Restaurant Review: Rino’s Kitchen and Ale House


[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m a girl that likes to eat, and I’m not going to lie, I have a few favourites in our city of culinary excellence. Today I come to a place that’s totally familiar and NEVER fails me – Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House.


Chef Rino Bortolin and his charming wife, Anastasia, opened the business in the fall of 2010. Since then, word of mouth has spread like wildfire. Rino’s is a place that’s always inviting and their consistency is key, although they tend to throw a pleasant curveball from time to time, whether it be the art on the walls, or the always updating craft/micro beers. The most recent surprise is ‘Honey Elixir’ by Railway City Brewery of St. Thomas, ON. The bottle itself excites me almost as much as its flavour, reading, “GOOD for what ALES you”.
Rino’s first caught my attention for two main reasons, the first being their local resourcing. The produce is mainly supplied by Bradner Farms, who worked closely with Rino to select desired produce from a seed catalogue and now dedicates an acre of land specifically for the kitchen.

Rino’s also uses 100% local meat from Wagner Orchards, Fenwood Farms, Ewe Dell Farms and Shawn Morris Farms. These top quality ingredients deliver excellent dishes such as pulled pork waffles, eggs diablo, and mushroom shepherd’s pie. The kitchen is also very compassionate to those of you with sensitive dietary needs, offering plenty of vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free pasta. There are a number of panini and fresh pasta dishes offered daily, my favourite being the rabbit fettuccine.

The second thing that intrigued me was the fact that they’re located within an old Victorian home, one block south of our downtown core. The dining area seats forty with six of those seats located at the bar. There is also a patio (room for 22) incomparable to any other in Windsor with a beautifully rustic backyard that makes it feel like home. The hardwood floors, stained glass and stone fireplace are all original. Vintage items such as an old suitcase, antique books, and classic globes add to the coziness.

One unusual aspect I totally love is the location of the kitchen. Situated between the stairwell that leads to the washroom (downstairs) and the entrance to the patio, you’re sure not to run into any kitchen nightmares, being that there are no doors to divide the space.


Weekly events at Rino’s:
Midtown Mondays
2-4-1 Panini’s on Wednesdays
After Work Party on Fridays – featuring live music
Sunday Brunch

For those more adventurous, you must look into their butcher demo dinner offered once a season. Keep your eyes peeled for the cookbook to be released in the near future, featuring recipes from our mastermind Chef Rino. He’s currently working with local publishing house ‘Biblioasis’ located on Wyandotte in the Walkerville district.
For more information and current specials check out their Facebook page. Enjoy!

7 days a week 11am-11pm
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By: Nikki Antic