Where to Eat
Taking a break from your studies, and getting out of your room or apartment might be just what you need, and here’s how to do it on a budget.
There are more restaurants in the Sault per capita than in many other cities, so it won’t be long before you’ll find an amazing place or two to call home.
Here are a few to consider and a little about them if you feel like venturing off-campus:
Within walking distance (all are on Great Northern Road):
Boston Pizza: One of the brave few franchises in town. Great place to watch sporting events and eat something familiar. Head north. It will be on your left.
Casey’s Grill and Bar: Known best for their slow-roasted red pepper soup and tornado potato appetizer that tastes like a potato chip with delicious dip – you’ll want to share it, though, as it’s quite a heaping delight! Within walking distance from the college, just north of campus attached to the Algoma Water Tower Inn.
Fast Food: You won’t want to live on it, but every once in the while, it hits the spot. A great selection of reasonable fare are all along the strip and within walking distance. A&W, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s, just to name a few.
Fratelli’s Kitchen and Pizzeria: Enjoy some of the best pizza in town, and what’s a College life without pizza? Home-style crust is the approach here, and it prides itself on being the home of the customer-favourite calabrase pizza (from the south of Italy). Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Eat in, takeout or delivery. Located fairly close to the College heading north (a bit more of a walk).
Gigi’s: Also serving pizza and pasta. Offers a variety of authentic Italian Bistro “small restaurant” dishes prepared daily including many items imported from Italy. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner; fully licensed. Across from the Canadian Tire in the Cambrian Mall (which is around the corner from the College).
Giovanni’s: Mostly Italian fare, with several different daily specials at reasonable prices and a cappelletti soup that can’t be matched. Homemade pastas, fresh salads and stir-frys, and consistently good service. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, and has take-out and delivery service as well. Fully licensed, so check out their extensive wine list including their own private label wine. You’ll want to have a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night, as it’s become one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Quite a stroll to get there, though, if you’re up for it.
Golden Dragon: Popular haunt for inexpensive Chinese food. Lunch special #1, #2, or #3 are good-tasting and will keep change in your pocket, but you’ll need to buy your fortune cookie to see if you’ve passed that exam. Dinner-time has a full buffet that is reasonably-priced, as well.
North 82: Best known for its chicken souvlaki – Greek food done to the supreme. Also has great specials on t-bone steaks if you’re feeling the need for some protein. Book a private room if you have quite a few of you getting together. A completely updated look and feel, the atmosphere reflects a lavish dining experience but affordable enough for our students. Head south from campus, but not far. A must try!
Presto: A great place to have a full breakfast at a very reasonable prize. For dinner, serves delicious panzorottis that are so large they can be shared. Ask for the owner, Bruno by name, as he’s quite the character, and has an omelette named after him on the breakfast menu.
Quattro: An excellent place whatever you're in the mood for. Quattro far exceeds expectations. The atmosphere has a casual vibe and the food is superb. Expect to enjoy the finest selection of meats, pastas, risottos and wines. Looking for a night out with drinks and apps, a wide selection of martinis and signature drinks are available.
Shogun Sushi: Very popular – you’ll want to have a reservation just to be sure you get a table. A new era in Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine. Dishes are meant to be shared with a variety of sensations of flavours brought steadily to the table throughout the meal.
Swiss Chalet: One word: chicken. You know the drill. And if you can’t get home for Thanksgiving, you can still have some stuffing along with the bird for their holiday special, complete with pie. Around the corner from campus heading north.
Wacky Wings: With wooden “northern-looking” furniture throughout, Wacky Wings is a popular hangout for students. Over 100 different types of wings, including get this – chocolate! Sampler is the way to go to keep costs low if you’re feeling adventurous and would like to try some different kinds and can split it with a friend – comes with veggie sticks so you don’t feel as guilty. Has two successful locations – the one closest to the College just north of campus.
Other Special Mentions: Further From Campus But Worth the trek
Arturo: A delicious place to go if you’re celebrating something special like Convocation. Get a reservation so you have a table away from the door, particularly during the winter. Excellent, attentive service and decadent appetizers and entrees. Culinary delights that are sure to please and the friendly staff will be sure to give you an experience that is second to none. Has been preparing Italian cuisine for over 25 years. Downtown Sault Ste. Marie on Queen Street.
Antico Ristorante: Known to Sault Ste Marie and International diners alike for its unique experience and elegant surroundings. A destination for celebrities and out-of-town visitors, Antico Ristoranté is a not your average italian food experience. perfect for business professionals, social and romantic dinners.
Aurora’s West Side: Craving Italian? Not to worry, Aurora’s West Side as some of the best Italian cuisine in the Sault. Enjoy some of the best pizza in town, or pick up some of their delicious sauce for some homemade pasta, a student's dream. A favourite among the locals. Located in the west end of the city on Second Line.
Lychee Thai: If Thai food is what you're craving, check out this restaurant located downtown. A great change every once in a while. The service is friendly and the food is delicious bringing unique flavours and fresh ingredients to downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Lychee Thai offers eat-in, take-out and delivery options.
Tandori Garden: Also located downtown Sault Ste. Marie and specializes in East Indian cuisine with a large selection of Pakistani, Indian, Middle Eastern, West Asia and Exotic foods. A must try for any food lover!
Cesira’s Italian Cuisine: Delicious, affordable lunches and dinners. Handmade pasta, tender Veal and Seafood are all available using recipes that have been handed down through the generations to Nonna Cesira. The savoury Veal Picatta al'Prosciutto is a must have as well as the Veal Marsala. Located downtown on Spring Street with free two-hour parking.
Docks Riverfront Grill: Usually referred to as just “Docks.” You may get a puzzled look from your friends if you refer to them using the “riverfront grill” part of their name. Beautiful views along the picturesque St. Mary’s River that runs along the U.S. border. Popular bar for students. Award-winning appetizers, tried and true entrees, and decadent desserts. Great live music or D.J. dancing. On the riverfront.
Fresco: Enjoy authentic European grill from Portuguese BBQ chicken, pork and chicken souvlaki, fresh fish and seafood and homemade desserts, Fresco is one of the newly developed restaurants in the city. (location)
Muio’s: Movie directors and their casts usually eat here when they’re in town. Home to one of the best chicken sandwiches in town, but any chicken they do is worth the trip. Salads are substantial. A landmark, as it’s been serving the Sault for over 50 years. Close to the beginning of the downtown core on Queen Street down the street from the city’s public library’s main branch and the Art Gallery of Algoma.
Solo Trattoria: If you’d like to see just how many ways there are to use glass blocks in decor, check this place out. Has the look and feel of big city atmosphere with open ceilings and a central bar, without an expensive bill. Their bowls of chicken soup are hearty and affordable, with homemade pasta noodles. A must-have on a student budget. Think about the company you keep if you have the tasty but pungent roasted garlic spread for bread. The mushroom salad is a vegetarian’s dream. Across from the Essar Centre – home of the Sault Greyhound hockey team.
Iron Club:.Classy and memorable in every way.The Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club, welcomes visitors to indulge in the Iron Club Restaurant Facility and to enjoy the course on a daily green fee basis. The Iron Club Restaurant overlooks the St. Mary’s River and provides an elegant, affordable, dining and banqueting in a picturesque setting. It is open to the general public and boasts year round hours to satisfy your taste buds during northern Ontario's winter season when the course is inaccessible.
Barsantit's Restaurant: The perfect place to celebrate that special event in your life. Whether celebrating with a few close friends or a large extended party, Barsanti's Restaurant at Root River Golf Club will do it's best to accommodate your needs. Flexible menus and handmade desserts are available.Daily lunch and dinner specials, with Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday nights. Fresh Lake Superior Whitefish and Trout as well as fresh Pickerel from the North Shore are also featured on the menu.
Others to consider in-town:
· Service Grill – West
· CJ’s Pizza
· Domino’s Pizza
· Golden Crust Pizza
· Gus’s Pizza
· Mrs. B’s Pizza
· Presto Pizza
· Primo Pizza & Wings
· Ricardo’s Big Slice Pizza and Gelato
· Pizza King
· Sandro’s Family Restaurant
· West Side Cafe
· Hard Wok Cafe
· Hong Kong Restaurant
· Peking Palace Restaurant & Tavern
· Sun Kwong Restaurant Ltd.
· Wok Express.
· Uncle Gino’s