Now I'm a complete newbie to the Ontario Muskoka ritual, but we've rented a cottage this year (and boy, can I not wait.) Are there any food highlights in cottage country? I'm looking for tips on both markets (would rather not haul _all_ the food out from the city) or places to grab a bite when too lazy to cook. I believe we're in the Rosseau area, but willing to drive.
Try Rebecca's in Port Carling, Riverwalk in Bracebridge, The Rock at the Lake Joseph club, the Moon River Lookout in Bala or the restuarant at Taboo (I forget what its called)
In Muskoka I always recommend Beau Ideal, in Port Sydney on Mary Lake between Bracebridge and Huntsville. Beau Ideal is an excellent family-run restaurant, the only one in the village. We've never had a second-rate meal there. Even the small items are good, including the French onion soup. I suggest you make reservations. Here's a description from the Web:
"Eclectic market fresh cuisine and a chef-driven menu. Menu items include herb and butter basted roasted chicken, pasta with tomatoes, feta cheese, pine nuts and chicken in a sesame seed sauce, and AAA N.Y. steaks. Oct.-June, lunch Sat. & Sun., dinner Thu.-Sun.; July-Sept. Tues.-Sun. Entrées: $17-$27
656 Muskoka Rd., #10, Port Sydney