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Eating Your Way Around Prince Edward County: The Best Spots for Dining in or Out

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If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when you go on vacation is scout out all of the delicious new food options. Or maybe you take it one step further like some of us here at Sandbanks Vacations and plan your meals before you’ve even left for your trip? Never fear fellow foodies; we’ve got you covered; here are some of our favourite places to dine in or source local produce around Prince Edward County.

Restaurant Recommendations: 

Feel like dining in? Here are some of our top restaurant recommendations in The County.  

Flame and Smith (Bloomfield)
Woodfire cooking combined with a community atmosphere makes Flame and Smith one spot that’s not to be missed on your next visit to The County. If you like seafood and steak, you’ll feel right at home here – but there are options for your veggie-loving friends too. (Chilled zucchini soup, we’re looking at you.) Good to Know: They’re closed Tuesday and Wednesday and are not taking reservations. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Bloomfield Public House (Bloomfield)
The rustic-chic vibe of this Public House is strong – and their fried chicken game is even stronger. Every Thursday to Sunday, you can find Judy’s Fried Chicken and Barbeque here, where you can enjoy Judy’s original fried chicken as well as a variety of other dishes, from crab rolls to a pulled pork sammy. Polish it all off with a Big A** Cookie (Judy’s words, not ours.) Good to Know: They’re closed Mondays.  

Midtown Brewery (Wellington)
A friendly, comfortable atmosphere that will instantly make any beer-lover feel right at home. Their menu changes seasonally, but their fries with garlic aioli and parmesan are a fan-favourite and sure to please – along with their famous wood-fired pizza. Wash it all down with some cold beer. Their core brews include a “not your average” India pale ale, a “shockingly light and refreshing” stout, along with a County Kolsh, otherwise known as “the Prosecco of beer.” Good to Know: They’re open 7 days a week and have no reservations or sweet potato fries.  

La Condesa (Wellington)
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine right in the heart of Wellington – from their delicious beer-battered fish tacos to fresh guacamole and corn chips to an octopus and chorizo tostada – you can find it all and more al La CondesaGood to Know: They’re closed Wednesdays and only accept walk-ins, but you can join their online waitlist and they’ll text you when your table is ready.  

East & Main Bistro (Wellington)
Comfort food in a bistro setting…does it get any better? (No, no it does not.) This joint describes their cuisine as “elevated comfort fare made from locally sourced ingredients.” But it’s not just their food that’s elevated – their atmosphere and customer service are too! Good to Know: East & Main Bistro is open Thursday – Sunday only. 

Stella’s Wine Bar (Picton) 

Stella’s is a wine-lovers paradise right in Picton. Don’t worry, beer, cider, and cocktail lovers – you’ll find options on the menu for you, too. The snack options are more daring and may appeal to those with adventurous tastes. (Think chicken liver mousse, rabbit rillette, and confit pork belly, though you can also find more traditional flavours in the ricotta dumplings, cauliflower fritters, and baked brie.) Good to Know: They’re closed Wednesday and Thursday and do not accept reservations or groups larger than 4 people.  

The County Canteen (Picton) 

There is something simply comforting about The County Canteen. The food is excellent, the people are wonderful, and the atmosphere is chill. (If you’re chilly in the winter, they’ll bring you a blanket. Seriously!) If you’re a beer fan, this is the place to be, with 26 of Ontario’s finest beers on tap. Their menu changes regularly, but they always strive to provide the freshest produce and draw food inspiration from their experienced Kitchen Crew, Front of House Team, and even regular customers. Good to Know: They’re open 7 days a week.  

Hartley’s Tavern (Picton) 

Hartley’s serves up “New Canadian” fare along with wine and beer in a stylish, low-lit atmosphere (they also have a cozy patio.) But don’t let the casual, relaxed atmosphere fool you – their food is elegant and refined, creatively showcasing local produce and protein – and at an exceptional price, too. Good to Know: They’re closed Sunday – Tuesday 


Local Farm Stands:
 

Planning on staying in and cooking a nice meal instead? Hit up these farm stands for fresh local produce for a true farm-to-table experience! 

 Hagerman Farms (Picton) 

This family-run farm dates back to 1905 and is one of The County’s most popular farm stands. They’re well known for their pumpkin and squash, but you can find a large variety of vegetables here throughout the growing season. While you’re picking out your veggies, you might spot some chickens and sheep roaming  around too!  

Quinta Do Conde (Milford) 

The Quinta Do Conde Food Shop is open daily from May through November. You can find seasonal fruits and veggies, meat, eggs, bread, charcuteries, preserves, and more. But this is way more than a farm stand – they offer farm stays, children/adult workshops, farm tours, and dinner experiences, too!  

Laundry Farms (Picton) 

These third-generation farmers know Prince Edward County produce and are only too happy to share it with you. Depending on the time of year, you’ll find squash, onions, peppers, corn on the cob, potatoes, apples, tomatoes, and more at Laundry Farms. You can also pick your own strawberries and raspberries if you’re there at the right time of year.  

Lakeshore Farms Market (Wellington) 

Enjoy picking your own strawberries, sweet corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and pumpkins (depending on the time of year that you come), or just grab some that are ready to go at the store. There is also a gift store that offers crafts from local artisans, maple syrup, honey, apple cider, and baked goods including their famous donuts. (We’re declaring them as famous because we love them so much – especially the cinnamon sugar ones!)  

Campbell’s Orchard & Country Market (Carrying Place) 

This locally owned and operated orchard and gift shop is brimming with fresh local produce, starting with – you guessed it – apples! There are 25 different varieties of pears and apples for you to try, along with all kinds of delicious baked goods, including apple fritters, fruit pies, apple crisp, scones, and more. Pick up some apple cider to enjoy with dessert. (Hard ciders are also available here through Apple Falls Cider Co. 

Thyme Again Gardens (Carrying Place) 

Thyme Again Gardens is a bed-and-breakfast and organic farm that features a self-serve Farm Stand open for drop-in shopping on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am-5pm. You’ll find fresh, organic seasonal produce along with eggs and meat. You might also see fiber products for sale, including hand-knitted socks, hats, and mittens, along with honey soap and other body care products. This is a great place to get seeds and seedlings for your own garden, too.  

Bloomfield Public House (Bloomfield) 

Get all your local produce as well as grocery staples, meat, fish, cheese, snacks, and even beer/cider/cocktails with Bloomfield Public House Market

Now you know exactly where to eat on your next visit to Prince Edward County! We hope you enjoy eating your away around The County and experiencing the delicious food this area has to offer.  

Need a place to stay? We’ve got you covered there, too. Check out our unique County vacation rentals that are sure to please today.  

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