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The Green Tomato
172 King Street
Four stars (out of five)
By Dale Wyatt
One tomato, two tomato, red tomato, green tomato. Green tomato?
There are some unique things brewing deep inside The Forest City and one such phenomenon is The Green Tomato, located on King Street near Richmond.
With the myriad of eateries in this city, deciding where to go for a nice, reasonably-priced meal can be challenging. Thankfully, there's The Green Tomato.
The quiet atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant. The candlelit ambiance accented by paintings from local artists welcomes you out of the cold and into a place where food is top priority.
Wallet allowing, one should always begin a meal with an appetizer. The Green Tomato has soups, salads and a wide variety of appetizers to jump start your taste buds.
Unfortunately, due to the large number of people who eat salads as meals, the price of a salad has increased dramatically. The caesar salad for $5.25 is good, but rather expensive. The croutons appear to be homemade, while the bacon is extremely crispy and cold.
The soup of the day is priced at $3.95. If you're lucky, it will be the delicious garlic potato and leek soup. It is quite flavourful and provides the perfect opening for an enjoyable meal.
Other options range from the house specialty pan fried green tomato's for $3.95 to mussels provencal mussels smothered in a white wine cream sauce with leeks for $7.95 1/2 lb or $12.95 for a full lb. The portions on all the appetizers are generous, but the average price is upwards of $7-9.
One nice feature of the menu is its wonderful diversity and the restaurant's willingness to alter almost any dish to suit your fancy. Although most dishes are designed to be served with meat, many can be changed for all your vegetarian desires.
A bold dish is the linguine for $10.95. It comes topped with plenty of feta, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil in a garlic olive oil. This dish is extremely filling and a delight for fans of garlic and feta.
The grilled 10 oz. sirloin for $16.95 is a thick, juicy, well-seasoned piece of meat sure to please meat lovers. But be wary, the taste is strong and can be a little overbearing for some.
Seafood fans will be happily satisfied as they're able to choose from a wide range of options from shrimp linguine for $13.95 to the catch of the day to the seafood crepe ($13.95), which comes with shrimp, scallops, mussels and mixed vegetables.
The Green Tomato's desserts are all priced $5.95 but worth every penny. The double chocolate truffle mousse cake is a thick, sugary journey into pleasureville, while the banana bread pudding with warm caramel sauce a house favourite is also out of this world.
To accompany dessert, indulge in one of their specialty coffees. The Bailey's is topped with thick whipped cream and is a real treat.
There are two aspects that set The Green Tomato apart from other restaurants. The first, is their willingness to alter dishes to almost any preference and the other, is the knowledgeable staff. All dishes can be explained and questions are answered without difficulty.
While it is an all-out dining experience that may prove too costly for some students, The Green Tomato boasts a great menu filled with flavour.