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Jul 30, 2014 02:02 PM

Niagara Falls - I know, I know

For reasons that are better left unexplained, I will be taking some young cousins to Niagara Falls overnight. Are there any good restaurants there at all? We could also stay in Niagara on the Lake instead but that would mean we would miss the lit-up falls at night. This trip is going for the full irony effect. But the food shouldn't be ironic.

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    1. I would suggesting reading this thread for some good suggestions of the area:

        1. re: kitchengardengal

          I assume he means doing all the tourist trap stuff that snobs turn their noses at, wax museums etc. but if you claim to only be doing it for the irony you don't have to admit that some of it can be actual fun.

          1. re: bytepusher

            Oh! We had a blast there when the kids were about 10 & 12 years old. We stayed at the Brock (?) Hotel in Canada, a beautiful, elegant old place. Did the boat and the walk down the wood decks, got wet, strolled along the scenic wall overlooking the falls... I have only been there that one time, and would go again in a heartbeat.
            We didn't do the wax museum or whatever's in the little tourist area, but we did walk around there just to soak up the atmosphere . Funny, I don't remember what or where we ate, but we always find interesting places to eat no matter where we go.

            1. re: bytepusher

              You can have fun while being ironic. You can even admit you're having fun while being ironic. I'm taking some young girls who have travelled everywhere and done everything so it's not possible to impress them with fabulousness. The only thing that works is weirdness. So that's why Niagara Falls. Definitely plan the boat and the tunnels and all that stuff, maybe with some wax museum or something thrown in for good measure.

              Will check out the links. I did do a search on the board, but much of the information was fairly old. I wondered if there was anything more recent. Thanks, though.

              And I'm a "she".

              1. re: Nyleve

                The butterfly conservatory is really great and I can't imagine a couple of young girls not being fascinated by it! I haven't been to Bird Kingdom, but it's on my list.

                I don't know if you saw the Niagara Falls section in the link that ylsf posted, but I recommend The Regal Diner, Paris Crepes Cafe, and Moksha Indian Bistro for eats. For Italian, I have friends that enjoy Napoli, though I've only gotten take out pizza there once and didn't love it. I'm guessing the pastas are better.

                If the girls have traveled everywhere, maybe they might enjoy a border crossing they can walk across. Bring your passports and walk the Rainbow Bridge into the U.S. and check out the falls from that side (though our side is more impressive).

          2. Actually Massimo Capra has a resto in the Crowne Plaza - the Rainbow Room. Food is great, and the wine prices are actually really really good (bottle of Tignanello for $135?!? It's $102 at the LCBO!). If you can make it there on a weeknight it's easy to get a window seat...

            1. Not sure the age of your cousins but if they are girls (maybe younger boys may like this too) they may especially enjoy the Queen Charlotte Tea Room is highly recommended.

              Their afternoon tea is under $20, comes with scones, tea sandwiches and dessert very tasty and filling.

              Went with my girlfriends recently and we all had a lovely time and were stuffed with yummy food. The couple who owns it is also very very lovely.