Garrison House is a good alternative. I regularly crave their burger and fries, but the rest of the menu is good as well. Good beer and wine list. A bit further out of old town is the bistro at Ravine Vineyard, which I love.
Or, if you feel like something a bit different, stop in at Balzac's for their Friday night pop up. Tonight's menu is:
"Pulled Pork on a Savoury Cornmeal Waffle with Jicima Slaw Salad; Poached Salmon and Arugula on a Scottish Boxty (potato crepe) with Hollandaise Sauce; and Black Bean, Peppers and Cheese Tamale Pie with Jicima Slaw."
$5 glasses of wine from Stratus (their Wildass red and white) and beer from Silversmith brewery.
I've been to two of these -- food was bad at the first one (from Tide and Vine) and excellent at the second one (Smokin' Buddha). I think tonight will be good. And I have to say that the atmosphere is lovely -- it's very casual and I always end up chatting with new people.
I'll be there tonight from around 6:30 or 7, probably sitting up at the high tops near the counter. Feel free to say hi if you come in. :o)
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Second Garrison House.
Terroir La Cachette at Strewn Winery is great. They always have terrific prix-fixe options.
Treadwell is about 20 min drive from NOTL, but quality and service is topnotch. Phenomenal vintage bottle selection.
Terroir La Cachette
1339 Lakeshore Road
61 Lakeport Road St. Catharines