Restaurant: Canyon Creek Chophouse
Location: 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON
Price: $25 and Up
It was my first time visiting Niagara Falls, so I was super excited just to be there. I guess the best thing to do at Niagara is simply enjoy the view.
Canyon Creek Chophouse may not be a “one-of-a-kind” place to dine, but it’s branch in Niagara certainly has a great view of the Falls. The vibe of the restaurant resembled the The Keg, both in terms of service and menu items.
In order to try a range of items for a reasonable price, I went with the Prix-Fixe Menu.
As per usual, we were greeted by a basket of complimentary bread. The crust of the bread was somewhat stale and rough, but I was starving from a day of sightseeing so I just wanted to satisfy my stomach.
More to my liking was the Spicy Calamari. So delicious that everyone couldn’t even wait to devour the plate! The sauce was spicy with a slight sweetness to it. While the calamari was in tiny pieces and tangled among a bundle of fresh scallions. Every bite was crisp with kick (I’m not into too much spiciness, but I couldn’t stop eating this!) . With a very light batter, I didn’t feel any heaviness to the dish like with onion rings or other deep fried munchies. Which is probably why we were prompt to order another plate of this!
The first component of my set dinner was the Summer Garden Salad. It was exactly what I wanted, something light with a tangy flavor. The lettuce was crisp and the baby tomatoes were extremely juicy. With a generous drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette, it really heightened my appetite for my main course.
Not exactly what I expected when I was thinking about “Chipotle”, but it was still a good cut of steak. I could tell the meat was thoroughly marinated although the chipotle/goat cheese butter definitely overpowered the natural flavor of the steak. The goat cheese was a bit overwhelming, although if you enjoy a heavier tasting steak I’m sure this would satisfy your tastes buds. Personally, I like to enjoy the organic flavor of the meat when I have steak so I appreciated the tender texture, but the flavor was too bold for my tastes.
Especially when accompanied by a starchy loaded baked potato. Packed with sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, and probably other ingredients I can’t remember in the mix. The potato was smooth and creamy as I mixed in the toppings.
The least heavy item on my plate was the grilled tomato with crispy onion strings. Which was refreshing compared to the blast of flavor from the steak and baked potato.
Overall, just really heavy (tasty, nonetheless, but extremely heavy).
After such a heavy entree I was glad that my dessert was light and tangy. The tanginess really loosened up that “stuffed” feeling I get after a large dinner. Didn’t really taste like mangoes though, but it satisfied my sweet tooth for the night;). Also, I love blueberries and these were fresh and crunchy.
It was a nice meal, but I guess I still prefer The Keg over Canyon Creek (personal preference). Most likely will not get another chance to eat here again since there’s none on the West Coast. However, similar to The Keg, it seems like a good place for family dinners or just dinner with a small group of friends.