Sudbury is no solemn city. Art institutions crowd the corners, university buildings echo with youthful chatter and live music joints pepper the streets of this one-time mining-boom town in Ontario. The restaurants aren’t bad either— check out this list of the best options in town.
A family-owned fusion of classic Mediterranean flavors, P&M’s offers up a medley of olive oil-doused treats from its place on Lasalle Boulevard just next to the New Sudbury Centre. True to the rustic and earthy styles of southern Europe, the menu here runs the gamut from salted cold meat cuts and bruschetta, to capicola and chilli-infused Tuscan pies. A dash of classic Canadian and all-American cuisine has also seemed to have snuck in over the years, with stacked gourmet burgers and smoked bison baps now on the cards too. Expect a friendly welcome and a stylish interior that oozes contemporary charm.
A rough-hewn timber table at the front of this establishment displays a smorgasbord of fragrant olives and enticing gherkins; frothy beers linger nearby; yeasty, bursting with hops, straight from the hands of Belgian Trappists. Over on the counter stacks of smoked fromage and cavern-aged cheese wheels coalesce, platters of fresh fruit by their side, sticks of crunchy French baguettes at hand for the tasting. Yes sir, it’s all business as usual in Fromagerie Elgin, Sudbury’s newest boho-come-rustic hangout, where the Mediterranean tapas and mezze rarely fails to tingle the taste buds!
While Tommy may not be there, a tantalizing menu of creative treats certainly is, along with a truly exhaustive wine card that includes bottles from the Napa Valley to Tuscany and Mendoza to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape. For years this basement restaurant on Regent Street has been garnering a reputation for sheer excellence in both service and culinary skill, which—despite its curious moniker—has kept customers flocking back for more. Try the pear and prosciutto bread, spicy Cajun shrimp, New Zealand tenderloin steak, gorgonzola or pancetta penne with shallots—the list goes on.
Bakery, Cafe, Diner, North American, European, Italian, $$$
Since 1952, the Regency Bakery has been the overseer of all things porchetta in Sudbury. This slow-cooked spiced pork rack, packed with rosemary, garlic and wild herbs is now a veritable trademark of the little cafe-come-diner on Regent Street, and draws in loyal locals throughout the week with its authentic Italian flavors. Of course, there’s more here than just perfect ham; there’s a plethora of buffalo mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, Swiss cheeses and salamis, all served up harmoniously in whatever freshly-baked, crunchy bun you desire—from foccacia through to rye bread.
Respect Is Burning have garnered a thoroughly deserved reputation for tasty creations and homey service. The menu is a down-to-earth array of hearty and filling dishes, laden with Umbrian-style chicken cuts , Tuscan sirloins, cheese-doused pizzas (part Chicago part Rome), and butter-bathed raviolis can all be customized upon ordering, and cooked specially for veggies.
Owned by the Gregorini family and with the masterful Italian creations of head chef Alejandro Winzer gracing the menu, Ristorante Verdicchio remains unquestionably one of the finest gourmet restaurants in all of Sudbury. Expect to find popular classics, like rigatoni with smoked prosciutto and oxtail and artichoke-infused ravioli, next to Australian lamb cuts and beer-braised pork shank. There’s also a fine array of wines to get through, with the establishment boasting some rare reds and whites from the island of Sardinia.
Something of a more refined twist on the classic all-you-can-eat buffet joint, the Sizzle Mongolian Grill on Lorne Street has risen to become one of the highest-rated establishments in town. The concept is simple – fresh, uncooked seafood, meat and veg await; diners chose what they fancy and leave it in the hands of the qualified cooks at the grilling table, who then proceed to stir-fry and spruce up a meal. It’s an adventurous dining experience and the resulting final dish is infused with Oriental flavors.
This hearty Canadian Eatery and Whisky Pub does exactly what it says on the tin – Canadian classics in a classic Canadian atmosphere. The menu runs the gamut from smoked meat sandwiches and buffalo chicken poutines, to cheesy, chili-topped steaks and stacked barbecue burgers that defy gravity with their size. Of course, the whisky selection is exhaustive to say the least, with tipples of Crown Royal Extra Rare meeting daiquiris and whisky sours. A charming and warm interior also gives way to live music events most nights of the week.
This lively little Italian-come-Canadian restaurant in the heart of Sudbury city center is a real favorite among the local vegetarian and gluten-free crowd, boasting a menu that can be tweaked and twisted to suit a myriad of individual dietary needs. And what a menu it is – a medley of salty seafood and breaded meats that go hand in hand with Italian antipasti, coconut-doused shrimps and vegan penne pastas. There’s also a separate children’s menu that touts some delectable deserts, like crème brûlée, pecan brownie and chocolate torte (all, again, entirely gluten free).
Since 2008, the family team over at Bella Vita Cucina on Kathleen Street have been serving up hearty, homemade Italian classics to the folk of Sudbury. With a focus on fresh and innovative dishes, and a philosophy founded in the traditions of rustic Tuscan and Calabrian cuisines, head chef Filippo Rocca brings everything from lush beef carpaccico and seafood risottos to crispy Romana pizza pies and— for the slightly more adventurous—penne infused with Russian vodka. The decor is homey and inviting and there’s a whole host of wines and well-mixed cocktails to choose from.