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Last Fall I posted and enthusiastic review of the Kettle Creek Inn and dining in Port Stanley. Some of you pointed out that I had missed a gem in not trying the Windjammer Inn so this past weekend I sought to rectify that. We stayed two nights there in a comfortable if small and spare room. The food served us on the delgihtful porch dining room was exquisite. For $40. each we had a a three course meal for which my husband chose as his appetizer the ubiquitous heiloom tomato and bocconcini salad which he loved and I had beets with frisee and goat's cheese. For our entrees my husband had the pickerel and I had lamb sirloin which was cooked a tad past medium but I find medium to be a very subjective thing. The presentation and flavours were wonderful, and portion sizes were beyond generous. The peach sorbet I had for dessert was the perfect light touch to a meal that may have been a bit too heavy for the hot weather but I would blame my addiction to lamb for making a less than appropriate choice.

Earlier in the day we had lunched at J.K.'s (I think?), a bar on the beach that served extremely fresh fried perch with wonderfully greasy fries. It satisfied my slightly hungover mood as well as taking care of my lust for fresh perch.

Breakfasts at the Windjammer were included in the overnight stay and were a full corse meal in and of themselves. We started with fresh-baked scones and muffins and had eggs and corn-meal-crusted perch for me ( I may have over-done the perch thing just a tad) and a generous portion of local sausage for my husband. The following morning I had a lovely eggs benedict with local ham replacing the peameal and a croiussant in place of the English muffin, although I think the English muffin still wins as a bread choice here.

The only disappointment to the weekend was at the Kettle Creek Inn, surprisngingly enough, where the ribs were soggy and the harbour platter was greasy and the batter on the fish extremely leathery. There was sand in the salad too. Should have dined again at the Windjammer but live and learn.

If you haven't made the trip down there, do yourself a favour before the summer is over. The beach is great and the food is better than great.

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