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.
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 $5.99 begets you a choice of either chicken or beef, served up hot. My favourite winter lunch by far.
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.