Six Memorable Culinary Destinations a Short Drive from Toronto
Toronto is home to plenty of marvellous restaurants, but there’s a whole other delicious universe beyond the borders of The Six. Need a little inspiration for your next road trip or culinary escape? Here are six food-focused escapes a stone’s throw from Toronto.
449357 10th Concession, Singhampton
As you approach Eigensinn Farm, you’ll most certainly ask yourself if you’ve come to the right place. But when you spot the free-roaming chickens and a mountain of empty wine bottles at the side of the gravel laneway, you’ll know you’ve arrived at this whimsical farm. And, at the heart of the whimsy, is the true definition of farm-to-table dining that the Stadtlander family intimately shares with its diners. It’s not every day that one is able to dine on a farm and experience a heightened level of cuisine—full of finesse and passion—that is akin to some of the world’s best restaurants. With Eigensinn Farm, the Stadtlander family has created an inimitable experience that will leave diners with plenty of memories for years to come.
Read my full review of Eigensinn Farm here.
1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge
Langdon Hall has a strong culinary reputation, backed by equally strong credentials. It comes as no surprise that Langdon Hall ranked fourth on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2020 list. At the helm is Chef Jason Bangerter, who produces brilliant menus and draws his inspiration from the property’s gardens and neighbouring farms. Classically trained in French cuisine, his style melds classical techniques with contemporary execution. It’s not uncommon to find cheese from a local artisan or foraged ingredients from the 75-acre property. Using the freshest ingredients from the season is what Langdon Hall does best, and perhaps it’s consistently ranked as one of Canada’s best. This magical place is a truly unforgettable experience, and is well worth the short drive from Toronto.
Read my Langdon Hall review and feature for the full experience.
Greystones Restaurant and Lounge
63 Broadway, Orangeville
Greystones, having opened its doors during the pandemic, breathes vibrant life into a Orangeville’s dining scene. It strikes the perfect balance between unstuffy and refined, and is one of those places any diner longs to revisit. The restaurant, situated in one of the town’s historic buildings, underwent a massive renovation before opening in 2021, and is a partnership between Keith Froggett, chef/owner of Toronto’s Scaramouche, his son, Benn Froggett, and philanthropist, Jennifer Dattels. Greystones is the type of place you’ll always feel at home – with lovely hospitality and a menu of crowd-pleasing favourites amped up by the structure of classic French technique. Be sure to pop into neighbouring Greystones Café for a rotating selection of freshly baked goods, espresso-based beverages, and light bites.
Restaurant Pearl Morissette + RPM Bakehouse
3953 Jordan Road, Jordan Station
Situated in Jordan Station on the stunning Pearl Morissette property, Restaurant Pearl Morissette is an upscale destination for epicureans. Seasonal ingredients from regional producers are transformed into the day’s tasting menu with the utmost respect and care. And the low intervention, award-winning wines will give you plenty to savour – even after you leave. Don’t forget to pop into the new RPM Bakehouse nearby for some spiced buns, flaky croissants and other goodies.
210 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
Hexagon’s menu balances French classics with more imaginative dishes. At the helm of Hexagon’s kitchen is Chef Rafael Covarrubias, a talented young chef from Mexico who has already made a name for himself. Local ingredients and seasonality are given the spotlight, and influences from Covarrubias’ Mexican heritage punctuate the menu, providing an interesting story to accompany the food. Trust that you’ll be genuinely cared for while you dine in this contemporary space.
Read my full review of Hexagon here.
114 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Treadwell Cuisine, tucked off Niagara-on-the-Lake’s flower-lined main street, has made a name for itself with its down-to-earth atmosphere and farm-to-table philosophy. Chef/co-owner Stephen Treadwell is the man behind it all. He brings his refined palate and culinary expertise from training in some of the finest kitchens in England, Sweden and Switzerland. Ingredients shine in their purest form, highlighting artisans from the region (the back of the menu has an extensive list of local suppliers that changes every season), and the wine list is top shelf. Treadwell Cuisine sets the bar high for a true farm-to-table cuisine.
Read my full review of Treadwell Cuisine here.
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