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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Margaritaville in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada has long been one of our favourite weekend get-away destinations.  We particularly love visiting Niagara Falls during the winter months.  Niagara Falls is impressive anytime but it takes on a whole new persona with the frozen mist in January. 

Margaritavile in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
My husband is a mega huge Jimmy Buffet fan!  That translates into enjoying the Jimmy Buffet restaurant chain, Margaritaville to enjoy great food while listening to great music whenever we get the chance.  Margaritaville in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is located on the corner Murray Street and Fallsview Blvd, less than a 5 minute walk from the casino.

Margaritaville is a wonderful place to while away a bit of time.  Their service is excellent, their food is quite good and the atmosphere is...well...Jimmy Buffet!  There is a bar, lower main dining area, a rooftop patio, an outdoor patio and gift shop.  

Niagara Falls is very much a tourist area which is reflected in restaurants available as well as the price per meal.  Expect to pay $25 or more per person for dinner in most restaurants.  Appetizers are in the $12 plus price range for any restaurant within walking distance of the Falls.  Many of the restaurants have outdoor eating areas, some with entertainment.  Most of them are 'kid friendly' with kids' menus and colouring pages.  The outdoor patios provide a great people watching spot while relaxing with drinks, pub grub style food or the main meal.  Be warned that during the warm summer months there will be waiting times at all of the restaurants near the Falls.

seafood quesadilla
We stopped at Margaritaville shortly after arriving in Niagara Falls then meeting up with our friend with young daughter.  We ordered drinks, appetizers and I had a Caesar salad.  My husband had the seafood quesadilla ($12.25) consisting of tortilla shells stuffed with a shrimp, scallops and crab with a creamy spinach three cheese filling served on a bed of fresh tortilla chips, sour cream and guacamole.  I really liked the presentation!

The sour cream and guacamole was formed using a scoop.  The quesadilla was topped with colourful pieces of red pepper and green onion.  This would be a very easy dish to duplicate at home.  I tasted the filling so have a bit of a guideline to work with for a clone recipe.  I would omit the hard tortilla bed even though it does add visual appeal or I would leave them but add a side of salsa.  I will be experimenting with this dish as I think it would be excellent for our vacation home menu.

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