You’ve got your cutest outfits picked out, your schedule planned better than your life, and you’re ready to hit Up Here 2017. You’ve forgotten one thing: fuel.
In order to maximize the fun at Up Here, it’s essential to minimize the hanger. Fortunately, there are tons of great restaurants, cafes, pubs, and other purveyors of food nearby where you can grab a bite or two to eat.
No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for you. Here are just a few of my personal favourites. Be sure to reference the map at the very bottom for locations and hours!
Coffee & Tea
Cafe Petit Gateau remains my favourite downtown coffee spot. Located in the historic flatiron building at Durham and Elgin, Yoshi’s classic sweets and perfectly brewed coffee are guaranteed to hit the spot. If tea is more your jam, don’t miss Tea and Bloom at Durham and Elm for the perfect blend, or for a refreshing bubble tea. Plus, their butter tarts are killer. Old Rock remains consistently popular with the locals and is worth a stop if you’re craving a fancy latte.
When you’re looking for lunch there are a few light fare options. Taco Sol on Cedar serves up traditional Mexican tacos, burritos, and even tamales along with refreshing salsas and sodas. The service can’t be beat. For sandwiches, Peppi Panini, The Laughing Buddha, or Kuppajo never fail. For something more substantial, don’t miss the lunch buffet at Taj Bistro, Sudbury's newest Indian restaurant.
If you’re just looking for a snack, there are some hidden gems near the downtown worth checking out. Mini China in the Rainbow Centre Mall has everything from noodles to pocky; The Candy Store has all your favourite retro sweets; the Spruce Street Pinto has convenience store staples and plenty of taxidermy; and the European Smoked Meat & Deli in the Donovan has some of the best pepperettes, pickles, and cheese.
With so many options available these days, it’s hard to choose the best spot for dinner. But, if you’ve got a specific craving there are some no brainers. For pizza and ambiance, you’ll want to go straight to Golded Pizza in the Donovan where you’ll wonder whether you’ve gone back to 1977. For wings, nowhere beats the Dog House for their two-for-one wing deal and awesome service. For burgers, head to the Townehouse, where incidentally, there are plenty of Up Here shows going on. You’ll be hard pressed to decide between the different extravagantly topped patties, and, insider tip, the veggie burgers are as good as the beef ones! And finally, if sushi is more your jam, you’ll find some of the best in Northern Ontario at Sapporo Ichibang on Cedar, don’t discount the offerings from Angela’s kitchen menu, their ramen is stellar.
When Labatt 50 just won’t do, you can head to Hardrock42 Gastropub up on Elm or to the Laughing Buddha right downtown on Elgin. They both boast an extensive beer menu with everything from adventurous IPAs to easy going lagers and rich ales. You can also get a decent caesar at either location if that’s more your style.
I saved the best for last. Studies show breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we all know those "scientists" just misspelled brunch. If your head's pounding, or even if it’s not (much to the chagrin of your less moderate pals), there’s no better morning medicine than brunch. Tucos Tacos on Kathleen is fully vegan and has a special Sunday brunch menu that’s pretty hard to beat, it doesn’t hurt that you can get churros too. The Motley Kitchen is located closer to downtown and serves up plenty of home fries and the best grilled cheese in town! Either way, make sure you don’t skip the most important meal of the weekend.