A new restaurant opened up recently beside Macs on Ferry St. In the past it was a fortune teller location, but was normally closed and boarded up. It has been renovated and looks quite nice now. It is called Potato Jackets
Another in my series on keycards…
Previously I had found Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview keycards with information on the Watermark or Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Here is one that showcases Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse
From the Buffalo News:
A new restaurant opened two weeks ago in the Wingate by Wyndham Niagara Falls, a hotel on Rainbow Boulevard.
Twisted Olives, 333 Rainbow Blvd., boasts some of the roomiest patios downtown, with a total of 135 feet of patios stretching along two sides of the building.
Despite its hotel location, the restaurant has so far drawn many Niagara Falls residents, said Kristen Clark, managing partner.
From the Niagara Falls Review:
Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr and retired Toronto Blue Jays star outfielder Jesse Barfield will be in Niagara Falls in June to meet fans, take questions and sign autographs.
Fuhr will be at Ruth’s Chris Steak House June 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., while Barfield will be at the Fallsview Boulevard restaurant and lounge within the Four Points hotel June 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The appearances are part of the Fallsview Group’s Legends of the Game series, which recently brought former Toronto Maple Leafs fan favourite Wendel Clark and former Blue Jays fan favourite and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar to the city.
This is a continuation of my “Best of Access Niagara” series. This series looks back on popular posts, highly commented posts, my favourite places, etc.
It looks like my first mention of Canyon Creek Chophouse was in April 2007 as a result of a newsletter from the city talking about how they had opened. To tell you the truth, I had never set foot in either Casino before, and had no idea there was a big shopping area inside the Fallsview Casino. I had heard about the buffet, but I assumed everything was connected to the gaming floor somehow.
Anyway, at some point I was contacted by someone who worked there and they offered me a complimentary meal in exchange for writing about the restaurant. I took my family there (5 of us) and had an amazing dinner. It was so good, that my wife and I continued to go for many years (and we paid our own way!). Whenever someone would ask me about a good restaurant in the area, I would always tell them about Canyon Creek Chophouse.
The restaurant is situated right up against the windows on the back side of the Fallsview Casino building, so you get a great view of the Falls.
The menu has changed quite a bit. We went a year or two ago, and they didn’t have the same items, and we were both really disappointed. We tried a couple of other things, and just didn’t care for them. I’m sure it is still a popular restaurant, but it’s not really one that we’ll go back to again.
Here is a post I put up about an anniversary dinner I had there with my wife.
Visit other pages from the “Best of Access Niagara” series:
- Best of Access Niagara – Doubletree Marineland package
From the Niagara Falls Review
One of the city’s most popular restaurants is being reborn.
Simon Kelly and Angela Peebles, the people behind the Regal Diner, are back and hope to reopen the eatery at the beginning of next month. Read More…
As a follow-up to my “Center Gift Shop” torn down for a parking lot posting last week, regular visitor Drafty found a document on the city web site (or here if the city website link changes) that indicates that Antica Pizzeria & Ristorante will be expanding into the space where Center Gift Shop was. A public meeting was held back at the beginning of November.
I guess until they are ready to expand, it’ll be used as a parking lot.
Back in August I blogged about a new restaurant in Niagara Falls, Sparks Steakhouse. This used to be the location of The Beef Baron on Centre St, but at some point it had re-opened as two separate restaurants. One portion of the building is Maharaja Grand which sells South Asian (Indian) food, while another part is Sparks Steakhouse.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from the General Manager. He had seen my posting, and invited me to come and check it out. Well, about two weeks ago my wife and I went and had the most wonderful meal.
Note: The meal was courtesy of Sparks Steakhouse. I hope that you accept my comments here honest, and not just because they offered me a complimentary meal. The food truly was amazing, and the service was exceptional.
Seeing as I was there on a cold night in late Fall, the restaurant was not very busy. This gave me lots of time to chat with our server, Walter, as well as one of the owners. Jordan, the General Manager, was not there that night.
The original owners of The Beef Baron sold the restaurant to someone several years ago. The restaurant continued under that new ownership until this past Spring, when the current ownership bought it. I commented that I hadn’t really seen any promotion for the new restaurants, and they said they originally had some plans, but then were delayed. Despite the lack of advertising, they had a very good summer.
The new owners have the rights to The Beef Baron name, but decided to go a different direction. With plans to open part of the building as a restaurant selling South Asian (Indian) food, they wanted to choose a name that was less “beef” themed (cows are considered sacred in the Hindu faith). They decided on the name Sparks Steakhouse, and decided to use a mobster theme. There are prints on the walls of John Gotti and others.
Although the two restaurants are in the same building, they are two distinct restaurants. The large doors are for Maharaja Grand, and a smaller door on the right is for Sparks Steakhouse. On the evening we were there, since business was slow, they were using only the main doors (you can get from one restaurant to the other from inside). As we walked into Maharaja Grand, you could smell a hint of spices that would be used when cooking South Asian (Indian) food. However, as soon as we walked over to the Sparks Steakhouse side, the smell was gone. When the separate door to Sparks Steakhouse is used, I would assume you wouldn’t notice the smell of spices at all. We asked about this, and was told that they are very aware that people may have concerns about going into a steakhouse and they won’t smell the steak. We were told that food is cooked on different stoves/grills in the kitchen, and that the exhaust fans are always running to minimize the smell. I’m not sure what it would be like when the restaurants are a lot busier, but it seemed fine when we were there.
The restaurant is very nicely decorated. My wife said it was “classy, but comfortable”. We enjoy good food, but overly “fancy” restaurants kind of make us uncomfortable. Sparks Steakhouse is definitely on the higher end of restaurants that we would go to, but compared to others we’ve been to, felt quite comfortable there. The lighting was low, but not too dim. Since we were there near the beginning of the Christmas season, there was some nice classic Christmas background music.
Here are a few other pictures I took while inside the restaurant:
Be sure to read the Dinner at Sparks Steakhouse – Part 2 posting…
A couple of weeks ago I received an email newsletter from the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview & Spa
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I make it to a lot of places in the Niagara Falls tourist district, but sometimes I miss the obvious. A perfect example…
I have been seeing signs around for Sparks Steakhouse, and never paid much attention to them. Then recently, while I was walking along Centre St, I noticed that the Beef Baron was no longer called Beef Baron. It is now Sparks Steakhouse and Maharaja Grand.
The Beef Baron website does not say that it is closed permanently. It says it is closed for renovations.
I don’t know if I ever ate at Beef Baron, but my parents had, and my father loved it. I’m sure Sparks and Maharaja Grand are both very nice as well.