Whether you’re a locavore, ultimate foodie, or just hankering for some good ‘ol home cookin’, there’s something on Manitoulin Island for everyone.
What I love about living on Manitoulin Island is that I know where my food comes from. We grow our own fruits and vegetables on our farm, our beef comes from our farm, our chicken and eggs are from local farmers, my Dad catches fish from the nearby freshwater lakes, and other wild meat are caught locally (venison, goose, etc). I love all the Farmers’ Markets and events like Taste of Manitoulin. I am a huge advocate for supporting local businesses, services and events.
From the perspective of someone who loves all things food-related (growing food, cooking, entertaining and dining out too), the Island is an interesting place. It is home to all things local — organic produce, locally sourced ingredients, and homemade meals. The Garden’s Gate Restaurant has always been a favourite of mine because they use locally sourced ingredients and are known for their healthy and flavourful dishes.
The Island is also home to a lot of eateries that offer “comfort food”. When you live in the rural North, you’ll see a lot of comfort food. Baked goods are commonplace here.
When asked for suggestions for places to eat on Manitoulin Island, these are some of the places fellow Islanders and I thought were noteworthy:
Bailey Dexter says
I have never been to Manitoulin Island but my dad always camps there. Loves it!! Our family is gluten free is there any restaurants or places to stay that are?
Yes, Garden Gate has a gluten free menu. Their cook is very familiar with Celiac requirements – designated kitchen tools, etc.
P.S. One of the cooks is our brother-in-law 🙂
Bailey, the Garden’s Gate has some gluten-free items as does The Island Jar 🙂
Judy Cowan says
Sounds like there is some amazing food on the island, really hoping we can make a trip there next summer!
Victoria Ess says
What a roundup! Makes me want to visit!
Leslie W-H says
We have ventured up Highway 6 as far as Tobermory several times, but now we have a delicious-looking reason to get on the ferry and explore Manitoulin! Unfortunately, the weather dictates we will have to wait until spring. Thanks for the lovely posts supporting your beautiful home.
Hope you are able to visit the Island someday, Leslie!
Anne Taylor says
I have never visited and sadly, I had never heard of Manitoulin Island until I found your blog. I’d love to visit one day. That burger looks too good!
Anne, I only heard of Manitoulin a few months before I moved here! Prior to that, I didn’t know the place existed…and I was born and raised in Canada!
Rick F says
I heard that Christine’s Kitchen is also a great place to eat.
Hehe! That too!
I want to try all of it! Especially the fish and chips. How many days would one need to complete this list? LOL
LOL! Cheryl, I really hope you and your family can come visit us someday! Summer’s fab on the Island! Hint! Hint!
Hi C – when we visited you, we loved your dad’s local version of Hawaiian ‘poke’ using rainbow trout he caught the night before. we liked Garden’s Gate and also the ice cream from Farquhar’s. The best dinner of all was the tourtiere that you made (in which you recruited me to make the crust, ha ha). I still have to post my last Canada trip post and it will feature your tourtiere and the beer floats. 🙂 We also loved the butter tarts from Mum’s Bakery.
Canine, that’s so sweet of you to say! We miss you guys! We enjoyed your visits to the Island!
Laurie Trudeau says
Green Acres has the best Pickeral Dinner , it is beautifully fried.. 😉
Thanks, Laurie!!! That’s what my dad and aunt say! They LOVE the pickerel dinner there!
Linda Erskine says
Green Acres Fish & Chips, Anchor Inn Bread Pudding with Jack Daniels Sauce or the Anchor Inns Peaches & Praline Waffles
That sounds SO good, Linda! I may end up in LC at the Anchor this weekend! 😉