With a growing buzz in St. Catharines around supporting local businesses, there are some still too many key locations that fly under the radar and should be added to your list of staples options when heading downtown.
Green Lotus Thai Lao Cuisine
Location: 55 St. Paul St.
A family-run business, Green Lotus is some of the best food and friendliest service you will find in St. Catharines. With the best dine-in lunch special in town, there should always be a line out the door to eat here. Whether you are taking your Grandma out for a meal or having a lunch meeting with clients, this is the place to get a loyalty punch card and quickly become a regular.
Recommendation: Tom Yum Soup & the Curried Noodles
Location: 413 St. Paul St.
Closer to the Geneva intersection, walking in, you will be greeted by two lovely canine patrons, staff, and regulars, all ready to discuss the wide range and creative world of visual reading. Mostly Comics also offers comics that fall outside the traditional superhero realm, opening up a wide range of accessible and relatable options for folks not so into traditional comic book culture. Also, if comics are something you are interested in getting to or are looking for one in particular, talk to their team about ordering it in for a more affordable price!
Recommendation: Puerto Rico Strong
The Office Tap & Grill
Location: 22 James St.
Just steps away on James St., is The Office Tap & Grill, a location consistently agreed upon as one of the most underrated places in all of St. Catharines. With an ambience offering a feeling of the best parts of the 90s, The Office has great owners, friendly staff, large booths, and endless supply of cucumber water. The menu offers an accessible and affordable range of options for dietary restrictions & appetites.
Recommendation: Tofu Caesar Wrap with half fries & half salad on the side
Ludology Board Game Cafe
Location: 52 St. Paul St.
As one of the newest members of the St. Paul St. business community, plan a night to go welcome Ludology to the neighbourhood. Guided by the philosophy never board, you can pay a $5 player fee that gives you continued access to their wealth of board games, ranging from classics to ones you may have never heard of – no worries though, just ask for a recommendation!
Recommendation: Play a round of Unstable Unicorns, sipping on a Sailor Moonshine
Fine Grind Cafe
Location: 37 James St.
This small institution of the downtown, while a staple for so many, too often is goes underrated by most. Fine Grind has both food, coffee and desserts, specifically known, and for it’s amazing milkshakes. Supporting Find Grind also means supporting the broader community, hosting the monthly Makers’ Markets, the weekly Free Store donation drop-offs, and offering a space for countless community groups to meet.
Recommendation: Milkshakes & attending the next Makers’ Market