Trip from Toronto to Perth, ON, and down to Prince Edward County - Places to eat
Heading out Friday morning to a music festival near Perth, ON.
Planning on taking non-highway route through Port Perry, Peterborough, Hwy 7 eastbound.
On the way back, planning on heading south to Prince Edward County.
Does anyone have any recommendations of memorable places to eat along the way?
There is the taste of PEC, (something like that--a taste trail) that I found semi-reliable in helping to find places to eat. My best find: I had a great breakfast at a casual place called Chesterfields in Picton which had a wonderful blueberry buckwheat waffle with choices of topping including tasty stewed apple. I also tried the Mexican Surprise which was a tortilla-like thing with tangy salsa (assume home-made), two medium soft boiled eggs sunny side up with cheese and refried beans. I loved it! The coffee was pretty decent too. Friends tried other egg dishes and said they were quite good.
Also, the blueberry pancakes at the Lighthouse Restaurant were fluffy and bursting with fresh blueberries (but then, blueberries are very popular locally so...).
East and Main in Wellington was pretty good as was a restaurant (is there more than one?) on the taste trail in Milford had some unique and tasty dishes. I also had a very nice lunch (wonderful fried halibut and a portabello mushroom sandwich) at a place near Sandbanks called the Restaurant on the Knoll. Currah's in Picton was decent but nothing really special in my view.
For dessert, there are so many places per capita with treats. My faves were a strip mall in Wellington (don't recall the name but on the main street going through town) and the very popular Slickers for very good home-made icecream.
My parents live in Perth so I drive this route frequently. Unfortunately there's a dearth of good restaurants along the way.
But first, about the route: I'd recommend picking up Regional Road 9 north of Oshawa and traveling via Warkworth, Campbellford and Stirling to Tweed, then head north to the 7. There's lots of nice Ontario farmland viewed from rolling hills along the route. Highway 7 is just scrubby bush.
In Campbellford there's a BBQ joint called Rubbs which is alright. There used to be a decent place for a salad and sandwich in Stirling called Platters, but I believe it has closed down. Kelly's restaurant just north of Tweed is OK, but we stopped going due to bad service one visit. If you're heading along Hwy 7 from Peterborough there's a decent place in the old railway station in Havelock. The owners are Greek and their souvlaki is pretty good. About a half an hour before Perth you hit Maberly and there's a bistro there that pretends to do "fine dining" but we had a very disappointing meal there.