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May 27, 2003 02:36 PM

Oshawa/Bowmanville Area?

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I am going to visit a friend in Bowmanville tomorrow and am hoping to go out for dinner in the Oshawa/Bowmanville area. Are there any restaurants in the area that chowhounds could recommend. He seems to think that 'good eats in Oshawa' is an oxymoron. I'd appreciate any help in 'educating' him.

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  1. Your friend is right, for the most part -- at least, compared to Toronto he sure is.

    You're going to be hard-pressed to find quality dining experiences in Oshawa/Whitby, but there are a few.

    Gordon Biersch - this is a middle-class restaurant that serves REALLY good food, that isn't quite 'gourmet', but certainly isn't 'family style'. Here is a link to their menu. Portion sizes are nice and big. :)

    It's in the enormous AMC movie complex just off the 401 in Whitby (10 seconds before Oshawa). You can't miss it from the 401. Get off at the Thickson Rd. exit.

    Mondo - this is a 'fine dining' experience (Italian fusion). It's quite good, actually. I'd say it holds it's own against some of the high-end Italian spots in Toronto. A bit pricey, but WELL worth it. MY PERSONAL CHOICE.

    Their Website: (my favourite
    Hot Rocks - This is a really cool little spot. Their trademark is to serve food on hot rocks at your table. Really cool. They also have a wide range of sophisticated pastas and fish dishes. Nice wine list. GREAT desserts.

    Their Website:

    Shrimp Cocktail - Owned by the same people that own Hot Rocks, this restaurant features fish almost exclusively. Lots of creative flavours, and uncommon fish. Really nice room, very fun.

    Their Website:

    Welcome to the neighbourhood!



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    1. re: Chris

      That is great info! I have yet to have any good food in Oshawa. If you have any more suggestions, please let us know!

    2. I've been meaning to try Avanti Trattoria, but haven't made it down yet. Looks interesting. They use a Renato wood/gas brick pizza oven.

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      1. re: Dr Butcher

        Okay - there are lots of good eats in the, burge...oh wait, you said quality good eats..yes. well, try these (minus the obvious I can't post).

        Avanti Trattoria: Excellent Italian dining in the beautiful heart of downtown Oshawa. Really, it is very good all around. Well worth visiting.

        Gordon Biersch - what it's been closed for some time now, don't bother looking for it.

        There is a new chinese food place in downtown Oshawa as well, unfortunately I haven't been able to eat there and I cannot remember it's name. It's location is south of the Royal Bank on Simcoe St. East side of Simcoe, between Bond and King. Apparently the owner and chef was trained in the northern provinces of China. From the buzz I have heard it is amazing.

        Hot Rocks - well it rocks

        Shrimp Cocktail has been around for years, I have never eaten there but the reviews I have heard from people (and there is lots of them) have been nothing but outstanding.

        There are more good eats, greasy spoon places. Just not sure and I could list lots of them here. The above though I have always heard good things about or had great meals at.

        Shrimp Cocktail
        843 King St W, Oshawa, ON L1J2L4, CA

      2. On King Street in Bowmanville there is Bistro Chanterelle which is quite good. We ate there last in September.

        Here is the website:

        There are some reviews here:

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          Oh absolutely forgot this one, the owner is a very good chef and visited him often when he first opened. Another fine dining place, excellent.

          1. re: BusterRhino

            It's a great little place. But I doubt it will help the OP, I see that a 6 year old post got resurrected. I'd eat there more often if it wasn't so far away. It's surprising that it's almost never mentioned here.

            1. re: foodyDudey

              but alas this isn't Toronto and rarely does anyone either drive out this way and most people in the Durham Region have no idea chow exists. Everyone I ask basically looks at me with a blank stare.

        2. Nice in Whitby has good notices, though I haven't been there. It's a place I'd like to go to.

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          1. re: jayt90

            Oh forgot about Nice Bistro (not pronounced like it sounds either more like niece bistro). It's owner is french and they really care about their food. Very seasonal last time I was there. Hmm good one jayt90 I think I know where I am going for lunch this week.

          2. Wow, this IS an old post! Buster, I can totally agree with you on Durhamites not having a clue about Chow or any "real" food for that matter - present company excepted! Before they switched ownership I would have suggested Fazio's - but their menu's gone off since then. Pity since they gave such good service for my mom's wedding reception!

            33 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON L1H4G1, CA