When Joe and Theresa Klassen first founded Joey’s Seafood Restaurant in 1985, they were simply looking to create a friendly neighbourhood eatery that served made-to-order seafood. Though the company has since expanded to more than 69 franchises across Canada, it still falls under the leadership of its founder, who frequently develops new strategies for growth and expansion while continuing to supply each location with fresh, Pacific-based seafood. Joey’s offers two distinct dining experiences: full-service restaurants (designed for families and their hungry sock puppets) and quick-serve places (designed for younger generations). At the quick-serve eateries, foodsmiths dole out a smaller menu of fried fish and shrimp. The full menu includes seafood entrees such as sautéed PEI mussels, blackened Pacific snapper, and Joey’s famous fish 'n' chips—fillets of halibut, cod, or haddock dunked into a secret-recipe batter and then deep-fried in canola oil. Nationally, the company supports the Alzheimer's Society of Canada through local and national fundraising efforts. Since 2000, its franchises have collectively raised more than $950,000 for the organization.
Fine dining means more to the staff at Mediterranean Bistro than elegant decor and artfully presented plates. The kitchen staff curates a high-quality pantry of organic AAA beef, imported seafood, and produce that changes with each season, like the colour of the world's slowest mood ring. The head chef begins meal preparation only after receiving an order, ensuring the utmost freshness of dishes such as their signature beef wellington, which envelops a cut of tenderloin in a prosciutto-stuffed puff pastry. Entrees incorporate traditional Mediterranean ingredients such as black olives, feta cheese, prosciutto, and aioli, and each plate is hand-delivered by a member of the bistro’s attentive wait staff. Desserts such as the almond biscotti-crowned crème brûlée polish off meals more sweetly than an after-dinner mint that knows how to say "please."
Michi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar’s five chefs hail from Tokyo and the coastal town of Shizuoka, where they learned Japanese cooking skills using the freshest seafood. At Michi, they strive to uphold the same caliber of freshness, shipping in fish from Japan each morning to craft their menu of sushi, noodle soups, and tempura-battered delicacies.
The staff’s commitment to authentic Japanese cuisine extends beyond the kitchen. Hosts present oshibori, or hot towels, to guests so they can cleanse their hands before meals, and at the eight-seat sushi bar, dining companions gather around chefs who greet them with a traditional “arigato gozaimasu.” Behind Michi’s translucent screen doors, or shoji, barefoot diners perch atop cushions encircling low wooden tables eating with chopsticks to enjoy a reprieve from forks, knives, and musical spoons.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies, all grilled to order. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches.
At Bocados, which means "mouthful" in Spanish, fresh local and seasonal ingredients fill every dish. Chefs whip up colorful Mediterranean-inspired meals from mouthwatering mussels to toasty, thin-crust pizza. The menu also incorporates American dishes, including the restaurant's signature Reaper Burger. The welcoming atmosphere and tasty kids' menu keep the 300-seat dining room bustling with families and groups of friends most days of the week.
Burgers and pints of beer are a popular pairing at Lumsden Hotel & Steak Pit. Diners can also opt for heftier entrees such as veal parmigiana or liver and onions, or just sip mixed drinks while playing pool or singing karaoke. Guests can also stay overnight in the hotel's rooms.