107-8th Ave. S.E.

Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. (kitchen closes)
Rating: ***
Price range: $$
Reservations: Yes
Client negotiations: Yes
Lunch w/co-workers: Yes
Social Lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: Yes
Time in: 12:00 p.m.
Ordered: 12:15 p.m.
Food arrived: 12:25 p.m.
Time out: 12:50 p.m.
Total time: 50 minutes
Low $: Roasted corn and potato chowder, $6.49
High $: Canada AAA New York Striploin, $30.99
Lunch menu: Same Menu Daily, different daily soups
Licensed: Yes

Take a gander around popular Canadian restaurant chain Milestones and you’ll see quite the mixed crowd. With large booths and many eating areas, and a lounge with TVs playing sports all day and night, Milestones accommodates many types of parties — from families to couples, groups of businessmen to coworkers.

The menu, like the customers, is also a mixed bag. Influences of American, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and even traditional comfort foods like meatloaf, give customers a wide variety to choose from. Although a bit overwhelmed by the many options, I ended up with the Grilled Chicken Pesto Fettuccini ($13.59). It was pretty tasty — the pesto was pleasant, but not overwhelming, and the chicken grilled nicely.

The portion size was actually quite large, although dwarfed by the massive plate the meal was served in. My lunch companions, my sister Vanessa, and my dad, were not as impressed by their lunch choices. Vanessa opted for a stir fry that was lacking in flavour and drowning in buk choy, and my dad ordered a brunch item and an orange juice that he felt was much too large for human consumption.

While the meal was good, Milestones is not overly exciting or unique. Like many chains, it lacks a certain charm, and its lengthy menu could be trimmed a bit to focus on quality over quantity.

However, the servers are very accommodating and overall it was an agreeable, quick meal and a good lunch spot.