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.
Howell's donut experts fry up an assemblage of flavoured dough rings corralled into half-dozen packages. Sink teeth into circular comestibles such as the apple-pie donuts, or spark memories of dancing around the Halloween tree with pumpkin donuts. After picking out treats, customers can guide donuts on a tour of the rest of the Fonthill Farmers Market, take them home to warm up in the oven, or begin a quest to reunite them with their estranged donut holes.
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.
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.
Founded in part by the Canadian hockey legend it's named after, Don Cherry's Sports Grill invites guests to nosh on dishes as colourful as the sportscaster's commentary and wardrobe. Meals might begin with chicken wings in an array of sauces before moving on to Canadian classics such as specialty poutines and prime rib cooked to order. Throughout the meal, guests can entertain themselves by catching whatever game's on the TVs or by quizzing one another on the Don Cherry trivia questions sprinkled throughout the menu and tattooed on the most hardcore fans' arms. And much like the restaurant's namesake, Don Cherry's Sports Grill is prolific, boasting franchise locations all across Canada.