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Jun 30, 2009 07:14 AM

PEC Top 10 Chow Musts

My passion for Prince Edward County being immense, I decided to compile a Top 10 list for Chowhounds. It's random but specific. Would love it if others would create their own Top 10 replies!!!
1) Homemade warm sugar doughnuts at Lakeshore Farms on Hwy 33 as you leave or approach Wellington. Bet you can't eat just 6!
2) Across the road from abovementioned: a hot-dog, onion rings and a coffee milkshake at the Dari Bar: perfect Sunday lunch before making the drive back to TO.
3) Tasting wine at By Chadsey's Cairns Winery, just west of the two items above on 33: one of the most atmospheric tasting environments in the County, and their Chenin Blanc is a bright crispy treat. The Gamay is eccentric but worth a try too.
4) The long but gorgeous drive out to Fifth Town Cheese [past Waupoos] is worth it for the sampling as well as for procuring a hunk of their Petal Luna cheese. I am also a new fan of goat cheese cheddar which is awesome on sandwiches and has a less greasy feel than cow's milk cheddars.
5) Caesar salad lovers want to hit Portabella Restaurant on Main Street Picton for a divine take on a classic.
6) Best espresso in the County: Miss Lily's Cafe. Holy crema! I dig their lattes.
7) Blumen Bistro on Hwy 48: lobster ravioli and gazebo seating: lovely spot for couples.
8) The roiboos iced tea and the BELCH sandwich at a new little joint called Chesterfied's Cafe 173 Main in Picton, go round the back [Chowhound heaven: back door entries and secret spots, ha ha]. Couch potato salad was also good but I am a snob about my own salad so...
9) Grabbing a Kawartha Dairy ice cream cone at Black River Cheese and walking down to Vickie's Veggies to check out her wares, which vary a lot day to day.
10) The chip truck at Rossmore as you peruse the Campbell's Orchard table, right before the bridge into Belleville, where you might as well check out the not-PEC but still amazing Auberge de France which has a bakery and a bistro.
Yes, that's 11 technically but dine well this summer Chowhounds and share your raves and gripes!!!

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  1. Don't think I have 10 but here goes:
    Harvest (some of my fave meals of all times)
    Sandbanks Estates vineyard
    Closson Chase vineyard did a lovely chardonnay served at last year's JK Fish Fry
    The JK Fish Fry (annual)
    Pinch in Picton - yum! They have moved and have tables now
    Vicki's Veggies - tomatoes during the heirloom fest in early Sept
    Devonshire Inn - breakfast and dinner -- can be hit and miss but the location is lovely and they do their own baking
    Gelato and the Bean Counter in Picton

    1. May I add to #9: I am a FREAK for cheese curds. And at Black River, you can get curds that are squeaky enough to satisfy. Good for snacking in the car in between wineries.

      And while I agree that the tasting room at By Chadsey's Cairns has a lovely atmosphere, the attitude I got from the woman pouring my tastes left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Might have just caught her on a bad day, or too late in the day, but I left feeling less-than-enthusiastic about returning. However, I would return to Closson Chase, even though their wines are way out of my price range for daily use. I like that they focus on doing just a couple of things very well.

      And I also need to make sure Barley Days Brewery gets a plug - I can't wait until the cherry porter is back in season. I just wish the LCBO would carry their other seasonal brews so I could try them without having to rent a car.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Wahooty

        What was your view of the Chadsey's wines? I tasted one on the weekend (a chardonnay) and it was okay although three-four years ago I received a bottle that was absolutely dreadful. Can't recall which one it was. Could be that they just needed time to get on their feet.

        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

          The wines in general didn't make a strong impression on me (admittedly, it was late in the day so I wasn't at my most impressionable at that point), but I certainly didn't have any that I would consider dreadful. The only one I bought was a dry rose that had some oak on it - probably not something that everyone would like, but I enjoyed it.

          1. re: Wahooty

            Thanks! Maybe I will give them another try some time.

          2. re: Arcadiaseeker

            Hi Arcadia Seeker. I've tasted Chadsey's selections this year and while nothing blew me away, I think they are one of the wineries to watch closely in PEC. I enjoyed the 07 Pinot Noir, it was light and very drinkable but still a little green. The unoaked Chardonnay is refreshing and lemony. These guys are still on a steep learning curve, and I think they are doing a lot of things right.

            1. re: haggisdragon

              Can't forget Slicker's Ice cream.

              Campfire flavour is awesome if they have it!

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          1. You missed Waupoos Cider and Black River Cheese. Buddha Dog is also good, and beyond to dogs do some interesting soups and other dishes from time to time.