Well I went to the new rib place in Brighton Ctr. (Smoken Joe's), which is NOT a chain restaurant btw. I got a baby back rib dinner to go, memphis style (dry rub) with a sauce on the side (I wanted to taste the ribs mostly, not the sauce). The verdict: very very good. Collard greens were done well too; cole slaw was too yankee-like (watery and bitter). Waitresses will keep me coming back for appetizers at the bar.
Other explorations - there's a sushi place in BC as well. Not bad. Not great either. ... buyer beware. Went to Porter Belly's for a drink. Incredibly cheap beer, quaint interior, but 20 something bartender didn't know how to make or serve a mixed drink. Godawful '80s music blaring loud. So that's the amateur night bar, and is scratched off my list.
Went to Wah Foong electronics store. A gentleman, a cash register and a small number of large-screen TVs -- and that's the entire store. But ask the owner (Mr. Li?) about TVs and he'll give you a great dissertation on what to buy - very nice.
Next to try: The Hungarian bistro on the corner, which has authentic Hungarian and (oh joy of joys) weiner schnitzel! And escargot as well - served peasant style.