A mere sandwich throw from Niagara Falls, East Side Mario's is found within the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Fallsview Hotel, directly across the street from Fallsview Casino. Below elegant chandeliers, Mario's red and white checked tablecloths support grilled salmon, juicy steak, and Italian-imported pastas slathered in spicy arrabbiata or pesto alfredo. The doors of the kitchen part as servers emerge bearing Sicilian-style pizzas fresh from the sweltering interior of a stone oven.
Through the steam rising from Mario's all-you-can-eat garlic homeloaf, diners can peer at the framed mirrors hanging on gold walls. After enjoying wine or cocktails at Mario's polished wooden bar, guests can question servers about Four Points hotel accommodations or the strength needed to hurl a pizza across Niagara Falls and into the mouth of a waiting American.
Chef Kevin Greaves spent years travelling the world studying the spices and cuisine unique to each region. Of all that he tasted, the foods that stood out in his mind and palate hailed from three distinct locales: Thailand, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. Rather than limit himself to a single favourite, the head chef of Jambalaya Restaurant incorporated flavours from all three regions into his eclectic menu.
The menu highlights traditional dishes from each region, including pad thai from Thailand, gumbo and jambalaya from the Louisiana bayou, and curried goat from the Caribbean. In addition, Chef Greaves prepares some dishes with a fusion twist, adding jerk spices to vegetable pad thai or moulding a plate of shrimp creole into the shape of Thailand. The chef flavours each dish with the restaurant’s signature brand of spices and sauces.
Inside the olive-hued dining room, Bangkok Pad Thai Restaurant’s chefs serve up dishes derived from many influences. Within traditional Thai cuisine, one can see the imprint of Szechuan-style cooking, the creamy coconut bases of South Indian curries, and the exotic flavours of Malaysia. The house special, pad thai, exhibits this merger of taste profiles with stir-fried rice noodles tempered by scrambled egg, bean sprouts, and crunchy peanuts. A slew of curry dishes add to the menu, along with vegetarian mains and traditional Thai soups such as tom yum goong, a spicy lemongrass broth filled with shrimp, mushrooms, and kaffir-lime leaves. After their forays into spicy territory, guests can cool off by sharing a slice of ice-cream peanut pie or pouring their complimentary ice water over their head.
Though many restaurants feature expansive wine lists, The Braywick Bistro’s is essentially infinite. That’s because its array of local and international wines is supplemented by a bring-your-own-wine policy—with a $20 corkage fee—that allows patrons to enjoy any varietal they desire. That flexibility is important, since the menu ranges from hearty, European-inspired dishes of chicken carbonara and gorgonzola-stuffed portobello mushrooms to the lighter tropical flavors of prawn-laced pad thai and mango-topped mahi-mahi. The cuisine’s global aromas suffuse the bistro’s dining room, where nature-themed photography and wheatgrass centerpieces evoke the same freshness that suffuses each dish’s ingredients and each waiter’s bonsai hairstyle.
Chefs at HeyDayz whip up a vast menu of delicately spiced burgers, fried seafood, and seven sauce-soaked poutine platters. The basic burger ensconces a juicy beef patty atop a fresh kaiser bun crowned with red onion and tomato, inviting hands to break from cat's-cradle competitions and hold the hefty burger in a loving embrace. For an additional fee, patrons can also invite cheddar cheese or bacon strips to mingle atop their patty. Dining companions also nosh on french fries and spoon up creamy coleslaw to smother lingering hunger pangs.
At La Bella Vita Health & Wellness, owner Nedra Cox partners with a doctor and nurse-practitioner to develop personalized wellness programs that help each client achieve a healthier figure and heightened energy level. The trio complements therapeutic treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and body wraps with nutritional counseling and supplements, crafting well-rounded programs that promote whole-body health. After evaluating each person's lifestyle and body type, consultants may recommend B12 injections—known to boost energy—or proffer slim shots, which suppress hunger and melt stores of excess fat, which may go untouched despite regular exercise or diligent observance of an all-tree diet.