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.
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