My friend raved about a place on Main Street Markham called Inspire, calling it a fusion restaurant (the restaurant itself does describe itself as modern, fusion). I am generally skeptical regarding fusion foods cause generally is mediocre, and often a way to describe food that may have conflicting flavours.
This wasn’t the case here; Inspire actually reminds me of Banh Mi Boys, with a Asian spin on traditionally North American foods, but more restaurant-style than take-out counter. The items we tried were executed well, and is a welcome addition to the choices offered on Main Street.
If you love more adventurous, unique pasta, Shiso Tree Cafe is the place to go. There isn’t quite anything like this in the GTA and their lunch specials are very reasonably-priced if you’re a bit unsure about the premise.
I should preface this by saying I’m not a poutine lover. I do like a few bites when my friends order it, but I’ve to date never finished a whole poutine order by myself, and La Banquise was no exception.
This is probably one of the most popular places for poutine in downtown Montreal, and expect lines if you’re going during peak meal time. They offer take-out but I would recommend sitting down unless you’re eating nearby, as poutine is definitely a dish best served hot.
Who can resist a good burger? How about burgers made to order and from local ingredients? That is the promise of Frat Burger in Waterloo, Ontario. Located down the road from two major universities, it feeds a lot of hungry students, myself included.