In Union Burger kitchens, culinary crews grill fresh, never frozen 100% Canadian beef burgers and pour poutine gravy over hand-cut fries. The menu brings an eclectic, often gourmet edge to fast food with quarter-pound Angus-beef hot dogs and grilled-chicken sandwiches. Visitors can stack hearty burger patties with any combination of more than 20 toppings, or opt for signature creations such as the Bourbon Street burger, topped with whisky barbecue sauce and caramelized onions; the Philly Cheese burger, topped with roasted red peppers and grilled mushrooms; or the Great Canadian burger, topped with peameal back bacon and cheddar. Whatever the meal, a thick milkshake or a classic fountain drink washes it down in style.
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.
The chefs at Freshly Thai can whittle a fresh cucumber or crispy carrot into the intricate shape of a flower. These artful garnishes are just one sign of the attention lavished on every MSG-free meal. They sweeten sauces naturally with honey instead of white sugar or melted lollipops and squeeze fresh tamarind and lemon juice on-site. Medicinal herbs including turmeric and galangal flavour dishes such as panang curry with scallops and kaffir-lime leaves in creamy coconut milk broth and the Magnificent Mango, a dish of pan-fried mango, onions, carrots, and cashews with garlic and ginger served over a bed of broccoli. Many of the spot's dishes are vegan and gluten-free, substituting vegetarian sauce for the fish sauce ubiquitous in most Thai cuisine.
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.
The chefs at The Bawarchi surprise diners with a menu comprised of traditional Indian fare plus classic dishes enlivened by fusion techniques. Starters such as tandoori rack of lamb or dry chili paneer or chicken combine worldly flavours in a delicate balance that blenders could never achieve. To refresh palates before the main course, selections—including okra crisps or fusion mango salad—reinvigorate taste buds. Entrees range from vegetarian dishes such as the palak paneer with baby spinach pureed with indian cottage cheese, to heartier fare including butter chicken or the adventurous lobster or goat masala, for palates in their experimental college years. A choice of rice and bread accompanies meals, with options such as lamb biryani or saffron rice and three types of tandoori bread.
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.