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Looking for a good Dinner in Windsor ON

I am a Montreal CH"der and I am on a business trip to Windsor and have had a couple of dismal meals so far but I am sure I am missing something.It does not have to be fancy just good food.Any type (Italian, Chinese,Greek,French ect) Please help !!

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  1. go to the little italy area (Erie street)
    there will be several restaurants that are decent. ie. spaggo's .. mezzo's
    Windsor is known for its pizzeria's.... try armando's if you want to sit down.. its not
    certified neopolitan type of pizza's though. but its good in its own way.

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    1. re: plug

      Thanks for the tip,I was on Erie last night and they served me Osso Buco with mashed patatoes and when I asked for Pasta they wanted to charge me a supplement. This time I'll try Pizza. Anybody else got a good restaurant in Windsor.Help two more nights to go !

      1. re: finefoodie55

        you can also go to gilligan's if you want a burger, its decent there and they have game burgers (ostrich, elk, bison) etc..

        if you want vietnamese, xic lo - get the vermicelli with beef or pork with spring rolls (n fish sauce) its a pretty big portion, probably the biggest i've had actually.

        1. re: finefoodie55

          There's also smoke n spice if u want BBQ

      2. Sam's on Wyandotte is great for pizza, panzerotti and nice salads.

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        Sam's Pizzeria & Cantina
        2215 Wyandotte St W, Windsor, ON N9B1K3, CA

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        1. re: hnb000

          I wish I could second this a million times over, go on Thursday for the 7.99 panzerotti.

          1. re: kellybobo

            Pho Nguyen Hoang for Viet. Xic-Lo is also good, but the service (and food, imo) is better a Pho Nguyen. I enjoyed my recent meal at Mezzo. Toscana is decent. Marathon Ethiopian is decent. Pizza at Centro on Erie St is good. Smoke and Spice is enjoyable BBQ (especially the smoked wings). Jade does decent dim sum. Pizza at Armando's on Cabana is also pretty good. Mazaar gets good press for Lebanese, but my one meal there didn't blow me away.

            I find food in general in Windsor to be serviceable, but never excellent. My dinner at Shin Shin last night would certainly fit that description.

            It's been a while since I dined at the Cook's Shop, but the table-side caesar salad prep and house made pastas were enjoyable.

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            Toscana
            3891 Dougall Ave, Windsor, ON N9G1X3, CA

            Shin Shin
            978 University Ave W, Windsor, ON N9A, CA

            Pho Nguyen Hoang
            510 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A3H9, CA

            Mazaar
            372 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A1A6, CA

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              agreed on most items, 1sweetpea.
              shin shin is actually horrid .. most of their shanghainese dim sum items are the frozen variety u buy from chinese grocery stores, 5 for $10.... i've seen them actually take it out of the freezer chest... their braised beef with chinese brocooli is pretty good tho.
              pho nguyens PHO is better than xic lo but IMO i'd say the 'bun' (vermicelli is better @ xic lo) .. i can't comment on the service as my friend knew the owner so staff came over quite often.
              agreed, the cook shop caesar salad dressing is excellent.
              Shawarma palace is pretty good as well.

              1. re: plug

                We only order a few dishes at Shin Shin and they are the ONLY ones I'd recommend: braised beef with chinese broccoli, duck with shredded ginger, mu shu vegetable (with egg). I also enjoy the simplicity of the cabbage with black mushroom, because it really tastes of napa cabbage. We always order hot and sour soup too, but wind up jacking it up with Chinese black vinegar and white pepper, so I can't honestly recommend it as is.

                Agreed that Xic-lo does a good bun. The bun-bo-hue is also quite good, though it is easily as good at Pho Nguyen Hoang.

                I tried Shawarma Kingdom a while back and was very disappointed. I'll have to give Shawarma Palace a go. Which one is that? On Wyandotte near UWindsor?

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                Shin Shin
                978 University Ave W, Windsor, ON N9A, CA

                Pho Nguyen Hoang
                510 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON N9A3H9, CA

                Shawarma Kingdom Restaurant
                462 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A1B2, CA

                Shawarma Palace
                276 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A1A5, CA

                1. re: 1sweetpea

                  actually theres a link to your post ... and its very close to the kingdom
                  near ouellette and university.

          2. I'm headed to Windsor this week-end for a wedding and will be there a day ahead. Does anyone have any recommendations for a nice dinner with my boyfriend and possibly my parents? Little Italy seems like the best option from the below?

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            1. re: FrenchSoda

              A nice choice in Little Italy/Via Italia (a.k.a. Erie St.) would be Mezzo. It's Italian, but with a nouveau approach. The decor is upscale and, although you can wear jeans and a t-shirt (some do), you wouldn't be out of place in formal attire. The items I have tried have been very good, there is a decent wine list, which is hard to come by in Windsor, and the service is friendly, efficient and professional.

              If you feel like taking a little drive, Caldwell's Grant in Amherstburg is a casual option for continental food with a Cajun twist. What's nice about Amherstburg is that if it is a nice evening, you can stroll along the water before dinner.

              Make reservations at either restaurant, to guarantee a table. Oh, and don't be discouraged by any lingering construction along Erie St. There's plenty of parking in lots behind the restaurants or on the side streets.

              1. re: ninja5ca

                Thanks to you both. Amhurstberg sounds like a good option for Friday night and maybe BBQ for lunch the next day.

                1. re: FrenchSoda

                  if u want bbq as in a smoked product than you'd have to hit smokenspice.
                  Tunnel bbq, although a revered institution in windsor is not considered 'real bbq' but still has decent entree's with a very good rib n chicken sauce.

                  1. re: plug

                    Smoke & Spice is very good. The smoked wings are amazing and the ribs are great too. They do not take reservations. Mazaar is also a nice option for lunch or dinner, if you feel like Lebanese food. Also, if you're in the mood for dim-sum on Saturday, Jade (Wyandotte and Victoria) is a good option for cart service. May Wah on University also has decent dim-sum with cart service.

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                    Wah's Restaurant
                    23 Simcoe Plaza, Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0, CA

                    Mazaar
                    372 Ouellette Ave, Windsor, ON N9A1A6, CA

                    1. re: 1sweetpea

                      Thanks all for the tips. We had a delicious and suprisingly affordable dinner at Smoke & Spice. $135 with tax (but not tip) for 4 including a bottle of wine, a few beers and appetizers as well as our mains. So much food! I'm not a heavy eater but one or two at the table are and we still took enough back to the hotel to feed us for another two meals. The pulled pork baked beans and pulled pork poutine (squeaky curds!) in particular were amazing.

                      We also stopped at Vito's for lunch the next day and I was thrilled to see Italian dishes that are hard to find even in Toronto. I haven't seen egg pizza on a menu since Via Allegro took it off, though admittedly I haven't made a major search. Arancini as well! Delicious. Apparently the owners are Sicilian.

                      Similiar enormous portion sizes though. The "starter" Arancini came with two enormous balls at least as big as a generously-sized grapefruit. fair test market sample, but is it something to do with the proximity to the US making the portions so big?