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Nov 23, 2012 05:19 AM

Sarnia and surrounding area? There must be some places worth visiting!

I'm in Sarnia and the surrounding areas (petrolia, corunna etc.) on business for a couple days starting Sunday evening. I searched the boards but couldn't find anything remotely new on anything around there.

I don't mind driving a bit out of the way for good eats. Price and atmosphere aren't important- it's all about the food for me( plus is on the company card soo.. yay!)

Can anyone recommend the best the are has to offer- in any type of food?

I need breakfast lunch and dinner suggestions- I'm needy.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Salvatore's Trattoria E Ristorante - is it good? it sound right up my alley.

    1. It's probably not really what you're looking for but if you want a good Diners, Drive-ins and Dives kind place, Harry's Family Restaurant.

      1. It's a tough area for chow. Most recommendations end up steering people towards the Grand Bend area, which is pretty far. Stay away from Petrolia, it's a culinary wasteland. (Also, it's populated entirely by mouth-breathing troglodytes)
        One thing that I do miss about Sarnia, is it's got some great family run pizzerias. If you're into the Sicilian style anyway. Sisio's comes to mind. If you're thinking pizza, I might be able to come up with a few other recommendations, but it's been a long time since I was in the area.
        And of course, hit up Purdy's for sure, it's great. A lot of fancy restaurants in Toronto get fish from there.

        1. Just remembered, we had this discussion earlier, check this out:

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          1. re: graydyn

            Thanks for linking me to the post, there was a few recs. in there. Has anyone eater at the Sideways grill? or do you have some pizza recommendations?

            1. re: newtothegame

              I have family in the area so I have a few recs. For Salvatore's I really like their fresh pasta - usually stop there on my way back to Toronto and buy some. They have a little storefront next to the restaurant where you can buy pasta. The pasta needs to be eaten within about 3 days, so it's super fresh. I've eaten inside the restaurant - it's fine, but I prefer to take out.

              Other recs - Albert's fries under the bridge are the best, but I believe they are open only seasonally and are likely closed until the spring.

              Global Donuts have the BEST donuts - far superior to Tim Hortons. Go to the location on London Line.

              And if you want a simple sandwich/soup lunch, my in-laws swear by the restaurant inside the gas station at The Leaky Tank, the gas station between Corunna and Sarnia. Cheap and cheerful.

              1. re: zzzoe

                zzzoe, is Global Donuts still good?

                1. re: magic

                  Yeah, best in Ontario in my honest opinion.

                  Especially when they're fresh.

                  They've raised the price a bit to $1.25 a doughnut, I think, which is still a great value when you consider some of the prices of gourmet places in TO.

                  1. re: pakmode

                    Thanks so much for the update pakmode.

                    Might be going in a bit. Will report back if I do..

                    1. re: magic

                      Let me know, I think they make them at 4PM.

                      My favourite is the Global Dip.

                      Though the Cherry whatever is amazing when fresh. They have some new ones that were pretty good as well, blueberry cheesecake, and peanut butter -chocolate.

                      There are pictures in here.


                      1. re: pakmode

                        These look great. Nice shot!

                        What is their cake donuts situation like? I am partial to cake donuts first and foremost :)

                        1. re: magic


                          Those are my preferred ones too and the ones I described as disintegrating and melting in your mouth, when they're hot and fresh.

                          1. re: pakmode

                            Would love to be there at 4pm to increase the likelihood of that happening but I doubt the timing will work out. Will either float by around noon or 8pm(ish) when I pass through...

                            Good to know the cake varieties are amazing!

                            1. re: magic

                              Are you driving through today?
                              If you get a chance there's this classic, old school, British bakery called William's Pastry just off the 402 as well.

                              Time has stood still literally in that place for 40 years, and the price, quality and service reflect it.

                              Try their Chelsea Buns and Orange cake if they have any left. People love their dinner rolls too.

                              1. re: pakmode

                                No no, not till Spring! A run to Detroit for a Saturday/Sunday. But I like to prep in advance :)

                                Good to know about William's Pastry. I do love a good orange cake!!

                                Will Google now....

                                1. re: pakmode

                                  Wow, the spice cake and orange cake look dreamy.

                                  Yeah William's Pastry looks right in my wheelhouse.

                              2. re: pakmode

                                Is Global Donuts 24 hours?

                                I can't seem to find info on hours of operation....

              2. When in the area, I always end up across the bridge in Port Huron for at least one meal, eating great low-brow fried chicken at either Palm's Krystal Chicken-in-the-Rough or The Chicken Shack with their crazy shack potatoes :-) They also have some great seafood, if you ask what's freshly caught.
                My brother (even more low-brow) also makes me bring him a big sack of White Castle sliders in a tip-of-the-hat to nostalgia and his days in NYC/NJ :-)