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Interesting places on and off the beaten track

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At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads is located at the south end of Elmira. This popular country style buffet also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options from a menu . The Mercantile has a large selection of items for sale including home and garden decor, giftware, cards and an attractive quilting shop.

384 Arthur Street South Elmira, Ontario, Canada   (map)

Written by Ruth

March 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

Trinity Banquet Hall

Trinity Banquet Hall is located at the corner of Ottawa Street South and Fischer-Hallman Road in Kitchener.

Written by Ruth

February 17, 2011 at 12:15 am

Pho Dau Bo

My first introduction to Viet-Thai cuisine was at Pho Dau Bo in downtown Kitchener a few years ago. Since then, a steaming bowl of pho is something I crave on a cold day or when my head is viral stuffy. There are now three Pho Dau Bo restaurants in Kitchener and this one on Fischer Hallman Road is very conveniently located for us. It is our favourite “fast food” takeout.


301 King Street East, Kitchener – (519) 568-8904

1051 Victoria Street North, Kitchener – (519) 578-9990

685 Fischer Hallman Road, Kitchener – (519) 576-9996

Map showing all three locations

Written by Ruth

January 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Mango Chutney Restaurant

Since we were driving through Cambridge anyway, we decided to try out the Mango Chutney Restaurant, featured in this week’s Nightlife in The Record. The Indian food did not disappoint at all (**Note – the portions may look small at first, but really, you’re stuffed to your eyeballs by the end of the meal…seriously).

The vegetarian selection was good, and, for the spicy fiends, the Chicken Vindaloo is apparently a dish not to mess with. You’ve all been warned.

Postscript by Ruth… I had Dal Makhani which is described on the menu as “lentils cooked with freshly ground spices sautéed in tomato sauce.” The taste was out of this world. The owner told me it takes 2 days to make this dish and it is the most time intensive item they serve. The service here is excellent!

Written by thebecka

November 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

City Café Bakery

The son of one of our patients brings tarts from the City Café Bakery for the staff from time to time. They are big, rich and very popular. City Café Bakery makes and sells bagels, croissants, pizza, melts, brownies, tarts and more. The store has no cash register and payment is on the honour system with customers calculating the total and putting money in an old bus fare box. We dropped in to the West Avenue location one afternoon to get a slice of pizza but lunch was over. The hours are on the blackboard in the first picture. Bagels, sweets and beverages are available throughout the day.

West Avenue, Kitchener location


50 South Ottawa St Kitchener, ON N2G3S7
175 West Avenue Kitchener, ON N2G 1R9
72 King St. East Cambridge, ON N3H

Written by Ruth

November 5, 2010 at 12:07 am

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Taka Japanese Restaurant

I’m not gonna lie – Taka is pretty pricey. However, the food was good, the restaurant itself was very nice and presentable, and the serving staff were friendly. This is probably one of the better sushi places in Kitchener, IMO.

Written by thebecka

October 12, 2010 at 12:00 am

Posted in City Views, Diversity, Restaurants

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Nith River Chop House

…One of the sites from Wellesley, the Nith River Chop House, taken at The Apple Butter and Cheese Festival (see previous post).