Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...

The Garrison House, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

The Garrison House is one of Niagara’s great meeting places. The service is terrific and the food is honest and delicious. It also turns out to be a ‘local’ for many of the region’s winemakers and chefs. It’s a really fun place!  Owner David Watt with partner Leigh...

Les Fougères, Chelsea, Quebec

If you’re in the Ottawa Valley or the Outaouais and you mention the concept of regional cooking in Quebec, Les Fougères will be named. Chefs Charles Part and Jennifer Warren Part are completely and utterly dedicated to serving forth the best food and wine to their clientele. Aside from the...

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

There are few restaurants that can claim the view and the attention to local ingredients but From Scratch, A Mountain Kitchen is one of them. Co-owner Lara McCormack couldn’t have said it better: “With a name like From Scratch, you get what we’re all about.” Lara and her...

Taverne Monkland, Montréal

“This is what a ‘local’ looks like in Montreal.  Stylish, great food and very, very comfortable! Monkland Taverne has been an institution in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) since 1995 and the team of owners –  Josh Crowe, Barbara Irwin, Stephen Leslie, Boris Schweers and Donald Lovell  – have been...

Araxi Restaurant and Bar, Whistler, British Columbia

Araxi Executive Chef James Walt should be very proud. He’s garnered Gold for our Innovation Awards and has been on the Vancouver Magazine Awards podium for years. It’s a testament to both Walt’s talent and leadership and, of course, his award-winning brigade. He and his team take their...

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, Ontario

Few hoteliers have had such an impact on the Canadian hospitality industry as Bill Bennett and Mary Beaton. Bill is an architect with a passion for old Ontario structures and between them they completed the first renovation of The Millcroft Inn in the small mill town of Alton on the Credit River....

Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar, Regina, Saskatchewan

When it comes to developing new dishes for this great Regina-based restaurant, Chef, and owner Jonathan Thauberger blends classic culinary techniques with local products to create dishes that reflect the city’s diverse culture and brings to light the steady growth of local producers. The...

Fusion Grill, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sometime in February 2006 I decided that an ice fishing trip was in order and, rather than renting a hut, I headed to Winnipeg on the insistence of Fusion Restaurant’s, fishing-obsessed owner, Scot McTaggart.  Scot had had the decency to warn me that it’d be cold.  But it WAS FREEZING.  Minus 40’C...

Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food, St. John’s, NFLD

For such a youthful company, it’s safe to say that Rocket (few ever use the full name) has become a full fledged St. John’s institution. Comments from food writers and Facebook fans say it all. Amidst the 5 Star customer reviews this one stood out. “Truly a gem in the crown that...