When the waitress asked me how we were enjoying our meal I pointed it out to her. She said no that it shouldn't be that way, and brought me an entire new meal. I'll be honest I ate it rather reluctantly but it was fine, and under normal circumstances we would have visited again. The restaurant was packed and I'm sure it was just a one of experience however once bitten...
A bit out of the way but worth a visit. Hours were 8 - 8, closed Tues (as we found out the hard way!). Went back for lunch .Don't let the exterior fool you. Linen tablecloths, clean,very friendly owner/staff. We ordered off the lunch menu and some of dinner menu. Ordered homemade pierogies, cabbage roll platter (3 large rolls), and pysky(spelling?) which were little dumplings with different stuffings (veal, pork and my favourite -- polish mushrooms) and this was served with a cabbage, tomato sauce and meat mixture. Everything was delicious, fresh and homemade but the pysky were really a stand out and not something you see too often on menus. Can't remember the prices but I think what we ordered ranged from $7 to 10. For very generous servings. We plan to go back and try their buffet ($12.99?). It's about 10 or 15 minutes from the Casinos but about 2 minutes from the QEW at the Sodom Road exit. (It's near a small airplane hangar).
Because you're going on a weekend you might want to try the Breakfast Buffet $7 or the Brunch Buffet $13. We weren't there on weekend but if I remember correctly twe were told that he buffet is is a mix of traditional Eurorpean and typical North American brunch fare. Not a diner per se, but the location is certainly odd, but not really inconvenient. About 15 minutes from the Falls and about 2 minutes off the QEW. I keep meaning to get back for the buffet. Not a large restaurant, maybe seats 140?
I would suggest Simon's Restaurant, especially for breakfast. It's the oldest restaurant in Niagara Falls, and is a very unique experience that I recommend to anyone visiting. The prices are also very reasonable, especially considering the inflated amounts you'll spend in the tourist areas. I've been going to Simon's since I was about 10 years old, and my dad is still a regular there. Most likely the owners, Pat and Rose, will be there to greet you, and they will be glad to go through all the many interesting items they have displayed in the restaurant regarding the history of Niagara Falls. I highly recommend it!
Simon's Restaurant is located at 4116 Bridge Street, Niagara Falls, ON, L2E2R3.