Around the World: 10 Tastes of Prince Edward County (+ Bonus Spots)

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Welcome to The County - a culinary journey like no other. From Spanish-style dishes to Japanese-inspired delights, Prince Edward County offers a world of flavours waiting to be tasted.
A photo of three main meals; a burger, lamb, and a fish dish.

Explore the top eats in Prince Edward County! (We’re clearly still dreaming about the fall Countylicious; we’re so inspired to share our own recommendations for this internationally-diverse culinary scene.)

Here are just 10 of our favourites.

(Bonus: Our favourite spots for late-night dessert, cocktails, and wine at the end.)

 

map pin1. Piccolina Mercato & Bar: Italian Delights

Piccolina is a sensory dream in itself – a market, bakery, and coffee shop – bursting with character. Every corner boasts something worth seeing, smelling, touching, and tasting. The owner, Enid Grace, says Piccolina is her personal homage to the traditional Italian coffee bars that she spent many hours in. For lovers of Italian cuisine or just damn good coffee, Piccolina is for you.

We recommend:

  • Lunch | A fresh sandwich or grab a selection of their cheeses and curated meats
  • Sweet | A limone mascarpone tart or blueberry ricotta scone
  • Drink | Any of their coffees or cocktails!

Tip: Spend time browsing their store or better yet, sit in their patio when it’s warm out and experience aperitivo. (Aperitivo is a term used in Spain and Italy that means a pre-meal drink or snack to ‘open’ the stomach.)
Wednesday – Sunday 8am – 4pm

Website | Instagram

 

 

map pin2. Parsons Brewing Company: Latin American Flavours

Discover Latin American-inspired flavours here. This family-owned and operated brewery in Prince Edward County not only serves up a fantastic variety of craft beer, but also offers a tantalizing menu featuring Latin American dishes that pair perfectly with their brews. It’s a great spot to relax and indulge. With plenty of outdoor space and a playground for little ones, this farm brewery is a good one for families too. 

We recommend: 

  • Appetizer | Enright beef empanadas w/ egg, olive, chimichurri, pimento icing sugar
  • Main | Guajillo roasted chicken w/ chimichurri and wilted greens
  • Sweet | Fire roasted pineapple tres leches w/  toasted almonds + crème fraîche
  • Drink | A feature flight or their Crave Radler

Tip: Parsons often holds special events – reserve your spot well ahead of time.
Monday – Thursday 12pm – 6pm + Friday – Saturday 12pm – 8pm

Website | Menu | Instagram

 

map pin3. Idle Wild: A Taste of Asia

Idle Wild takes you on a culinary journey through Asia with an emphasis on Thai flavours. From aromatic curries to fresh spring rolls, the seasonal offerings at Idle Wild will drive your taste buds wild (excuse the pun). As aptly stated in Visit The County’s profile of this restaurant, “…featuring fresh, local ingredients; Mel & Paul Tobias cook authentic, adventurous ethnic dishes that a lot of us yearn for.”

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Mango salad (gluten free!)
  • Main | Beef and broccoli with rice noodles
  • Drink | Their green tea cucumber (ultra refreshing)

Tip: Take their flavours home! They often sell jars of their chilli oil or coconut curry oil.
Thursday – Friday 4pm – 8pm + Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 8pm

Menu | Instagram

 

 

map pin4. La Condesa, Cucina Mexicana: Mexican Delights, Gluten-Free Style

La Condesa brings the vibrant flavours of Mexico to Prince Edward County with a twist — everything is gluten free!* They also have vegan options and zero-proof drink options, so don’t be afraid to ask the staff. Walking by during warm weather, it’s normal to see patrons bursting from their door, savouring their Mexican delights under a colourful patio. Enjoy tacos, tostadas, and classic cocktails without compromising on dietary restrictions. It’s a win-win for foodies seeking an authentic Mexican experience.

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Charred street-style corn w/ aioli, chilli powder, Cotija cheese, and cilantro
  • Mains | Spicy shrimp tacos, mushroom and cheese taco, octopus + chorizo tostada
  • Sweet |  Gluten-free churros w/ homemade cajeta
  • Drink | Margarita (classic) or if you’re up for one of those nights, their tequila tasting flight (1.5oz) featuring Tromba Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

Tip: Walk in only, no reservations – but you can join their waitlist.
*(Except for their fish taco and tres leches, but they’re honest about that.)
Open everyday from 12pm – 9pm

Website | Menu | Instagram

 

 

map pin5. Bocado: Savour the Flavours of Spain

This Spanish-inspired gem in Picton offers a delectable menu featuring tapas, paellas, and a tempting selection of wines. Australian chef Stuart Cameron definitely poured his love of Spanish culture and food into this place – it’s evident in every mouthful. Bocado is tasteful, elegant, and classy. The perfect choice for date night or groups of friends, their cozy ambience and authentic flavours truly make Bocado a must-visit for those in The County.

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Pulpo – Galician-style octopus, heirloom potatoes, paprika, spanish evoo, and garlic aioli
  • Mains | Paella Mariscos – Argentinian red shrimp, mussels, scallops, snap peas, saffron
  • Sweet | Florones de Limon – yuzu caramel, passionfruit curd, lemon ice cream, citrus whipped cream
  • Drink | Your own gin & tonic concoction (1.5oz)

Tip: Their paella requires a 45-minute cooking time. It’s worth the wait though, so don’t make the mistake of filling up too much before it arrives!
Monday – Thursday 5pm – 8:30pm + Fridays 5pm – 10pm + Saturday 4:30pm – 10:00pm + Sunday 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Website | Menu | Instagram

 

 

map pin6. Flame + Smith: Modern Canadian, Wood-Fired Cooking

Flame + Smith redefines Canadian cuisine with a focus on wood-fired cooking. This modern Canadian restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are both innovative and delicious. It’s a true celebration of Canadian flavours.

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Artisan sourdough and whipped whey butter, or the local burrata and heirloom tomatoes (with pistachio butter, haskap berries, and basil from their garden!)
  • Mains | Opal valley lamb rack w/ pommes fondant, king oyster mushrooms, minted pea puree
  • Sweet | Ontario strawberry tart w/ crème pâtissière, white chocolate, tonka bean, strawberry foam 
  • Drink | They have a wicked bar and extensive wine list – you can’t go wrong.

Tip: Book this place in advance – they get busy.
Thursday – Monday 4:30pm – 8:30pm (last seating)

Website | Menu | Instagram

 

 

map pin7. Dive In Charm: Japanese Take-Away

Craving sushi? Dive In Charm has you covered. With its very unassuming location (it’s a house – spot it with a single road sign and an ultra-cute garage door) this take-out joint is one of The County’s best-kept secrets in our humble opinion. Dive In Charm will whip up mouthwatering sushi rolls, tempura and gyozas, and generous bento boxes that you can enjoy on-the-go or at a scenic spot by the lake. It’s a taste of Japan with a super friendly owner; both will make you feel right at home.

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Takoyaki (six pieces of fried octopus batter balls) 
  • Main | Chicken bento box (salad w/ sesame dressing, stir-fried veggies, japchae sweet potato noodles, and 4 pieces of tempura
  • Sweet | Any of the Japanese candy and goodies on display!

Tip: It’s take-away only, but with a few seating options outside. We recommend calling ahead to place an order.
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Menu | Instagram

 

 

map pin8. Merrill House: Fine Dining French Cuisine

Celebrating a special occasion or looking for a more formal experience? Don’t look past Merrill House. As their website instructs, you can “indulge your senses in fine art, French cuisine and a meticulously curated wine collection” in this award-winning boutique hotel that’s known for hosting weddings, corporate retreats, and other events.

We recommend:

  • Courses | Braised calamari puttanesca (brown butter, lemon, capers, niçoise olives, roasted garlic, and tomato) or the moulard duck breast, medium-rare (with cassis glaze and blackcurrant jus)
  • Sweet | Lindt warm molten chocolate cake (with house-made vanilla bean ice cream)
  • Drink | The Prince Edward cocktail (Kinsip Rye, Dave’s Sparkling Lemonade, Tortured Path Cider)

Tip: Merrill House also offers picnic experiences, chef tasting menus, gourmet breakfasts (reservations only), afternoon tea, and wine tastings and courses.
Restaurant open Tuesday to Saturday. First seating 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Second seating 8:15pm to 9:30pm. Reservations recommended, walk-ins welcome. Walk-ins only for the marquee menu.

Website | Marquee Menu | Dinner Menu | Instagram

Photo credits: Instagram @merrillhouse1878

map pin9. GOOD Place: Vegan, Gluten-Free & Healthy

If you’re seeking a healthy and tasty lunch, or have a hankering for health-conscious beverages, GOOD Place is your go-to spot! As The County’s local hub for the mindful, this healthy cafe and grocer is conveniently within walking distance from Wellington Beach. They’re all about organic, plant-based, nutrient-rich menus with gluten-free and vegan options – while their store features a range of eco-friendly and sustainable household items, snacks, and gifts.

We recommend:

  • Breakfast | GOOD Granola Bowl (house made granola, yogurt topped with seasonal organic fruit – vegan yogurt available)
  • Lunch | Spicy Tofu Banh Mi Wrap (spicy tofu, pickled red onions, shredded carrots and zucchini, with mixed greens and spicy mayo in an organic spinach wrap)
  • Sweet | Grab one of their specialty chocolate bars in the grocer.
  • Drink | The Green Machine smoothie (spinach, ginger, pineapple, parsley, banana, chia and Plant Based Mylk)

Tip: They can also provide catering for retreats, luncheons, dinner parties, and special events – all you need to do is reach out.
Seven days a week 9am – 3pm.

Website | Menu | Facebook | Instagram

 

 

 

map pin10. SUJEO: Korean Flavours in The County

SUJEO brings the bold and flavourful tastes of Korea to Prince Edward County, right on Main Street in the heart of Picton. Focusing on home-style Korean cuisine, this small but mighty restaurant serves up an array of warm dishes that feel like a hug after every bite. From savoury bulgogi to spicy kimchi, this restaurant offers an array of Korean dishes that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

We recommend:

  • Appetizer | Kimchi (fermented napa cabbage dish with onion, ginger, garlic, and a spicy kick)
  • Main | Japchae bap (stir-fried Korean potato starch glass noodles, vegetables, bulgogi [beef]), comes with steamed rice
  • Drink | Try an IKEZO – a sake-based sparkly jelly drink (peach or yuzu flavours)

Tip: Call-ahead and book a reservation, or do a take-away order if you’re in a rush. There’s a tendency for longer wait times – but the food is worth the wait.
Open for lunch Tuesdays to Saturdays 12pm – 3pm; dinner 4:30pm – 8:00pm.

Menu | Facebook | Instagram

 

 

Bonus! After your meal… 


If you’re anything like us – you’ll want to satisfy your sweet tooth or end the day with a nightcap. 
We got you!

 

Slickers Ice Cream


Be sure to visit Slickers County Ice Cream in Bloomfield or Picton. Making over 70 flavours every season, they specialize in artisanal, homemade ice cream. Each one is made with fresh, local ingredients and offers a range of unique flavours. It’s the perfect treat even in the cooler months – the sweetness will help melt your troubles away.

Flavours we recommend:

  • Campfire Cream | Their most popular flavour. It smells and tastes like the nostalgia of marshmallows roasting during a camping getaway.
  • Apple Pie | Freshly baked apple pies (baked in-house) made with crispy apples, browned butter, and cinnamon, with a sweet butter and brown sugar crumble.
  • Kids Breakfast | An explosion of sugar! Vanilla ice cream swirled with homemade fudge sauce and loaded with cookie dough, M&Ms, Smarties, marshmallows, and Reese’s Pieces. 
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream | Their rich chocolate ice cream, creamy peanut butter, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups concoction.

Tip: Want to bring their taste home? You can buy 1L or 2L pints straight from their fridge selection. They also have a range of dairy-free sorbet flavours!
Closed Mondays – both locations open during varying hours the rest of the week.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

The Russ & Co. | Bespoke cocktail bar


The Russ & Co is a bespoke cocktail bar right on the main strip of Picton with a very cool aesthetic. Catch their bartenders serving up craft cocktails, beer, and wine in an intimate speakeasy style atmosphere five nights a week. Don’t be surprised if you get served by the owner himself – Russ exudes a kind of everyone’s-mate vibe – his personality, along with top-notch cocktails, makes him and his bar a County favourite. 

As stated on their website: “Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” – Hemingway

We recommend:

  • Isn’t She Lovely – Mataroa Mediterranean Gin, Amaro Nonino, Luxardo, Strawberry Hibiscus, Lemon, Egg White
  • Jack Rabbit Slim – Italian Apertivo, Bianco, Dolin Red, Elderflower
  • Island Vibes (zero proof) – Ginger Beer, Vanilla, Orange, Lime

Tip: Find them right next to the Regent Theatre. Reservations aren’t available, but walk-ins are always welcome!
Monday to Thursday 6pm – 2am + Friday 4pm – 2am + Saturday and Sunday 1pm – 2am. 

Website | Menu | Instagram

 

Photo credits: Instagram @therussandco

decanter | Boutique Tasting Bar + Gift Shop


decanter is a boutique and tasting bar on the main strip of Wellington, offering “a unique selection of small batch and rare Ontario wines, craft beer, cider and mead, plus locally-sourced gifts, pantry fare, picnic supplies and gourmet snacks.” 

The founders are life-partners Angie and MJ – and their experience, knowledge, and passion for wine is immediately evident. You couldn’t have asked for a friendlier duo to welcome you to their space.

We recommend:

  • Coming in for a browse, then staying for a tasting (and learning a lot from Angie and MJ!)

Tip: decanter also hosts many pop-ups at their location (and even yoga classes) so follow them on social media to stay updated on their happenings.

Thursday 12pm – 6pm, Friday – Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm, Monday 11am – 5pm

Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

 

 

Book Your Prince Edward County Experience


Don’t forget the wine!

Explore the top eats in Prince Edward County and make the most of your visit by booking your accommodations and wine tours with Sandbanks Vacations.

You can select from a wide range of vacation rentals and accommodations… from cozy cottages to spacious waterfront villas. 

And of course, if you’re in The County, you can’t miss out on a wine tour – this region boasts 40+ wineries and an array of breweries, cideries, and distilleries fit for all group sizes and taste buds. 

Here are our most popular wine tours. Explore The County, your way. 

The County Wine Essentials Tour
  • Visit four wineries
  • Enjoy three to four tastings at each winery
  • Door-to-door service for seamless transportation
  • Stay hydrated with complimentary bottled water
  • Option to enhance your experience with a locally-curated charcuterie box
The County Unveiled Tour
  • Explore four unique locations, which may include wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries
  • Indulge in tastings at each location
  • Benefit from convenient door-to-door service
  • Stay refreshed with provided bottled water
  • Option to enhance your experience with a locally-curated charcuterie box
The Bachelorette Tour
  • Experience four local wineries, breweries, or cideries
  • Delight in three to four tastings at each location
  • Enjoy the convenience of door-to-door service
  • Stay hydrated with complimentary bottled water
  • Option to complement your adventure with a locally-curated charcuterie box
The County Trio Tour
  • Visit three exceptional wineries
  • Experience three to four tastings at each winery
  • Benefit from door-to-door service for seamless transportation
  • Stay refreshed throughout your tour with complimentary bottled water
  • Enhance your journey with the option to add a locally-curated charcuterie snack box
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