Tucked into a downtown Hespeler storefront, Montys on Queen boasts a Spanish-style tapas selection and international wine list that helped earn it a spot on Drew Edwards' 2010 Fantastic Five list in the Waterloo Region Record. Specifically, he praised it as a “truly rare find: something that out of nowhere exceeds all expectations.”
The restaurant's chef and sommelier coordinate their talents as they create complementary menus that emphasize locally sourced ingredients and Canadian-produced wines. This local flavour appears in the small plates' ocean-fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, although the chefs incorporate chorizo, spicy chipotle, and edible geography textbooks to lend an international flair.
Although a green, illuminated sign advertises "Bier," the bartenders can also mix martinis and shake cocktails for diners to either sip at the bar or take back to one of the tables that line the neutral-toned wall on the opposite side of the dining room. Outside, a small patio area contains two small tables within an enclosed area, allowing guests to enjoy their meal outdoors during the warmer seasons.
For more than 50 years, Rosa's Place Ristorante and Banquets has hosted intimate romantic dinners and large family gatherings, as well as corporate functions. Diners can enjoy traditional Italian cuisine in a warm, contemporary dining room that features live piano on Friday and Saturday. The menu of classic Italian eats includes a range of dishes, including hearty bruschetta, baked lasagna, and grilled Atlantic salmon. Mounds of authentic pasta sate culinary cravings, along with an array of pizza, meats, and daily specials. As espoused by Rosa's Place Ristorante and Banquets, dining well is living well.
Chefs at Crepe Delicious swirl paper-thin layers of batter onto their piping-hot crepe griddles, perfuming the air with the enticing aroma. Shortly after, the cooks lift away delectable crepes ready to be stuffed with savoury ingredients. The crepes themselves weigh in at only about 130 calories each with just 3.5 grams of fat, but they sate appetites during any meal.
Café 13 Main Street Grill weaves together a medley of light fare, such as pastas and salads, with grand gourmet dishes to craft carefully chosen menus. Beneath the watchful eye of the dining room's proud stained-glass peacock, begin with an order of spiced pork spring rolls ($10.99) or breaded camembert ($8.99). Diners trade quips and finger-puppet shows amid the dark woods and ornate brass accents of Café 13's rich dining room, all the while enjoying a plate of sesame-crusted tuna steak ($20.99)—a hearty hunk of yellowfin tuna sporting its finest black-and-white, sesame-seed eveningwear. Lovers of libations will appreciate the 141-year-old bar from Philadelphia and the assortment of martinis and specialty cocktails strutting the catwalk.
New chef Mike Boyd rears a rhapsody of culinary concoctions at The Groove Kitchen and Music Room. The inspired menu serenades diners with such musically named eats as the Sweet Home Alabama ($14), a barbecue-glazed and braised pork shoulder with sweet potato pancakes, and the Sgt. Pepper ($9), a Salisbury steak sandwich covered in a collage of peppercorn gravy, sautéed mushrooms, and cardboard cutouts of Carl Jung. On the weekends, live bands paint the walls with sound, blaring from saxophones, guitars, trumpets, and harmonically stretched vocal cords. The Groove Kitchen and Music Room tickles taste buds and tympanic membranes past midnight Tuesday through Saturday.
Serving up a twist on pub food, the chefs at The Gator?s Tail whip up gator bites?fried pieces of alligator tail served with fries and dip?when available. A wide array of burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, and meaty entrees underscores the culinary cred of the eatery, and desserts such as apple-caramel cheesecake punctuate meals.
From an alligator dangling menacingly from the ceiling to live karaoke amusing crowds? ears, the atmosphere of the pub is as lively as the menu is long. Flat-screen TVs air hockey games, and The Gator?s Tail offers food and drink specials for every Toronto Maple Leafs game. The Yuk Yuks comedy troupe delights customers monthly with their stand-up comedy performances.