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WELLINGTON AREA:


MIDTOWN BREWERY - Wellington

266 Wellington Main St.,

Midtown popped onto the scene in 2017, and the  huge news hit in 2018 that Chef extraordinaire, Neil Dowson, was joining them. The menu is pub-ish, only GREAT pub food. The menu changes fairly frequently - but you can never ever go wrong with Neil's fish sandwhiches (or fish of any sort) and his meat pies. And - if you're ever lucky to be around when he rolls out the famous "Stargazy" pie - you are in for a treat!

Neil is originally from the UK, and spent a considerable amout of his career across the pond working at the prestigious Savoy. OH, and fun fact: He even once cooked a meal for the Queen of England :)

IDLE WILD - Wellington

305 Wellington Main Street 613-399-3334

There was a LOT of excitment in the air when Paul and Mel announced they were opening a brick and mortar operation in Wellington last year, I know we squealed with delight after having experienced their culinary magic through a number of pop ups around PEC. I would say their food is for sure Asian-inspired, but they are constantly weaving incredibly interesting ethnic dishes throughout their adventurous menus. There is such artistry and mastery in their work, and they are such a lovely and hard-working couple and there is an awesome energy in the air when they are in the kitchen. If you haven’t already, you have to experience Idle Wild. It's mostly take out but they do have seating outdoors in the summer. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates, links are below.


EAST AND MAIN - Wellington

270 Main St.  613-399-5420

A great spot open for lunches and dinners.  The food has always been reliable and good!


LA CONDESA - Wellington

298 Main St. 613-399-2007

Truly authentic Mexican food. This County gem opened in the spring of 2019 with chef Samantha Valdivia at the helm, a resident of Mexico for 20 years - Sam got her feet wet here in The County at Parson's Brewery (where we first fell in love with her food offerings). If you like Mexican or are not really familiar with it outside of tacos and burritos - do yourself a massive favour and make a reservation here (and you need reservations - the place was booked solid from the moment they opened the doors). We have been a few times and just love it. Gluten issues? NO worry - they are gluten free too :)


ENID GRACE CULINARY - Wellington

Address TBD  613-399-3488

Nestled in the heart of the town of Wellington, Enid opened the Enid Grace Cafe for the summer of 2017 and it was a huge hit right from the start. A self-proclaimed food nerd and epicurean wanderer, her delectable offerings with a European flare reflected her adventurous passion for food. She has since closed shop and is literally crossing the road to set out on her new adventure that will be Italian focused. Visit her site (link above) to be kept in the loop!


THE DRAKE DEVONSHIRE - Wellington

24 Wharf St.  613-339-3338

The Drake really is a beautiful spot, they have done a fantastic job renovating this hotel. We have eaten there a few times and the food and service is good and the view cannot be beat.  It is definitely worth a stopping by, and is in close proximity to a number of great wineries. Reservations should be made as this restaurant is extremely popular.


BLOOMFIELD AREA:


THE SAYLOR HOUSE CAFE - Bloomfield

274 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-5858

This is a really adorable retro cafe/bistro that is part of a B&B serving breakfast and lunch.  You can choose to sit outside in their lovely garden, or inside where there are a few tables. It's almost like going to your Mom's for lunch, that is, if your mom is a great cook!  We've had soups and sandwiches there that are declicious, and their desserts are quite good too. On a nice day, the patio is beautiful.


BLOOMFIELD PUBLIC HOUSE - Bloomfield

257 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-9292

So! I love this place so much, I did a cartoon of the owners, Chef Elliot Reynolds and the Front of House and wicked  (in a good way!) sommelier Laura Bortuski. They took over the old CIBC building in Bloomfield, and completely gutted and renovated it and not only is it a gorgeous space, the food is excellent and it has become somewhat of a hub in Bloomfield - which, is appropriate as these two orignally headed up the well-loved HUB restaurant at Angeline's. The entire community was deflated when they closed The Hub, but equally elated when news broke of them openign up a new place. This is a must visit in PEC!!


FLAME AND SMITH - Bloomfield

106 Bloomfield Main Street 613-393-1006

This amazing restaurant opened in 2018, and during peak season - you really do have to make reservations for dinner. It is always packed. Gorgeous decor, and a seasonal menu with a focus on local ingredients (as most restaurants do on the island) that embraces the art of woodfire cooking. There was a week back in October 2018 where I actually took newbies to PEC here 5 nights in one week (different visitors - all wanted to try it!!). If you are a meat eater - this place is for you :) The DO have other options on the menu that will cater to vegetarians as well.


SAND AND PEARL RAW BAR - Westlake

1705 County Road 12 - 613-393-7263

Sand and Pearl Raw Bar opened in 2017 after much anticipation. The well-loved Sam Ravenda of the Shore Oysters was attached to it, as was Chef Leah Marshall so it opened with great anticipation. Both have since left the business. Suzanne Barr of the now closed Saturday Dinette stepped in for the 2018 season, and although we had not been since - I do know she is a great chef. If you like seafood (or oysters), this is a charming place for sure. Best to follow on their Instagram @sandandpearlrawbar - they update opening times, post menus etc...


PICTON AREA:


THE MARANS WINEBAR

222 Main Street Picton 613-920-1195

We FINALLY had the pleasure of eating at this lovely and intimate restaurant located right between the Regent Theatre and the Library. Chef Gueran Sykes, former chef at the Waupoos Winery and who also helped to launch Signal Brewery, opened this wonderful restaurant whose culinary delights are infused with flavours from around the world, largely inspired by their love of travel. A SUPER nice guy too, extremely friendly and the service is exceptional too. We plan to go back!!


LAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT

264 County Road 7 (AKA Lake-on-the-Mountain Rd)  613-476-1321

One of our favourites here for casual dining.  The setting is stunning (steps away from the lake and just across the road from one of the most scenic views in The County).  The food is down-to-earth goodness.  I LOVE their tortiere, it's a family recipe  that has been handed down for generations.  They brew their own beer (it's great!) and make and bottle their own chili sauce and salad dressings that are for sale and available to take with you as well. Open from late April to mid-October.


THE MILLER HOUSE - Cafe/Brasserie at Lake-on-the-Mountain

264 County Road 7 (AKA Lake-on-the-Mountain Rd)  613-476-1321

Owned by the Lake-on-the-Mountain establishment. More charcuterie really, great for a glass of wine or beer for an afternoon snack - not a full meal in my opinion.  The patio offers a stunning view - possibly the most gorgeous in The County.  While sipping wine you can watch the Glenora ferry transport traffic across the reach to Adolphustown.  They also serve a very nice breakfast too!  Closed for most of Fall/Winter.


COUNTY CIDER COMPANY - Waupoos

657 Bongards Crossroad 613-476-1022

The outdoor restaurant of this wonderful Cider House has really grown over the years.  Now they are serving not only declicious pizza - but probably the best burger I have ever eaten, with their own cider ketchup.  The cider is also very good (I LOVE their pear cider!) and the view in itself is worth the drive to Waupoos, a VERY beautiful part of the area.  You can count on this for lunches/late lunches.  I don't believe they are open to serve dinner.  Closed for most of Fall/Winter.


PARSONS BREWING - Picton

876 County Road 49

This is an awesome brewery, that also just so happens to be a fantastic place to grab lunch or an early dinner.  Since they started a food operation, the menu has had a Mexican slant to it. They are in the process of hiring a new chef now - but I suspect they will find someone equally as talented as everything about Parsons is top notch. It also is a gorgeous location, with a terrific atmosphere and they often have live music. We highly recommend this both their unique beer AND delicious food.


BLUMEN - Picton

647 Highway 49   613-476-6841

Just outside of Picton, this is a lovely higher-end restaurant with an absolutely beautiful garden seating area as well.  Some of the tables in the garden are fairly private and are accessed by a gorgeous path.  We would recommend the garden for lunches as in the evening - the bugs may come out!  Reservations to be safe for sure as this is a very popular restaurant, and for good reason.


THE MERRILL INN - Picton

343 Main Street East  613-476-7451

A very good but small higher-end restaurant with Chef Michael Sullivan at the helm (previously of The Fifth, Auberge du Pommier and Opus in Toronto). Reservations are required here for sure, last time we were there, there were two sittings for dinner.


THE VIC CAFE - Picton

166 Main St. W. 613-476-2233

This started as an adorable cafe right next to The Regent Theatre in the heart of Picton and they have moved to a bigger space just down the road. They have delicious Asian-inspired bowls that are also very health conscious and use local and season produce and products as much as they can. We LOVED our lunch. Open for breakfast and lunch.


THE COUNTY CANTEEN - Picton

279 Main St. 613-476-6663

This is a great casual restaurant on Main Street in Picton. Tons of energy, they make their own beer (and have a great selection of micro breweries on tap) and good food too. A good place for lunch or a casual dinner and the prices are good too.


THE ACOUSTIC GRILL- Picton

172 Main St. 613-476-2887

Another great casual restaurant in the heart of Picton. Great burgers, a great selection of County beers and wine and live music on select evenings as well. A county classic for sure.


STELLA'S EATERY - Picton

172 Main Street, unit 105  613-476-4666

Chef Leah Marshall was the first chef at Sand and Pearl Raw Bar - her food just blew us away there. When we discovered she had left Sand and Pearl - we were pretty gutted. It was SUCH a pleasure to discover that she reappeared in Picton as the chef behind the awesome Stella's Eatery. We've been just once so far, but it was a treat. The restaurant is small - it seats only 33 people but it is truly an intimate and delcious experience - you need to try it. They don't take reservations for parties under 8 - it's first come, first served but if you have to line up, it's worth the wait!!


7 NUMBERS - Picton

161 Main Street  613-476-4777

"Southern Italian Soul Food" is what their site says and that is pretty much what it is. Delicious food for the soul from Mama Rosa! Tim and I have a pretty big soft spot in our hearts for this place (and that lasagna!!). It is part of the family of restaurants under the same name in Toronto and "7 Numbers" is a nod to the 7 digits in their business number :) When we lived in Toronto - 7 Numbers on the Danforth was one of our favourite places to eat. In fact - it was the last restaurant that we visited before we moved to PEC and we were sad to leave that night!! We couldn't believe our ears when we heard they were opening here, and it's even the same driving distance from our home here as it was in TO! Always great service, always a relaxed atmostphere and always great Italian food!!

Below is a list (with links) of our favourite restaurants here. Most are fairly casual, the food is sophisticated and prices are very reasonable and there is no pretention here.  Most also support local suppliers and favour local wines, beer, produce and cheeses which is great.  For most - reservations are usually required (I've included their phone numbers) so check ahead if you plan to go.  Also be sure to call and check if they are open for lunch if that's what you have in mind, and some may be closed on Mondays or Tuesdays and winter hours are much more varied, some close for a few weeks if not for the season.