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Jul 24, 2007 08:30 PM

in search of a short day trip for food

Was thinking of going for a drive outside of the GTA. Looking for a good spot to go and have a nice lunch solo and perhaps take a scenic walk to take photographs.

Cobourg was one of my picks. If there is a special find that might be closer, please share. I'm looking for a good spot that speaks proudly of small town Ontario and local produce.

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  1. Elora? == Go west young man?
    Try the Elora gorge for photo opps.
    We are talking meninite country as well.
    Lots of local produce, lots of history, lots of diversity.
    You can also scope out Fergus, St. Jacobs, Erbsville, and the lesser suburbs of Guelph, Waterloo, Kitchener & Cambridge.

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    1. re: dancingTimmy

      I agree with Timmy that this whole area could be a really nice spot to go :)
      Elora Gorge is really nice... Rockwood Conservation (it's just on the outskirts east of Guelph) is also really cool to walk around on the trails to see the glacial potholes and people canoeing in the river.
      The farmer's markets in Kitchener and St. Jacobs are good for getting produce.

      just noting that there's also a vegetarian restaurant on king street in waterloo with your name, zen garden ;)

      1. re: sumashi

        That said, lets not ignore the east ward ho stuff.
        I do believe that Coburg is capable of producing billions of boxes of Rice Crispie's every day. So in general stay away.
        Kingston downtown is quaint (but I have not eaten there), but GananKnockWay (okay my french sucks) has a bunch of very tasty locals.
        Many (10) years ago we went to "Cooks Not Here", but a quick google did not find it now. oops == maybe it is out of business?
        We stayed at Victoria Rose B&B and dined directly across the street at the Athlone:
        They got frenchy stuff which is awesome. In general, fresh local produce with a menu that changes upon the chefs whim. Being from Toronto, I was extremely happy with the quailty, presentation & taste.
        I am looking forward to returning.

        1. re: dancingTimmy

          Kingston isn't exactly a prime foodie destination... but for those who do decide to head down that way, you could do a lot worse than brunch/lunch in the sunny back room at Pan Chancho on Princess St.

          Tho in that neck of the woods, I'd probably redirect towards Picton and Sandbanks Provincial Park. Best beaches in the province, hands down.

        2. re: sumashi

          I would agree with Timmy and Sumashi. I would also add that there is an excellent Menonite run restaurant in Millbanks called Anna Mae's that serves you a really good 'home cooked' meal. While there you can get some great 'homemade' pies and you MUST try the donuts.

        3. re: dancingTimmy

          Living in Waterloo and being a devout patron of the St. Jacobs Farmer's market, I can sure second that opinion. When in St. Jacobs, try out Benjamin's Restaurant and Inn. Its cuisine is relatively conservative (but hey, that fits the small-town environment) but the way how it is done is absolutely perfect.

        4. I agree with Elora. Great small town, great photo opps, lots of restaurants. Here's a recent thread -

          1. How about downtown Niagara on the Lake or just the Niagara region in general. Beautiful food and scenery. So there are lots of options around there!

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            1. re: Otonabee

              Consider Buffalo too. There is lots of nice stuff along Elmwood Avenue:


              Wegmans' also kicks butt for picking up Scharffen Berger, Vosges, Theo chocolate at a reasonable price.

              1. re: Otonabee

                Downtown Niagara on the Lake can be very busy this time of year; I do agree that the Niagara region (outside of NOTL) is fantastic right now though. You could go fruit picking at an orchard, wine-tasting (maybe a bicycle wine tour) and then out for a super-fantastic dinner.

              2. Bobcaygeon = go north east young man?
                Forgot about this direction as well. Maybe a little too cottager infested at this time of year? Make your own call.
                My 2 favs are:
                a) Just For The Halibut: Please only order fish & chips, but stick around for some fresh home made pie for dessert. Fish is good/great, pie is awesome.
                b) Waters Edge restaurant: Just a little higher end to keep us T.O. food snobs in line
                c) there is also a bean roaster / ice cream place on the down town strip. Not a place for a meal, but a great place for a break.

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