Since Villages Pizza’s launch in 1974, it has expanded to seven locations and an express pizza truck, all purveying the same wholesome pies. The pizzas are topped with fresh produce and lean cuts of meat, and they can start with a whole-wheat or gluten-free crust if desired. People with dietary restrictions can also find comfort in lactose-free cheese and lower-calorie flatbreads, although more classic ingredients comprise the bulk of the menu.
As a second-generation pizza maker, owner John Papaloukas is responsible for the eatery’s traditional Italian recipes, plus some new inventions with Mexican leanings. The pesto perfect pie is topped with roasted chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and feta, and baked pasta dishes highlight the flavours of lean meatballs, marinara, and oven.
Within a stately Tudor Revival building, The Fernwood Inn's kitchen sparks with creative energy as a team of chefs dedicated to the pursuit of inventive, locally sourced, and gastropub fare get to work chopping, sautéing and crisping. As servers glide across the dining room’s fir floors, aromatic tendrils from smoked meats and Asian-influenced seafood and soup dishes announce plates' arrival before they're even set down. As bites disappear between lips, oversized mirrors and wooden casks add a touch of casual elegance, and the outdoor patio enables much-underrated fresh air to get in on alfresco feeding frenzies during the warm-weather months. Gathering the community on select evenings, The Fernwood Inn hosts live musical performances as well as open mic nights frequented by young talent and juke boxes showing up on their reunion tours.
Meals at The Spice Jammer come to your table in one of four ways: mild, medium, hot, or extra hot. True to its name, the restaurant won't skimp on the spice in its East African-style Indian cuisine, but it can also accommodate guests with more sensitive palates or irrational grudges against turmeric. The menu emphasizes home-style cooking methods, with chefs roasting meats in a traditional tandoori oven or simmering them in zesty gravies. Plates of prawns, chicken, and lamb follow openers of samosas or stuffed naan, and vegetarian curries pack equal amounts of flavour into meat-free morsels of spinach, peas, and potatoes. Inside the dining room, the leafy fronds of tall, decorative plants offset the warmth of red and cream-coloured walls.
A chain of restaurants founded in 1952, Fatburger’s team of skilled grillsmiths tirelessly bustles about kitchens across the continent whipping up platefuls of fresh, cooked-to-order diner fare. Upon receiving each patron’s order, chefs spring into action meticulously preparing feasts from the finest of ingredients including AAA Alberta beef, hand-picked produce, and cholesterol-free oil. Frozen treat specialists plunge scoops into ice cream containers, extracting creamy orbs to be transformed into milkshakes so old fashioned that they only enter the straw after donning a set of pearls. Fostering an authentic atmosphere, each Fatburger location features retro decor and enforces a strict poodle-skirt-only dress code for all diners.
Powered by the sustainable bounty of local producers, La Piola crafts seasonal menus of rustic Italian dishes brimming with freshness and authentic flavour. Current offerings are neatly printed on paper and colourfully scrawled on chalkboards for the convenience of diners and the withering penmanship critiques of schoolmarms. Galvanize the gastronomical gala with an antipasti plate presenting house-cured salamis, house-pickled veggies, cheese, and crostino ($12, add $5/person for multiplates). The stagionale pizza, meanwhile, lays free-range vegetables to sleep on pillows of steamy crust ($14). The kitchen makes its pastas on-site with eggs from chickens born, bred, and educated locally, and the restaurant's products are imported straight from Italy, providing the base for such dishes as the carbonara ($12) and puttanesca ($11). Drink options afford wines ($8+/glass) and local bottled beers ($4.95+) for toasting friends or roasting derelict crossing guards. Diners can enjoy all tastes on La Piola's outdoor brick patio.
Housed within a travelling food truck, Puerto Vallarta Amigos stays parked in a steady spot throughout the work week to dish out a menu of Mexican treats made from authentic family recipes. Today's Groupon is good for tacos, a quesadilla, a torta (all normally $6), or the combo platter of salad, four tortillas, and a choice of two fillings (normally $8), plus a refreshing drink to wash down renegade rice and beans. Tacos are sextuplets of flavour, with six tortillas that can be stuffed with any of Puerto Vallarta's fillings, such as beef barbacoa seasoned with a family blend of Mexican spices, chicken fajitas, soy chorizo cooked in chile guajillo, and potato and spinach; several choices are vegetarian and vegan friendly. Fan favourites include the cheesy-joke-telling quesadilla and the tantalizing torta, a traditional Mexican hot sandwich on an eight-grain bun. To garnish your gatherings, Puerto Vallarta also offers a choice of homemade salsas, such as mild salsa verde and spicy salsa roja.