Anyone else in need of a weekend getaway? Look no further than Prince Edward County. Whether you hail from Toronto, Ottawa, or even Montreal, PEC offers a quaint retreat away from city life, and it’s only a few hours by car. More than wineries and beaches, the County has quickly become a haven for foodies thanks to its big-city influences. Below is a list of my favourite restaurants in Prince Edward County.
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Many of you have probably heard of The Drake Devonshire Inn. The sister restaurant to The Drake on Toronto’s Queen Street West, The Drake Devonshire is the quaint, pastoral version of the trendy TO locale. As a frequent visitor to Prince Edward County, I will say that The Drake Devonshire Inn’s restaurant serves up the best food of any eatery in the area. Though it’s pricey for the County, the dishes are creative and delicious. The Drake Devonshire is open for brunch, lunch, snacks, and dinner, with some of my favourite dishes being fried chicken and waffles with poached peaches and their blistered cherry tomato pappardelle with ricotta and rapini. If this isn’t enough to convince you, The Drake Devonshire has the best view of any eatery in PEC. With its private beach (complete with hammocks and a bonfire), it boasts views of Lake Ontario that are as scenic as it gets.
Open for breakfast and lunch only; Enid Grace Café is a local favourite. This tiny yet bustling eatery is known for its freshly baked bread and pastries. (Just walk by the café, and you’ll instantly be able to smell the baked goods!) However, they also have fuller breakfast options like smoked salmon bagels and brie & egg breakfast sandwiches. Adding to the cute atmosphere is the small retail section with locally-made items that the café owner likes to bake with (this idea was inspired by the owner’s time in France.) Be sure to stop by and grab some bread to go, or sit on their outdoor patio and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.
La Condesa is one of the newest additions to Prince Edward County. Replacing Courage Bar, La Condesa opened this spring and specializes in Mexican cuisine. The vibrant interior is enough to get you in the door, but the food and cocktails will keep you coming back. Beverages range from five different types of margaritas, a variety of inventive mezcal cocktails, and watermelon rosé sangria (my current obsession). To pair with my sangria, I’m partial to the tacos, of which there are seven types. The vegan chorizo taco is to die for, as is the Pollo Asado (chicken marinated in adobo, onion, and cilantro). Not in the mood for tacos? The expansive menu also includes enchiladas, quesadillas, tostadas, guacamole, ceviche, queso fundido, and more. And don’t forget to leave room for dessert – traditional Tres Leches cake! Currently, La Condesa is open Friday to Sunday only for lunch and dinner.
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