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The Oakwood Café: a hidden gem

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You may have driven down Osborne Street for years and never really noticed the Oakwood Café at 660 Osborne St. — or you may not have thought about eating there based on its outward appearance.


This is one book that should not be judged by its cover. Sitting across the street from the Safeway and nestled between a Subway and Pizza King, the Oakwood is a much classier and tastier choice. The restaurant is small and its ambience is quiet and comforting. The view out to Osborne is nothing to write home about but if you came to eat, this is the place. The menu is extensive and interesting with some items I’d never even heard of before (and I’ve been to my fair share of restaurants around the world).


On this visit, I settled on a Baja burger and the alfredo fries. The burger was unlike any other — taco-seasoned and topped with black olives, sautéed bell peppers, banana peppers, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and garnished with crunchy tortilla chips. The alfredo fries are a creation of sheer genius, combining crisp bacon, green onions, Parmesan and feta cheeses on home-cut French fries smothered in creamy alfredo sauce.


The service is friendly and prompt and the bill didn’t make my wallet wince in agony.

 
All in all the Oakwood Café — which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday — is an excellent choice to fill the belly with some amazing grub!

 Dan Sylvestre is a community correspondent for Fort Rouge.

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