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We are Vancouver foodies visiting family in Kitchner in early October for four days and were wondering if there are any hidden gems in this area. We are omnivores and would enjoy anything from a good greasy spoon to ethnic eats to fine dining. Any recs in this area?

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  1. Taste of Philly Cheesesteak at 98 King St. W is excellent, definitely a huge step above regular fast food. Good place for lunch. Grab a large cheesesteak with either cheddar or provolone and add either pickles or banana peppers, keep it simple and delicious.

    You should also make sure to visit the St. Jacobs Farmers Market. It is touristy and there are a lot of junk vendors. However, there is also excellent local produce, cheeses, meats and bread to be had.

    1. 2nd the Taste of Philly recommendation for a delicous cheesteak sandwich. Nothing I have tasted in Toronto (or even Philly) comes close! (OK...Jim's in Philly- close)

      Two Goblets on Weber for Schnitzel, cabbage rolls, and other Romanian specialties.

      Cameron seafood on Charles is KW's best chinese IMHO, but I'm guessing Van has much better (Toronto does too)

      Would also recommend Bogey's Rustic Grill in Pioneer Park plaza. Looks like a roadhouse but the food is much more... Kobe beef (ONT) poutine, great burgers (blue, jerk, lamb, buffalo, kobe) seafood nachos, fresh cut fries...

      If you are a fan of U.S. style "BBQ", Camp 31 (Alabama style) in Paris is a short (less than an hour?) drive, and in the opposite direction, enjoyed the pulled pork and brisket at Hog Tails BBQ in Waterloo (more Carolina style?)

      Good Luck!

      Two Goblets
      85 Weber St W, Kitchener, ON N2H, CA

      Bogey's Rustic Grill
      123 Pioneer Dr, Kitchener, ON N2P2A3, CA

      1. I highly recommend Uptown 21 for fine dining. Bistro atmosphere. Food is fabulous. Prices are reasonable, in my opinion.

        Check out these threads for more info:


        Here's their website, where you can see the menu:


        Note that "Bacon, FREE... just because we love your decision." I added free bacon to my main, which was a very tender chicken and spaetzle. Went very well. Fun and delicious!!

        Nick & Nat's Uptown 21
        21 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J2W6, CA

        1. KW (Kitchener-Waterloo) Oktoberfest is Oct 8 thru 16! I'm new to the area so this will be my first year, but people here say it is not to be missed (if you like schnitzel, beer and lederhosen). You know German is the local ethnic tradtition when the town used to be called Berlin...


          1. I have no clue about the area, but as Dr LM points out, Kitchener means Octoberfest - the largest Bavarian festival in North America - thats gotta mean something...

            1. For vietnamese, I have eaten at Benh Thanh in Waterloo on Northfield Road and enjoyed it, I have heard that Pho Dau Bo downtown on King Street is also good. There is a south american restaurant, Taco Bite, on the second floor of a building in downtown Kitchener on King Street. For Caribbean food, try Rainbow Caribbean Cuisine downtown on King or Ellison's Bistro across from the bus station. The Kitchener farmer's market has a variety of ethnic eateries. I'll third the recommendation for Taste Of Philly. For your morning nosh, a freshly baked, homemade croissant from Golden Hearth Bakery, also downtown on King, will fill the void nicely. One caveat to my recommendations, I haven't had the opportunity to go for fine dining but I do like tasty, well made food at reasonable prices.

              Golden Hearth
              343 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G, CA

              Rainbow Caribbean Cuisine
              29 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G2K4, CA

              Ellison's Bistro
              14 Charles St W, Kitchener, ON N2G1H2, CA

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              1. re: pulguksa

                Just north of StJacobs is "The Crossroads" in Elmira which has a great buffet of homestyle offerings, I never miss it when I'm in the area!