Immersed in pictures of hockey stars, Center Ice Sports Bar & Grill unfurls a menu of savory American fare and a bevy of beverages. Treat your tablemates to an order of potato skins to see synchronized tongues climb aboard four starch-laden boats carrying gooey cheddar cheese and bacon bits ($7.50). Or, troll your own fork-motor through the grilled salmon entree, served with veggies, a choice of potato, and soup or salad ($14.95). Diners may sit at the bar, relax in one of the booths, or practice their head stands on the 12-ounce Certified Angus cushion of the Center Ice burger, stacked high with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and drizzled with thousand-island dressing ($7.95). The veggie wrap is a green thumb's delight, with a grilled tortilla enshrouding steamed broccoli, tomatoes, cherry peppers, and cheddar cheese ($7.50).
Matt Dombrowski opened Magruders more than 22 years ago, and ever since, it’s been serving the public’s need for hearty pub food and drinks. The menu of crispy apps, build-your-own-burgers, and sauced-up buffalo wings complements pours from the bar, which diners can enjoy inside or out on the patio amid fresh air and attention-seeking trees. At the end of each week, the pub entertains guests with comedy, music, or drink promotions.
Back in business after a fire in 2009, the Boston Hotel boasts a menu of USDA Choice steaks and prime rib, as well as sea scallops and lobster. The restaurant?s many fresh fish offerings get added attention on Fridays with specials that include a fresh haddock fish fry and linguini with fresh clam sauce. A selection of draft beers helps wash down entrees or enliven open-bar parties. Lunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Using authentic Italian and regional recipes, East Side Mario's chefs craft extensive menus filled with pastas, meat dishes, and kid-friendly food. Pizza kneaders hand-press and cattle-brand Sicilian-style thin-crust pizzas piled with toppings such as pepperoni, goat cheese, and caramelized onions before loading them into stone ovens to brown and crisp. Tortellini and ravioli pastas feature savoury fillings of braised beef or four-cheese blends, and the oven-baked lasagna boasts as many as 16 layers of noodles and bolognese-glazed sausage. The eatery also carries kid-friendly options in its Mini Mario's Meals, such as a kid-size chicken parmigiana and breaded triangles of mac ’n' cheese.
East Side Mario's staff fosters a family-friendly atmosphere, and its kitchens use fresh ingredients to concoct their edible Italian sonatas. Depending on the location, diners snuggle up to ample plates at cushioned booths or bistro tables arranged across tiled or hardwood floors surrounded by wood accents and framed vintage photos of approving Tuscan grandmothers.
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.
Though the name evokes images of a dingy basement dive, Scruffy’s is actually quite a lovely pub. The two-floor gem was converted from an 1850s house built by a War of 1812 veteran, and has been restored to almost gleaming condition. The front of the building resembles an atrium, with sunlight pouring through a glass wall that stretches all the way up to the vaulted ceiling. The bar is framed in dark wood inlaid with painted designs, a deep hue that’s carried throughout the space on tabletops and chair backs. Tufted red booths run along a few of the walls, and bright white posts prop up the railings that edge the upstairs balcony.
Like the surrounds, the menu is casually elegant. There are a handful of pub-style dishes, of course, such as Irish lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, as well as more diverse plates of chicken carbonara and Indian-style vindaloo curry. Most nights, there’s some form of event to entertain people as they eat, whether it’s karaoke, live music, or the strangely two-dimensional athletes on the flat-screen TVs.