Where to dine in Niagara?
Too many options, this list is far from complete. Here's a first stab but there are a lot more to add:
On the 20 (Jordan) -- formal, sit down high-end comfort food. Great wines from Cave Spring Cellars
Escabeche (at the Prince of Wales) -- stellar winelist
Vino Primo -- best local winelist and interesting Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere format
Wellington Court Restaurant -- St Catharines first serious restaurant and going strong 20(?) years on
Wild Flower (Fonthill) -- top German chef has pulled of casual elegance in a beautiful room on top of the Niagara Escarpment. Regional Cuisine
Zest -- top Toronto chef Michael Pazzo does french/asian inspired fusion (not confusion)
Lakehouse -- location off of the QEW may be off-putting but don't miss the excellent view of the lake (patio or inside). Old school feel but modern bistro menu. Many of the the best wineries on the list.
Stone Road Grill -- highly recommended to me by people who know -- i haven't had a chance to stop in yet but i'm looking forward to it.
Pow Wow -- good bar and grill in St Catharines
Vineland -- higher end bistro cuisine, new-ish concept for the restaurant
Peninsula Ridge-- higher end bistro cuisine, new-ish concept for the restaurant
Coach House Cafe and Cheese Shoppe (at Henry of Pelham) -- al fresco lunches, regional Canadian cheeses, casual but killer food (chef Erik Peacock from Wellington Court Restaurant). The concept is high-end food for wine-touring that's easy-in, easy-out -- no fussing. And fantastic wines from H of P.
Jordan House (good wings and mostly local beer). Catch a game in the kind of bar you expect in wine country
The Merchant Alehouse -- great brewpub on St Paul St in St Catharines (try the Old Time Hockey Ale)