Pho Yo Vietnamese Cuisine

The lead up to Christmas is one of my busy times as a priest. In addition to added services, I have a few more visits to make as opposed to the rest of the year. Being out and about more than usual, I try to fit in stops at some restaurants that I haven’t hit before. One such place is Pho Yo Vietnamese Cuisine on St. Mary’s Road.

Pho Yo is in the space that was once occupied by Simon’s Cuisine. Simon’s has since moved to the Forks, and rebranded itself as Empanadas and Company.

Pho Yo Pho.

The eponymous dish from Pho Yo.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been by this location without stopping in. I didn’t visit Simon’s until it opened in The Forks, and it’s only in the last couple of weeks that I’ve stopped in to visit Pho Yo. Continue reading


Santa Lucia Pizza – St. Mary’s Road

One place on my daily journey’s to work that I’ve bypassed is Santa Lucia Pizza. I’m not sure why. Some of it is that I’m not the world’s biggest pizza lover. Some of it is simply that I am generally crossing the street just as I get there.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that  I should remedy that situation. So, I made a point of including visits to the restaurant in my routine.

Santa Lucia Patio

View from the Santa Lucia Patio.

Santa Lucia Late Lunch:

On my first visit I showed up at the end of the lunch service. I was given the choice of dining room, patio, or lounge. The dining room was my choice. I ended seated at what appeared to be the only two top in the room. The menu is divided into Greek and Italian choices. I decided I was more in the mood for the Greek. I started off with the Avgolemono soup. Then I added a Greek Salad with Souvlaki. When the bowl of soup came the biggest surprise was the amount of chicken. There seemed to be a whole chicken breast cut up into the bowl. It’s always a pleasure when chicken or another protein doesn’t get finished in the first couple of spoonfuls. The soup comes with a good lemon flavouring. Continue reading

Helios – Saint Mary’s Road

Just down from St. Philip’s on Saint Mary’s is a new restaurant known as Helios. Helios falls into the category of replacement restaurant. Prior to Helios opening up the space had been home to La Petite France. La Petite France falls into the category of “restaurant that I always intended to visit but never did.”  When I saw that there was a new place opening I decided I’d try it out sooner rather than later.

As you might suspect from the name, Helios is a Greek restaurant. The first thing that stands out about Helios as you enter is that it is bright and open with lots of natural light coming in through the windows. While not a large dining room there are still plenty of seats and room between the tables. Both times I visited I found myself seated by the window.

Helios Avgolemone

The avgolemono soup from Helios

Helios for lunch

My first visit was on a Sunday after the service at St. Philip’s. It was one of those days where the tidying up and everything afterwards meant it was well past the lunch rush by the time I went. This meant that the dining room was empty. Continue reading

Dim Sum Victoria Seafood

I’ve written before of my deanery, and the priests (clericus) that I work with. Except for July and August, the clericus tries to get together every month. These  meetings are chances to find out what is happening in our lives. What is happening in our parishes. What is happening in the broader communities that we are a part of. I’ve found this to be a helpful and supportive practice as I’m still getting used to parish life.

Dim Sum Green Tea

Generally we meet in one of the parishes. Once a while, though, we head out to a restaurant. This month our meeting was a little later than most. This made scheduling it for a parish hard. Instead we decided to meet for Dim Sum at Victoria Seafood restaurant on St. Mary’s Road.

Ambience wise Victoria Seafood doesn’t have a lot going for it. It looks like every other Chinese restaurant that existed in the 70’s and 80′. One thing it does have going for it is that it is a fairly spacious room. That means there are plenty of seating choices which give a degree of privacy even in an open room.

Dim Sum MenuIn the end there were four of us, but only three went for the Dim Sum. We tried nine different items between us. One reason for going with the Dim Sum is it’s also great value. Our whole order including a pot of green tea, came to under $32.00 including tax. It was definitely a protein heavy lunch, as there were only a few items on the Dim Sum list that contained more than desultory amounts of vegetables. Continue reading

Red Top Drive Inn

Over the last few months, I’ve featured a lot of the restaurants that are in the vicinity of St. Philip’s. Most of these have been North and or East of the church. At the same time, my job involves me working at St. Mark’s as well. St. Mark’s is located further south off of St. Mary’s just past where St. Anne’s diverges. There are several restaurants along the route, one of the most notable being the Red Top Restaurant.

The Red Top Sign. Top of the list at the little strip mall.


Red Top Review

The Red Top Drive Inn is a classic diner. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and supper. They’ve also teamed up with SkiptheDishes to offer delivery service throughout the day. From the street the building doesn’t look all that imposing.  However, when you enter you discover it is divided into two sections separated by the kitchen and front counter. There is plenty of seating, but you are likely to find the restaurant very crowded at peak hours. The first time I thought of going, I found there was a large line up waiting for a seat, and so decided to put off visiting that day. Continue reading