Any decent restaurants in Belleville Ontario?
Hello fellow chowhounders!
We will be in Belleville for my MIL retirement party next Wednesday. We would like to go out for a nice dinner afterwards. Any suggestions? I know there is some great dining in Picton but it's just a bit too far. Anything in Belleville or Trenton worth checking out?
thanks in advance
A Sweet Escape indeed! This weekend The Barbershop Harmony Society's Ontario District Fall Convention was held in Belleville (1st time). Late Saturday afternoon between competitions, a map-reading error landed me downtown, and I stopped to ask for directions. Actually, a sign announcing Pumpkin Latte's pulled me in: as a guy, i can't officially ask for directions. The Latte was delicious, and I got my route righted.
Next morning before returning to Toronto I scanned Chowhound, seeking a more enticing brunch than the motel restaurant's standard brekky; however, the one appealing local option (l'Auberge de France) was closed Sundays. I settled for a midway stop in Cobourg (Buttermilk Cafe) – but first, even though it meant starting out in the wrong direction, I wanted another Latte. Downtown had seemed pretty desolate Saturday evening... would this place even be open?
Yep, twas. In fact, according to our friendly and helpful servers Heather and Jenny, Sweet Escapes is pretty much ALWAYS OPEN. AND, now that I was looking at the menu board, I could see there was a good bit more going on than coffees and desserts. Like for instance an assortment of sammys and wraps, including a few with a distinct breakfast orientation. And Belgian Waffles. Including a very tempting Western-in-a-Waffle. I'll have to come back for that one though: ultimately I went for the Belgian Waffle with fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, sliced banana - all truly fresh, not soggy hours-old fruit salad. And Bacon. Perfect! Waffles light and fluffy and crispy – easily as good as any I've made, and although I don't cook a lot, my few guy specialties (pizza, burgers, omelets, salmon casserole, pancakes, waffles, and Bananas Foster) always win praise and are clean-plate Gone.
Moreover, my buddy & quartet tenor Steve is gluten intolerant, so no waffles for him... nor sammys, etc. No problem, says Heather. With the non-bread ingredients available she renders him a likewise delicious breakfast. Did I mention the guitar? Just resting on its stand, a nice Washburn Acoustic. Steve asks, and yes, he is welcome to play – so we have a spontaneous little coffee-house concert, some Who, some Beatles, some John Prine... with harmonizing from a few of the friendly patrons, and yours truly.
If I lived in Belleville, I know where I'd hang. Great find. Enjoy.
L Auberge De France
304 Front St, Belleville, ON K8N2Z8, CA
Sweet Escape Dessert & Coffee Lounge
194 Front St, Belleville, ON K8N2Y7, CA
44 King St W, Cobourg, ON K9A2L9, CA