Despite Kemerovo is quite a large city, the overall low level of people's income prevents significant development of restaurants and bars, so you probably wouldn't find places where to eat and drink on virtually any street, as you would expect in Kemerovo-size Western city (more than 500 000 people).
Also about food: food is plentiful enough but, especially for Americans, the portions may seem small. Be prepared to order what seems like extra and may end up being just enough - it is especially true in small cafes and canteens. On the subject of ordering in low-end restaurants, you should also be aware that a menu is more of an opening point for negotiations than a list of what's really available. So when you find something that looks good and point at it, be prepared to be told that it isn't available today, or the cook doesn't want to make it, or something like that. Of course if you speak Russian, or have a Russian-speaking friend or associate with you, that will make this process much easier.
Probably the best restaurant of our city is 'Na Starom Meste' and 'Zaboy' is also good.
'Na Starom Meste' is a nice 19-th century themed restaurant (some may say 'steampunk') in the centre of the city. There is interesting story about the flooring of the place. Earlier in Soviet times there was little cafe here, and the new owner when renovating it in 2000s decided to leave old tiles on the floor as they were, and it looked perfectly in line with the design. Anyway, that's great place with nice food and live music on the evenings. See the map.
'Zaboy' the restaurant with mining theme. Everything is stylised to reflect the mine. You'll see the book of orders, which is the main document for planning output. And of course you'll be presented with the little snack-and-drink set called 'tormozok' without which no worker will go into the mine. Special feature of the restaurant is the grill device which is located in bar and allows observing the way the food is cooked. Located at Stroiteley blv., 21, tel. 51-88-88. See the map.
'Barge' is an Irish bar what speaks for itself. It is located at intersection of Lenin prospect and Michurin street. You would easily notice it, there are always BMW and Landcruisers parked near the place. Despite the regular customers are 'tough' guys and their girlfriends, you are highly unlikely to encounter any problems with them, atmosphere is not tense. 'Barge' has two-language (Russian and English) menus, so foreigners will feel much comfortable here rather than in most other places. Average dinner is about 300 Roubles (about 10 dollars) plus drinks, bloody mary is around 50 Roubles (less than two dollars). Both food and drinks are of very good quality, what cannot be said about the service - sometimes it'll take an eternity to wait for your order. Guinness is available. See the map.
'Pint' is the Irish pub in town. Food is good, but nothing special. Service is not that good, and you have to wait a lot for your orders to come. See the map.
Also, if you're staying in hotel, you will definitely find a restaurant at the hotel.
'Corsair' - despite calling itself 'cafe', it's rather a restaurant. Quite comfortable place, with nice food. Average dinner is about 300 Roubles per person (5 dollars). See the map.
There are quite many of them in the city. Nearly every large enterprise or organisation has canteen, where anybody, not just their employees can have a lunch. However, we would like to note a couple of very good places.
Canteen in GorProject - it is located on Soviet Square. Though relatively expensive for a canteen, 40-50 Roubles (around 1,6 dollars) for a good lunch, the food is of excellent quality, and also the choice is wide. See the map
Canteen in Arbiter Court - acceptable food for acceptable price, 30-40 Roubles per lunch (1,3 dollars). See the map
One of the Kemerovo advantages is that we don't have McDonalds (and when it will appear, we'll burn it to ashes - kidding). Still there are some fast-food places, very good for quick lunch or for budget-friendly time-spending with friends.
'Zolotoy Tsyplenok' (Golden Chicken) - located on Vesennyaya street, near Kuzbass Hotel. Obviously from its name, it is specialising on chicken, while other options are also available. Lunch will cost around 60 Roubles (2 dollars). That's no smoking area, but they sell beer. See the map
'Silver-Pizza' - pizzeria network, one is located at intersection of Krasnoarmeyskaya and Kirova street, another one is at Stroiteley blv. and one more is recently opened at Lenina prospect. Though being the part of the same network, those are different places. Those at Krasnoarmeyskaya and at Lenina have rooms for kids, so those are good places to come with your family. Another one, at Stroiteley is nearly full every evening with people drinking beer, so that's the last place you'll bring your family to. Average lunch is also around 60 Roubles (2 dollars). See the map of Location 1, Location 2, Location 3.
'Podorozhnik' - network of small pavilions offering different sandwiches (very simplistic version of McDonalds idea). You'll get fed for about 30 Roubles (1 dollar).
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