Chow -oriented day trip? Suggestions Please
My bff and i are planning a day trip on friday, but are struggling to decide where to go. We both love to eat and though perhaps a food destination would work. Looking for something a maximum of two hours out of downtown.
Any cusine, mid-range prices and probably open in the day would all be good.
Thanks in advance!
Two hours from downtown. Simple answer: Buffalo.
But if you aren't carrying your passports, I definitely concur with YYZjeff, go to Camp 31 in Paris and get some authentic Alabama BBQ. Or go to Hamilton's Chicago Style Pizza Shack for authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza. Those are two things you can't get in Toronto.
Chicago Style Pizza Shack
534 Upper Sherman Ave, Hamilton, ON L8V3M1, CA
Check out Morden's Farm and Organic Store in Dundas, Ontario. It's not a place where you can stop and eat a meal but they have some excellent local food in their store. It's more or less on the way to the Niagara region from Toronto and totally worth a stop.
If you're into southern BBQ, Camp 31 in Paris, Ontario is also very good. You can search it on the forums here and find people's feedback. I believe most people consider it to be some of the best southern BBQ in the province.
Flat Rock Cellars is very close to Ball's Falls conservation area, which is lovely. The Bruce Trail winds through the area, so you can eat and then hike or hike and then eat.
And the Bruce Trail actually runs the length of the escarpment, so if you go into Niagara on the Lake, you'll have easy access to it as well.
I'm originally from Point Edward and will back up the Purdy's recommendation to the nth degree. It's absolutely delicious, priced very well and the portions are quite large. I'd recommend bringing along a cooler to bring home some of their fish. They also sell preserves in their store if you're into that.
From downtown Toronto, it's 3 hours away. I do the trip often as that's where my family is located but it's a little far for a day trip. If you're heading to the states, consider taking the Blue Water Bridge and stopping here for lunch.
It's only open Victoria day to Labour day as well.
My 2 choices would be the Niagara region or Stratford. Both within an 1.5 hour drive.
I'll let others chime with recs for Stratford. But for Niagara:
- Upper Canada Cheese Company
- Whitty Farms
- Henry of Pelham Winery for The Coach House Cafe (totally cute spot for lunch)
- Flatrock Cellars for the food truck El Gastronomo Vagabundo (http://www.elgastro.com/
)- Ravine Vineyard (bistro with a gorgeous view of the vineyards of NOTL, if you don't want a full meal, get a charcuterie plate and enjoy the view)
- Kurtz Orchards (lots of stuff to sample)
- Stone Road Grille (if you don't want to eat in, grab a pizza or excellent sandwich from their to go restaurant next door and take it to the park overlooking the spot where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario)
For wine, there are loads of options, so let us know if you want recs.
Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA
Upper Canada Cheese Company
4159 Jordan Rd, Lincoln, ON L0R, CA