It hasn't really changed, it just depends on who is doing the cooking.
I've noticed that sometimes the shrimp is overloaded with chili, and othertimes, it has hardly any.
Nanaimo is pretty limited to "Fine Dining", there is the Wesley Street Cafe in the Old City Quarter, Mahle House in Cedar, there are a few others in town, but not alot.
Milano's Cafe (across from the firehall dowtown) has a new name, which alludes me right now, just noticed it the other day.
Fish and Chips, I would have to go with Troller's down on the waterfront. I have heard Pirate Chips makes some pretty good stuff too.
It will be interesting to see what this new "Drift" restuarant is all about
I moved to Nanaimo 3 years ago, and Milano's is probably the best food I have had here so far.
I hope to find more good ones as I explore further.
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Just a word of warning about Nanaimo Bakery (corner of Bowen Road & Meredith Street). I bought an apricot pie there yesterday and it was horrid--TOUGH, super dry, and unpalatable. Phoned the owner today and told her I was disappointed in it. She immediately became defensive and confrontational, told me that they "never have any trouble with their pies" and finally hung up on me. A very bad attitude for someone who should be thinking about the reputation of their business. I won't shop there again. Rosalie
Should you go the take em to Victoria route. I'd highly recommend the Marina Restaurant at the Oak Bay Marina. Great food, great views, award winning Sunday Brunch ( definetly bring an appetite, and I guarantee you won't leave hungry ). I'm going there a couple of weeks from now. A biased shout out as I have a friend who is management there, and I know a hostess there. And while on that road trip I'd definetly recommend Smuggler's Cove Pub down in Cadboro Bay Village near UVIC. Yes, yes, I am biased it is my watering hole ( where I'll be tomorrow ). But they do have really good food, and a great beer selection. And great staff and service too
Rosie's diner in Cook St. Village is another good place here in Victoria. My grandmother takes me there for my birthday. Good food, reasonable prices. My late mother will kill me if I don't give a shout out to the Dog House in Duncan. A Duncan institution, having been there since the 50's. My mom turned me on to it. Love the foot long hot dogs.
Old thread I know...but we've recently took out of town guests to:
the Crow & Gate Pub
the Fox & & Hounds
the Black Goose Pub (in parksville).....Can you tell we like British pubs? ;-)
...all our favorite places to eat in Nanaimo...not necessarily in that order...