Mahtay Café & Lounge draws inspiration for its menu and community-focused philosophies from the ancient, healthy yerba mate customs of South America's Guarani clan. Following centuries-old customs, baristas brew the tribe's traditional tea-like beverage inside a gourd, pouring the concoction alongside modern coffee drinks. Local farmers proffer fresh produce for the café's soups and salads, which highlight a smattering of vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Smoked salmon and apple jam fill sandwiches, and Upper Canada Niagara Gold cheese and local prosciutto crown flatbreads and pizzas.
Mahtay Café & Lounge fosters a haven for the local creative community, peppering its walls with an extensive stash of locally produced artwork. To further bolster the eclectic ambiance, the eatery regularly hosts events that focus on literature, art, and Vincent van Gogh's good ear.:
Sunlight shines through stained-glass windows inside the Winchester-Larkin house, casting a kaleidoscopic glow on elegant woodwork and imported fireplaces. The house, a two-storey Victorian-style red-brick building, dates back to 1845; in its latest incarnation, it serves as the elegant backdrop to Dom’s Pasta & Grill.
A dozen housemade pastas headline the eatery’s menu of traditional Italian cuisine. Chefs fill up the crepe-like manicotti with creamy ricotta cheese and eggs, and the hand-rolled lasagna pasta, like Emeril Lagasse’s childhood scrapbook, is layered with meat and cheese. They also roll out pizza dough made from three flours and then decorate the disc with any of more than a dozen gourmet toppings, including artichokes.
One look at U Need A Pita & Chop House Premium Burgers' menu, and it's clear that the eatery hopes to make an impression on taste buds by packing a variety of flavours into one dish. Tongues are wowed with 20 different pitas, including the philly cheesesteak and chicken souvlaki options, which overflow with meat, cheese, and a variety of veggies. Beef and chicken burgers, with 15 topping options and numerous sauces, further impress palates, as do loaded poutines crammed with everything from pulled pork to steak. Even vegans can surprise their taste buds with portobello-mushroom burgers, vegan poutine, and more than 10 vegan-friendly sauces.
Two decades before The Celtic Pub opened its cozy, wood-lined dining room, it served as a community gathering place dubbed The St. Catharines Celtic Club. Today, the pub still honors the spirit of Celtic tradition with a menu of Irish pub fare, televised Celtics games, and lively debates over the most Irish shade of green. Sixteen draft beers and a selection of finger foods including wings, nachos, and hand-cut fries join forces with Emerald Isle–inspired entrees such as fish 'n' chips and steak-and-Guinness pie to occupy mouths between cheers. Open until midnight seven days a week, the tavern also hosts live bands and monthly trivia bouts.
At Stone Road Grille, Chef de Cuisine Steve Page and his team of culinary experts are always hard at work in the kitchen, preparing and plating elegant feasts of house-made charcuterie, freshly caught fish, and tender sirloin steaks. Though the restaurant's menus are ever-changing with the seasons and markets, visitors to Stone Road Grille can always expect to find mouthwatering meals of artisan cheeses, local produce, and succulent cuts of beef and seafood paired with regional wines.
Spicy Thai crafts authentic, freshly prepared Thai dishes and conscientiously accommodates diners of differing dietary preferences, allergies, and spice-tolerance levels. Patrons can prime their digestive tracts with selections from Spicy Thai's list of starters, which includes vegetable spring rolls, an order of four crispy pastries filled with cabbage, carrots, onions, and hand-blown glass noodles ($4.50), and thai dumplings, six pastry shells stuffed with chicken, crab meat, and water chestnuts garnished with a sweet chili sauce ($6.25). Generously proportioned main courses include noodle dishes such as pad thai with chicken or shrimp ($9.99), and such entrees as deep-fried lemon chicken drizzled with a creamy sauce ($10.99), Spicy Thai's signature fried rice ($9.99), and basil chicken and chilies, a classic tongue scorcher festooned with bird chilies and hot sauce ($10.99).