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Save me from Chain food please = Great plain Food in Niagra / Niagra on the Lake area

Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 09:19 AM

Hi I'm going to be in Niagra for most of the week with my wife and I'm looking for places with great food . I am not a foodie but like a large variety of good food I'll eat just about anything. My wife is New England meat and potatoes Girl doesnt eat asian / mexican / italian .

Please help me out looking for local restraunts that are not dives with good plain food.

Thanks Al

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  1. Food Tourist RE: Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 11:57 AM

    Epicurean is plain and cheaper than most in NOTL. Not a foodie destination. Cafeteria style casual. The Angel Inn also has edible classic food on a side street in centre of old town.

    Brasa in Hilton is decent for lots of unlimited meat and salad bar! Better than Copacabana where they love crusting some meats in weird parmesan cheese.

    1. TorontoJo RE: Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 12:13 PM

      The Harp is a decent Irish pub in NOTL:


      And just a quick note that it's spelled "Niagara", not like "Viagra". :)

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        Al Lunn RE: TorontoJo Oct 16, 2011 01:02 PM

        Thanks sorry about the spelling I looked at the epicurian menu and even that is to fancy for my wife. looking for more plain fare steaks / burgers / seafood

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          TorontoJo RE: Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 01:18 PM

          Did you look at the Irish Harp menu? Steak, burgers and seafood.

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        CookieLee RE: Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 01:07 PM

        The Benchmark restaurant at Niagara College is just lovely, and v. reasonably priced.

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          troublesmcgee RE: Al Lunn Oct 16, 2011 05:00 PM

          In Niagara on the Lake you can eat or you can dine.

          Great eating places are the Little Red Rooster in N-O-T-L and The Old Fire Hall in St. Davids. They serve hearty, home cooked meals. The Red Rooster is a great family restaurant where you will often spot the actors from The Shaw Festival. We take small tours to the Old Fire hall, especially if they want a meat and potatoes meal.
          Another fun place we discovered while visiting family last weekend was Ravine Vineyard in St Davids. They have a lovely bistro and a quaint, little, general store at the back of the restored house. The restaurant offered a variety of dishes and prices and the little store sells delicious sandwiches, cheeses, fresh baked breads, and goodies. We'll be going back to assemble a picnic for another day's outing.
          We like dining at Liv (White Oaks Spa and Resort), Peller Estates, and Hillebrand. High tea at the Prince of Wales is a treat.

          Little Red Rooster, 271 Mary St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (905) 468-3072
          The Old Firehall Restaurant, 268 Creek Rd. Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON, (905) 262-5443 (American/ traditional foods)
          Ravine Vineyard, 1366 York Road
          Corner of York Road and Four Mile Creek Road Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

          Enjoy your visit to my ancestors' region.

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            Al Lunn RE: troublesmcgee Oct 17, 2011 01:35 PM

            thanks torubles i'll check them out

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            Cat123 RE: Al Lunn Oct 17, 2011 02:41 PM

            Try the Old Winery (not actually a winery) for great pizza and other straight forward fare. Even if she doesn't like Italian she'll find something there.

            Old Winery
            2228 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

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              janbo19 RE: Al Lunn Oct 18, 2011 11:53 AM

              If you're there on a Thursday, I hear from the locals that one of the VFWs or Moose or Elks Clubs does a better-than-decent fish fry. Might want to ask around.

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                akhorasanee RE: Al Lunn Oct 18, 2011 12:55 PM

                Ginger is really excellent- it does a fusion/asian so she may not mind it
                pie plate- does lovely pies and tasty sandwiches

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                  turntablejockey RE: akhorasanee Oct 21, 2011 07:31 AM

                  second pie plate. really liked their pizzas

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                  wannabfoodie RE: Al Lunn Oct 18, 2011 03:15 PM

                  stone road grille!

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                    janbo19 RE: wannabfoodie Oct 20, 2011 07:31 AM

                    I think Stone Rd might be too fancy schmancy for his wife... we love the place, but they might be a bit creative for the wife.

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                      camp1980 RE: janbo19 Oct 20, 2011 08:41 AM

                      I need to respectfully disagree with this. We brought my grandmother here and she enjoyed it. There is no one I know more meat and potatoes then my 80+ year old grandmother.

                      I think Stone Road Grille is an excellent option

                      Stone Road Grille
                      238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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                        mrcassociates RE: camp1980 Oct 21, 2011 05:54 AM

                        The restaurant in the Niagara on the Lake Golf Club is a hidden gem. Good, reasonable basic menu, nice service and a great view. Open 7 days/week to the public\ and walking distance of theatres.

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                          janbo19 RE: mrcassociates Oct 21, 2011 09:35 AM

                          We enjoyed it last Saturday night & because we made a res, were seated at the window with a beautiful view before it got dark. The beef pot pie was delicious as was my husband's pasta du jour (beef & shrooms). Very nice waitstaff.

                  2. Food Tourist RE: Al Lunn Nov 7, 2011 03:49 PM

                    Has anyone been to Queenston Heights restaurant by the Brock monument lately?

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