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Apr 9, 2010 07:01 AM

Unpretentious food in Picton or Bloomfield

I'm looking for a relatively upscale but unpretentious restaurant to take my mother next week. I've seen mixed reviews on Harvest but none recently. Has anyone eaten at Blumen? Any thoughts? Does anyone know of a farm restaurant?
We're going to be in PEC for a couple of days. Any particular recommendations for lunch, wineries and farms in the neighbourhood that might be off the beaten track?
Any favourite wines?
We know Black River cheese, Huff, Portabella, Slickers and Buddha Dog already. What am I missing?
Thank you for any ideas.

Buddha Dog (Picton)
172 Picton Main, Picton, ON K0K2T0, CA

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  1. Me too! Looking forward to the replies folks.

    1. Definitely make a stop at 5th Town Cheese. Beautiful stuff. It's a very different experience from Black River Cheese (which is a must just to get a bag of squeeky curds!), as it's a self contained facility out in the country. You can peek into their cheese cave, and they offer samples of all their cheeses, of which there are a huge variety of sheep milk, goat milk and cow milk.

      Oh, and make a stop at County Cider. They have a picnic area overlooking their orchards and the lake. I'm pretty sure you can order a light lunch there or just bring your own food. This is where Waupoos Cider is made. Yummy.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Fifth town? Done! Thank you. Mmmmm...cheese cave - words that inspire joy.

      2. Go to East and Main in Wellington -- it's one town over from Bloomfield but it is soooo good and very casual. Exec chef is Lili Sullivan. Great cooking going on -- they even have a wonderful kids menu. I am normally a huge Harvest fan but this place is my new fave.

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          1. Merrill Inn always impresses and the food is some of the best in Picton. The prices are pretty reasonable when you consider what you would pay in Toronto.

            I didn't have a great experience at Harvest two years ago. I ordered a chicken pasta dish and they forgot the chicken. Must've just been an off-day for whoever was in the kitchen.

            I also like County Cider and their outdoor wood burning oven that they make pizzas in. The view overlooks the lake and you eat outside amongst the orchard.

            On your way there, you can have lunch in Belleville at The Boathouse Restaurant. They serve great fish & chips and seafood overlooking the water on the Bay of Quinte.

            Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @

            Merrill Inn
            343 Picton Main St, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0, CA

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            1. re: FoodieGirl29

              I liked your idea of a side trip to The Boathouse and had never heard of it until now. But wow, it's had some nasty reviews on other sites. Everything ranging from service, to food, to rude staff is mentioned. I take it you've never experienced this stuff FoodieGirl 29?

              1. re: millygirl

                Hey Millygirl,

                I never had a bad experience, but I approached the place more as a casual patio and pub grub kind of lunch. We've been there three times and have been pretty happy. I would stick to probably fish & chips, as that seems to be the main thing that comes out of the kitchen. It's a bit off the beaten path and never seems 'touristy' to me. I didn't get a chance to get out there last summer so I wonder if things have changed?

                Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @

            2. Another place to check out is Vicki's Veggies. She has a farm and there is a shack/stand at the front with all kinds of goodies (veg, homemade pestos, soups, sauces) - if there is no one there, you can feel free to root around and leave money in a coffee can at the front for what you take!!! So cute. She also organizes events (an heirloom tomato festival for example). The best veggies ever. She now supplies produce to Splendido and Loire and has a stand at the Wychwood Barns market on Saturday. But her PEC farm is soooo lovely. She's been a favourite of mine for years.

              88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA