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Sep 14, 2013 07:02 AM

Windsor, Ontario Restaurants

Live in Michigan and looking for great restaurants accross the boarder in Windsor. ANy sugestions?

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    1. it's a shame Sweet T's Soul Food closed.. they had awesome fried chicken & waffles with smoked maple syrup

      1. Is Blue Danube still good? Is it still there?

        1. Welcome to Windsor! I've lived in the city for just under a year, and have had a lot of fun exploring both sides of the border.

          One of the unique things about this town is the pizza. All the local establishments have a particular style found nowhere else in the province; key elements include cheese from the local Galati cheese factory, shredded (not sliced!) pepperoni, and a crispy, airy crust. Many establishments to choose from, most are take out, such as Arcata and Antonino's. Capri is a local chain, but offers a sit down location on Dougall Ave. Others exist, these three are my favourite.

          Some other highlights:

          1) Salute Espresso Bar - excellent, passionate espresso in the fantastic Walkerville neighbourhood.
          2) Squirrel Cage - located in downtown Windsor, good atmosphere
          3) Taloola Cafe - good coffee, great selection of teas, excellent panini

          Restaurants, in no particular order:
          1) The Willistead - upscale casual, locally sourced
          2) Rino's Kitchen - slightly more casual, locally sourced
          3) South Detroit - recently opened, well done bar food, great selection of local whiskies and brews
          3) Dolan Restaurant - recently opened, Uyghur (Central Asian) food
          4) Sun Hong - good Hong Kong BBQ joint
          5) Bi Bim To Go - excellent Bi Bim Bap, must get it in the stone bowl!
          6) Mazaar - upscale Lebanese food
          7) Marathon - excellent Ethiopian
          8) Mi Casita - haven't had anything but the pupusas here, which are delicious (essentially corn tortillas stuffed with pork, beans and cheese, topped with a vinegary coleslaw)

          1) Walkerville Brewery - local, delicious

          1) Earnest Bagel Company - best Montreal style bagels I've had outside of Montreal. My many coworkers from Montreal agree.
          2) Gennaro Cafe - excellent homemade gelato
          3) Galati Cheese - it's a factory, and all they make is mozzarella. But boy, is it ever incredible. Get the Uniondale - it's higher fat, and worth it.

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          1. re: hailing

            Hailing, have you eaten at Dolan yet? I just learned of it a week ago and am planning a visit in a week or so. Any recommendations? Can't wait to try mantu, laghman noodles, and all the lamb dishes and hot pots.

            1. re: 1sweetpea

              I did about two weeks ago! Admittedly, I haven't had Uyghur cuisine before, but I did enjoy the lagman noodles, though they were a touch oily. I'm looking forward to going back and trying the kebabs - another table ordered them and they looked incredible.

            2. re: hailing

              thank you for this post! very helpful

              1. re: glenjoseph

                I finally tried Dolan a couple of weeks ago. We had the lamb soup, which was really simple yet lovely. The lamb was melt-in-your-mouth tender each ingredient worked in harmony with the others. We also tried the meat pie, which didn't wow me, and the lagman noodles, which were fantastic! I did not find them particularly oily, so perhaps that issue has been corrected or else was a fluke. A simple side condiment of what looked like coleslaw appeared as well and though it looked unexciting, I loved the taste! It packed a garlic and sesame punch that really complimented the meatier dishes.

                I will definitely return to try the spicy chicken, the kebabs and the hot pot.

                1. re: 1sweetpea

                  Glad to hear! I had the lagman a second time, and it was perfect, too.

                  1. re: hailing

                    Next up: The Ukrainian Restaurant on Marion Avenue and Matryoshka, which is a new-ish Russian restaurant on Pellissier.

              2. re: hailing

                Ate at South Detroit tonight and I quite liked it. Mrs Sippi liked it but not as much. She did bring up a good point, nothing we at WOWED us.
                From the appetizers we had a cup of Clam Chowder which was really good. It had a bit of a cheesiness to it. Not something I've seen before.
                The Gumbo was pretty respectable. It had more tomato than anything I've had but all in all, enjoyable.
                From the sides menu we had the Mac n Cheese which was pretty tasty in an old school creamy kinda way.
                The Duck Fried Rice I loved. Fried rice is a favourite of mine and made with duck............
                From the sandwich (burger) menu we opted for the Turducken which was a chicken burger with turkey bacon and duck crisps (which I think were duck cracklin's). It was really good but I felt like it was missing something. Upon reflection, it maybe needed mustard.
                The Rubber Ducky I think was the biggest hit. A burger with waffle fries, duck bacon, cheddar and duck gravy. Really terrific I thought.
                So all in all, a nice dinner but nothing simply awesome.


                1. re: Davwud

                  Do they have a website, do you know? We're in Windsor every other month and always looking to try somewhere new on each visit. I can't get a grasp of the menu from the few results on Google

                  1. re: duckdown

                    On Sunday I couldn't open this website so you many have problems. As I post this, it works.


              3. We ate at Motor Burger last month and loved it. It's a fancy burger place that doesn't miss it's mark. At least, on the two burgers we had. The Shrimp Fuel is a very good shrimp burger and the Autostrada was an Italian sausage burger that was outstanding.


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                1. re: Davwud

                  Pho Nguyen Hoang has great pho and other Vietnamese dishes, such as Bun Bo Hue, com dishes, Hu Tieu, Bun and beef stew with either French bread, noodles or rice. Xic Lo is also good, but not my favorite.

                  Mezzo serves upscale Italian and has great service and a pretty nice wine list.

                  Toscana is very popular and does a mix of Italian, international and some creative fusion sushi.

                  The Thai food at Thai Palace on Lauzon is quite good. The chefs are Lao and a couple of Lao dishes have crept onto the menu. They are capable of making really spicy dishes, if you request them that way.

                  Tantalizing Asian is right next door to Pho Nguyen Hoang on Wyandotte. The menu offers a mix of Chinese, Thai and Malaysian, but the Malaysian dishes are the most interesting and tastiest items, IMHO.

                  The Twisted Apron has an eclectic brunch and lunch menu and now serves dinner too.

                  Jade and May Wah both serve good dimsum (menus on weekdays, cart service on weekends and holidays).

                  Last but not least, several places serve great thin crust, wood oven pizza: Vito's in Walkerville, Vespa on Erie, the Caboto Club's restaurant, the Ciccaro Club's restaurant, Armando's, La Zingara.

                  1. re: 1sweetpea

                    I went to Lorelei bistro a few weeks ago and thought it was very good.