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:
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
ow, 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.
Jamie Kennedy Farms Summer Dinner Series | Hillier
[NOTE: JK Dinner Series is still on “hiatus” according to the JK site] Now approaching legendary, this is the perfect mashup of high food and county sensibility: world-class hyper-local food and chefs, paired with (usually) county wines, in a setting that’s 100% county: a farmer’s field and barn. If the weather cooperates, you’ll be open air. Saturdays only from early spring to Fall.
For a more detailed description of the Jamie Kennedy dinner experience, watch for our upcoming blog on the topic.