Chances R
       
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Chances R

Neighborhood: West EndPrice Range: Average
7.2
Based on 45 reviews


1365 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa/Gatineau

Tel: (613) 225-6887

Categories:
Family Restaurant

With a charming interior and a welcoming atmosphere, we are a favorite with couples and families alike. In business for over thirty years we are conveniently located at our new facility in the College Square
Plaza at Woodroffe and Baseline. Awarded Ottawa's best family
restaurant by the Consumer's Choice Award for the 4th consecutive year. Come join us for breakfast lunch or dinner or to relax on the patio. Open 7 days a week.



    
 

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Average Joe
2013-Feb-23
06:45:45


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Frequent (17.05)

Visited on 2013-Feb-22
Will be back for more great food.
I have heard many good things about this place but for some reason havent visited till now. I was with three other people and we all left with smiles on our faces and stuffed bellies. I cant say enough by how impressed we were from begining to the end with great food and friendly service. I ordered a chicken quesadilla and had a beer by a local brewery--kichesippi beer co. The plate that my food was served on was really large and cool shaped. When i first looked at the food i said to myself it looks great and i would probably eat this and dessert. Boy was i wrong. Since the plate is so large it makes the presentation smaller than it really is. I had trouble finishing my meal there was so much food. The other people with me couldnt finish their meals and asked to take the rest home. The service was quick and very friendly. The atmosphere was more than i expected with beautiful ceiling lights. I actually tryed to look for dirt or dust in both the seating area and washrooms but both were extreamly clean. Well done by all the staff and we made sure we told them all we had a great time even the greeter at the front as he said have a good night with a smile on his face. Will definately be back many times.
-- Average Joe
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marla
2011-Sep-01
12:12:56


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Good (77.70)

Visited on 2011-Aug-21
Greek Menu featured
Tried the usual chicken brochettes, came with rice and a Greek salad. Pretty average stuff with some Greek touches but that was it. The brochettes were soft almost limp, as if they were in a warming drawer.
-- marla
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supersize_me
2011-Mar-12
11:10:36


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Good (97.80)

Visited on 2011-Mar-11
Average
I had the opportunity to try out Chances R again with my girl-friend Friday afternoon. I have been here several times, and every time I go I always notice the dust flying around. We had a server that was handling a large family, and it just seemed like he was having a bad day. He even made a remark when he came to take our orders "I want to get your order in before I have to deal with them over there." I'm assuming he was referring to the large family seated across from us. Although, considering it seemed like he was having a bad day, he was very quick and prompt with our order.

I had ordered the bacon club wrap with fries which I enjoyed. My friend had ordered the quesadilla with fries which she enjoyed as well.

The food was to be expected, there was really no WOW factor, nor should there be. Its just a great place to eat if you are in that area tired after shopping or in a mood for a cold drink after class.

I will mention, the only thing that I had to look twice at while venturing to the washroom was seeing the cook standing at his work station eating. We even made eye contact. *gasp*
I think for me, this is to be expected now at restaurant. The things that happen behind closed doors in a restaurant...
-- supersize_me
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hungrygirl33
2010-Jul-22
01:47:33


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Frequent (18.60)

Ho-Hum
I love love love the fries. I found everything else was pretty bland though.
-- hungrygirl33
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rahrahreindeer
2010-Jul-20
22:09:11


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Frequent (12.00)

Good Lasagna!
My boyfriend and I visited this particular location the other week to try out their lasagna and steak sandwich. His steak was cooked to perfection, and very tender and juicy. My lasagna tasted homemade (even though it probably wasn't) and the caesar salad was delicious. It was 13 dollars a plate with enormous portions, and I would definitely visit again.
-- rahrahreindeer
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norman
2009-Jul-31
23:03:17
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Excellent (287.22)

Visited on 2009-Aug-1
coconut cream pie
Dropped by for desert, had the worst coconut creme pie I have ever tasted. McCains is actually better. Mounds of store bought canned whipped cream, some shredded coconut on top of a wet crust. I guess this thing is premade and thawed $4.25. The tea bag was already swimming in one of those metal teapots that pour all over the table when transferring to a cup.

The place is always packed. Best part is I had a nice talk with Brian Kilrea who i understand is a part owner.
-- norman
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stevepaxton
2009-May-02
15:34:15


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Novice (2.10)

Visited on 2009-May-2
Great Restaurant
First visit to Chances R. I have had many friends recommend this restaurant but have never been able to make it out. I am glad that I finally did. The restaurant is very nice and makes you feel comfortable. The staff are friendly and down to earth. I had the Prime Rib while my friend had the spaghetti and 1/4 chicken. Both were great and I would definitely recommend. Nice place to visit when in the West end.
-- stevepaxton
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ag2007
2009-Mar-16
19:25:19


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Great (167.40)

Visited on 2009-Mar-14
OK breakfast
Breakfast at our last visit was OK. The home fries could have been fresher. The omelettes with vegetables were filling. The toast was warm. The service was polite but sloppy (coffee served but no milk or sugar). No complaints but nothing special either.
-- ag2007
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wjs
2008-Sep-18
09:23:29
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Excellent (222.10)

A nice place
It's been there since 1976, so they must be doing something right.

The Chicken Nachos Grande were standard (maybe a little better).

I had the prime rib (and substituted the side order options with their home made fries). It was actually quite enjoyable.

My wife had the filet of sole with a side salade that she was happy with.

I don't remember Chances R being this good or this classy, but I'm happy to know that they are both.
-- wjs
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Fine_Dining_16
2008-Jul-29
08:47:53


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Always Great!!!
I've been going to Chances R for as long as I can remember..Ive personally never had a bad experience... The service, food, desserts, and drinks are all top notch. The servers are always friendly and make it a positive dining experience. This place is always consistent with no surprizes, and that isnt something I can say about a lot of other restaurants in the area.
-- Fine_Dining_16
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SmartieFolks
2008-Jul-11
10:26:07


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Occasional (7.00)

Very disappointing
We visited this restaurant in part because it's been a community staple for so long. When we left, we found ourselves wondering how on earth it had stayed in business this long. We found the food bland, unimaginative, and unpalatable; very expensive for what it was. The service was slow and unreliable - don't know if they were having an off night, but not inclined to go back and find out.
-- SmartieFolks
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iamlilc
2008-Jun-17
14:18:10


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Good (81.20)

Chances R it will be good
I came to Chances R a couple of times; once for lunch and once for dinner. I've had a wrap for lunch & a Beef Tenderloin Brochette for dinner and they were both very good and not too expensive either.

It is usually pretty busy in there, but the servers are on top of everything. Also, it does get a little crowded, so hopefully your not claustrophobic.

Otherwise, the food is good, the service is good and the price is good.
-- iamlilc
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Apples
2008-Jun-09
11:29:00


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Great (186.43)

I’ve been here once for dessert, late in the evening on a weekend. The desserts were very good, and the service was pretty good as well. The manager came and asked us how we liked our food. Surprising, because that doesn’t often happen. Not sure that I would return for a meal, but if in the neighborhood, and looking for dessert treats, I would go back.
-- Apples
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Cyndi (Foodgirl8)
2008-May-04
23:03:29
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Occasional (5.00)

Loving it!!!
I always have an awesome time when i go to chances r, the food is great and well priced, the drinks are good, and the service is amazing!!!
-- Cyndi (Foodgirl8)
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steviev
2008-Mar-31
17:58:55


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Newbie (1.00)

Great Time!
I was at Chances R for dinner on Saturday and everything was great. My dad and I had the 12oz Prime Rib, my mom had the 1/4 chicken and my girlfriend had the grilled chicken salad. All of our meals were delicious and the service was great(even while the place was packed. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food and friendly staff. I will be going back!
-- steviev
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Mike_Rooney
2007-Oct-11
19:15:21


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Newbie (1.00)

Visited on 2007-Oct-7
Great Dinner!!
I went to Chances R on Sunday for our family's Thanksgiving dinner and it was delicious!! We could tell that everything was prepared fresh because it tasted homemade. The food / service / atmosphere of this restaurnt was awesome and I would recommend a visit.
-- Mike_Rooney
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MetalJohn777
2007-Oct-01
14:13:25


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Novice (3.00)

Better stay at home!
The waitress was fast, friendly, and nice-looking.

That, unfortunately, is where the positive part of my dining experience at Chances R ended.

The restaurant itself is overly bright, and because there is little separation between tables, the atmosphere is like a high school cafeteria, but for older folks.

The food (fish and chips) was bland and mediocre at best - the menu advertised "oven baked" fish but judging from the amount of grease, my guess is that it was deep fried. It didn't have much flavour. The french fries were tasteless and had a "soggy" feel.

All in all, I have to say that this was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in a long time. I don't plan to be back.
-- MetalJohn777
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Apples&oranges
2007-Oct-01
12:50:14
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Frequent (14.50)

No, the chicken will NOT keep me coming back!
This place must have gone downhill from the previous posters. For dinner, I had the 1/4 chicken with caesar salad. Food arrived quickly.... almost too quickly, as if the food was sitting out waiting to be served to someone. This would explain why my tiny piece of chicken had a dry, tough skin and was on the cold side. The salad was good, though, albeit tiny as well.

My belly was gurgling and I felt uncomfortable when I got home.

The waitress was friendly enough, but she didn't ask us at the beginning of our meal how it was. She only arrived at the END, after which we finished what we could. She apologized, but no discount or anything was offered.

The place was quite busy (mostly edlerly folks), and I'm assuming it is only because there are not many restaurants to choose from in that area... not because of the great food. Personally, I'd rather stay home and heat up a frozen TV dinner!
-- Apples&oranges
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knowgoodfood
2007-Jul-18
19:19:41


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Great (105.70)

Good Breakfast
Been here for breakfast a number of times. Good selections. Decent food. Friendly staff.
-- knowgoodfood
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Russell
2007-Feb-21
14:41:05


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Frequent (20.00)

Good restaruant I like it. The waitressess are really hot.
I also worked here heh.
-- Russell
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lesleyont
2007-Jan-28
09:21:14


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Frequent (21.00)

We have only been to this restaurant for breakfast and it has been very good every time. Lots of coffee refills, friendly servers, clean bathroom. I think they are using the very thin pre-cooked bacon now, as many restaurants are, which is totally disappointing.
-- lesleyont
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babyboo
2007-Jan-10
13:38:29


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Frequent (16.00)

i love chances R. The atmosphere is great. Prices are cheap. I could never finish my meal, becuase the food is soo filling, & they give large portions.Food arrives suprisingly fast. I ordered nachos one day and it was a bit soggy, other than that, the place is wonderfull. The servers are really friendly.
-- babyboo
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CdnDuck
2006-Nov-13
19:41:04


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Frequent (16.00)

I visited Chances R twice over the past few weeks and it wasn't bad. First time was for lunch and I had the beef dip and it wasn't bad. The portion size was good and quality was solid but unspectacular. Second trip was for breakfast and I didn't enjoy it as much as my first visit. The breakfast/brunch menu seems to be fairly limited. I had the 3 egg special and when I asked to add cheese to my scrambled eggs they threw a cheese slice on top. Still the food was edible and while I wouldn't drive accross the city to eat here if I'm in the neighbourhood I would prefer to eat here instead of fast food.
-- CdnDuck
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Yflyer
2006-Nov-11
13:37:09


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Frequent (18.60)

Went for lunch today (Saturday-Nov 11th) -lots of people eating, but wait was short. Service was friendly and fast. Food was good. Nice ambience. We had smoked meat platters-smoked meat as good as Montreal-made sugestion to either toast their rye bread a bit, or use a heavier one such as Rideau Bakery as it became a bit soggy-fries nicely done and not too many. Our friend had the prime rib (8oz) and enjoyed it. (owner had stated previously that they age their own beef-prime rib 36 days, and other beef 28 days). All in all, a nice lunch.
-- Yflyer
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jonny123
2006-Sep-15
13:52:44


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Novice (2.00)

Chances R has always been my favorite restaurant in Ottawa. I love going there for a meal that is home cooked and always fresh (not usually the case with all the franchise restaurants out there). The staff are always extremly friendly and fast. I remember the days when I was going to Algonquin and Chances R was where we would grab a meal and drink some beers. Nothing has changed! Love this place!!
-- jonny123
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sunshine29
2006-Aug-06
16:17:24


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Frequent (21.00)

Chances R is one of my favorite places to eat. I've always had great food there and the service is always fabulous.
-- sunshine29
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CasinoMing
2006-Jul-24
14:34:56


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Regular (44.40)

Friend and I took in breakfast here a few weeks back. Decent selection, and the food arrived hot and fresh. Coffee was fresh and refills were plenty.

Service was ok. Atmosphere, as some have noted, is noisy. But hey, it's a restaurant, not a library.

Overall, decent for breakfast.

-- CasinoMing
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(phil)
2006-Jul-02
21:41:06


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Novice (2.00)

I've been going to Chances R ever since it opened in '76. The ribs are as good as they always were. Anyone else remember the wagon wheels that were so "in" back in the 70's?

It's a wonderfully consistent, wonderfully laid back family restaurant. It caters to a clientele that, like myself, returns time and time and time again. Many of the meals are not signature, but the staff are caring and the place has a healthy atmosphere. I miss the old place, funny smells and all, and many of the waitresses who have come and gone through the years. The current crop (2006) are a good bunch, by and large, and return a bit of kindness with exceptional service.

Try the ribs. They're adorable.
Cheers,
Phil
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Updraft
2005-Nov-10
12:33:01


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Frequent (20.00)

Food is ok, prices suck, decor is ok, very noisy and always tons of people...if you dont mind the volume of people sitting around staring, then its the place for you..I prefer more intimate places. Bathrooms are quite clean though...
-- Updraft
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Trishia
2005-Jul-22
11:23:31


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Regular (35.00)

A place we often go to for breakfast as it is close to us. I must confess we've never been for anything other than that. But the breakfasts are cheap, fast and good (good choice too; more than expected). The service is great and they do have a really nice patio! Our favourite cheap breakfast places!
-- Trishia
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dsf
2005-Jun-30
15:44:03


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Occasional (6.00)

Our kids love Chances R, although the half-restaurant, half-sports bar atmosphere doesn't necessarily endear it to my wife or me. Service has almost always been good and the booths are nice and big.
-- dsf
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spy
2005-Apr-17
10:57:06


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Superb (494.09)

I ordered the breakfast. It was ok. Decor was ok. Place was bigger than I expected. The waitress was kind of surly though. As the joke goes, Chances R we won't go back.. hehe
-- spy
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Rollando
2004-Dec-20
15:54:27


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Novice (2.00)

I took my wife there for our anniversary, WOW is this place FANCY!! My wife was impressed, too! We've never been to such a nice gourmet reataurant! Hopefuly we can go back someday when I have enough money saved up.
-- Rollando
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Lana18
2004-Dec-18
22:39:39


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Newbie (1.00)

My boyfriend and I went to Chances R for our very first date, service was amazing,food was good, prices were reasonable. All in all it was a great night one I won't soon forget, he and I will definately be back!!!
-- Lana18
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andreak2
2004-Nov-10
15:23:14


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Frequent (10.00)

Food and service is decent enough and the prices are reasonable. Good choice when we're in the area and we want to bring our toddler and have a quick meal. Not where we'd go for a nice dinner for 2.
-- andreak2
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Tania
2004-Sep-26
00:08:25


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Novice (4.00)

Fantastic service, good range of menu choices, and great food.
-- Tania
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Keiks
2004-Mar-26
00:57:02


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Newbie (1.00)

Excellent service and great value. The new Chances R seems to be of a more stylish, modern ambiance perfect for client lunches and drinks/appetizers after work. I took my family there for Sunday Brunch as well, and it's no wonder they just won the Cumsumer's Choice award for best family restaurant in Ottawa. I will definately go back again.
-- Keiks
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Chaz_Boda
2004-Mar-10
10:05:19


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Regular (41.00)

poor analogy Cosmos, while it is not possible for soured milk to revert to it's fresh and nutritious state, restaurants and their provided service can improve with time. Chances'R however, that this place won't get any better. The food was average, the service was about the same. Nothing to write home about, but certainly worth adding my 2 cents.
-- Chaz_Boda
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Cosmo
2004-Mar-10
09:45:13
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Good (51.20)

Is alright--nothing special, but they did do a nice job on their logo!! It'll be a tough go in that big box graveyard come summertime--let's hope their patio gets lots of sun.
The food is okay, not the best, but certainly not the worse in town. The same for the service.

As for "lunaticfringe"--you wrote:
'I've been here a few times and it's just terrible'

If it's been so bad, then WHY in the world would you go back? Do you put sour milk back in your fridge and drink it again a day later, hoping it would be good?

cheers,
Cosmo
-- Cosmo
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lunaticfringe82
2004-Mar-07
23:14:30


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Good (51.00)

Awful, awful food! I've been here a few times and it's just terrible. Please avoid!
-- lunaticfringe82
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cheque pleez
2003-Dec-30
18:12:03


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Great (117.46)

What I don't miss about the old Chances 'R' was that curiously unpleasant smell that seemed to permeate the place...kind of like mothballs or some cleaning agent.
The new place is considerably brighter and more spacious than before. The food? Average. Had a club sandwich for lunch...not bad, not great.
In the old Shopper's City days, you could practically park at the doorstep. Not anymore, it's surrounded by a much bigger and busier shopping complex, and sometimes you have to park and walk a few hundred feet.
-- cheque pleez
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BBM
2003-Jun-02
16:49:02


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Frequent (17.00)

My BF and I had lunch here on Saturday. Service was quick and friendly. Food was good. I had the chicken wrap with fries and my BF had the 1/4 chicken with fries. Yummy. Very clean and modern decor.
-- BBM
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