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Herne Oct 2, 2012 06:33 AM

I plan a trip to Niagara on the Lake this weekend. What is the latest word on the Garrison House?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: Herne Oct 2, 2012 08:09 AM

    Wow, you still haven't gone? :)

    It's still good. And the burger and fries are still awesome.

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      gwanderc RE: TorontoJo Oct 2, 2012 09:55 AM

      Was there a couple weekends ago on a Sunday evening and had a wonderful time.

      The Shepard's Pie was outstanding - as well as the service

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        Herne RE: TorontoJo Oct 2, 2012 12:37 PM

        Haven't gone yet. Sore back and other issues have held me up but the intention is still there. I think the burger and fries will do it. I find now that a burger and fries will usually keep me satisfied until noon the next day.

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          Herne RE: TorontoJo Oct 5, 2012 04:08 PM

          Made it to the Garrison House this afternoon. Burger was great. Service could not have been better.

          I first ate fish and chips about 1947 - 48 when my mother was sure that WW11 was over and quite likely the depression as well and so a few luxuries were in order. At that time new fish and chip stores were opening up like coffee shops or Thai restaurants do now. Back then the idea was make them good and not necessarily fast. I've been looking for over half a century to find french fries/chips like those made by the Scottish and English immigrants of that time. Now I know where to get them. About an hour and a half away but better than Highstreet in my opinion.

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            TorontoJo RE: Herne Oct 5, 2012 04:24 PM

            Glad you finally made it and enjoyed yourself. The chips/fries are indeed fantastic. They serve a generous portion with the burger and despite my better self saying "don't eat them all", I find myself unable to stop eating them.

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              shekamoo RE: Herne Oct 6, 2012 11:08 AM

              better than Highstreet? BETTER THAN HIGHSTREET? I need to try this

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                Herne RE: shekamoo Oct 6, 2012 02:37 PM

                I hope you get the same quality that I did, Better than High Street is a tough standard to beat but they did yesterday.

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                  Googs RE: Herne Oct 6, 2012 05:45 PM

                  Jeez, we've been having a ChowMeet at High Street and not even known it.

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                    Herne RE: Googs Oct 6, 2012 07:11 PM

                    Well how good food is depends on individual taste IMO. And the chips at Garrison House were the best I've had in over half a century. I've been to High street about a dozen times since they opened and I drove to Burnanthorpe several years ago which was an earlier location. For my taste Garrison had the best yesterday.

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                      Googs RE: Herne Oct 6, 2012 07:51 PM

                      True, the chips at High Street usually need their gravy, but I would never complain about that. There is no such thing as too much gravy. Now the person who keeps eating the last steak and kidney pie before I get there, that's another matter. I have a bone to pick with them. I love that pie especially when I haven't had to do the cutting, cleaning, and stewing first.

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                        Herne RE: Googs Oct 6, 2012 09:11 PM

                        LOL Ali I have had is fish and chips so far. Often thought about the Melton Mowbray but never bought it.

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            hungryjoanne RE: Herne Oct 2, 2012 12:19 PM

            We went for lunch a few weeks ago - I had the burger - TorontoJo's right - it is awesome. My husband had the trout & really enjoyed that. We started with the cheese curd fritters - you really can't miss with deep-fried cheese.
            I'd recommend it, and will definitely be back.

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              gembellina RE: Herne Jan 21, 2013 02:41 PM

              Considering going here on Friday night (25th Jan) but I remember from my enquiries over the summer that they don't take reservations. Does anyone have any info about the wait times, for example at 8pm on a Friday? I have no idea how busy NOTL might be during the winter, even with the icewine festival!

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                TorontoJo RE: gembellina Jan 21, 2013 03:18 PM

                They will likely be full, but turnover is pretty good there (a lot of early diners) and there is usually space at the large bar.

                If you are a beer drinker, you should make a point to try a beer from one of the two local craft breweries that opened recently: Oast House and Silversmith.

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                  gembellina RE: TorontoJo Jan 22, 2013 08:17 AM

                  Brilliant, thanks. I will take some snacks for the car journey so I don't get too snappy if we have to wait at the bar for a while! Beers sound great - bf will definitely enjoy.

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                    TorontoJo RE: gembellina Jan 22, 2013 08:22 AM

                    If you have time over the weekend, Silversmith is open to the public for the first time this weekend. Silversmith and Oast House are just a couple of kms apart on Niagara Stone Road, so it's a nice alternative to wine tasting, if you are so inclined.

                    Oh, and the fries ("chips" on the menu) at Garrison House are still fantastic. I have been known to order them for dessert.

                    You can also order the full menu at the bar, if you're feeling snappy. ;)

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                      gembellina RE: TorontoJo Jan 22, 2013 10:15 AM

                      We might try a beer tasting, I think after a day of icewine on Sat we might want something a bit more refreshing on Sunday. Hoping to check out Dillon's Distillery in Beamsville too for gin and rye.

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                        Herne RE: TorontoJo Jun 23, 2013 09:34 PM

                        Was at the Garrison House this afternoon. Still great burgers and fries. Staff very friendly and helpful. Two burgers and 2 pints with tax came to just over $50. Also made it to Silversmith brewery--its in an old church on Highway 55.
                        Nice place and friendly staff again. Except for the heat it was a great afternoon.

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                  auberginegal RE: Herne Jan 22, 2013 08:41 AM

                  has anyone tried the Welsh rarebit? any good?

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