In winter, skiing may be the initial draw to the Blue Mountains and its surrounding areas, but a surprising number of breweries, cafés and upscale restaurants have turned this part of Ontario into a foodie destination, as well. Chefs opting out of the hustle and bustle of Toronto are establishing restaurants in the quaint towns anchoring Southern Georgian Bay.
Here are some to check out.
Head to this charming, farm-to-fork Italian inspired restaurant in Collingwood after a heavy, leg-burner day on the slopes. The contemporary menu is approachable, with inventive salads and savoury, hearty pastas. The portions are generous, but make sure to save room for dessert. The “little tastes” hit the spot if you’re hankering for something sweet. Try the lemon curd lashed with local whipped cream.
Fans of craft beer will want to suss out this family-friendly microbrewery. In addition to all-natural brews alongside Ontario craft beer and cider, you’ll find inventive twists on classic favourites. From house-made beer pretzels to Wagyu burgers topped with grilled shrimp, the seasonal menu focuses on food that pairs well with beer.
Snag a table at this buzzy bistro in Thornbury for a fun night of wining and dining. While many opt for wood-fired pizzas washed back with wines by the glass, consider tucking into seasonal fare like lentils punched up by date curry and crowned with a truffle-poached egg. Your taste buds will thank you.
Locals flock to this rustic general store come lunchtime, and for good reason. Customized flatbread sandwiches are crammed with so much more than the usual suspects, it’s a wonder they fit into the panini press. Don’t leave without an ooey-gooey butter tart. Your first one is not only memorable, it’s free!