Since its origins, The Blue Star has served a menu of large portions of homestyle comfort foods—from charbroiled steaks to housemade chicken pot pie—in a friendly atmosphere. Like the United Kingdom, it’s been a family-run business for more than 60 years now, and even in the beginning it crafted its comfort food with locally acquired produce, taking great care to cultivate relationships with local farmers. The eatery has weathered more than half a century of changes and even literal storms—there was a powerful blizzard in 1977, during which the restaurant stayed open to cater to stranded sojourners. There was also a devastating fire in 2001, but the staffers rallied, and they still serve family-friendly meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. Cooks can prepare pastas, burgers, and other hot sandwiches.
It can be hard to navigate a menu with pages overflowing with unfamiliar sauces, ingredients, and flavours. But the chefs at Sushi Eight take the risk out of this culinary trial and error with a full Japanese and Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet, which showcases a spread of more than 200 dishes. Filled with everything from tempura-encrusted meats to bowls of steaming ramen, the buffet gives customers a taste of Asia without seasoning their meals with crushed up bricks from the Great Wall. As guests get comfortable using chopsticks to pick up rolls filled with black-peppered tuna, eel, and crab, they can also order entree-sized portions of their favourite dishes from the restaurant’s à la carte and takeout menu.
Tasty Thai Take Out's chefs kick up the heat as they spice curries, toss noodle dishes, and fire up the wok for sizzling stir-fries. To accommodate different tastes and diets, they can calibrate the heat on most dishes or swap out meats for vegetarian tofu. Customers usually take their MSG-free meals to go, enjoying Thai feasts back at home with their family, friends, or trained attack ferrets. For those who'd rather eat in, Tasty Thai Take Out welcomes diners to a small, casual seating area equipped with WiFi.
When Carlo Vescio and chef Angelo Melchiorre founded Casa Vostra, they sought to distance the restaurant from traditional Italian eateries by incorporating modern elements. The chefs still cling to tradition by making tomato-basil sauce from scratch and rolling fresh gnocchi, but they elevate their Mediterranean comfort food in innovative ways, such as by roasting racks of mustard- and horseradish-encrusted lamb over a single Bunsen burner. Servers can help diners accessorize their meals by suggesting wines from the restaurant's list, which prominently features proud Italian and Canadian vintners.
Although the menus adopt a contemporary twist, Vescio and Chef Melchiorre wanted the dining rooms to feel a bit more rustic. They hired a local designer to plan the Niagara Falls location's decor, settling on a tuscan theme with faux-plastered walls, painted italian landscapes, and roman shades along the windows.
Wimpy's Diner's flagship 10-ounce hamburger captains a hearty menu of classic diner fare served up in 1950s-style environs. The flame-licked hamburger ($6.49) can come adorned with toppings such as bacon ($1.49), fried onions ($1), and cheddar cheese ($1.49) or in a hunger-vanquishing combo ($10.48), backed by a fountain drink, stand-up bass, and choice of soup, fries, or onion rings. All-day breakfast options include the Wimpy's Five Star breakfast, packed with meat, potatoes, and eggs ($9.49), and a weekend omelette bar does its part to rouse Saturday and Sunday snoozers. Old-fashioned milkshakes, in strawberry, vanilla, banana, or chocolate-syrup variations ($3.99), can accompany patty-centric offerings and deliver moving arguments in favour of lactose tolerance.