How to Get Your Picky Eaters to Live a Little in Niagara

WPblog3If you’re like most vacationers, heading to a new spot is but one more excuse to dive daily into the delicious experience of eating a never-before-had meal. Niagara, thanks to its strong farming and culinary culture is a fabulous place to dine, and many people make the trek here just to eat the food and pair it with the region’s many excellent wines.

That being said, when you’re here on a family vacation, the lowest common denominator — i.e. your pickiest eater — can dictate when and where the eating happens for the rest of you.

If you’ve got a Niagara vacation in the works and you’re worried your picky eaters might ruin it for you, don’t give up hope just yet. Between the wonders of poutine and some truly great pizza, you just might eat an exciting meal or two in Niagara.

Pizza

Even the pickiest of eaters have a hard time turning down pizza, and Niagara has options your whole brood will love. For pizza that’s good enough to write home about, try one of the following restaurants:

WPblog4Antica Pizzeria and Ristorante. With authentic Italian food made from scratch, including mouth-watering wood-fired pizzas, Antica is a great place to bring your family — especially because you don’t have to eat pizza if you don’t want to. Also, because they also offer a full bar and extensive cocktail list, you don’t have to feel like one of the kids while you dine either.

Bravo Pizzeria and Grill. Another high-end Italian restaurant that caters to families, Bravo’s wood-fired pizza is as close to Naples as you can get while you’re in Niagara. Order the aged New York strip, and leave your kids to nosh on the pizza. You’ll all be glad you did.

Gambler’s Pizza. Considered by many to offer the best pizza in town, Gambler’s offers a no-nonsense environment, and simple, tasty food that appeals to everyone. When you decide to stay in and watch a movie in your hotel room, get them to deliver.

Poutine

All picky eaters love French fries, and in Canada, French fries get even better in a dish called poutine. At its most basic, poutine is a plate of French fries covered in gravy and cheese curd, but your more adventurous restaurants go way beyond that. Take your family to Taps on Queen, and you can enjoy a range of delicious, locally crafted beer along with poutine varieties like Chicken Club and Vegetable Curry. Your picky eater, of course, will love the classic.

Another great place to go for a more exciting take on poutine is The Syndicate. They have a duck poutine that’s so good even a picky eater is likely to dive into it, and because they’re a farm-to-table restaurant, the rest of your crew can enjoy fare on the fresher and fancier side, including a prix fixe menu that offers everything from beer-brined chicken to a panko-crusted rack of lamb.

Don’t set aside your dreams of eating like royalty on your next family vacation. Between the poutine and the pizza, Niagara can ensure you and your pickiest eaters get to dine on food you’ll love.

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