Skip the Lineups: Eat Independent
Since the pandemic, the food supply in South Georgian Bay has fortunately remained stable. Thanks to our farmers, seasonal workers, suppliers and retailers, the feared shortages have not materialized. But we’ve had to learn to live with long lineups at supermarkets and drive-throughs.
An alternative to waiting in lineups is in plain sight: South Georgian Bay’s independent food establishments. They have not only weathered COVID-19 but thrived under challenging circumstances. Take the small town of Stayner on Highway 26, which many drive through on their way to ski hills or cottages. If you slow down a little you’ll notice along the main drag, on the north side of the highway, a variety of culinary surprises.
This hole-in-the-wall offers European bistro-style gourmet pommes frites. Every fry is fresh-cut and their poutine is causing a major stir. Varieties of poutine include Veggie, Greek, Spicy, Fried Chicken, and Chili.
Located inside D-Vine Wine (where you can purchase low-sulphite pure juice kits to make your own wine) The Cheesy Corner offers a wide selection of artisan cheeses. Gunns Hill Dark Side of the Moo and 17 Year Old Ontario Cheddar are just two rare finds among many.
With dough hand-made daily from scratch, La Pizzeria Stayner is a diminutive storefront that’s big on old-world expertise. Note a flair for the unconventional in the Potato Egg Pizza—thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes, herb infused olive oil, beaten fresh eggs, onion, herbs and parmesan. And a Mediterranean tradition is revived in the Authentic Pizza—herb-infused extra virgin olive oil, black olives, tomatoes, onion, garlic and cheese.