After the holidays people tend to stay in a bit more, promising themselves that they are going to eat healthier and threatening to lose some excess weight. I am sure that the local restaurants are a little quieter for the first few weeks post Christmas, but I think this is the perfect time of year to go out! Nothing nicer than dressing warm, going to a nice restaurant and having someone else cook for you.
Dining out can break the monotony of the long cold winter days and nights and it’s a great way to meet up with friends for a social gathering. Here are some of my Almonte favourites…
Heirloom Café and Bistro – a well-known and loved restaurant at 7 Mill Street, Heirloom is a lovely place for a date night. The location has been home to several restaurants over the last few decades, and current owner and chef Richard Kletnieks has operated from here since 2010. They are open 6 days a week, closed on Mondays, and only open for brunch on Sunday. The menu changes seasonally and Richard attempts to use as many locally grown products as available.
My favourite go-to lunch item on their menu are the Fish Taco’s. Lightly breaded and fried, the taco is filled with greens, guacamole and sour cream and a side salad. I have only been to brunch a few times but they do an excellent Heirloom version of Eggs Benedict. Dinners are equally delicious at Heirloom and are most often started with an “amuse-bouche”. They usually have 1 vegetarian dish, 1 fish dish, a steak, a chicken dish, a lamb and a beef dish. My preference is to have 2 appetizers! There is rarely room for dessert – but if there was, I would definitely go for the Crème Brulee.
Café Postino – located in the Old Almonte Post Office and a little further up Mill Street is another of my go-to favourites. Claire and Steve owned an Italian restaurant in Ottawa and when they retired, they opened up another Italian restaurant in Almonte in 2011! (Old chefs never die, they just relocate!) Open 5 days a week (closed on Monday and Tuesday) they serve both lunch and dinner. Several years ago they opened a summer patio which is beautiful during weather much warmer than this. My favourite Café Postino dishes include the Fried Calamari and the Veal Parmigiana (especially with the side of pasta). They offer the typical Italian desserts and I most often choose their feature wine for our meal.
Almonte Lobby Bar – is my newest favourite place to eat in Almonte. Located in the Almonte Riverside Inn, on Queen Street. It opened in early 2018, Angie and Hunter, are the hosts. It’s a small menu – mostly appetizers and sharing plates, a few desserts and custom cocktails. They have a beautiful little patio for the summer months, overlooking the river. It’s cosy and cute, and a very intimate little place for an evening. They are open 5-10 each evening.
So, if you haven’t discovered any of these Almonte Eateries, it’s time to get out there and explore. Now, where should I make reservations at first?