Stephanie in Calgary,
I have lived here all of my life, so do I ever know some
good restaurants around town!
Sushi Tokyo in Chinatown
on Centre Street SE is beautifully decorated in Japanese
style. After 4:00pm till early evening on weekdays they
serve all-you-can-eat sushi for $20/person. Very good quality!
(check with the restaurant to be completely certain of the
hours). Tel: 232-8868.
Check out Peking Garden
in Shaganappi Village on Varsity Drive NW. You won't regret
it -- they serve really good Chinese food. Gets busy, so
reserve just to be sure. Tel: 286-0488.
Blue House Cafe is an
affordable restaurant with excellent food and live jazz
on some evenings (19 Street NW). It's a good idea to reserve
for dinner. Tel: 284-9111
Shehnai Restaurant is
located at 507 8th Ave. SW (downtown). Their specialty is
East Indian food. Excellent! Small and cozy. Very knowledgeable
waiter -- he makes interesting recommendations.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the best eats, is
a hamburger joint called Peter's
Drive-In on 16 Avenue North East. They've
been in operation in Calgary for over 25 years, just the
one location, and people line up and drive thru. Now when
you're out and about in my town you can eat like a local.
Yum! P.S. On
a sunny day, it's fun to eat at their picnic tables.
Velma in Victoria,
I would recommend Sam’s
Deli as a little eatery with the best avocado
sandwiches possible made exactly to your specifications
(I love mine piled high with shrimp!) along with soups and
plenty of other luncheon choices. The location can’t
be beat either, since it is at the Inner Harbour near the
stunning Empress Hotel and within walking distance of most
of the central hotels. Take a walk along the Harbour Promenade
then nip in for lunch and a coffee. There are tables both
indoors and out and considering Victoria’s mild climate
it is often possible to eat al fresco even mid-winter. Sam's
Deli is located at 805 Government Street across the street
from the Visitor's Information Center and within a few blocks
of most of Victoria's main attractions.
Sandra from Comox,
British Colombia, Canada...
We live in the beautiful Comox Valley, halfway up the east
coast of Vancouver Island. People come for sailing, kayaking,
skiing, hiking, etc. and the best food in Courtenay is The
Atlas Cafe on Sixth Street. Owned by an Australian
couple, the food is fresh, varied, service is great - it's
a completely comfortable, safe place for breakfast, lunch
or dinner. All the locals go there all the time. Not expensive,
lots of vegetarian options. Dinners range from $8.00 - $24.00.
In neighbouring Comox, the best is Toscanos,
on Port Augusta and Beaufort. Again, family-owned, open
for lunch and dinner prices range from $8.00 - $20.00. Food
is largely Italian, 1/2 size portions are available for
many entrées, and again, all the locals go there.
Vicki from Vancouver,
One of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver B.C. is Brix
- the food is fabulous, wonderful tapas, the best cheese/fruit
platter in the City, there's a great wine list, and the
courtyard patio (fully covered two stories above) is, to
me, a lot like a beautiful European courtyard, with sparkling
lights and the best atmosphere. To round it all out, the
service is superb as well.
||Janet from Halifax,
I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia and I believe the very best
place to eat is a lovely place called 'Jane's
on the Common'. Serving absolutely delicious
food at a reasonable cost and deliberately placed in a community
otherwise lacking good restaurants, owner Jane Wright strives
to make 'the common' food a bit uncommon. And, the restaurant
fronts on the famous Halifax Commons! The website has a delightful
link to activities for women named 'Jane'... Now go and enjoy
the great food! Their website just oozes with friendliness.
Take a look. http://www.janesonthecommon.com/
in Halifax, Canada...
I want to mention my favourite Japanese restaurant in Halifax.
It’s a little place called 'Milamodo'
in Rockingham Ridge. They are a little bit outside of the
downtown core but definitely worth the extra work to get
there. My favourite dish is their Spider Maki (soft shell
crab). It is fabulous! Please check their website for all
the other information you might need. www.milamodo.com.
from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada...
Anyone traveling in Niagara's wine country should take the
time to stop in at the Anchorage,
at 186 Ricardo Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The
restaurant is located at the water's edge and from the patio
you can watch the boats of all sizes come in from both sides
of the Niagara River. The restaurant is cozy, friendly and
has a varied menu which includes a selection of sea food
dishes. If you love mussels, it's the place to go. A don't
miss feature of the Anchorage are the amazing murals of
underwater life painted by a noted local artist. Reservations
are not needed, but call ahead (905 468 2141). A single
female diner is always made to feel at home.
from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada...
We live only 10 km. from Parliament Hill in Ottawa and our
favourite steak place is the Grillman
- on Highway 16 at Colonnade. It is close to downtown and
you would just follow Queen Elizabeth Driveway until it
changes to Prince of Wales. The restaurant is on the right,
at Colonnade. Just a short drive from downtown for great
prices, great food and the best staff in Ottawa. Seriously.
I am not a relative.
Heidi from Ottawa,
If you're looking for the best vegetarian restaurant in
town, head for the Green Door
Vegetarian Restaurant. This is a self-serve
restaurant specializing in organic vegetarian food which
is priced according to the weight of your meal. A variety
of hot food such as lasagna, quiche, rice, tofu, vegetables,
potatoes, and yams is available along with a salad bar and
a great selection of scrumptious desserts. Relaxed, communal
atmosphere. Take-out is also an option. The Green Door is
located beside a new age bookstore, so you can browse to
your heart's content either before or after you eat. Health
food store located two-doors down. Address: 198 Main Street,
Ottawa, Ontario. Tel: (613) 234-9577 P.S. If you like the
Green Door, The Table Vegetarian Eatery, is another self-serve
organic vegetarian restaurant. Two locations: 261 Dalhouse,
Ottawa Tel: (613) 244-1100 and 1230 Wellington, Ottawa.
Tel: (613) 729-5973
Erica from Toronto,
Best crepes close to Toronto's Art Gallery of Ontario. Check
out the Art Square Cafe right across from the Art Gallery
of Ontario. It's cozy, the staff is warm and welcoming and
the crepes (buckwheat or white) are mouthwatering. I was
there with a friend for brunch. We shared the Spinach and
Walnut crepe and the Grilled Chicken & Mayan Organic
Dark Chocolate crepe (yes, chicken and chocolate). Both
were fabulous. This is a perfect stop before or after a
visit to the Art Gallery. Address: 334 Dundas Street West.
cafe has a small gallery adjoining the cafe as well.
There's a small dim sum place in the heart of Kensington Market
that I've been going to for years. Called Saigon
Pearl, it's run by Vietnamese people who should
know something about Chinese food as their country was occupied
by the Chinese for at least a hundred years. The place is
a tad on the grungy side but unlike the big Chinese dim sum
parlours (where the food is mass made, reheated and rolled
around on trolleys), this dim sum is made specifically to
your order. Furthermore, it's very inexpensive and quite delicious.
is situated at 2 Kensington Ave # A just north of Dundas Ave.
It's right around the corner from one of Toronto's thriving
Asian market and restaurant areas. Tel: (416) 598-1573
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada...
I teach Moroccan cooking but when I don't feel like doing
it myself, I eat at Boujadi
(220 Eglinton Avenue East) or Kensington
Kitchen (124 Harbord Street). The hospitality
at Boujadi is wonderful and the ambiance at Kensington is
delightfully warm. At night it is candlelit and in the summer
you can enjoy their backyard patio. Both these neighborhood
restaurants are very suitable for the solo diner and both
are reasonably priced.
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada...
One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto is a Japanese place
called Ginga Sushi. It's
a little haven of peace and tranquility, with soft Japanese
music playing in the background, and a minimalist decor. They
serve sushi (by the piece) and sashimi as well as hot udon
"soups", teriyaki, tempura and a large variety of appetizers.
Despite being located right downtown, it is rarely crowded
(except on Friday nights when the regulars gather) probably
because of its location on a quiet backstreet. I sometimes
eat there by myself, as the service is friendly and it is
such a comfortable place for a woman to dine alone. Try the
"beef yakiniku": lean beef, eggplant and garlic in a fragrant
curry sauce; it's to die for! Closed Sunday all day (and possibly
Saturday lunch too...) Address: 51 Colborne St. Tel: 416-366-2722
P.S. This is where
I first met one of my friends, who is also a Journeywoman.
She was by herself and looking for a place to eat dinner when
she saw me sitting alone through the window and figured this
must be a good place for a solo woman so she decided to come
in. She's back in her home country, Switzerland, but we're
still in touch and visit when we can.
in Toronto, Canada...
There is a book published in Canada called "cheapeats toronto"
which bills themselves as Toronto's guide to good inexpensive
restaurants. I was asked for my favorite 'cheap eat' to be
included in their celebrity recommendation section of the
guide. This is what I decided to write. "Check out the two-course
lunch specials at the family-run Spadina Garden Restaurant.
The place is immaculate (decor standard Chinese), the staff
very friendly and they offer nicely seasoned Szechuan, Peking
and Hunan specialties. My favorite main dish is their Hot
Spicy Peanut Chicken (you can tell them how spicy or mild
you want it). All lunches include won ton or hot and sour
soup as well as Chinese tea along with your main course of
choice. Never costs me more than $10 including tip. 116 Dundas
Street West near Bay. Tel: 416.977.3413.
My favorite restaurant in Toronto's Chinatown would be Taste
of China at 338 Spadina Ave. Phone (416)
348-8828. Loads of Chinese patrons dine here and it's right
across from Lee Garden which has become a tourist mecca.
The decor is very ordinary but not the food. You might catch
a glimpse of famous local chef, Susur Lee having his favourite
chicken dish here!
||Lynne from Toronto,
I'm the first to admit that there's not much reason to travel
to my hometown, Etobicoke Ontario. However, if you're stuck
in Pearson International Airport in Toronto and dying for
some great food, here is my pick: My
Thai Kitchen. A 10 minute drive (or 30 mins
via public transit from the Airport), this place is a gem.
Signature dishes such as Mango Salad, Cashew Chicken and Pineapple
and Red Curry are among the best I have ever tasted. The decor
is authentic Asian and the staff, dressed in traditional costume,
are always friendly and efficient. I take all my out-of-town
friends here. If you ever find yourself in West Toronto, this
is the first place to go. Address: 3080 Bloor Street W., Etobicoke.
Tel: (416) 233-2218
Lynne, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Sandra from Montréal,
Anyone coming to Montréal should indulge
first in French food. The prices are much less than anywhere
else and the quality of the food is equal to Paris. Restauranteurs
go shopping each morning at one of the three farmer's markets
to choose their meat and produce to offer you the freshest
of that day's market offerings.
Just a bit north of downtown, Le
Paris Beurre, is Paris bistro-like with rounded
wooden captain's chairs, wood floors and white paper tablecloths
covering the white linen ones. You might call the cuisine
"bourgeoise", as you can always find potage St-Germain (pea
soup) and my favorite, fish soup served with rouille (garlic
mayonnaise). Main courses offer plenty of meat, always a
steak, duck magret, roast rabbit and cassoulet in season.
Desserts are delish - order ahead the tarte tatin for two
(flat apple pie), Poire Belle Hélène made
with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce or have the caramelized
pineapple. There's a small table d'hôte ($18.95-$24.95),
but you can even put together 3 à la carte courses
for under $30 per person. All prices in Canadian dollars.
Hours: Lunch 11:30-2:30, Dinner 5:30-10.00. Address: 1226
Van Horne. Tel: 514 2717502 Ed.
note: Sandra is the author of "Smart Shopping
Montreal." I've gone to dinner several times with her and
hubby. Her picks are always excellent.
||Helen in Winnipeg,
in Quebec City is a tiny creperie and restaurant with old-world
decor and the best crepes I have ever found. The enormous
crepes are made in front of you on a huge griddle, and the
variety of toppings allow you to create the exact combination
you desire for the perfect meal or dessert. Of course, they
serve other items as well, but who can see past the crepes!
The booths are cozy, close enough to make new friends while
still comfortable for those seeking a quiet moment. There's
usually a line outside so avoid regular mealtime hours. I
discovered this creperie by accident on my first visit to
Quebec City and 8 trips later, I never miss a chance to go
again. 1136 St-Jean Street, Quebec City. http://cassecrepebreton.com/
||Helen from St. Lambert
(suburb of Montreal, Quebec...)
Montreal is renowned for its many fine restaurants, catering
to every taste and budget. Here are my two favorites at opposite
ends of the culinary/monetary scales. For fine dining, go
to La Chronique
at 99 rue Laurier Ouest. This small restaurant is one of the
city's best, and reservations are a must for dinner. Happily,
it's also open for lunch Tues-Fri. when you can enjoy the
same excellent food and service for considerably less than
you'd pay in the evening. A bonus for shopaholics - Laurier
Street is a great place for up-scale shopping/browsing.
Would just a hamburger hit the spot? The best burgers
in Montreal are found at L'Anecdote,
801 Rachel Est in the funky Plateau Mont-Royal area. The
homemade fries are cooked in peanut oil and you can order
several kinds of sauce for dipping. Credit cards are not
accepted, but debit cards are. When you leave the restaurant,
walk north (turn right onto St. Hubert) for a few blocks
admiring gracious trees and the outdoor staircases typical
of Montreal's architecture. Look for the monastery on the
west side of the street. When you come to Mont-Royal, go
either right or left. This street is lined with all sorts
of small boutiques, great for finding second hand clothes
and one of a kind jewelry.