It has been almost three years to the day since I last visited Gananoque and the 1000 Islands. I had an amazing time here and when I realized it is just an hours drive from Prince Edward County I had to add a few days on my road trip. The 1000 Islands are magical. It is easy to see why folks from Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec and all over the world flock to this vacation paradise. Whether you like you adventure on the water or relaxing in a Muskoka chair you will build up an appetite and I have the solution of where to eat in Gananoque that will fill you up. There are some old favourites of mine and a couple of newbies to add to the list. Leave your dress shoes and your good jewelry at home, you are on vacation in the 1000 Islands and it is time to make friends over a meal.
You can read all about my adventures three years ago here.
The Socialist Pig 21 King St E, Gananoque – OMG this is my absolute favourite place to be in all of Gananoque. I was here every day of my trip three years ago, and this trip is no different.
Every morning I come to The Socialist Pig for my Americano and a Breakfast Pastry. Don’t they look yummy? They have a full sit-down menu as well that includes Bacon Waffle Eggs Benedict (see photo above) and delicious Omelets served with their own homemade jams. Absolutely spectacular and worthy of a You Gotta Eat Here visit.
Maple Leaf Restaurant 65 King St E, Gananoque – You might crave some good home cooking, Czech style, while you are in Gananoque and the only place to go for that is the Maple Leaf Restaurant. For over 25 years this family run business has kept the tummies of locals and tourists alike happy. I missed out trying their food on the previous visit so I am fixing that mistake on this visit. Boy, I am glad I did.
What to eat was a challenge because it all looked good, but I ended up picking the special of the day which was the Rahm Schnitzel. A classic Pork Schnitzel served with spaetzle, coleslaw, and a creamy mushroom sauce. Before the Schnitzel, it is a cup of Borscht Soup. Classic and delicious.
The Purple House Cafe 165 Main St, Gananoque – Luck was on my side my last night in Gananoque. The Purple House Cafe reopened for the season. It literally is a purple house a few hundred feet from the Gananoque Boat Lines dock, so you can’t miss it. Sit outside on the garden patio, order a Wauposs Cider and choose from a nice selection of Salads and Pizza for dinner.
My date and I settle on 2 pizzas and a salad. For the salad it had to be the Purple House Salad and the pizzas were a Margherita and a Steak Pizza. We were just a few feet away from the Wood Fired Oven so it was cool to see out pizzas made and served fresh. Great pizza and salad, plus lots of friendly conversation to be had around the picnic tables.
Riva Restaurant 45 King St West, Gananoque – New since my last visit, Riva Restaurant offers diners a rustic Italian menu enjoyed just across from the Gananoque River.
I was joined by friends in the lounge where were ate family style and shared a few dishes. The first was a crispy Calamari followed by Ravioli di Zucca and Vitello al Marsala. If you Italian isn’t very good those dishes are Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Veal Scallopini with a Marsala sauce. Mange mange!
Gananoque Brewing Company 9 King St E, Gananoque – Another new player in town is Gananoque Brewing Company. The sign was on the building three years ago, but they weren’t open for business. Three years later they are going strong and ready for a visit.
In fact, when I came by for a tasting they were just preparing to know out a wall and build out a patio for outdoor enjoyment. I sampled the beers and enjoyed them all, The Thursty Pike Pilsner was a favouite. Something they do that is different from other breweries I’ve visited is they have created a Terroir series of brews. These are small lot brews made with a Red Fife grown by a local farmer, harvested, milled and then onto brewing in under three weeks. They sell out fast so taste a Terroir series beer if you can.
Where to eat in Gananoque couldn’t be easier.They are all within easy distance of each other on King Street with The Purple House just off a bit on Main Street. You’ve got to love a small town for its walkability. Leave your car parked at your hotel and walk to dinner. Enjoy yourself at dinner and enjoy an evening stroll home in the twilight. A perfect way to wind down an adventurous day in Gananoque and the 1000 Islands.