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NOTL/Port Dalhousie patio as travelling with dogs

shana May 14, 2009 08:38 AM

Hi there - we are planning a day trip down to the Niagara Region to do some hiking in the escarpment trails with a visiting guest and our two dogs - we will pack a picnic for our lunch but would love a place with a patio where we can hook up our dogs to the outside of the patio fence while we grab an early dinner/beer etc. This way they can be next to us without breaking any health code rules/irritating other diners/resto staff. There are a few pubs etc in the beaches area of Toronto that accommodate this and even put out dishes/have hook up spots on the outside of the patio. They are well behaved dogs and will likely snooze in the shade while we eat.

We like NOTL and last summer discovered Port Dalhousie which is just adorable and less busy than NOTL, and the little carnival in the park by the beach is a fun thing to show our guest as well so we are flexible.

Many thanks in advance!

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    magic May 15, 2009 06:29 AM

    I have a question relating to Port Dalhousie, though it doesn’t really involve patios.

    Did Anna Olson move her bakery to NOTL or something?? I just kinda noticed this online. When did this happen?

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    1. re: magic
      peppermint pate May 15, 2009 07:15 AM

      It was in Port Dalhousie when I was there last August - don't know if it's moved since then.

      1. re: peppermint pate
        magic May 15, 2009 07:24 AM

        Yeah, I think it' might've....

      2. re: magic
        TorontoJo May 15, 2009 07:33 AM

        She sold the bakery in Port Dalhousie and is now ensconced at Ravine Estate Winery in St. David's (the foot of the escarpment). It's a really lovely spot, with tables on the deck overlooking the countryside of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

        1. re: TorontoJo
          magic May 15, 2009 07:39 AM

          Hmm, no more bakery there then? Paninis? Is the casual lunchy/bakery type fare gone then? The website isn't too informative.

          Was thinking of stopping by for a light/quick brekky on my way to Buffalo this weekend...

          1. re: magic
            TorontoJo May 15, 2009 08:27 AM

            Sorry, I don't know the fate of the original location! The spot at Ravine Estate Winery is open at 10am, so if you don't mind a minor detour to St. David's, you could have your breakfast there. The new spot has paninis and quiches, etc. It's really close to the highway -- exit the QEW at 38B and take York Rd. It's less than 5 minutes from the exit.

            1. re: magic
              Tatai May 15, 2009 08:29 AM

              Anna Olson sold the shop to her pastry chef, so I'd imagine that all of the baked goods and the lunch fare are still available.

              1. re: Tatai
                magic May 15, 2009 08:58 AM

                Cool. Thanks to both for the info. Good to know x 2!

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          tuttebene May 14, 2009 05:33 PM

          Another vote for Treadwell's. I think going early for dinner should be OK but I would highly recommend that you contact them to find out about the dog policy. Although casual attire is fine, it is really a higher end resto. You may be able to tie up the dogs just outside the patio fence but again, check to be sure.

          1. JamieK May 14, 2009 03:18 PM


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              jacu May 14, 2009 01:36 PM

              Treadwell's. We were there at the end of April and it was one of the best meals we've had in the region...and we've spent quite a bit of eating time there. We even got married in Jordan. Treadwell's for sure.

              1. jlunar May 14, 2009 12:52 PM

                Treadwell's if you're in Port Dalhousie for sure! Lovely patio.

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                  estufarian May 14, 2009 01:13 PM

                  Absolutely treadwell's. Excellent patio - best food I've had in Niagara.

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                  corporal nym May 14, 2009 11:45 AM

                  The NOTL Golf Club has a fabulous patio, which looks directly out onto Lake Ontario. The food is merely average, but the location, setting and view are marvellous.

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                  1. re: corporal nym
                    peppermint pate May 14, 2009 01:46 PM

                    Yes! We happened upon this spot when we meandered down one of the side streets off the main strip. Spectacular location for an afternoon drink.

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                    peppermint pate May 14, 2009 09:27 AM

                    We had an overnight trip to NOTL last summer and enjoyed a delicious dinner at Treadwell's in Port Dalhousie. We sat on the patio, overlooking the river and it was gorgeous. One of my best meals of 2008 for sure - highly recommended.

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