Eating the Shwa

Oshawa is home to some small, family-owned eateries that keep me coming back again and again because they serve up big platters of good food, for cheap prices in a friendly, unpretentious way that just feels right.

Sushi King: 576 Ritson Road
The owners of Sushi King will greet you with a friendly smile as if you are old friends. It’s a laid-back place with great Japanese-Korean food and most nights, a quirky, funny, sometimes forgetful server who makes every visit memorable. If its a slow night she’ll bring you an extra maki roll on the house for no reason at all (www.sushikingoshawa.com).

Viva Burritos: Centre Street, Oshawa
Another friendly little family joint with great food. Burritos are made to order, and served piping hot. In the morning, Viva Burritos serves breakfast burritos (about $3) with your choice of egg, cheese, chorizo sausage or refried beans.

Curry Club When you’re broke, and ravenous, this non-descript little diner on the corner of King and Simcoe serves up heaping plates of curry, warm naan bread and basmati rice. A mere $4.99 begets you a choice of either chicken or beef, served up hot. My favourite winter lunch by far.

Bamboo House Also at King and Simcoe. Be prepared to eat. Chinese-Thai fusion is served up hot and fast, and plentiful. Just $6.95 at lunch time gets you soup or a spring roll, plus and a flavourful entree with rice. The Pad Thai is big enough for two. I love their pineapple fried rice, crispy mango chicken, and savoury cashew chicken.

The Rainbow: a humble appearance belies the heavenly comfort food served inside

The Rainbow Restaurant Step back in time at the Rainbow Restaurant. The decor is 1958 and the food is, too. The sandwiches are huge. The soup is homemade and different every day. Wednesday’s meatloaf special ($5.95) comes with mashed potatoes and gravy and will leave you groaning; just $4.00 gets you a triple grilled cheese sandwich and a big bowl of thick, meaty soup. 82 Simcoe Street.

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