Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. Okay, maybe diner too if it’s something like Cathryn’s Prime Rib or Lamb Chops. Honestly though, I could eat bacon and eggs every day. According to the Keto Diet that’s not a bad thing.
Anyway, there’s a new breaky place in town, where the Gilligan’s on Tecumseh Road, in the town of Tecumseh was located. “the broken egg” has recently opened in it’s place, advertising that breakfast is back. From the crowd I saw there this morning, it appears the new restaurant is off to a good start.
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What ever happened to all the good steak house restaurants? Windsor used to have at least a half dozen top notch places. Did the next generation stop eating steak or do they avoid upscale eateries? Even the Outback Steakhouse couldn’t survive in Windsor.
Not to worry folks. In case you haven’t heard, Nero’s Steak House in Casino Windsor is all things a good beef baron should be, and more. They specialize in prime cuts of meat, but also offer seafood and a full menu.
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Cathryn 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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Formerly the Nesbitt Inn, Rino’s Kitchen and Ale House is a small restaurant on the fringe of downtown Windsor that is big on character and flavor. Meals are served inside a one hundred year old stately brick home on Elliott Street at Pelissier. It’s far enough from the bar scene to have ample parking right next door.
Chef Rino Bortolin proudly uses local ingredients for his ever-changing menu, and he offers local craft beer and wine. His prices are fair and offerings range from burger to lamb shank. The atmosphere is cozy and casual. In the warmer weather tables are set up outside on the deck and sometimes in the back yard.
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The secret is out in East Windsor. Drive by the corner of Tecumseh and Tourangeau Roads around dinner time and you’ll see the steady flow of hungry people walking in the front door of Marco’s Pizzeria & Italian Family Eatery or coming out smiling, carrying boxes of pizza. I’d heard about the place from some family members, but only remembered the building from when it was Ten Friends Diner.
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By Cathryn Gagnon and her Dining Divas
This month the Dining Divas experienced Toscana Restaurant and Wine Bar at 3891 Dougall Avenue, in Windsor. When making the reservation, the restaurant was completely booked, but they were able to accommodate us in the redesigned bar area. I actually prefer to sit in the bar area at restaurants; the energetic atmosphere is abuzz, making it a fun setting.
Although it’s a fair size, Toscana is always full. The new bar area now seats about 20, and puts diners face to face with the sushi chef. Stylish round booths surround the comfy bar stools. Our favorite way, for my husband Ed and I to enjoy Toscana, is to reserve a bar stool and share a few of our favorite starters, paired with a bottle of wine.
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By: Cathryn Gagnon
This month the Dining Divas discovered KOMA (Kitchen of Michael Anthony) Restaurant – at 3090 Dougall Avenue, in Windsor. It’s nestled behind Taco Bell.
Upon arrival, I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully decorated the restaurant is. Luxurious red, accompanied by black accents with lovely furniture and great little bar. The place is small – perhaps twelve tables, but it’s the perfect size for Chef Michael Anthony to shine.
The menu presentation isn’t fancy, a printed sheet of paper – but the appetizers and entrees certainly are.
Once all Divas arrived, we chatted among ourselves and reviewed the deliciously described menu choices – most of us kept changing our minds on what to order as each tantalizing item was discussed.
After much discussion and input from our server, about the menu items, we finally decided.
Our starters in included:
- Tempura Vegetables smothered in roasted carrot puree with soy honey dressing
- Rice Balls laid over pulled pork tenderloin with san marzano tomato and guincale
- Braised Lamb atop seared bacon corn bread, caramelized onion and blue cheese
- Panko encrusted Calamari with dill soy honey ginger dressing and red curry cream.
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