Vegetarian Meals in Niagara-on-the-Lake
I'm a vegetarian and, although I eat eggs and dairy, I don't eat any meat, fish or seafood. The last time I was in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I had some trouble finding much I could eat. Most restaurants seemed to have one vegetarian pasta, and maybe an appetizer or two (usually the salad!) but not a lot of choice. Many of the vegetarian dishes don't have any protein in them. Help me find some yummy balanced meals, please!
I'm going to be in NOTL for three or four days in May. I'll be staying at a B&B, so I'll be eating out three or four lunches and probably three dinners. So far, I've found The Pie Plate in Virgil, which looks to have some interesting sandwiches and lunches. Zee's mushroom lasagna looks tempting and the ricotta gnocchi at The Old Winery looks possible.
Other than that, I'm not seeing much. I tried writing to the Chamber of Commerce, and they suggested Epicurean (which has some possibilities for lunch, plus a mushroom tarragon spaghetti at dinner) and the Shaw Cafe, which only has a penne primavera and a broccoli and cheese quiche.
I'd love to have at least one romantic dinner, and solid choices for the rest of my meals.
I had a friend in Niagara make a few calls (mostly to help me set up a trip there in June) and he found that a lot of places will "whip up something" for vegetarians but he did find an actual menu in place.I got it faxed and all the dishes run between 10-14$.
Artisan Quebec Cheeses and Riverbend Crackers
Tossed Tender Leaves,Tossed Black Walnuts and Buffalo Cheese with wood fired breads (apparantly made exclusively for them by Anna Olson)
Baked and Grilled Vegetable Salad with Green Tomatillo Vinaigrette
Peau Rouge Omellette,buttered asparagus and oven dried tomatoes
Roasted Pepper, Fingerling and Walnut Pesto Pizza
Grilled Vegetable Crepe with fresh sprouts and bay leaf burnt butter
Tomato, Goat's Feta and Roasted Shallot Bruschetta
Red Onion and Potato Biscuit with warm pickled mushrooms and Upper Canada Ricotta
Maybe some of that sounds good to you-it is currently the veggie menu at Riverbend and they told my friend it is changed every 2 months and in late May they add a "Secret Garden Menu" for the patio which is 90% meatless and based on what is being picked there at their farm.
There doesn't really seem to be enough on the menu to tempt me to go all the way to Jordan. I mean, I could eat (1) the spinach salad, (2) the brie and bread, or (3) the olive, artichoke and feta pizza, but there don't seem to be any other vegetarian items on the menu.
Thanks for the thought, but I think I'll give this one a miss.
It isn't easy to find vegetarian in NOTL- the one pasta dish is pretty much it in most of the restos. You will get some chefs that have some experience in meatless menus that will work something out for you-Stone Rd Grille and the Epicurean are possibilities. (forget Peller and Treadwell's- those chefs are meat obsessed). Riverbend Inn on the Parkway has a new menu starting in May based on their on-site "farmette" that will be meatless-and the setting there is probably one of the most romantic in NOTL. Good luck.
Stone Road Grille always has at least one really nice vegetarian main. I was just there this weekend and they had mushroom crepes that were delicious. They are also super nice and I'm sure would be willing to create a dish if you asked.
Oh, and stay away from the Shaw Cafe. It's beautiful, but the food is terrible.
It's a really lovely restaurant. And I'm serious about asking the chef if he might whip up something special for you. The nice thing is that they offer all of their mains in appetizer portions. So you could perhaps order the vegetarian main as an app and ask the chef for another veg option for your main. Their risottos are usually excellent, but I'm not sure if they use chicken broth to make them. My risotto on Saturday was a couple of minutes undercooked and they instantly whisked it away and made a new dish for me.
And if you are in the mood, they make a maple cotton candy for dessert that makes me very happy and nostalgic.