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by Tony Creech on Saturday, January 24, 2009

>I felt we needed a public account of some kind, to cover the 60 or so establishments selling food in Moose Jaw, so i drew with up a quick list with Dave Le Nouail, and asked some other friends, and here is the consensus we came to, I hope we didn’t miss any restaurants… 

Please feel free to state your own opinions, and i might consider them, if they are worth considering (some people have bad taste, why deny it?).  

the “unknown” ones i have yet to try, and so i ask you to tell me about them. 

**Please know this is for Moose Jaw locations only, i’m sure Houston’s Pizza in other cities would get a much higher rating.

*******Best to Worst******

–TOP level—-

Bobby’s Place (best burger in town, best fish and chips) 
Copper Cafe Yvette Moore Gallery (best sandwich’s) 
Nits (best Pad thai)  
BP’s (great service award) 

— GOOD level—–

DejaVu (best value award= most for the cash)
Cornerstone Pub and Eatery 
Hickory Smokehouse 
The Burger Cabin (only summer)  
Western Pizza (most underrated)
Jaime’s Kitchen
Larry’s Car-wash 
Urban Apeel 
Java Express 
Coffee Encounters 
Smitty’s (ranked higher in the days it was open 24/7)
Hopkins Dining Parlor (most overrated) 
The Mad Greek  (great food, but a slum atmosphere)
Amuze (Most Over-priced) 
Renate’s Tea
The Cactus Lounge  
Cordova Bistro (most mixed reviews, some love, many hate: horrible service, food you could make at home better, but great desserts)
Charlotte’s Catering/take out 

— ‘OK’ Level——
Pita Pit 
Taco Del Mar 
Pizza Hut 
Family Pizza 
Burger King 
Dairy Queen 
Calico Junction 
Mr. Subway 
Tim Horton’s  

–Not So Good Level (But not Crap)——  

Houston’s Pizza 
Prairie Oasis 
Ukrainian Borscht 
Four Seasons 
Morningsides Cafe (at spa, 4th floor) 

–CRAP LEVEL—–Low quality food.

Big Al’s 
Co-op Market Place 
Uptown Cafe 
The International Cafe 
Jade Garden 
Saigon 75 / Veroba’s 
Nick’s Place 
Joe’s Only Seafood 
Alaska Andee’s  
TJ’s pizza 
The Patio/The Dancing Moose 
The Ambassdor 
Putter Inn Bar and bistro  


Bills Cafe, 
Hillcrest dining room 
Kwangton Cafe 
Carol’s Catering
Tony Creech
anthony thomas creech is Founder of Citadel Magazine. He's a marketing executive, filmmaker, screenwriter, columnist, and university lecturer on film, audio, media, and faith. You can find him at thecreechleague.com
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  • Stacy
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 3:58 am

    >I find it interesting that Quizno’s made it out of the fast food list…isn’t it fast food?

  • Janice
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 5:51 am

    >You missed Renate’s. This is a tea house on Main Street with one of the most extensive tea menus I’ve ever seen. And you can buy every tea on their menu to take home – I recommend the Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Green Tea. They also have the most amazing desserts and offer sushi, the only place in Moose Jaw to get it (unless Amuze does it, which is a great restaurant but I agree – overpriced). The sushi is only so-so but if you’ve got a serious craving and can’t get into Miso in Regina, this will do.

  • T o n y C r e e c h
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 6:50 am

    >I have had Tea and Dessert at Renates before, actually.
    i couldn’t remember if they served food for sure or not.

    Where would they fit on the list?

  • T o n y C r e e c h
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 6:50 am

    >Quizno’s is soo good, it fits above the Fast Food category.

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    >i am just glad to see that nits is near the top. if i could transport one restaurant around in my backpack. it would be nits.

    i was surprised smitty’s was so low. if not for all the late night memories that can only come from too much grease and bad coffee. and unopened text books. i would kill for 24hr breakfast around here. — ruthi

  • Mr. Lloyd
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    >Quizno’s is fast food. The tuna melt made the list of most fattening and high calorie foods that will kill you…so I gotta try that. Good fast food is still fast food. Also, is DejaVu the same thing up there in Canadia as it is down here in America?

  • T o n y C r e e c h
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    >I’ve changed the level names, since i wasn’t trying to categorize by food-kinds like “fast food”, but rather list in order of Quality, and most fastfood places are generally of the same quality/desirability so they group up quite easily.
    Quizno’s, or at least the one here, far out-ranks many restaurants here.

    I didn’t know there was more than one DejaVu’s –
    is the one/ones in America “chicken outfits”? (wings and strips and all many of deep-fried treasures)
    i thought ours was a local one and only….

  • Stacy
    Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:02 am

    >Bill’s cafe used to be a big hit for the men’s breakfast at church. They went there until they outgrew the building 🙂

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    >oh man!
    first, im amazed at how many restaurants there is in MJ!! i really thought there would be maybe 10 on your list !
    second.. well, thank you for the info.. just so i dont end up going to one of the crappy ones 😛
    -Audrey (hey so its kinda weird how i found your blog.. but i can explain another time if you want, but how do you know dave lenouais? i know him from Joes Place)

  • I'm anthony thomas creech
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    >I might have met Dave at Joe’s Place…not sure, i’ve known him for a bit now…. hmmmm

  • Anonymous
    Sunday, February 15, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    >I am very suprised BP’s made it on the top list. The restaurant stinks like the dish washer as soon as you walk in. There are flies in the winter time… where do they come from? The service is absolutly terrible… especially that blonde skinny bitch that works in the lounge. I would never recommend the BP’s in Moose Jaw.

  • Anonymous
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    >Is there any good Sushi In Moose Jaw??

  • Anonymous
    Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

    >Any one know if you waz to buy quizno how much would it cost.. Are they best in town.??

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    >Kwangton is a most interesting place. family run and it shows. However, it is very good depending on what you order. i did a test of wonton soups all aroud the city once, and it scored pretty high on that. The combination specials are pretty good for the money. Interestingly on the wonton soup… Soons scored the highest… miles above the rest. They were willing to add to it and the actual wontons were exceptional. Siad they are closed. Soon said they would make the soup for us if we wanted, but I have never taken them up on it.

    dpg m oose jaw

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