The best restaurants in central Ontario

by Kent Vargas
The best restaurants in central Ontario

The Craftsman Restaurant

This place has been around since 1955, and the key to its longevity is found in, believe it or not, the great food.

They’ve got special features every night, such as Cajun-style blackened catfish, maple stuffed roast pork, and grilled rainbow trout, to name a few.

Moreover, there’s a traditional roast beef dinner every Sunday, which sounds just about right for a town of 4,000 people.

Memphis Fire Barbeque Company

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on the menu here and the Sneaky Cheeseburger has developed a loyal fan following.

You get a patty made from fresh ground beef from local farms, dressed with ranch, lettuce, tomatoes, dill, and caramelized onions and topped with a smoked cheddar spread.

And while you can get a single, you end up getting the triple patty.

Frijoles Fresh Mex Burritos

You’ll find all the classic Mexican foods here. From tacos to burritos and quesadillas, everything is served without any of the unnecessary frills.

However, you must try out their burrito, served with homemade guac, pico de gallo salsa, toms, sweet corn, fresh cheese, romaine, crisp cabbage, jalapeños, plus chicken, beef, and pork.

But that’s not it. There are eight of the house-made sauces that you can try with it.

Era 67 Restaurant & Lounge

The steaks here are cut in-house daily and easily stack up against anything any big city has to offer, especially their 14oz AAA Angus Reserve Alberta Beef Ribeye monster.

Feel like something different? Try some hand-made pasta stuffed with Era 67 homemade wild mushroom duxelle and a chardonnay reduction, shallots and fresh thyme.

It also incorporates Woolwich goat’s cheese and Balderson aged cheddar tossed with a roasted garlic cream sauce and topped with wilted baby arugula and duo of grape tomatoes in maple marinara.

That Little Place By The Lights

A fairly sizable family runs this amazingly named Italian restaurant, where everything actually does taste homemade.

Try the linguine puttanesca (black & green olives, capers, garlic, hot peppers, and anchovies in tomato sauce), or their meat-loaded Mamma Anna’s pizza with Italian sausage, salami, ham, and bacon.