Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aurora and Newmarket Bars and Pubs

Here I'm collecting data on all the pub/bars in my area.

Working hours, price for pint of of domestic draft, pound of wings, special appetizers (if any) and some of my own comments about the place, crowd etc.

Some of the places are chains, but pint of beer is pint of beer anyways...

Crow's Nest

15 Prospect St. Newmarket, On. L3Y3T3 - Phone 905-953-8776

Closed at: Mon-Thu 11pm. Fri-Sat 11:30pm. Sun 10pm. - that's not late at all.
Pint: 6
Wings: $10

Grey Goat

74 Main Street, Newmarket, ON, Canada (905) 895-7902

UPD: Unfortunately this place is closed.

Almost always some crowd. Large loaded nachos can work as good meal for two.
Live bands every

Crabby Joe's

125 Pedersen Drive, Aurora, ON, Phone: 905-751-0006

Closed at: Mon-Thu 1am. Fri-Sat 2am. Sun 12pm. - Only Grey Goat can beat this.
Pint: $6 - kinda on expensive side
Wings: 11

Tuesday 39c wings. 1/2 price appetizers after 5pm.

St. Louise Bar and Grill

444 Hollandview Trail, Aurora, ON, L4G 7Z9, Phone: 905-841-4445

Closed at: ?? Need to verify but late enough.
Pint: $5.30
Wings: $11.50

1/2 price wings on tuesdays and wings are best in town.

If this place is outstanding for anything it would be waitresses and their dresses. Eye candies!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pho Saigon, Newmarket - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup in its best

Address: 16925 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 5Y1
Phone: (905) 830-3488

Phở - Vietnamese beef noodle soup.

Newmarket, Ontario - with population just over 80k people has surprisingly large number of Pho establishments. There are at least five restaurants in Newmarket (I know of), that advertise themselves as Pho places and another three or four that would have Pho on the menu, while specializing on some other kind of Asian food.

The best one - Pho Saigon on Yonge st. one light north of Mulock dr. Spotlessly clear broth, always fresh condiments and, most importantly - lineup at the front door at the lunch time - the best indication of the good restaurant for the suburb like Newmarket.

For these of you who know enough about Pho - you got it already - Pho Saigon is the best place in Newmarket. For others - some introduction to Pho.

Phở Beef Noodle Soup 101

Pho is a Vietnamese signature soup, made of beef broth, rice noodles and slices of different varieties of meet. Here is what they serve in Pho Saigon:
- Raw beef (Phở tái) - finely sliced, it would be served pink and cooked right in your bowl
- Well done beef (Phở bò chín nạc)
- Tendon (Phở gân bò) - jelly-like pieces, not everyone in my family likes
- Tripe (Phở sách bò) - insights of the cow's stomach - while sounds scary, not that bad at all
- Chicken (Phở gà) - yes, just chicken
- Meat Balls (Phở bò viên)

In most of Pho places you'll find a menu of dozen or so types of soups, which are essentially the same broth and noodles but different combination of meat slices. "All in one" combination would usually be called "House Special" and will cost buck or so more for a bowl. It is also normal to ask for some extra meet (obviously for a little extra money). I personally like combination of raw and well-done beef with "extra shot" of chicken.

Basil, Lime and Bean Sprouts usually served on the side. It's up to you if and how to use them - my preference - basil and lime juice goes into the bowl straight away, sprouts wait till most of the noodles are done with. There are also sweet sauce as well as chili always on the table - make sure to try these in your soup.

Most of the Pho places would serve three sizes of each soup Small, Medium and Large. Some however would call it Medium, Large and Extra Large. I can barely manage "Medium" and "Small" is just a right lunch-size for me.

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