I always have the buffet at The Crossroads in Elmira when I'm in the area..great homestyle Mennonite food. Also, the pork hock dinner at the Heidelberg House just north of St Jacobs, and pig tails at the Blue Moon cafe in Petersburg, not far from KW.
1677 Snyders Rd E, Petersburg, ON N0B, CA
If you're in St. Jacobs, check out the farmers market. The sausage on a bun with sauerkraut and onions is a must--don't forget the oktoberfest mustard! Also, visit Stone Crock bakery downtown St. Jacobs and have a dutch apple square. Crazy good-crisp brown sugar topping, tart apples, thin crust. Enjoy your week-end!
1386 King St N, St Jacobs, ON N0B2N0, CA
I love the food at Bhima's Warung. The portions are very generous, just so you're aware if you decide to dine there.
Nick & Nat's Uptown 21 is a safe bet for tasty caker comfort food made from mostly local ingredients. Great roasted chicken. http://twitter.com/#!/NNUptown21
262 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J2Y9, CA
Nick & Nat's Uptown 21
21 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J2W6, CA
City Cafe Bakery is a pretty neat spot. Has good pizza and baked goods, as well as coffee etc. It started as a Pay-as-you-Wish concept, but I'm not sure if that's been abandoned.
But to be honest, your best bet is to try and make it out to the St. Jacob's Market on Saturday morning; you'll be overwhelmed by how many truly good choices you have. The real apple fritters are a must... just look for the insanely long lineup.
Unfortunately, KW is not a foodie mecca, but there are some solid choices.
Would definitely recommend a trip to Hog Tails BBQ in Waterloo. Great BBQ, sides and some New Orleans specialties as well... Roast Beef "Debris" is not to be missed!
If you want a great sandwich, Taste of Philly Cheesesteak on King st. downtown makes a better Cheesesteak than anything I have tried outside of Philly itself.
Vincenzo's is more of a gourmet food store, but has a good hot table, sandwiches and gelato available for a quick lunch (and seating too)
Cameron Seafood Restaurant is KW's only decent Chinese IMHO, perhaps not on par with T.O., but good Dim Sum.
Two Goblets on Weber if you're in the mood for some (heavier?) Euro fare (schnitzel, perogies, cabbage rolls, etc.)
Bogey's Rustic Grill looks kinda roadhouse, but the menu is slightly more ambitous (Kobe Burgers, Grouper on a bun, seafood nachos, jerk wings)
Charcoal Group restaurants (Del Dante, Bauer Kitchen, wildcraft, etc.) are corporate and middle of the road, but always safe.
There is an O & B rest. in Conestoga mall but have not been (only in T.O)
I'm sure others can offer more insight, but there's a start.
Hey, it's not T.O. but you don't have the parking or traffic hassles to deal with! Good Luck!
85 Weber St W, Kitchener, ON N2H, CA
Bogey's Rustic Grill
123 Pioneer Dr, Kitchener, ON N2P2A3, CA
740 Belmont Ave W, Kitchener, ON N2M1P2, CA
The Bauer Kitchen
187 King St., Waterloo, ON N2J 1R0, CA