Strip Mall Gems

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Strip Mall Gems is a series of stories from my column, Eating Niagara, about some of those tucked-away, hole-in-the-wall places worth checking out in Niagara. 


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Last of the Strip Mall Gems: Readers' Choices

Last of the Strip Mall Gems: Readers' Choices

Posted Mar 7th, 2017

The last of the Eating Niagara Strip Mall Gems series includes a round up of readers' choices and a few more of my own personal favourites.

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Strip Mall Gems: Bakery a gluten-free haven in St. Catharines

Strip Mall Gems: Bakery a gluten-free haven in St. Catharines

Posted Jan 12th, 2017

Edible Options is a certified gluten-free bakery in St. Catharines. But even those who can eat gluten won't know it's missing when eating here.

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Strip Mall Gems: Noodles draw oodles to Viet-Thai joint

Strip Mall Gems: Noodles draw oodles to Viet-Thai joint

Posted Nov 14th, 2016

Pho Xyclo is a popular Viet-Thai joint in Niagara Falls serving up all the standards and some creative spins on Southeast Asian fare.

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Strip Mall Gems: De La Terre Kitchen

Strip Mall Gems: De La Terre Kitchen

Posted Oct 10th, 2016

De La Terre Kitchen, an offshoot of De La Terre Bakery, is a gem of a sandwich shop in a Grimsby strip mall that you're apt to miss if you blink.

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Strip Mall Gems: Don Marco's Italian Eatery

Strip Mall Gems: Don Marco's Italian Eatery

Posted Aug 28th, 2016

Don Marco's Italian Eatery in Welland's east end is a strip mall gem. The eggplant parmesan is a standout at the family-owned restaurant.

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Strip Mall Gems: Spiice Chinese Express

Strip Mall Gems: Spiice Chinese Express

Posted Jun 17th, 2016

Spiice Chinese Express offers authentic Chinese food in St. Catharines, near Brock University. It's one of Niagara's Strip Mall Gems.

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Strip Mall Gems: Tide and Vine Oyster House

Strip Mall Gems: Tide and Vine Oyster House

Posted May 19th, 2016

Tide and Vine Oyster House in Niagara Falls is a strip mall gem serving plates of oysters, po' boy sandwiches, and other seafood.

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Strip Mall Gems: You Deserve It Café and Creamery

Strip Mall Gems: You Deserve It Café and Creamery

Posted Apr 17th, 2016

You Deserve It Café and Creamery is a family-run eatery in Fort Erie that serves homemade ice cream and sandwiches. It is a strip mall gem.

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Strip Mall Gems: Backhouse beckons diners and budding performers

Strip Mall Gems: Backhouse beckons diners and budding performers

Posted Mar 30th, 2016

Backhouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a local favourite for its trademark cool climate cuisine and standing-room-only open mic nights.

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Strip Mall Gems: French toast and Formica served up at Diner House 29

Strip Mall Gems: French toast and Formica served up at Diner House 29

Posted Feb 29th, 2016

The Diner House 29 is a gem of a breakfast, lunch and brunch spot in St. Catharines, serving up creative diner fare with a side of nostalgia.

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