The Berlin, Kitchener, Ontario

The press release read “THE BERLIN is not your average neighbourhood restaurant”.  Quite an understatement for a restaurant with Chef Jonathan Gushue at the culinary helm. Located in the heart of downtown Kitchener, Ontario, across the road from the Conrad Centre for the Performing...

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...

Mercer Hall Inn & Restaurant, Stratford, Ontario

Mercer Hall is a lovely boutique hotel in downtown Stratford, Ontario.  With Chef Ryan O’Donnell at the helm, you can be sure that the menu reads like a who’s who of regional producers. Few farmers raise better meat than Max and Vicki Lass. Heck, they supply Toronto’s Buca...

Bannock, Toronto

Bannock pays homage to Canada’s culinary history.  It was the flat bread created by First Nations using ‘flour’ made from dried tubers or cattail spires. Then came the early traders who shared the Scot’s name for their wheat flour biscuits that were a staple in the earliest...

Absinthe Café, Ottawa

Chef Patrick Garland’s steak frites have been dubbed as one of the city’s 101 must-try-before-you-die ‘tastes’ by Ottawa magazine. I’d say that it’s not just the steak that’s important in this busy, with-it restaurant. Garland has a menu filled with lots of other great Canadian flavours including...

The Coach House Café @ Henry of Pelham Winery, St. Catharines, Ontario

Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery has serious history, well rooted in the food culture of both Ontario and Canada.  So when the owners, the Speck family, decided to open a small café, they searched the region for a chef with ideals to match their own.   Chef Erik Peacock and his family have...

Casero Kitchen Table, Owen Sound, Ontario

When I asked about the name Casero Kitchen Table, Jesse Gibbons (one of the three owners and a talented filmmaker) explained that ‘casero’ simply means homemade. Their menus are bursting with flavour and pretty much everything is, indeed, homemade.  The colourful restaurant overflows...

Maple Leaf Tavern, Toronto

Jesse Vallins, the Executive Chef of the Maple Leaf Tavern brings a ton of street cred to this kitchen. He’s won the “Toronto Sausage League” championship three times…a perfect addition to any tavern’s menu.  As a well-read culinarian, he develops curriculum for...

Farmhouse Tavern, Toronto

Describing themselves as “Serving farmhouse hospitality. Rooted in the charming influences of the rural Ontario farmhouse. A little bit country/ A lot rock & roll. Cooking a blackboard menu of farm driven food. Pouring Ontario craft brews + VQA juice.” Sounds like this place was made with Food...

Fork and Cork Grill, Kitchener, Ontario

Every autumn a great friend overwhelms me and my front step with boxes and baskets quinces from her ancient tree. For fun, I delivered two large baskets to Buca Osteria and a young chef Eric Neaves  who was working received them with gratitude.  Now, after a stint at another FDC restaurant, The...