Thirteen At The Inn

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While I anticipated my visit to Thirteen At The Inn, I imagined the Chicken Liver Pate and Bean Salad from years ago.  They were my favorite memories of the food at Thirteen Russell Street, a popular Steak House situated in a historic Victorian house in downtown Leamington. It was a family-run restaurant, originally owned by the Harris’, but it closed its doors when the trend in fine dining waned.
Over the years, every time I drove by,  I thought about the beautiful old house and their delicious Caesar salads and juicy steaks.
To my delight, Karen Harris reopened Thirteen Russell by transporting her success and recipes through time, to the Seacliff Inn, another of Leamington’s historic Landmarks. The Inn and restaurant have undergone renovations that include a waterfront patio with a view of Lake Erie.

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The Cook’s Shop Restaurant

frontCathryn and I hadn’t been to The Cook’s Shop in downtown Windsor for a few years. Our mistake. Our only disappointment of the night was that someone was sitting at our special reserved table when we arrived at 7:30 sharp. The waitress sat us at a table that was just as good, apologized when we asked, and explained that the other couple had been there since 4:45 and had just ordered their entrees.

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El Patio De Sebastian

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One of our favorite breakfast spots in Melaque is El Patio, on the same side of the street and just west of the Bus Depot and Roosters. You can actually walk right by the place if you’re not looking for the restaurant, there are three tables out front on the sidewalk that give it away. Our first time there we didn’t even know there was a beautiful courtyard patio inside, past the kitchen.

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Los Gueros – The Pizza Prince of Melaque

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Meet Manuel of Los Gueros Pizzeria – the Pizza Prince, and in my opinion the future Pizza King of Melaque. Manuel’s new to the pie game, but he was brought up flipping barbecued chicken with his father Enrique. Their restaurant is just west of the bus station near the end of the block – just follow the smoke and smell of chicken on the grill.

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Simona’s – Simply the Best

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We’ve tried the rest and for us Simona’s in Bara Navidad is the best. There are other very good restaurants in the Melaque/Bara area, but after visiting Simona’s at least a half dozen times it’s still our favorite.

15032269_577229592482033_5290378931545559619_nSome new staff that speak gringo are a nice addition this year. Simona and Carlos are welcoming and accommodating as usual. We’ve visited twice in the last two weeks, the first visit was with Cathryn’s mother and her man.

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Somellier & Master Taster – Gary Killops

18953059_10155212855547184_4466112519350421392_nMeet Gary Killops, jack of many trades, master of one. Wine. Well, perhaps beer too. I met Gary in another life, back when we were both mere civil servants. In his pursuit of fine wines and robust beers, instead of thieves and burglars, Mister Killops has become a Master Taster and Somellier, accredited by the Niagara College.

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