Restaurants

  

These are my recommendations on places to eat in NOTL. Updated January 2020.

  • Niagara on the Lake Golf Club: In summer, the deck at the golf course just can’t be beat. I find the dining room a bit stifling but the deck in summer is the BEST! The view of Fort Niagara, and the activity on the river is excellent.
  • The Old Angel Inn: A block and a bit from either house this is the oldest pub in town. Dozens of beers on tap, great pub food. I had dinner there in December 2019 with friends. Always full of people, even in winter.
  • The Stage Coach: On the corner of Queen and Regent the Stage Coach is a favourite for breakfast and a quick lunch. We eat breakfast there at least once each time we are in town.
  • Butlers Bar and Grill: (AKA the sports bar) On Mary Street next to The Best Western Colonel Butler Inn.  They have 6 or 8 TV’s that are always tuned in to the “game” if your game is not on ask and they will turn the screen to your favourite. Everything is made from scratch and the food is excellent. You will find me there almost every Friday for lunch. They deliver and are open late, check the web site for their menu.
  • Tide and Vine Oyster House: Mike and Kat decided in 2010 that they wanted to bring Oysters to Niagara. They bought a VW bus, painted it up and started on the Food Truck circuit.  They opened a restaurant in Niagara Falls and have been expanding ever since. They managed to have twins while doing all of this. I did not visit in 2019 but I know it is good.
  • Silversmith BreweryLocated in an old church in Virgil, next to the GM dealer. Black lager now available wherever you see the Hammer tap!  In July 2019 I tried the Dambuster IPA excellent!
  • The Exchange brewery:  The brewery is located on Queen Street near the clock tower in what was once the telephone exchange. My favourite is The Amber Ale available in cans for sipping at the cottage. I was drinking an Amber Ale in front of the clock tower at midnight 2019 with 3 or 400 other happy folks.
  • Willow Cakes & PastriesLocated kitty corner to Tim Horton’s on Mary Street, Willow makes award winning pastries, quiches, cakes and breads. Stop in for a coffee and a snack or a quick lunch. They also make the huge cake for Canada day. We bought bread and bagels in December, excellent.
  • Fournos Bar and Grill: I have owned houses in NOTL since 2001 and visited before but July of 2019 was the first time I every ate at this restaurant. The Octopus starter was meaty and large. My wife had Moussaka I had pasta and we enjoyed a bottle of Retsina. The service was fast and friendly the portions large the bill reasonable. We ate outside. I have never been in the basement restaurant.
  • Garrison house: Great food and reasonable prices.  Live music one night a week, specials every night. Across from Jackson Triggs winery on Hwy 55 (Mississauga Street). Hamburger night is Wednesday.
  • Market at the village: The dinner market is located next to Garrison house and runs every Wednesday from May through October. You will find Silver Smith Brewery beer, Tide and Vine with oysters plus wineries and food trucks. This is a great way to spend a Wednesday evening. It runs all summer.
  • Farmers marketSaturday morning – Spring to Fall – The same location as the Wednesday dinner market, next to Garrison House.
  • Balzac’s coffeeWe used to drink Balzac’s coffee when we are in Niagara on the Lake, but with a Nespresso machine in the house we make  our own great coffee. If you want to get out for a coffee and snack this is the place. You can sit outside and enjoy the weather.
  • Budapest BakeshopThe Chimney cakes they make are delicious. We enjoyed both the sweet and cheese cakes. The cheese cake was great with a glass of wine and the sweet made a lovely desert for two. New for 2019 and a great addition.
  • Il Gelato Di Carlotta: Our after dinner stop on Queen Street. Great home-made ice cream. Always good I ate their offering several times in 2019.
  • Pizza PaisaOn Victoria street, behind the Bank of Montreal. It is about a block from either house. They do not deliver, but it is a short walk. They make true Italian Pizza in a wood oven imported from Italy. It is too thin for my liking. Butler’s is better.
  • Cheese Secrets: A great cheese shop, located two doors over from the Angel Inn. They have a great selection of Canadian and imported cheeses, plus olives and other good things. If you like blue cheese try the Grey Owl from Quebec. Stinky but oh so good. Also try the local prosciutto every bit as good as Italian Parma.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion branch 124: For a real small-town experience and great fish and chips stop by the Legion on Thursday night. You will find locals and visitors enjoying fish and chips cooked up by Legionnaires and volunteers. Cash only! The money raised goes back into the community.
  • Niagara’s finest Thai: If you like Thai food you will love this restaurant. Lots of seafood, peanuts and chilies if you like. Fran and I ate there in December 2019 and were impressed.
  • TreadwellLess than a block from either house. This acclaimed restaurant falls short in our estimation. My wife ordered the Lamb and I the Duck breast. The Lamb was huge with a lot of fat, the duck breast well-cooked but cool. The wine I chose was from Daniel Lenko who was one of the much talked about but seldom seen wine makers. The wine was the best part of the meal. We ate there in December of 2019.

 

 

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