Top 6 Places for Foodies in Prince Edward County 2020

September 23, 2019

This list is for all the foodies coming to visit Prince Edward County. Six restaurants and cafes you should visit next time you’re in Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington, Prince Edward County. We’ve updated this list (originally posted in 2019) because we had so many people using it as a resource for planning their Prince Edward County vacations! For our the best breweries in Prince Edward County click here, and for the best wineries in Prince Edward County click here.

Why Foodies should venture out to Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County is all about the local food, wine and art scene. Each time we venture into the county we make a point of trying a new restaurant or cafe. Even with all the trips we’ve made we still haven’t tried all of the little independent spots! Below is our current list of favourite restaurants and cafes, and a couple that we are dying to try next summer. We organized them by area so you can easily plan your day trip.

Picton’s Top Spots for Foodies

  1. Stella’s Eatery | 172 Picton Main Street, Unit 105, Prince Edward, ON, K0K 2T0, Canada | No reservations | what a little gem this is. We had dinner here in June on the back patio. The inside space is small and dark, very moody and perfect for a date but with a baby we thought the spacious (and empty) patio would suit us better. There are no substitutions to the menu items so read carefully and then choose whatever appeals to you. We sampled four dishes and all of them were fantastic – the best food we ate all year!
  2. The Maran’s Dinebar | 165 Picton Main Street, Prince Edward, ON, K0K 2T0, Canada | Takes reservations | Sourced locally, open kitchen, very few tables. Far and away the best charcuterie board I’ve ever had (Board of Indecision), great daily soup, and pork carnitas. We only wished there were more handmade shells to scoop up the filling! Paired with a glass of Closson Chase Pinot Noir for me and a Stock & Row Cider for Patrick it was a lovely dinner. You can also try Bantam PEC and Auverre by The Marans located in Picton and at Closson Chase Vineyards respectively.
  3. Flossie’s at Carson’s Garden Market – We stopped in for the plants, and stayed for the sandwiches. The sandwich combinations are creative and the space- long tables under a sun shade- was perfect with kids. They also happened to have Alpacas visiting for the summer, and the kids absolutely loved learning about them.

Bloomfield’s Top Spots for Foodies (and kids)

  1. Bloomfield Public House – do yourself a favour and order the shrimp toast. It was perfection with a glass of rosé. My sister ordered the fried chicken and had nothing but good things to say about it. We like to sit in the back corner and watch the chefs prepare everyone’s meals in the open kitchen. If you’re stopping in for brunch/lunch or just need an afternoon pick-me-up they also do coffee and espresso drinks. New in 2020 – Bloomfield Public House is now Bloomfield Public House Market, but they still offer incredible food through Judy’s Fried Chicken and BBQ (only open in the summer months).
  2. Flame & Smith – First spot on our list to try next summer. I’m thinking anniversary dinner vibes! This is one spot we likely won’t bring the kiddos, more of an upscale date night dining experience.

Wellington’s Top Spots for Foodies (and kids)

  1. The Drake Devonshire – a tried and tested favourite. We often have business meetings here and typically order the Eggs Benedict, or the Drake Burger with fancy fries. They cater to both small and large parties, in the dining room and on the patio. We love to sit in the windows overlooking the lake. Their coffee is decent, and their staff is lovely and helpful. This is a popular place for intimate weddings and elopements, bachelorette parties and celebrations of all shapes and sizes. The design aesthetic is top notch. For elopement inspiration check out Romantic Elopement at The Drake Devonshire.
  2. Enid Grace Cafe (now known as Piccolina)- handmade pastries and desserts. Make sure you have plenty of time to wait in line or get there extra early. Enid Grace serves traditional Italian style coffee, so not our favourite (we prefer specialty coffee and will often pop over to Oak Surf Club instead) but the baked goods are stellar.
  3. Koenji PEC – opened in 2020, this Japanese whisky bar looks like the perfect place for an evening out with your lover or friends. Spoiler alert I don’t drink whisky but I’m up for going just for the food and design aesthetic!

Must Visit for Foodies Visiting Prince Edward County

Special mentions goes out to Jamie Kennedy Fries. We stumbled upon J.K. Fries after a beautiful morning at North Beach Provincial Park. We were very hungry and not looking forward to the drive back into Belleville so we took a chance and popped out to the J.K. Farm as it opened at 11AM. Luckily it was empty (and it’s all outdoors so no pandemic problems) and the food was incredible. I am happy to report that we returned to J.K. Fries several times, pretty much any time anyone came to visit us, and it was equally delicious at each visit. He offered fries, poutine and seasonal beverages. The rhubarb spritz was perfection. J.K. Fries is closed for the winter season but will reopen in May 2021.

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