OTTAWA – When Montreal-based Foodtastic purchased the Milestones Grill + Bar restaurant chain ( last summer, with plans to finally debut franchises in Quebec, I got pretty excited.

Foodtastic, a highly successful multi-brand restaurant company, is owned by brothers Lawrence and Peter Mammas.


The roasted mushroom soup is
a Milestones favorite

Lawrence Mammas tells me that the first Milestones restaurants in our province will open in Laval and the West Island in the fall of 2022. So in the meantime head down Highway 417 where there are four locations in Ottawa. Milestones has been a leader in the casual fine-dining space in Canada for over 30 years by doing things a bit differently.  Its menu includes various burgers, steaks and pasta dishes, assorted happy-hour fare and a kids selection.

Unquestionably, Milestones has always been a favorite place of mine when travelling in British Columbia and Ontario. Rather than wait for their first locale to open here, my family and I got a sneak peek on what to expect by experiencing the fine Milestones cuisine at the Ottawa Pinecrest location, complete with curbside pickup and located right off Highway 417 in a mall anchored by IKEA.

We were extremely pleased with our Milestones experience. I arranged the pickup for 6 pm. Tyler, the manager on duty, had everything ready for me and perfectly packaged. All menus include the calorie count for each item. I started with a bowl of roasted mushroom soup, which was still piping hot 15 minutes later when I arrived at my daughter’s apartment with the order. When the pandemic started and take-out and delivery picked up steam, staffers did a lot of testing on packaging just to make sure they got it right.

The ladies shared two appetizers: crispy Brussels sprouts (vegan) and spinach and artichoke dip. The former was rated “beyond outstanding.” The pan seared Brussels sprouts, with roasted peppers, onions, vegan margarine and chili avocado aioli dip, literally tasted like candy. I sampled a few and let me just say how delighted I would be to get that recipe so I could make anything closely resembling this creation at home. The dip contained Italian style cheeses, fresh cut salsa and tortilla chips.

For the main course, I jumped at the opportunity to have some BBQ Back Ribs. These pork ribs come with Bulleit bourbon BBQ sauce, Cajun fries and dill avocado slaw. I substituted the fries for rice. The ribs rolled off the bone like butter and were perfectly prepared.

My daughter chose the Caprese Crispy Chicken Sandwich, containing mozzarella, provolone, spiced tomato pepper sauce, arugula, red onion, basil pesto and garlic cream sauce, between an egg bun. She also had side Caesar salad and was extremely pleased with her choices. My wife opted for the eight ounce grilled sirloin steak, which was cooked to perfection. It came with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes.

There were some tempting dessert options we will explore on our next visit. You can also order gluten friendly items.

Needless to say, we definitely recommend this dining establishment and anxiously await its debut in the Montreal area.

Foodtastic purchased Milestones last June from Recipe Unlimited, owner of fast-casual dining chains such as Swiss Chalet, The Keg, Harvey’s, St-Hubert and Montana’s. The Milestones chain has locations in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Chris Lovelace, the regional operations manager for Milestones locations in Eastern Ontario and New Brunswick, predicts that Quebecers will embrace the brand when it arrives. His family has roots in the Montreal area, so he hopes to be part of the team that works on the openings.

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