Chain Eats: Jimmy The Greek

Food is kept warm in a tray like most cafeterias (which also includes the meat, don’t expect they will slice the meat in front of you despite seeing a huge slab of meat on a vertical spit). It’s cheap and everything is quite fresh (although feels very processed and lack of flavour).  Staffs are always friendly and efficient.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

0711 Gyros Pita and Greek Salad (Jimmy the Greek)Gyros Pita and Greek salad
Pitas come with tomatoes, onions & tzatziki
Portion is quite generous, but too much sauce in everything.

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Jimmy The Greek
http://www.jimmythegreek.com/

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Québec City Eats: Chez Ashton

It’s a quebec-city chain but if you want to try a good quebec poutine this is not a bad place to visit.  The cheese curds are always plentiful and squeaky (if you don’t know how fresh cheese curds should be like, you should come here and try their poutine).  The fries are pretty ordinary but they are always hot and that serves the purpose for a good poutine.  I personally thought the gravy was too salty, but it was very flavourful indeed.  And yes, this is the poutine store that’s famous for giving discounts when the temperature reaches -10, -20, -30, -40 etc 🙂

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

1212 La Poutine avec saucisses 1 (Chez Ashton) 1212 La Poutine avec saucisses 2 (Chez Ashton)La Poutine avec saucisses
Frites fraîches, fromage en grains frais du jour et sauce maison, le tout agrémenté de délicieux morceaux de saucisses grillés à point.
I guess I should have just stayed with a plain regular poutine (which are very well-made).  The toppings could be a hit or a miss, the second photo shows burnt sausages (and they also dropped a few sausages right in front of me, there goes the extra buck 😦 )

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http://www.chezashton.ca/

Chain Eats: St-Hubert

Average family restaurant.  The place is always packed.  Their famous chicken sauce and chicken is quite good, the rest of the menu items are alright.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

0912 Cheese sticks (St. Hubert)Cheese sticks
An appetizer of 4 fried cheese sticks served with marinara sauce.

0912 Mini vegetable spring rolls (St. Hubert)Mini vegetable spring rolls
An appetizer of 4 mini vegetable spring rolls served with Thai sauce.
0912 Chicken brochette (St. Hubert)Chicken brochette
0912 Rib plate (St. Hubert)Rib plate
Our ribs are tender and meaty, and every bit as famous as our roasted chicken
They do fall off the bones, but they are very dry

0912 Quarter chicken leg (St. Hubert)Quarter chicken leg
Plump, juicy and delicious, our roasted chicken makes out master rotisseurs proud, and has been keeping our customers happy!

1012 Mediterranean grilled chicken breast (St. Hubert)Mediterranean grilled chicken breast
Marinara sauce, mozarella cheese au gratin, pastas with garlic, roasted red peppers and spinach.

0912 Vanilla cake, date square, brownies (St. Hubert)Vanilla cake, date square, brownies

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St-Hubert
Various locations.
http://www.st-hubert.com/

Montréal Eats: Frite Alors!

This is a popular poutine chain in Montréal.  The small size is big enough for two people to share already.  The curds were fresh and not overly salty and the fries were perfectly done and crispy.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

Poutine de Porc Éffiloché

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Frite Alors!
Various locations.
www.fritealors.com/

Chain Eats: Café Dépôt

A Québec coffee franchise with most locations in Montréal.  Didn’t like their beverage that much.  I found them to be very weak and oversweet.

My ratings:
Price range: $

Rooibos aux framboises thés & Framboises et lime

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Café Dépôt
Various locations.
http://cafedepot.com/

Chain Eats: Denny’s

I like Denny’s.  Granted I don’t go to Denny’s on daily, or weekly, or monthly basis.  It’s a classic breakfast diner place.  At least there food is consistent and isn’t microwaved (prepared from the kitchen).  Service could be a miss sometimes.  I find the service to be quite slow a lot of times.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

1210 Zesty Nachos (Denny's)Zesty Nachos
Crisp tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, specially seasoned ground beef, freshly made pico de gallo and sour cream.

0411 Ultimate Skillet (Denny's)Ultimate Skillet
Fresh spinach, breakfast sausage, fire-roasted peppers and onions, mushrooms, grape tomatoes and seasoned red-skinned potatoes. Topped with a smoky cheese blend and two eggs cooked the way you like them.

0912 Tilapia Ranchero (Denny's)Tilapia Ranchero
A seasoned white fish fillet grillet and topped with freshly made pico de gallo and diced avocado.  Served with a side of our smoked Cheddar whipped potatoes and dinner bread.

0411 T-Bone Steak & Eggs (Denny's)T-Bone Steak & Eggs
A tender 13 oz. T-Bone steak served with two eggs, hash browns or grits and bread.

1210 Bacon Slamburger (Denny's)Bacon Slamburger
A burger topped with crispy hash browns, an egg (over-medium), two slices of bacon, then covered with cheese sauce.
Be warned. The gravy dip is charged for extra.

0411 Western Burger (Denny's)Western Burger
Tangy steak sauce drizzled over thin, crispy onion rings and melted Swiss cheese. Served with lettuce, tomato and red onions.

1210 Pecan Pie (Denny's)Pecan Pie

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Denny’s
33 Benson St, Kingston
(613) 547-9744
670 Gardiners Rd, Kingston
(613) 634-6220
www.dennys.ca/

Chain Eats: Five Guys Hamburgers

The burgers were good (not great).  I think comparatively this is one of the better fast food burgers.  It’s not gourmet so don’t expect gourmet restaurant standards.  I hope this is a somewhat fair comparison because Five Guys is in fact a lot pricier than a typical fast food chain.

The burgers are made-to-order, and they fully display the cooking in front of you.  The meat is fresh and juicy and you can customize your burger down to the toppings.  However I didn’t like the buns.  They were so flimsy and just a very bad quality, and I do care about the bun part and will definitely pick on it.  No matter how good the inside is, if the exterior part of the burger flops out then I won’t like it.  I really tried hard to like it 😦 I don’t know if it’s just because this is the Kingston store so it doesn’t live up to the standard of its original US chain, or it’s just like this in all their stores (the photos from burgers in the States seems to me are the exact same flimsy buns).

On the other hand they have very nice fries.  The fries are freshly made and fried in peanut oil.  The servings are huge.  The server carefully measures out the fries.  You can choose between regular fries or Cajun seasoned fries.  The free peanuts available are also a fun and nice touch.

One slight issue I had with the fries/potatoes was they put up a sign that says “Today’s potatoes are from Warden, WA, Hatch Farms.”  That would be lovely if I was in the Washington state area.  Honestly I absolutely have no idea what the sign was doing here.  We are not close to Washington at all (west coast) so if the purpose of the sign was to let me know they imported their potatoes far far away from Ontario (east coast) then sure…  😕 Was this to support local food movement?  Why didn’t they buy from Ontario?  Was this part of their franchise contract?  ❓  ❓  ❓  Nothing’s really wrong with the sign, after all many stores don’t purchase their food locally.  I just think it’s odd to put that sign in the store when we aren’t in the Washington region.

I wasn’t sorry to try Five Guy’s (hey Obama bought his burger from Five Guy’s 😎  – not the one in Kingston – last year), but I’ll doubt if I’ll be going back for the burgers.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0311 Bacon Cheeseburger (Five Guys)Bacon cheeseburger
Toppings: (“all the way” sans mayo) lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard.

0311 Fries (Five Guys)Fries (regular size)
They gave you so much! It’s one big cup plus another standard scoop.  You could see the skin on the potatoes.

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Five Guys Hamburgers
185 Princess St
Kingston, ON K7L 1A9
(613) 544-3333
http://fiveguys.ca/home.aspx

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