Harmony Lunch, Waterloo, Ontario

“It cost us A LOT just to make this place look like we’d left if alone.” Nick Benninger sat with me at the Arborite counter on the original Naugahyde-topped bar stools watching the cooks sauté heaps of the Harmony Lunch’s signature fried onions to go atop the seared...

Proof Restaurant, Waterloo, Ontario

Executive Chef Jeritt Raney was born in the small town of Tobermory, Ontario at the top of the Bruce Peninsula where he worked with his father at the family fishing business. But like most small town kids, staying really wasn’t an option. Both Jeritt and Proof’s General Manager, Laura...

Marbles, Waterloo, Ontario

Marbles has been part of the Waterloo uptown shopping area for decades. The building now nearly 150 years old was originally built as a livery stable for the Alexander House, a hotel that once stood on the corner of King and William. The hotel was built in the mid 1870s by David Kuntz, the owner...

Scozia @ The Breadalbane, Fergus, Ontario

The Breadalbane Inn has been a fixture in the food life of Wellington County for decades. The food is what owner Peter Egger (at left), has dreamed of…interesting and delicious.  The country-style dining room has recently given way to Scozia, (Pronounced “Scot-zia”) is Italian for Scotland....

Nota Bene, Toronto

Chef David Lee has been on the forefront of culinary creativity in Toronto for years!   He has garnered copious praise for his amazing cuisine.  When it opened it was quickly named Canada’s Best New Restaurant by Toronto Life, and voted as one of Canada’s top ten new restaurants by...

Taco Farm, Waterloo, Ontario

In June 2013 the doors of Taco Farm swung open and it’s been jammed ever since with diners who love great flavour and local food. Just down the street from Nick and Nat Benninger’s successful, more formal, Uptown 21 and near another recent acquisition the venerable Harmony Lunch, this...

Bauer Kitchen, Waterloo, Ontario

Fine restaurants were few and far between in the early days of Kitchener Waterloo dining.  If you wanted to celebrate or for a tremendous meal, you’d head to the Charcoal Steak House. The venerable steak house as grown into a full-fledged restaurant group with veteran Food Day Canada chef...

Abruzzi, London, Ontario

Chef/Owner Dave Lamers is inspired by the flavours of the Italian countryside but his real passion springs from growing up on a farm, collecting the freshest eggs and helping in the garden here in Canada. Now a veteran of Food Day, we first met when he was a newly-graduated young cook on Prince...

Miijidaa café + bistro, Guelph, Ontario

Few restaurateurs have been so far ahead of the curve as Bob Desautels.  He began sourcing local ingredients ages before it was sexy.  It wasn’t easy but all along he knew it was right. His restaurants, The Neighbourhood Group, have supported farmers and fishers; brewers and winemakers for...

Borealis Bar and Grille, Kitchener, Ontario

It may be the Flying Monkey Hoptical Illusion…or one of the other 18 beers/ales on tap at the new Kitchener location of Borealis.  Or it may be the Barrie Brothers asparagus-corn chips with house made salsa or my absolute Borealis favourite, their BBQ’d pulled pork sandwich. But after only a week...