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Friday, December 17, 2010

Clydesdale Inn Pub (Cloverdale, Birtish Collumbia)

Clydesdale Inn Pub. 17630-56 Avenue (Hwy#10) Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada.
They are 7 miles north of the Canada USA border just eat of Hwy 15 which is the main truck route in to British Columbia from Washington State. It is really hard to say something outstanding about this place. Very little has changed inside in over 20 years. They have a fireplace, but have cardboard covering the front up, nice touch. The bar it self seats 8, 4 on the right side and 4 on the left side. There are 8 flat screen TV's, which is a good point. I was watching some guys getting ready to have a seat at their table, they were checking all the chairs to to find a sturdy one as most of them are very wiggly! They have $2.00 pints of beer during the day. The pub is dated and needs some up grades. The washrooms are in need of cleaning and a renovation. The tiles on the walls have numerous ones missing. The doors in and out of the washrooms are worn and need refinishing or replacing. The washrooms smell like urine, which is not a good smell!! I can't tell you about the food as I did not see anyone eating at all. This Pub is on the bottom of the list for pubs in the surrounding 10 mile area. It badly needs a fixing up as does their liquor store which resembles the inside of a shed at best.
Too bad because back in the early eighties it was not too bad at all!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Artful Dodger Neighbourhood Pub (Langley, British Columbia)

Artful Dodger Neighbourhood Pub, 2364-200 Street, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Right at the corner of 200 Street and 24 Avenue, 3 miles north of the U.S. border. The name came from a character in th Oliver Twist book, and has been here since 1978. In front of the pub they have a coral where you can ride your horse to the pub and put the horse in the coral while you wine and dine. That is the only pub in Langley that you can do that at! They also have a good size parking lot. The pub is a large "L" shape and is much bigger than it looks. It seats around 185 people.  They have nice oak tables and chairs. There is a pool area that has two tables and is separate from the pub with walls and large windows.  There is a very large "L" shaped bar that seats about 12-15 on one side the other side is mainly for the servers. There are numerous TV's through out so you can watch one of the games. As for gambling, they have pull tabs and keno. The food here is very good. I had a peperoni and mushroom pizza, and it was made fresh. My wife had the fishermans stew, and it was very good. There was enough to feed about 3 people. The stew was a tomato base with fresh, clams, muscles, shrimp. lobster, onions, green peppers, red peppers, celery, carrots and broccoli. Man was it good! The server was great, she was on her toes, always smiling. She kept on top of all of her customers, ensuring they were happy and had everything they needed. The Artful Dodger also provides free shuttle service after 6 pm so you don't have to worry about having too much and driving home! That is a great touch. Attached to the pub is their liquor store that also has a drive thru window. The washrooms are newly renovated and nice and clean. It is easy to see why the Artful Dodger has been around for 32 years and is still going strong!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The 3 Brewers (Toronto, Ontario)

The 3 Brewers, 275 Younge Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada. When you enter the establishment you first see the copper brewing vats that are behind glass and gleaming! Kept spotlessly polished, and gives a great impression. The first bar is towards the back and on the left and ids a dark wood bar. I would say that it sits about 10-15. Then you go up to the next level it is all darker wood with exposed beams. The front and back area of this lever are seperated by the next level in the middle which is about 6 steps higher. There is a 2nd bar on that middle level and it too is all dark wood and seats about 10 people. I didn't try the beer but the two guys I was wlith did, and said it was very good. They don't serve Bud, Canadian or any other commercial beer. They only serve the beer that they brew. They have full bar service including wine. This place is in a great location in Toronto. So guys if you are in Toronto and the girls want to go shopping this place is right across the street from the Eaton Centre Mall!! I can't talk on the food as we never had any. But people with peanut allergies should stay away as they have big sacks of peanuts that are free. They ask you don't throw the shells on the floor, and provide you with a small basked for your shells. This establishment has a very warm feel to it. The washrooms are clean and modern!! I have spoken to several other people who also have raved about this place!!

Fox and Fiddle (Richmond Hill, Ontario)

Fox and Fiddle (Richmond Hill), 115 York Blvd., Richmond Hill (Toronto) Ontario, Canada. Voted the # 1 bar in Toronto in 2007 by the readers of the Toronto Sun. They have a nice sit up bar that is a square "U" shape that has a granite top. It seats about 15-20 people. There is a lot of seating and you can reserve tables, booths and areas for functions. The waitresses wear tartan kilts and are friendly and attentative. They have 18 different types of beer on tap. Numerous flat screen TV's and two dart boards. To eat, I tried the Sliders which are three mini hamburgers with cheese and a chipolte sauce. the price was around $8.95 which was a good deal. They were very good, and I would have them again. They were fresh and juicy!! I figured I had better keep going so I had the baked French onion soup. It was a bit disappointing. The Swiss cheese tasted and looked more like processed cheese slices. I was there on a Friday for dinner and it was very quiet. The bartender said that it gets very busy later on. A buddy of mine who grew up in the area used to frequent this bar and had nothing but great things to say about it. I enjoyed my visit there and would come back again!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Brix Napa Valley Grille and Wine Bar (Markham, Ontario)

Brix Napa Valley Grille and Wine Bar, 230 Commerce Drive, East, Markham ( Toronto) Ontario, Canada. this was a good find, very modern and very popular!! They have two bars, the main bar is a granite horseshoe shaped sit up bar that seats about 15 people. The second sit up bar is called California and seats about 5. They have live bands in the evening. There is a fireplace in the middle which is nice on those cold Toronto winter nights. The first time I ate there I was not that hungry, so I had the panco, sesame crusted chicken strips which were the best I have ever had any where!! The second time I had the chicken Asian dumplings, and again they were very good. The service was very good and they tend to have rather attractive young women to wait on you. As time went on in the evening, it started to get a bit of a night club feel to it. They had a very good wine selection as well a a full bar!! It is just off the Hwy 7 and the 404, but since I don't live there, that doesn't help me much!! If you are ever in the area I suggest you give it a try, I think you will really like it.

Owl and Firkin Pub (Markham, Ontario)

Owl and Firkin Pub, 7181 Woodbine, Markham (Toronto) Ontario, Canada. Great pub that war recommended to me by a friend of mine. They have a nice diamond shaped bar in the middle of the bar. There are numerous booths and tables away from the main bar area. we were there in the middle of the week and there was a Toronto Maple Leafs game on TV so the pub was very busy with people in to watch the game. Yes the Leafs lost.....again! One of the waiters who has been there for 13 years immigrated from Sri Lanka, and he had the most amazing skill at being able to remember things. He took a whole table order, passed it on to the other waiter, asked everyone's birthday and went off visiting every one in the bar. We could not stump hi when he came back 1/2 hour later he remembered everything!! I have a hard time remembering some ones name!! The food was good, first time I had the 1/2 BBQ chicken with 40 Mile Creek BBQ sauce, which came with fries and baked beans. It was very good and the price was around $12,00 which was very good. the second time I had Steak and mushroom pie with veggies and mashed potatoes and it too was good. There is lots of seating and the last time I was there I managed to stick my head in during a pre-wedding party. You know those pictures where you say "who the hell is that!" I really enjoyed this place!!

Jack Astor's Bar and Grill (Richmond Hill, Ontario)

Jack Astor's Bar and Grill (Richmond Hill) 155 York Blvd. Richmond Hill (Toronto) Ontario, Canada. There are numerous bars which are part of a chain. Went there with a group and everyone raved about how good the food was. I had the chicken parmigiana and it was very good. My buddy had a burger and said it was the best that he ever had! Service was very good, fast and friendly. They had a very nice sit up bar but my picture does not do it any justice. They have a huge flat screen (you can see it in the picture) TV along with numerous other flat screen TV's, great for meeting some friends for drinks and watching the game!! Therre is a good atmosphere and lots of seating. Washrooms were clean!! worth the visit, and yes I would come back for sure!!