Big cities such as Toronto or Chicago provide residents an opportunity to enjoy cuisine from around the world. Sudbury may not have the whole planet covered, but foodies can have a good trip if they know where to go.
King’s Buffet, (1051 The Kingsway) a royal Oriental feast…all you can eat 365 days a year. Need we say more. The food is fresh, it tastes good, and there is a wide variety of items, including options for people who don’t like Chinese. The buffet usually includes fresh shrimp, fresh fruit, and sushi. Kings Buffet prides itself on listening to its customers’ concerns, preferences and health concerns, and does not use monosodium glutamate.
Leinala’s Bakery and Scandinavian Foods keeps the city’s sizable Finnish-Canadian population well fed with sweet indulgences such as karjalan rice pies, jelly pigs (doughnuts) and pulla, a cardamom-flavoured bread. Open for late breakfast or lunch Monday to Saturday, Leinala’s stocks Scandinavian gourmet foods and gift items. The bakery is located at 272 Caswell Dr.
Sudbury has several excellent Italian restaurants including Bella Vita Cucina, Ristorante Verdicchio, and Pasta e Vino Ristorante. People who want eat Italian at home will find everything they need at Regency Bakery & Deli, 1355 Regent St. There is a tempting selection of meats, pasta, sauces, bread, desserts and specialty items. The porketta sandwich is a favourite takeout item.
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Joe Ahmad opened Tandoori Tastes at 76 Larch St., (across from The Church of the Epiphany) last September. He’s from the Punjab province of Pakistan and Tandoori Tastes menu reflects this. Tandoori is a Punjabi specialty. The flavours in a Punjabi dish consists of onion, garlic and ginger. The restaurant has vegetarian options, as well as lamb, goat, chicken, fish or shrimp dishes. Ahmad is the owner of the Indian food restaurant in Mattawa which was a favourite stop for Sudbury travellers who urged him to come to Sudbury. He suggests novices order mild seasoning that ranges from one to 10 (spicy!!) There is a lunch buffet priced at $11.99 every Wednesday through Friday. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
The Apollo has a well-deserved reputation for its selection of Greek cuisine as well as steaks, ribs, pasta dishes and seafood. Established in 1970, the Apollo has outlasted dozens of other establishments because it gives customers what they want: good food and good value. Enjoy Greek dishes such as souvlaki, moussaka or spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie.)The restaurant sells olive oil made from olives grown on land the Sakellaris family owns in southern Greece. The Apollo is located at 844 The Kingsway.
Sudbury Sapporo Ichibang, located at 79 Cedar St., is a small, cozy, casual Japanese restaurant that serves sushi, tempura and teriyaki. Favourites include the California rolls, crab rolls, and the beef dumplings.
La Casa Mexicana is located in downtown , next door the Market Square in one of the city’s oldest buildings, the former CP telegram office. Owner Sylvie is from Mexico, so her recipes are authentic and served in generous portions. The house specials are the beef burrito, and the empanada, which is a pastry stuffed with sirloin beef and diced potatoes, deep fried, and topped with feta cheese and chopped tomatoes. Wash down with a Mexican beer, sangria or tequila sunrises and think happy thoughts of warmer climes.
Friends who lived in Thailand for many years say the food at Sudbury’s My Thai Palace (893 Notre Dame Ave.) is as good as anything they ate in Bangkok. It’s made with fresh ingredients. My Thai Palace offers a mix of spicy and no-so-spicy fare, stir-fry dishes and vegetarian food. Daily lunch specials are truly special and priced under $10.
If you don’t have a baba, the best way to get authentic Ukrainian-style pirohy (perogies) and cabbage rolls (no meat, rice only) is to watch for the sales at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church, the Ukrainian Seniors’ Centre (Notre Dame Ave.) or The Ukrainian National Federation Hall on Frood Rd.
The Perogy Princess closed her restaurant on Elm St., but her perogies can be found at Smiths Market, Gloria’s Convenience, Val Caron Kwik Way, Walden Country Market in Lively, Tarini Brothers Meat Market in Gatchell, Minnow Lake Variety and Eat Local Sudbury at 28 Durham St. To speak to the princess, phone 705.682.0041.
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La Boulangerie Du Village on Durham St. may have a French name, but it is a little bit of New York City in downtown Sudbury. It has a soothing ambiance. Owner Bob Wygant lived in Brooklyn while learning to make bread at the French Culinary Institute. The selection of fresh coffee is good; the sandwiches are thick and tasty. And we love the Bou box, a selection of dips and pita bread.