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    Preying Mantis: Excellent Asian Cuisine

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 17, 2006

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    The Kitchen & Bar Area

    UPDATE (October 16, 2006): The Preying Mantis location is now home to a new restaurant - the Asia Beef Noodle Vietnamese restaurant. Have not tried them yet, but the menu looks good!

    The Preying (that is how they spell it) Mantis is relatively new to Fredericton, and it is a bit of a 'hole-in-the-wall' restaurant without a flashy sign to draw your attention to it, so it could be quite easily walked past. The dining area consists of one medium sized room with large windows opening onto Queen St.. Down the centre of the room is a long bar with stools available if you want to eat at a slightly higher perch than the various normal tables scattered around the periphery of the room.

    The decor of the Preying Mantis is nothing too elaborate, but they do have the typical rice paper light covers and some Samurai swords mounted on the wall behind the bar. What they lack in fancy decor, they more than make up for with their delicious and authentic meals featuring Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese food. The serving dishes have an Oriental appearance and all meals come with both chop-sticks and forks. The atmosphere and speed of service was very good and the staff were friendly as well.

    Favorite Dish: My wife and I stopped in for an evening meal while we were waiting for the annual Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival to get into gear on a Friday night. I ordered their Chicken Curry with onions & potatoes topped with Green Onions while Sue decided to settle for their thin strips of Chicken Skewers (or Beef or Pork) with a Peanut (or Teriyaki) dipping sauce. Both meals cost US$6.50 and went down very well with a shared bowl of rice. Beer and wine by the glass is also available. I saw a lot of interesting things on the menu and decided that I want to come back here again to try a few more of them! Total cost of the meal with drinks and tips was US$30.

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    The Blue Door: An amazing menu!

    by Jefie Written Sep 16, 2006

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    Annie-Claude and her

    What first attracted us to the Blue Door was the restaurant's lovely building and patio, but after looking at the menu, we were soooo happy we had decided to go there! It started out with a great selection of cocktails, which we made good use of, followed by a nice wine selection and a truly originial menu. My friend Annie-Claude and I both ordered something different and had to restrain ourselves not to lick what was left on the plate! Of course we had to top it off with a creme brulee trio - the flavours change every day and are all scrumptious! It has to be one of the best restaurants in town!

    Favorite Dish: The guava stuffed chicken breast was out of this world! I also really liked the caipirissma cocktail (similar to a mojito).

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    Various hotels: Easter brunch buffets

    by Canuck5 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    If you're in the Fredericton area over Easter Sunday, a number of hotel restaurants around Fredericton put on brunches between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (hours may vary somewhat).

    You can expect a good variety of food at these brunches, including omelettes made-to-order, roast ham, roast pork, roast beef, a chicken dish, salads, waffles, a pasta dish, fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, veggies, salmon, desserts, etc. And, of course, you can keep going back.

    The adult prices for these big brunches are typically in the CAD$17. - $22. range, plus 15% tax. Kids under 12 yrs are often free.

    Check my Hotels and Accomodations pages for directions to these hotels.

    Favorite Dish: I have eaten brunch at both the Beaverbrook and the Delta, and they were both delicious.
    I walked away stuffed !

    Keep in mind that you don't have to spend $17. - $22. to have a brunch that fills you up. Bruno's Restaurant at the Delta, for example, still had their $11.00 brunch on, offering fruit, waffles, custom omelettes, sausage, bacon, and home fries.

    (One little beef with Delta: even though our group had made reservations for Bruno's for Easter 2006, the hostess tried to direct us to the ballroom where the more expensive brunch was being held. Whether intentionally done or not, this shouldn't have happened.)

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    The Blue Canoe: Irving Mainway restaurant

    by Canuck5 Written Feb 13, 2006

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    Blue Canoe Irving Mainway restaurant

    Frequent travellers through Quebec and the Maritime Provinces will be familiar with Irving Mainway restaurants. They are clean, and offer a good variety of meals to suit just about everybody's tastebuds.

    The Blue Canoe is located along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy #2), between the City of Fredericton, and the Town of Oromocto. Take Exit #297, and you can't miss it.

    Favorite Dish: Have eaten there many times. I don't really have a favourite dish, but the big breakfast usually does it for me !

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    Mexicali Rosa's: A taste of Mexico

    by Canuck5 Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    Mexicali Rosa's

    The first Mexicali Rosa's opened in Ottawa in 1981, and it became a franchise in 1988. There are now 22 in Canada, located in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The one in Fredericton is located beside Brewbakers Restaurant on King St., and is open for lunch and dinner.

    Serving California-style Mexican food as well as some Canadian dishes, they've got late night specials, take-out and delivery, a kids' menu, and an outdoor patio as the weather permits.

    They also serve complimentary chips & salsa, and a complimentary dessert if it's your birthday.

    Located at street level, their menu is posted outside.

    Favorite Dish: They serve burritos, enchiladas, tacos, hot tomales, fajitas, chicken chimi, etc.

    Appetizers are in the range of CDN $8.00, and the price of their entrées range anywhere from a cup of chili at $5.00, to Fiesta Fajitas for 2 people for $30.

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    Isaac's Way: A Very Unique Taste Experience

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Dec 8, 2005

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    A Pre-Christmas Get-together

    Well, these new restaurants in Fredericton are popping up all over the place! Isaac's Way is another that owes it's existance to a transplanted chef from Montreal, Jesse Demers. After several years of experience at different locations in the internationally flavoured scene in Montreal, Jesse has brought his considerable talents to Fredericton. He says that he loves to cook, and it shows in the varied menu available at this new restaurant located in the heart of Fredericton's tourist district. The unique blend of spices and flavourings makes this food mouth-wateringly excellent! My wife and I met our long-time friends here for a little pre-Christmas chat before we head off to England for the actual holiday season, and we were all impressed.

    Favorite Dish: The menu had a lot of tempting dishes, including curries and pastas but I decided to try one of their Cajun dishes. The Salmon New Orleans features a large Atlantic Salmon steak with Cajun spices, Hollandaise sauce and is served with Caesar salad, mussels in the shell and choice of potatoe or rice. Sue also likes her seafood, and went with one of her favourites, Haddock. The 'Matthew's Haddock' consisted of a generous fillet, grilled and seasoned, served with a creamy smoked bacon sauce and with the same side dishes that came with my meal. Each of these great dishes cost C$13 (US$11) and we thoroughly enjoyed the unique blend of flavours! For drinks, I started off with a 20-oz. glass of locally brewed Picaroons Irish Red (US$4.50). Sue and I were both pleasantly surprised to find the excellent Argentinian Trapiche wines as their 'house' brand when ordering by the glass (US$5).

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    Chez Riz: Pakistani/Indian Marvel !!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Nov 17, 2005

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    As We Begin the Feast !
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    In late summer, 2005 a genuine Pakistani restaurant opened it's doors in Fredericton!! Wow, I thought this will be a great chance for me to really sample some great curries. However, with me being tied up for a couple of months dealing with retirement, followed immediately by a sudden consulting offer, it took my wife and I some time before we finally made it through the doors of Chez Riz!

    As it turns out, the owner and chef of this establishment, Rzwan-Ul-Haq has a very fine pedigree earned from running a namesake restaurant in Montreal for 15 years. The quality of his preparations was so good that, once sampled by Pierre Elliot Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Trudeau was thenceforth a lifelong customer! The completion of my first independent consulting contract was a good enough excuse for my wife and I to make ourselves a reservation for early on a quiet Wednesday night.

    Favorite Dish: Mr. Riz is especially noted for his Tandoori Chicken so I had my mind fixed on that before I even went. As it turns out, the main menu consists of a buffet meal (US$16) which consists of the Tandoori Chicken with Fried Onions, Chicken Curry, Beef Curry, Nan Bread, Hot Peppers, Basmati Rice, a cooked vegetable mixture, homemade yogurt and a vast array of salad ingredients. Other than this, there are only a couple of Chef's Specials, one of which was a Mango Curry Chicken in a creamy sauce (US$12). These are the two dishes that my wife and I went for, accompanied by glasses of the house Australian wines (US$5/glass). I must say, it was a fantastic feast and I had to sample the Tandoori Chicken more than once - such an interesting flavour and not with the typical 'red' colour of other Tandoori meals that I have had. The decor was great, the staff were very friendly and efficient and Mr. Riz himself came out to chat to his customers. We definitely will be returning to this place!

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    James Joyce Irish Pub: A Bit of the Blarney

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    Queen St. Patio with Provincial Flags

    The James Joyce is a very good pub and restaurant located on the ground floor of the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel. The Pub has a spacious and dimly lit interior with only a few windows to the outside world. The few windows that it does have give a view over its rear patio and seating area which fronts the Saint John River beneath huge Elm trees. There is a second patio on the street side (Queen St.) adorned with the flags of the Canadian provinces which touch the waters of the Atlantic Ocean - Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and finally, Newfoundland & Labrador. The Pub is a great place to go for live folk music as well - I know we enjoyed some great Irish bands with their foot-tapping music into the early morning hours on one of our expeditions! Lord Beaverbrook was the British Minister of War under Winston Churchill in WW2, and he made his fortune in the British newspaper industry. Being a native New Brunswicker, he donated vast amounts of his fortune to the Province, financing the building of the Beaverbrook Art Galley (next door to the Hotel) and the Playhouse (across Queen St.) to provide some cultural stimulus to the city.

    Favorite Dish: The last visit made by my wife and I was spent on the river patio, sharing a delicious Tandoori Chicken Wrap (US$7.50) in the warm summer evening. However, I find the restaurant seems especially good at traditional dishes such as poached Atlantic Salmon or hearty Irish stews of one kind or another that seem to go down quite well during those long and cold months of winter! My favourite is the Chicken, Leek & Mushroom Pie, consisting of tender white and dark meat stewed with carrots, onions, peas, mushrooms and then baked into a flaky pastry. This dish is accompanied by mashed potatoes an fresh seasonal vegetables (US$7.50). Of course, I am usually sampling some of their many on-tap beers, but I normally prefer a pint of the locally made Picaroon's Best Bitter Ale (US$4).

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    Cora's Breakfast & Lunch: An Amazing Breakfast Experience!

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 21, 2005

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    Cora's Sidewalk Seating on Queen St.

    Cora's provides a unique eating experience, possibly only comparable to the 'Squat & Gobble' in San Francisco! The way the breakfast meals are presented, and served with panache, makes this a fantastic way to start your day. The small chain of these restaurants originated in Quebec as Cora Mussely Tsouflidou, from a modest family in the remote Gaspe peninsula (north of New Brunswick), was left on her own when her husband deserted her and their three children. She fought back and developed her own fame, as set forth in the piece below from her website:

    "After only a few months of operation, Cora transformed the little snack bar into a whole new breakfast concept in Quebec, which specialized in fruit, cheese, cereal, omelettes, pancakes, and French toast. Inspired by family traditions, customer requests and suggestions from her children, Cora created new breakfasts, which blended the best of traditional breakfasts with new health food trends. Over the years, Cora the kitchen magician improved upon her traditional breakfasts and conjured up more than 100 new ideas. These inventive new breakfasts were complemented by a colourful, child-like illustration on the walls of her Cote-Vertu snack bar. This playful imagery later became her signature logo in restaurants throughout her future chain."

    Favorite Dish: We always start off with one of their 'smoothy' fruit cocktails served in a large glass. The combination varies, but ours had strawberry, pineapple, cranberry, mango and a few other fruits all blended together. It is a thick and cold mixture that can hold a straw upright and is served with a fresh slice of pineapple on the rim and a slice of cantelope on the plate. There are all sorts of main meal choices, from traditional bacon/eggs, omelettes, many fruit based dishes and so on. There is something wrong with you if you can't find something fastastic for breakfast here!!

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    Aggies Restaurant: Go for the buffet

    by Canuck5 Written Sep 11, 2005

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    Their buffet features ten "home cooked" items, not counting salad and several choices for dessert.

    The day I was there, the choices included fried rice, egg rolls, chicken balls, vegetables, a rotini pasta dish, mashed potatos, meat loaf, and chicken.

    Their hours of business are a bit odd, but this is likely because the restaurant is located outside of the city. Monday to Friday from noon to 3 pm, the buffet is $8.99. On Friday and Saturday from 5 - 8 pm, it's $13.99. Sunday brunch, served between 11 am - 2 pm, it's $9.95, and Sunday dinner, 4 - 8 pm, is $13.99. If you're a large group, the owner charges a flat $12.50 per person, and this price includes all taxes and tip.

    There's also a regular menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant will hold about 100 people, and they have a banquet room that will hold another 150 people. They also have an ice cream parlour, and they also do catering.

    If it's been a number of years since you've been to Fredericton, you may remember this place as Coburn's, where they sold seeds, garden supplies, and Christmas decorations.

    I'll snap a picture of the place the next time I'm by there....

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    McGinnis Landing: Surf and Turf

    by Canuck5 Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    McGinnis Landing

    Very nice atmosphere, great service, and a great place for steak. They have several salmon dishes, as well as other seafood, ribs, chicken, pasta, and stir-fry plates. They also have a kid's menu.

    A popular place to go for special occasions, and the prices are about the same as other restaurants in the downtown area.

    The bar area is located at the other end of the building, which is nice if you're trying to have a quiet meal with someone.

    Wheelchair accessible for most of the dining area.

    Favorite Dish: The most recent visit there, I had the Blackened Salmon, while others had the Ribs, and others had one of the stir-fry dishes. All were delicious !

    The dinner entrées range from about CAD$ 12.00 for a Vegetable Stir-fry, to $25.00 for AAA Steak.

    You can expect to pay about $25.00 per person for one of the entrées in the middle of this range, plus a drink, and including tax.

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    The Diplomat: 24 Hour Chinese Food

    by Lisser Written May 29, 2005

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    Known as "The Dip" to all who live in Fredericton, this restaurant really has everything! The Chinese food is awesome, as are the burgers, fries, onion rings...and pretty much anything else you would order during a late night craving!
    There is also 24 hour delivery to everywhere in the city, which is great for university students without cars.

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    Jubliee Super Buffet: The largest Chinese buffet in town !

    by Canuck5 Written Apr 25, 2005

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    Jubilee Super Buffet

    Yes, this is the largest Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet place in town. They have over 100 items to choose from. Canadian and Chinese cuisine.

    They also have Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine available from their a la carte menu.

    I have eaten here on a number of occasions, and my only tip here is that you plan to be there at peak serving times. I've noticed that if you arrive after the main serving times, they don't replenish the trays quite as often. (I understand why....so as not to have as much waste), but then there may be slim pickings for some items, or what's left starts to cool off.

    Favorite Dish: Hey....it's an all-you-can eat ! I like almost everything.

    Open Sun. to Thurs. 11am - 10pm, and Fri. and Sat. from 11am - 11pm.

    If you're in a wheelchair, be advised that there are a couple of steps up you need to negociate to get in the front door....after that, you're sailing !

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    The Palate Restaurant & Café: Canadian & Mediterranean cuisine

    by Canuck5 Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    The Palate Restaurant & Caf��
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    Canadian and Mediterranean cuisine, prepared in an open kitchen.

    It's a couple of blocks west of The Playhouse. The Palate place would make a nice place to go for dinner before seeing a show at the Playhouse, or a coffee after a show.

    Favorite Dish: Haven't eaten here yet, but their menu is posted in the window.

    Appetizers and the lunch options average about CDN$ 8.00.
    Dinner entrées average around $18.00. They also have a Saturday brunch for $8.00

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    Cora's: Breakfast, eggs, waffles...

    by Canuck5 Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Cora's Breakfast & Lunch
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    A chain of restaurants that started in Montreal in 1987, and today has at least 65 outlets in every province from Manitoba eastward.

    They're open for breakfast and lunch only, from morning until 3 pm.

    The entrees average around CDN$ 9.

    Bring you appetite, because the portions are generous.

    Favorite Dish: They have a variety of interesting combinations. I've only eaten there once with a group of nine, but only two of them ordered the same thing.

    I had the sausages wrapped in buckwheat crepes, garnished with an array of cleverly-sculptered fruit. Delicious!

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