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.
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.
http://www.mondoristorante.com (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.
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.
Welcome to the neighbourhood!
re: Dr Butcher
Okay - there are lots of good eats in the area...mcdonalds, 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. http://www.avantifood.com
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 http://www.hotrocksdiner.com/
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. http://www.shrimpcocktailcafe.com
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.
843 King St W, Oshawa, ON L1J2L4, CA
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 http://www.faziosrestaurant.ca/home.php - 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
Nice Bistro - Brock St. Whitby
Hot Rocks - Anderson Street, Whitby
Shrimp Cocktail - Hwy 2, Whitby
Mexico Lindo - Taunton Road and Garrard, Whitby
The Lake Grill - a hidden gem for food.
Mondo's closed ages ago. Chatterpaul's is a new place from the old owner of Shrimp Cocktail, my food was swimming in sauce though, but a lot of people are talking about it (Brock St., Whitby). Just realizing while typing this that you were going for dinner in 2003. Oops! Anyway...
There are a few 'Lindos' around Durham, I think they are alright, but they've never really wowed me. Saying that, the Taunton/Gerrard location seems jammed every night.
I've eaten at the Pickering and Ajax locations, they have a couple in Oshawa and I believe one in Port Perry. They must be doing something right.....