The word reheated is blasphemy at Al's Pizzeria, where chefs bake pies to order rather than premake them and place them beneath the infrared glare of a food warmer. This approach permits guests to customize their meals with more than 20 fresh-cut toppings, picking from staples such as pepperoni and sausage and creative garnishes such as broccoli and pineapples. The culinary team can finish off cheesy discs with complimentary add-ons of garlic, extra sauce, and flavoured crusts. The menu also features wings in 1-pound increments, which can be ordered along with pizzas well past the sun’s bedtime—Al's Pizzeria stays open until midnight during the week, 2 a.m. on Thursday, and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The Beanery’s cordial wait staff engages diners with friendly hospitality as chefs prepare the eatery’s popular specialty pastas and prime rib. Daily lunch and dinner specials add variety to the three-page bill of fare, and an extensive drink menu comprises martinis and wines by the glass, half-litre, or bottle, as well as specialty coffees, which pep up the already-perky beverage with shots of liqueur. The Beanery also enlivens ears with melodious riffs from the jazz bar and the occasional scatting steak knife.:
At Mickey's Boathouse, deemed the “best place to quaff a cold one" in Port Stanley by the London Free Press, owners Mike and Dori Henatyzen and their kitchen staff create signature dishes from locally caught fish such as perch and pickerel. Diners converse comfortably while seated in high-backed chairs and surrounded by the homestyle dining room's red walls and framed portraits of celebrity plankton. In pleasant weather, a patio offers seating amid harbour views, and on weekends the crowd returns indoors for an eclectic mix of live music acts. On weekend evenings, diners can order the rotating dinner special, which features a new fish from around the world each week.
The Windjammer Inn indulges stomachs and eyes alike, dishing up local, organic cuisine in a restored home built in 1854. The restaurant's menu selections are based on picks from both the local farmers’ network and the inn's on-site garden, a more reliably delicious method of dining than bobbing-for-entrees or magick. Weekend brunches awaken appetites by offering up treats such as german apple pancakes with chantilly cream and local maple syrup ($10.50) or a basket of freshly baked scones with homemade preserves ($6.25). Lunchtime highlights include crêpes normandy, in which buckwheat crêpes swaddle chicken, bacon, and shitake mushrooms ($13), and the penetrable fortifications of golden puff pastry surrounding the fisherman's pie ($14). Take dinner to a new level of ripe refinement with palate-preppers such as bison tenderloin carpaccio ($14), or engage in tongue warfare with entrees such as the chevre- and spinach-stuffed chicken breast in a roasted-red-pepper sauce ($24).
Situated within Quaker Barrel Unique Antique & General Store, The Mad Hatter's Tea Room is a memorable Talbot Trail destination for flights of fine loose-leaf teas. The tea room's bright red door opens to a carefree, homestyle atmosphere with furnishings and decorative flourishes that evoke the beloved children's tale Alice in Wonderland. A whimsical menu of light fare and myriad loose-leaf specialty teas are complemented by frequent appearances from the fully costumed Mad Hatter himself, who emerges to reclaim his Mad Hatter's table or gossip about who wears a toupee with guests on Alice's couch. A selection of for-sale Alice in Wonderland–themed collectibles includes decorative china plates and framed prints, with the fanciful, all-things-Alice mood spilling out onto the Queen of Hearts outdoor seating area complete with a grassy, wood-fenced garden.
Southside Family Restaurant's hearty menu of family-friendly fare stifles hunger pangs. For lunch, duck out of a high-noon duel with the hot turkey sandwich slathered in gravy ($8.95) or the fish 'n' chips, batter-fried and bolstered by fries and salad ($10.95). Dinner stars fulsome entrees such as the 10-ounce AAA Canada beef New York strip steak ($19.95) or grilled chicken breast ($12.95). Customers can also wet their windpipes with a variety of cocktails, house wines, and beers (starting at $4.95). Additionally, a children's menu and seniors' menu make for a dining destination as inclusive as a group hug from a marshmallow Peep colony.
In 1976, Texas financier and pro-football-team owner Clint Murchison Jr. came to Miami to watch his team play in the league championship game. While he was in town, he stopped at a casual joint called Tony Roma's, which drew crowds every night with live entertainment and a simple menu. This included a house specialty people travelled miles to get: slow-smoked baby back ribs. As soon as Murchison tucked into a slab of the tender, richly seasoned meat, he knew he wanted in. His team lost the championship that year, but Murchison's investment in franchise rights paid off. New Tony Roma's locations started opening all over the country—and then around the world.
Today, people in 33 countries on six continents flock to Tony Roma's for the same ribs that impressed Murchison in Miami. Other classics include the appetizer onion loaf, which chefs hand cut, bread, and deep fry before dishing it up with barbecue sauce. Hearty dinner entrees plate steak, chicken, and seafood with an array of sides. Lighter sandwiches and burgers, like a baker's last-minute birthday presents, come wrapped in fresh, fluffy bread.