Sweetwater Restaurant, Kemble, Ontario

Sweetwater Restaurant is part of the aptly named Cobble Beach Golf Resort on the rocky western shore of Georgian Bay just north of the picturesque city of Owen Sound.  The beaches here are strewn with cobbles and the water is so fresh that neighbouring cottagers routinely run pipes out into the...

West Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver

The motto is “True to Our Region; True to the Seasons.” The commitment has never, ever wavered since the day that West first opened and it leapt onto the Vancouver restaurant stage as a serious contender for the most delicious regional food. The service at West is so superlative that it was...

Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar, Vancouver

Having a mere 40 seats, Cibo Trattoria,located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district, remains true to the traditional trattoria concept. In 2011 it was named as one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. But no matter how you cut...

Maison Publique, Montréal

Derek Dammann has created the sort of restaurant he is all about…democratic and fun, delicious and fresh, thoughtful and sustainable. Maison Publique Chef Dammann, seen here at the left with his U of Guelph Innovation Award,  is revisiting the past, but as usual, his eye is on the horizon....

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. 2017 marks another consecutive Gold win for Araxi’s decade-plus legacy as Vancouver Magazine Awards’ Best Whistler Restaurant. This is a first for the award and a testament to both Walt’s talent and leadership and his award-winning brigade....

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...

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

FireWorks, Inn at Bay Fortune, Fortune, Prince Edward Island

Rooted on the coast near Souris, P.E.I., The Inn at Bay Fortune’s gracious gardens and talented kitchen are embedded in island food culture.  It is the home of Chef Michael Smith’s dream restaurant.  Any one who has watched him in action knows that he casts a large presence and his...

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...