Occuping the building at Lackawanna's central intersection Nelson's ridge perfectly captures the neighborhood’s charm. The eatery takes its name from nearby Our Lady of Victory Basilica's well-loved leader, Father Nelson Baker, and furthers the connection with menu names derived from religious icons. Chefs churn out classic diner fare such as burgers, hot sandwiches, and fried chicken for lunch and dinner, but the biggest crowd pleasers are their served-all-day hotcakes, stuffed with bananas and chocolate chips, blueberries, or diced apples and bacon. In true diner fashion, Nelson’s feeds hungry diners at a long counter dotted with bar stools, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer gorgeous views of its namesake basilica.
From hotdogs to souvlaki sandwiches, Greek to Me's eclectic menu combines the potency of Greek flavors with the familiarity of American tastes. All items are cooked to order and, like subpoenas, the vast majority of breakfast items are served all day long. Fuel the morning with french toast, pancakes, or belgian waffles ($6.49), or take on the ultimate omelette, an egg blanket generously stuffed with green peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, and gyro meat, all resting under a shimmering coat of sausage gravy ($8.79).
The Cock and Pheasant welcomes Mississauga's village visitors into candle-lit interiors or out onto its tree-lined patio boasting full service from noon to dusk. Diners of all ages can adorn appetites in a fashion-forward luncheon menu, beginning with smaller portions, such as deep-fried mozzarella with tomato salsa and a garlic baguette ($7.99). Dive eyes-first into a sea of beer, bacon, and cheese soup ($4.99), or rally friends for a charge into a pound of wings draped with honey-garlic, jerk-barbecue, or smoked-lime-tequila sauce ($10.99). For a hearty feast, the delicate strata of Guinness shepherd's pie made with AAA beef ($11.99) will have friends clamouring for a share, just as with sweepstakes prizes or rationed hugs.
Smoked meat. Albacore tuna and sockeye salmon salad. Pear, mango, avocado, and brie. For more than 38 years, staff members at Druxy's more than 45 locations have built traditional, deli-style sandwiches based entirely on their customers? requests, no matter how unorthodox or how difficult it becomes to eat the resulting masterpiece. A roster of 11 breads and more than 50 toppings means that each sandwich is someone's personal favorite. Staff members are also willing to go big; if a regular sandwich can?t fill your appetite, they'll gladly add as much meat as you would like for a nominal extra charge (the current heavyweight champion is a 42 oz. corned beef on rye).
At the heart of the operation are Druxy's delicatessen roots, still apparent in the steaming hot meats sliced to order and the kosher dill pickle wedges served with each sandwich. In addition to their deli favorites, Druxy's can meet any craving; their menu includes everything from a design your own salad bar to comforting grilled cheese sandwiches and more than 30 soups.
While corned beef and grilled cheese might not sound like the definition of healthy eating, Druxy's salads, along with four sandwiches and six soups, are Healthier Options with less fat and sodium and more protein and fibre. Druxy's also carries on this dedication to healthy nutrition by crafting gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan options for diners with food sensitivities.
Twenty years as a traveling salesman was more than enough for James Brown. So when he finally decided it was time to set down his roots, he turned to something that sang of home: his passion for cooking. And that passion shines throughout his menu. In the hearty breakfast selections, guests can see it in the signature stuffed french toast?made from bread that's baked in-house?as well as more imaginative items, such as the Greek-inspired diner breakfast with gyro meat. Then there are the half-pound burgers, po-boy sandwiches with Cajun-spiced chicken, and James Brown's legendary Friday-night barbecue. Such a range hints at two things: that James's passion isn't picky, and that his inspiration comes from everywhere. And indeed, if a diner gives James a recipe that matches the standards of his menu, not only will he put it there, he'll even name it after the guest who gave it to him.
This inclusionary style echoes throughout the diner itself. Checkered tiles run across the floor from the front door to the back wall, passing a scattered assortment of tables and booths that look in on the open kitchen. And as a diehard Yankees fan, James fills two entire sections of a wall with memorabilia, including black-and-white photographs of past rosters and fan fiction that imagines the team being comprised only of James Brown clones.
Proprietors Jerry and Kim Manley serve up delectable paragons of diner cuisine crafted with fresh ingredients sourced from local businesses. Like the Yankees' short-lived lederhosen uniform, the menu combines American classics with a hint of German flavor, gracing breakfast tables with house-made apple pie ($3.25), potato pancakes ($6.95), and homemade bratwurst ($3.95). Dinner menus change daily, often featuring mouthwatering standbys such as hand-cut fries, chicken and biscuits, and hand-pressed burgers. On the weekend breakfast menu, strawberry irish oatmeal ($8.95) tantalizes palates with fruity flavor and a charming brogue, and a bourbon-raisin french toast ($7.95) rings in the end of the workweek with a tastefully tipsy sweetness.