Welcome to our totally biased, not-at-all-comprehensive and likely to change summary of our favourite 5 places to eat serious food in Prince Edward County.
We have been surprised by how much feedback we’d received about this list! People are passionate about their PEC food. Keep in mind this 100% based on our own personal experiences and taste, and not intended to be a comprehensive ranking of any kind.
Blumen Garden Restaurant | Picton
Yes, there is a cute garden in the back, and yes it is nice. But surprisingly that’s not the best reason to come here. Blumen is one of the most serious kitchens in the county, and that’s saying a lot. The most famous dish is probably the rabbit, but it’s hard to go wrong.
Agrarian Bistro | Bloomfield
Don’t be fooled by the relatively simple location, dinner at the Agrarian takes culinary risks, with the resulting wins and losses. It’s never boring. If you want the comfort side of things, come for the burger at lunch—arguably the best in the county. (With some contenders! County Canteen, Midtown and Burger Revolution in Belleville among them) Summers sit on their patio, while on weekend evenings there’s live music in their downstairs Speakeasy.
East & Main | Wellington
One of the County’s go-to spots for celebrations, East & Main feels like it’s bursting a bit at the seams as it handles its popularity. The food deserves it. When it’s on, so does the service. These days you really can’t show up without a reservation, and ironically their reservation system is a tad unreliable—no online reservations and don’t believe the website when it suggests you send an email. Talk to someone to be sure.
Sand and Pearl | West Lake
Wow, what a fun splash these girls made right off the bat. Good for them. Ultra-fresh seafood, always oysters, a playful fun atmosphere, and, let’s be honest, almost zero competition nearby (that won’t last long). Minimal non-seafood options, but that’s kind of the point. Lots of special events. Restricted hours in shoulder season, rolling to closed in the off-season.
Bloomfield Public House | Bloomfield
Our newcomer to this list, BPH took a while to get open (their renovation of a former bank was probably more fun to watch than to do), but they have shown they are a serious player on the PEC foodie scene–no surprise since their former restaurant The Hubb (now long gone) was one of this list’s first picks. Oysters are a staple, they have their own smokehouse out back, and the menu isn’t afraid to take some risks. Regular events. The front bar with a garage door window that’s open when it’s warm is a great place to hand for a coffee or pint from nearby Matron Fine Beer.
Bonus–they do a Sunday brunch, and even have a private room upstairs which can be booked for events. Closed Mondays.
Flame & Smith, Bloomfield | Toronto sensibility and price comes to the county
The Drake Devonshire, Wellington | Good, popular, but a predictable choice
The Restaurant at Waupoos Estates, Waupoos | Lovely spot and view, wonderful food. Fancier but not pretentious
The Miller House, Lake on the Mountain | Good food with a ridiculously good view
Hartley’s Tavern, Picton | Food far above tavern-level
Portabella, Picton | Unassuming, very friendly and surprisingly good food
Lastly, we still hold a candle for the Jamie Kennedy Summer Dinner Series, which continues to be on “hiatus” but which we all hope comes back one day. Legendary.