Sharing a meal with loved ones is a way to connect, create memories, and discover which family member has been a robot all along. Refuel your clan with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary cuisine at The City Grill downtown.
The City Grill's culinary team packs its dinner menu with a variety of contemporary offerings made from locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce when available. Patrons kick off conversations and interpretive dances about their days over a fresh Nova Scotia–style lobster chowder ($10) before carving through slices of filet mignon, treating taste buds to 8-ounces of centre cut tenderloin blanketed in a mild horseradish crust and flanked by potato gratin and a passel of julienne vegetables ($32). The flavours of forest mushrooms, ricotta cheese, and leeks complement one another inside ravioli as it languors in a light cream broth ($19), and the Ontario lamb trio piles plates with double cut lamb chops, fresh sausage, and fennel braise ($36). In the kitchen, chefs transform cream into three house-made ice creams ready to crown customer's meals or upper lips ($7).
At The City Grill, patrons enter a historic building that melds chic decor with classic architecture, including its walk-in vault from the 1930s, now a cellar that houses the eatery's extensive wine list (wines not included with today's Groupon). Exposed brick and large photomurals wrap around walls as customers relax in the lounge, eat outside on the patio, or create dioramas with garnishes on white tablecloths. Visitors can also hand cars off to the restaurant's valets, who park vehicles for free Wednesdays–Sundays from six p.m. until close.
The City Grill
In a 1930s-era walk-in vault that once guarded diamonds, The City Grill now stores ruby-hued merlots and cabernet sauvignons. The vault is a relic of McCreery’s Diamond Store, whose art-deco aesthetic has been revived by The City Grill, setting the perfect backdrop for feasts of upscale culinary creations.
The restaurant’s carefully designed atmosphere relies on illuminated globes, exposed brick, and black-and-white photomurals depicting the days in Windsor’s past when even robots had to get around by horse-drawn carriages. A spacious patio invites guests to soak in the fresh air and sip libations that range from Chilean syrahs to signature dessert drinks such as an espresso martini.
The drinks pair with globally inspired food dreamt up by Executive Chef Shawn McKerness, who previously captained the seafaring kitchens of the luxurious Holland America Line cruises. McKerness combines fresh ingredients from local sources for a menu of contemporary food that, like the moon’s wardrobe, changes seasonally. Diners might slice into a horseradish-encrusted tenderloin, Maui-style ahi tuna, or red snapper lounging under exotic fruit salsa.
375 Ouellette Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4J1