King in Toronto, Canada...
these restaurants belong to the same family. In Toronto
we have a diverse population from many ethnic backgrounds.
This has provided us with some of the best ethnic restaurants
in North America. Both Linda
and serve the best Thai food
outside of Thailand. is downstairs and is set
up for the students and local business people looking
for great food quick and cheap. Upstairs the food is
the same but the atmosphere is different. This is a
neat place for quiet intimate dinners or just relaxing
with friends around a great meal. The Pad Thai shrimp,
vegetarian or chicken is the best I have ever tasted.
The various curry dishes are amazing. You can have them
as spicy or mild as you like -- they aim to please.
This hidden gem has been the best kept secret in Toronto.
Upstairs or down you will not be disappointed. Prices
are reasonable with lunch or dinner under $10 (Cdn)
downstairs and $20 (Cdn) upstairs. They are located
at 335 Yonge Street (Gould and Yonge, one block north
of Dundas Street)
Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo, California...
recommend the .
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the food is 'homestyle'
featuring roast turkey with trimmings, chicken &
dumplings, steaks, seafood, salads, popular local wines,
homemade pies, and everybody's favorite hot apple dumplings.
There's free coffee, comfortable seating, lots of atmosphere
provided by Tiffany lamps, quilts and colorful old produce
labels on the walls, and fresh flowers everywhere. The
gift shop features everything 'apple' with many quality
gifts for young and old (their old-fashioned apple butter
is delicious). Most of the friendly waiters and waitresses
are students at the nearby college. If you're on the
Central Coast of California, don't miss the . They're located at 2015
Monterey Street. Tel: 805-544-6100 Website: http://www.applefarm.com
Roka in Bisbee, Arizona, USA...
favorite neighborhood bar offers semi casual dining
-- the staff are mostly aspiring artists, musicians
and actors. Diners enjoy a friendly atmosphere and you
can stay as long as you like. Head chef and owner Rod
Haas always has a special new wine to try. The meals
include soup, salad, sorbet and entree however the portions
are European and you do not over eat. Bartender Fred
is convivial and provides a great place to meet locals.
Bisbee is a retirement destination attracting a wide
range of interesting people, the film industry, and
world travelers. It's located in a former mining town,
one mile high. This makes it a cool getaway in the summer.
Reservations are a good idea. Address: 35 Main Street.
Bisbee, Arizona, USA
on the Common in Halifax, Canada...
from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
New restaurants pop up here like crocuses in the Spring
and can disappear just as quickly it seems. But one
of the best has survived several seasons, and is called
, located a comfortable
15 minute walk from the downtown core of Halifax (not
surprisingly, overlooking the Halifax Commons). Its
menu is limited but well thought out, offering meat,
seafood and vegetarian choices, wonderful soups and
salads, and daily specials. Decor design is eclectic,
and if the wide-open view of activity on the sidewalk
and the Commons across the street isn't enough to keep
you engaged, the wonderful food and interesting clientele
will. This restaurant was voted one of Canada's Best
new Restaurants by EnRoute Magazine. You can learn more
by visiting its website at http://www.janesonthecommon.com
Nova Scotia, US
World Café in Salt Lake City, USA
is an amazing restaurant in Salt Lake City called . Denise Cerrita,
the owner, has a motto: "Everyone eats." At her warm
inviting Café there is no menu. Denise
prepares whatever is fresh and often organic and she
offers up amazing creations daily. Food is served with
love, buffet style. You decide how much you want of
what items and it is placed on your plate by kind servers.
Denise feels that how you are treated is as important
as what you are eating. You choose to eat in one of
several interesting rooms -- part the beads and sit
on cushions on the floor in one room or continue to
a room that feels like a small apartment with sofa,
chairs and a dining table, or simply sit outside and
enjoy the majestic blue skies of Utah. When you are
through eating, it is you who decides how much to pay
for your meal. You simply put money through a slot in
a wooden box that is discreetly located near the door.
You may be dining next to a CEO or a homeless person.
At , everyone eats--and
with dignity. Located on 300 East between South Temple
and 100 South in downtown Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, USA