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.
At Kingsway Fish & Chips, clients net fresh fish and homemade desserts prepared by four generations of family members from an eclectic menu. Fresh Alaskan halibut, hand-filleted in-house and bathed in a light English-style batter, joins forces with freshly chipped Ontario potatoes to fulfill a family recipe ($11.39; $10.39 with haddock). Six ounces of grilled rainbow trout lounges alongside a bed of rice or fries ($14.49), and seafood chowder and lobster bisque ($4.49–$5.49) keep stomachs as warm as Moby Dick's sauna. For dessert, butter tarts ($2.49) and old-fashioned rice pudding ($3.99) sweeten palates, and domestic and imported beer and wine keep diners hydrated between bites and comparisons of squid-calling technique. Large parties gather amid colourful booths, high-backed chairs, and walls sconces in the restaurant’s recently renovated, 110-seat space.
Ristorante Luci creates Italian fare with a classica flair and serves it within a warm, intimate atmosphere. Like the color of a slovenly roommate's sweatpants, the menu changes with the seasons, as the ristorante works with as many Minnesota-based farmers as possible to stock its larder with fresh, flavorful ingredients. Prepare for piquant pasta with a curtain-raiser such as the sautéed green beans ($10), partnered with an organic chopped egg and a dabbling of truffle oil. The fusilli alla Luci ($11) mingles its corkscrew pasta with grilled chicken, broccoli, and a garnish of red-pepper flakes. For something meatier, try the dish that's synonymous with Italy—slow-braised New Zealand lamb shank ($16)—which melts in mouths before unleashing stores of tomato and rosemary flavor. Schemes to get one's Iowan cousin crowned King of Malaysia are best concocted over a capper of homemade desserts, coffees, and cappuccinos.
Continuing the restaurant's more than 50 year history, the chefs at Latina Ristorante skillfully craft a menu of house-made pasta, meat offerings, and seafood dishes. The culinary crew greets diners with bruschetta ($4.95), which loads olive oil, basil, and tomato onto garlic bread ready for teeth to nibble into a replica of Italy's go-go-boot-shaped peninsula. Grilled chicken and sundried tomatoes weave into
penne gorgonzola ($14.95), and forks dive into the noodle-filled depths of linguine alla marinella ($18.95) to pierce shrimp, crab, and scallops blanketed by a rose sauce. Vitello penata ($18.95) holds a dance atop taste buds to bring the flavours of meaty veal medallions, cream, and pine nuts in close contact, and the gamberi alla griglia ($18.95) rests grilled shrimp, lemon, and herbs over a bed of rice. Wall sconces cast a soft glow over the dining area's textured walls, and white tablecloths offer patrons the perfect canvas for crafting a noodle-based self-portrait.
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.
At Rocco's Plum Tomato Trattoria, the scents of grilled veggies, pesto and tomato-basil sauces, and morsels of seafood, chicken, and veal beckon to passersby. Rocco's?an Italian restaurant with Islington Avenue and The Queensway locations?exudes an elegant yet approachable quality, like a billionaire uncle or a golden retriever wearing a crown. Amid brick walls peppered with modern art, you might find guests dining on crispy pizzas topped with shaved salami or tiger shrimp in white-wine-and-butter sauce. Each dish pleases eyes as much as taste buds, the artful presentation of caprese salad, lobster risotto, or warm goat cheese creating a tabletop display that complements the colourful wall hangings.