Upscale salads and sandwiches marked with local and exotic meats, wines, and a potpourri of loose-leaf tea options are celebrated on Curious Thyme’s expansive menu. Coffee crusted scallops ($14) set tastebuds abuzz, and homemade elk, pumpkin,and ricotta ravioli ($17) blend delicate flavours for a non-violent hunger protest. Freshly cut specialty steaks such as locally raised venison ($29) and kangaroo ($34) come as they are or outfitted in maple rosemary compound butter, crusted Gorgonzola, or port wine and field berry compote ($3 each). Polish off deluxe dining with a 6 oz. glass of red or white wine ($6.75–$18.50), or one of Curious Thyme's 68+ tea choices ($3.99).
Now in its third decade of operation, Buns Master Bakery and Delicatessen purveys sweets, deli meats, and freshly baked breads, the latter prepared daily on-site. Customers craving the warm aromas and doughy, mouth-swaddling comforts of homemade bread can take home loaves for tasting or wrapping in baby blankets in white ($1.95), whole-wheat ($1.99), or multigrain ($3.49) flavours. Rye ($3.79) makes its essential presence felt in light, dark, and marble variants, and crusty italian bread ($2.19) and kaiser rolls ($5.67/dozen) present promising possibilities as sandwich bookends or sofa cushions.
Cousin Vinny's furnishes bare bellies with a tantalizing topography of Italian-inspired fare. A spaghetti-laced menu silences rogue tongues with specialties such as the chicken penne carbonara, a chicken breast cosseted with a decadent diadem of bacon, mushrooms, and alfredo sauce lounging atop a bed of penne pasta ($16.95). The veal parmesan, layered with savoury pancetta and topped with tomato sauce, fills digestive systems with decadent sustenance ($16.95). A children's menu appeases pintsize palates more effectively than castles made of Play-doh, and complimentary ice cream satisfies the sweet teeth of children and mouthy pet rocks alike. Vinny's also ups its lounging allure with free pool on Tuesday evenings, DJs on most Friday nights, and live music on most Saturday nights.
M & R Grill satisfies a stomach's deepest desires with tasty baked pies, pastries, and entrees. Handcrafted and flung tablewards by the grill's garçons, edible options include daily lunch specials, which sate the most ambitious appetites with a feast that includes soup, entree, dessert, and tea or coffee ($8). Aim a few licks in the general direction of a philly steak platter ($8.35) or a hamburger platter ($7.50), kept company by your choice of potato and a sidecar of coleslaw. During dessert, homemade butter tarts ($1.30) flirt with your nose hairs, and strawberry layered cake ($3.25) and blueberry pie ($3.25) perform a merry jig on a dance floor of taste buds.
Freshly fried fish 'n' chips along with an array of signature seafood dishes nourish seeking stomachs within Anke and Tony Teklenburg's cozy dining space. Their classic fish 'n' chips closes in on mouthy mouths with three fillets, homemade coleslaw, and a gang of french fries ready to taunt teeth with crispy resistance (price varies with choice of fish). The creamy clam chowder ($4 cup, $5 bowl) entices eaters with liquid luxury and promises of faux pearls, and the stuffed roughy ($20), poached in white wine and bolstered by shrimp, salmon, and crab, succeeds where teddy bear barbecues repeatedly fail. Carnivores can yodel with smug satisfaction after attacking the Teklenburger and fries ($9.95) or chicken fried rice ($13.50) Full-size canoes, model ships, and sail-proud paintings accent sea-centric meals with a canopy of quaint, comfortable décor.
Garlum Restaurant has been brandishing fresh, savoury, made-to-order Chinese fare for more than two decades. Its menu of Western-influenced Asian delights includes such noodle-centric cuisine as cantonese chow mein, which combines shrimp, chicken, and barbecue pork with fresh seasonal vegetables on a duvet of well-rested egg noodles ($10.90). Poultry enthusiasts can sample Garlum Restaurant's chicken wings drizzled with homemade honey-garlic sauce ($7.60), and carnivorous alliteration aficionados can celebrate both of their passions with a course of beef and broccoli tossed with onions and topped with gravy ($8.80). The kitchen's singapore noodles provide a spicy taste of Southeast Asia, with shrimp, barbecue pork, and chicken sautéed in a curry sauce over rice noodles harvested from Singaporean noodle groves ($9).