Nou Eul Tor – Korean Restaurant


I’m not really a make a reservation type of person. I tend to show up and hope that I’ll find myself a seat. Sometimes this works out well, and sometimes it means I have to go visit a restaurant a few times before I complete two visits. Still other times, it leads me to trying places I wasn’t expecting to try, One such reason place is Nou Eul Tor, a Korean Restaurant on Sargent Avenue.

I’ve actually walked past this restaurant on several occasions, but there has always been something about it that made me hesitate to enter. However, the other night, the Emerald Palace told me there would be a 45 minute to one hour wait before I would get a seat and my order taken, so I decided I would head a little farther west on Sargent. Nou Eul Tor was the first restaurant I came across. I saw from their posted hours that they would be open long enough to enjoy a meal so I headed on in.

Nou Dul Tor Kimchi

Kimchi from Nou Eul Tor.

The main body of the restaurant is long and narrow, with most of the tables against one wall, and a few on the kitchen side. There is also a room with a table for a larger group. The tables are dark wood and brown and white are the other dominant colours, giving the place a rather subdued feel. Continue reading

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Melt”wich” Food Co – CityPlace


About a week and a half ago I wrote about build your own pizzas. Today I’m writing about Melt”wich” Food Co, which could best be described as build your own grilled cheese sandwich. It appears that the Subway model is taking over the food courts of the world. Perhaps it’s a nefarious ploy to get us to eat more vegetables. Whatever the reason I think a trend is emerging.

Melt"wich" grilled cheese

Basic Melt”wich” grilled cheese with all the toppings.

Melt”wich” Lunch:

My first visit was the day after the place opened. It was clear that the staff will need more time and training before the place begins to run smoothly. I asked what a combo was and if there was a combo deal was. None of the people working knew, and there was no manager around to ask. Continue reading

Pony Corral – Downtown


Prior to it’s being remodeled just after the Jets arrived back in town, the Pony Corral location on St. Mary Avenue was a place I visited with relative frequency. I’ve only been once in the time since, but decided recently that I would give it another try.

One of the things that struck me a couple of years back was the quality of the interior redesign. The dark browns of the booth in the bar seem to offset well the lights from all the of the TVs. At the same time the dining room, while open still allows for a feeling of intimacy.

Pony Corral Beer

I always like seeing local beverage choices at the bar.

Before the remodel my main meal at The Pony Corral was breakfast. I always enjoyed the choices and the large portions. This time around, I went for supper meals on both of my visits.

Pony Corral Pre-Super Bowl

My first visit to Pony Corral was late afternoon Super Bowl Sunday. It was still a couple of hours or so before kick-off and so the restaurant was essentially empty. I ended up being seated in the bar with plenty of televisions to watch the talking heads pontificate. Continue reading

Danny’s All-Day Breakfast


It’s been a while since I’ve done any posts about dining at The Forks. So, with the new additions coming in the next few months I figured I should get back to finishing my round up of the current options. The latest place I’ve been checking out is Danny’s All-Day breakfast.

I have to admit that I’ve always found Danny’s a little odd. Perhaps it’s the little man in what looks like an American flag outfit. Perhaps it’s the fact that the name sounds like it’s trying to confuse people into thinking they’re eating at Denny’s. Still, I thought I’d give it a chance.

Danny's Breakfast special

The Breakfast special from Danny’s

Danny’s for Breakfast and Lunch:

One of the first things that I have to say I like about Danny’s is it’s location. It’s situated just across from the Beachcomber. The best part of this location is the grouping of about half a dozen tables to sit at.

I think my best description of Danny’s would be that someone had taken a diner and plunked it down in the middle of a food court. Aside from the all-day breakfast choices they specialize in soups, sandwiches, salads, and chili.

Danny's Pan Scrambler

The Pan Scrambler breakfast option from Danny’s

I’ve tried the breakfast special, the lumberjack and the pan scrambler. Although the breakfast special is the best price wise, and the the lumberjack portion wise, I’d would go with the pan scrambler. For one thing it comes with plenty of melted cheese on top. For another, there is a greater depth of flavour to the dish as well.

The diner image was driven home to me when I ordered the taco salad for lunch. Instead of using a taco bowl, they spread taco chips on the plate and then added the other salad ingredients. This is I can imagine as something I would find in a mom and pop kind of cafe. I was also quite please with the amount of tomato, etc in the filling. The ground beef wasn’t the most copious, but not bad either.

Taco Salad at Danny's

Danny’s Taco Salad.

I’ve also given the Chili with Texas Toast a try. I don’t have a picture of this, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of it. It also had a decent little kick to it.

As far as service goes, my orders have been prepared quite quickly each time I’ve been. This has been true when I’ve been the only person ordering or when there have been a few people in line before me. If you’re down at The Forks and in the mood for breakfast, Danny’s is worth a try.
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Twist Cafe


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My last post, on the Ellice Cafe, featured a place that had been one of my regular haunts.  Today’s post is about another such place, Twist Cafe.  Located on Graham Avenue in the same building as Pinnacle Staffing, Twist Cafe has been around for just under a decade.  It’s the place that I call my home away from home.

Beyond the food and coffee, what I really like about the place is that it’s the kind of place where over the years your get to know many of the regular customers and to borrow that corny phrase from Cheers. “Everybody knows your name.”  I also like that when it’s not busy, it is also a quiet place that allows one to read or work on projects while enjoying your coffee or meal.  It’s got free wi-fi, that while it  occasionally goes off-line, works really well the vast majority of time.  Above all it’s the staff, Twist consistently hires pleasant, engaging and capable personnel (not saying they’re all perfect) who do their best to ensure each visit is enjoyable. Continue reading