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In a 1930s-era walk-in vault that once guarded diamonds, The City Grill now stores ruby-hued merlots and cabernet sauvignons. The vault is a relic of McCreery’s Diamond Store, whose art-deco aesthetic has been revived by The City Grill, setting the perfect backdrop for feasts of upscale culinary creations.
The restaurant’s carefully designed atmosphere relies on illuminated globes, exposed brick, and black-and-white photomurals depicting the days in Windsor’s past when even robots had to get around by horse-drawn carriages. A spacious patio invites guests to soak in the fresh air and sip libations that range from Chilean syrahs to signature dessert drinks such as an espresso martini.
The drinks pair with globally inspired food dreamt up by Executive Chef Shawn McKerness, who previously captained the seafaring kitchens of the luxurious Holland America Line cruises. McKerness combines fresh ingredients from local sources for a menu of contemporary food that, like the moon’s wardrobe, changes seasonally. Diners might slice into a horseradish-encrusted tenderloin, Maui-style ahi tuna, or red snapper lounging under exotic fruit salsa.
If Bubi’s Awesome Eats were a planet, Bubi sauce would be its sun. Nearly every dish on the menu dons generous dollops of the garlicky housemade condiment. Chefs serve it with sweet-potato fries, drizzle it on wraps, and slather it on hamburger buns. The sauce’s coveted, taste-bud-wooing recipe is one of the reasons Bubi’s Awesome Eats earned screen time on the Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here! in 2012.
Bubi’s chefs continue the theme of made-from-scratch cooking throughout their menu, which includes tenderized chicken breast that they marinate in milk and eggs, bake with housemade garlic butter, and then deep-fry to a crisp. They also hand shape hamburger patties before accessorizing them with off-the-wall ingredients such as almond pesto and gravy. Diners in search of a burger large enough to dress in baby clothes can behold Bubi’s 8-pound Big V8 burger. If they can eat the entire burger in one sitting, they not only win bragging rights, but also $1,000. Be warned: not even Canada’s tallest man could finish it.
Though he's continued to refine his culinary skills for more than 20 years, Chef Enzo's mastery of Italian food was cemented at age 26, when he opened his first restaurant, Tutto Ristorante. Today, using locally sourced ingredients, he pushes his innovation of Italian cuisine even further at Enzo's Trattoria. Instead of supplying signature pastas, he gives diners a choice of 11 noodles—gnocchi, gluten-free penne, and whole-wheat spaghetti among them––and 14 sauces, including vodka sauce and housemade meat sauce.
More housemade elements grace Chef Enzo's grilled paninis, which he fills with housemade sausage and meatballs. His other meaty mains include veal scallopini topped with white-wine tomato pesto sauce and prosciutto and chicken breast sautéed in wild-mushroom blush sauce, named for how embarrassed chefs get seeing mushrooms go wild. Available by the glass and bottle, wines from Australia, Italy, and Canada complement meals, which unfold in a lantern-lit dining area where guests feast beneath brick archways and among painting-lined walls.
On New Year's Eve of 2007, brothers Dan and Anthony Ferriolo—both graduates of the culinary arts program at St. Clair College—banded together to open Ristorante Avanti, channeling their shared passion for great food and their Italian heritage into a gustatory labour of love. The New Year's Eve kickoff would prove to be the start of seven years of upholding and building upon their original goals of infusing traditional Italian dining with their own creative flair and service-based perfectionism. Amid percolating bubbles floating up from boiling pasta and the sizzle of sautéing scallops in the kitchen, Anthony helms a team of chefs who meticulously construct dishes from ingredients such as littleneck clams and fresh tomato sauce. With his brother commanding the kitchen, Dan lets his friendly disposition steer the front of the house, making everyone feel welcome. The feeling of warmth he puts out is extended by the dining room’s rustic-chic ambience brought about by gold- and brown-toned decor and gleaming copper accents on candelabra-style lighting.
Mazaar's decor blends urban chic with traditional design details. Sleek, shiny tables line up beneath rough-hewn stone archways, and white tassels create silhouettes of iwan arches against textured crimson walls. And though it tends further toward tradition, the eatery's Lebanese cuisine gets equal consideration and care. Chefs mix fresh lemon and cracked wheat into tabbouleh, grill up tender shish kebabs and shawarma, and flavor pan-seared seafood fillets with pepper- and lemon-based sauces. Complimentary, made-to-order pitas accompany every entree to the table, much like government chaperones accompany every MP to the House of Commons annual mixer.
Located blocks from the Caesars Windsor casino, Mazaar cultivates a party-friendly atmosphere through flowing libations and live entertainment. Recessed lighting glows beneath the sleek bar where mixologists shake cocktails and pour wines and beer. On select nights, belly dancers weave between tables, mesmerizing diners with their fluid dance moves and slowly swaying pocket watches.
Michelle and Ben Davidson can't get enough of helping others. Though Michelle, a nurse, cares for the sick and Ben, a pastor, fosters spiritual healing, they wanted to bring even more joy and comfort to the community, especially students at the nearby University of Windsor. When Michelle was enrolled there, she worked as a barista at a local coffee shop. There, she learned to handcraft espresso drinks and pondered how to cultivate an atmosphere ripe for both studying and hanging out. After graduation, she and Ben decided to build a café around organic and fair-trade products that help farmers around the world make a living while helping local residents rise and shine, like a loaf of bread baked inside a hot disco ball. In addition to preparing brewed coffee, lattes, and loose-leaf teas, staffers serve sandwiches, soups, and baked goods that are made fresh each day.
Centuries ago, in Mongolia, hunting parties prepared meals by slicing food with their swords and searing it on overturned shields, or, if no shields were available, stolen hubcaps. In the intervening years, chefs have modernized this cooking technique into stir-fry, the signature dish at Mongolian Grill. Patrons fill their bowls with their favourite fixings from a buffet of fresh meat, seafood, and veggies and then hand it to a chef, who stir-fries the food before their eyes. Diners hungry for Western flavours can opt for an array of sandwiches—such as the bacon cheeseburger and the veggie wrap—or build their own pasta dishes from noodles, sauce, and fixings such as meatballs and sautéed veggies. Barkeeps at the full-service bar pour beer, mix martinis, and blend frozen drinks. The kids’ menu, meanwhile, satisfies youthful palates more effectively than deep-fried Angry Birds.
Pastry pasha and eponymous epicurean Renee Pratt-Snively leads a team of chefs that craft gourmet cakes and cupcakes within the cute café confines of Renee's Fine Cakes. Baking bravado and attention to detail characterize the delicacies that hop out of Renee's oven, and the responsive staff caters to the dietary and culinary desires of customers. Dairy-free cupcakes get the lactose intolerant and indifferent into the fold, while sugar-shirking customers can get their dozen delights unencumbered by sucrose, fructose, glucose, or hippopotamusose. Soft pink walls, traditional pastry shop décor, and sweet-smelling stacks of fresh baked goods make Renee's a perfect place to munch on mini-masterpieces with friends or enjoy a quiet cappuccino.
Bistro at the River's menu of contemporary European-inspired fare delights taste buds amid the soothing sounds of lapping riverfront waves. A blend of Canadian and Old World influences abound on the menu, from the appetizer plate of Montreal smoked meat with garlic butter and flatbread, to the fluffy foccacia-bread sandwich made with Lake Erie perch. Guests chow down on handmade burgers and pizzas, or dig in to inventive pasta dishes, such as a chicken and mozzarella penne mac and cheese, or lasagna layered with thin crepes. Bistro at the River's open kitchen creates an intimate atmosphere, and stone columns adorned with golden bands and initials of gargoyle sweethearts surround chairs and tables in the indoor dining room.
The barbecue barons at Tecumseh Roadhouse douse meats with five different signature sauces and heap gourmet burgers with innovative toppings such as chipotle and blue cheese. Chefs smoke meat such as brisket and pulled pork for up to 17 hours before piling it onto plates alongside mac 'n' cheese or fresh-cut fries. While spooning up gumbo or biting into a burger loaded with condiments such as fried pickles, guacamole, or Essex mushrooms, patrons can gaze up at flat-screen televisions or pity the people in the black-and-white photos on the wall for never having lived in a world with colours. The restaurant also stocks a spread of wines, and an extensive roster of bourbon, scotch, and whisky keeps warm insides with each heady sip.
Each day, chefs Jason Eifert and Adel Elsayed, restaurant owner, assemble Lebanese platters from scratch. Using breads hot from the oven, ingredients that have never been frozen, and falafel with no past stints as ping-pong balls, he creates a menu of zesty Middle Eastern staples, such as meaty kebabs. His shared plates of appetizers such as the Monaco medley and entrees satisfy groups of two or four, and the catering menu provides ample skewers for larger outings. On some weekend nights, Monaco’s dining room comes alive with the strains of live Arabic music and the hypnotic undulations of belly dancers.
Hikari Japanese Steakhouse's thespian chefs grill Japanese-inflected steakhouse fare in breathtaking tableside performances as rice artisans craft fresh maki and nigiri from an open-air sushi bar. Cuts of steak, shrimp, and lobster dance on sizzling grills situated in the middle of each dining table, where chefs chop, flip, and ignite each luscious morsel in a more theatrical culinary display than Hamlet's famous TV-dinner scene. The full bar decants cocktails, beers, and an exotic sake and plum wine fusion to patrons 21 and older, whereas children 10 and younger can sup on kids’-menu items tailored to simpler palates.
The Bull n’ Barrel preserves rustic country pleasures in a restaurant reminiscent of an old-fashioned saloon. Servers shuttle plates of smokehouse cuisine around an indoor dining room adorned with antlers, red brick, and two central bars that pour ice-cold brews into mason jars. Southern flair also permeates the menu, which offers classic dishes alongside straightforward burgers, and sandwiches. A large indoor dance floor hosts live music and events, and the eatery’s namesake feature—a mechanical bull—bucks any rider who neglects to first feed it a cube of sugar.
Co-owners Filip Rocca and Michael Barlozzari craft classic Italian dishes with a twist inside Mezzo Ristorante’s sleek, modern interior. Their extensive cocktail and wine list complements locally sourced and celiac-friendly menus that blend both traditional and eclectic ingredients, such as sauces infused with Sambuca or limoncello. Cozy, padded niches crowned with orange accents offer an intimate setting for couples or asylum escapees, and the outdoor patio provides a clear view of Via Italia. Mezzo Ristorante hosts live music Thursday–Saturday, as well as a supper club on the last Friday of each month.
Upbeat melodies from live musicians travel to each table inside The Mexican Grill on select weekends, blending with the aromas of authentic-style southwestern cuisine. The kitchen staff assembles fresh ingredients into shareable appetizers, dinners, and 14 varieties of burritos. Painted artwork and Mexican flags hang from the casual eatery's colourful walls and serve as a backdrop to events such as Friday karaoke nights, where diners can sing odes to their favourite sombrero and vice versa. To complement meals, servers pour specialty drinks such as sangria and margaritas into giant glasses.