author: Jeff Bray
These folks are cool, fuelled by a love of cycling and good food. The Brake Room serves up great coffee, tea, local beers, juice and kombucha. We haven’t even got to the food yet! Although everything is designed for the cyclist, it’s not limited to only them. In their words, “We work with local bakers, makers, and food growers to bring healthy food up to speed with the demands of today’s work day. Fast, Healthy & Local.” Right on!
The Brake Room
34 Dundas St. E., Belleville
A teacher and a woodworker walk into a bar. Well, that’s kind of how it started, but this is no joke! The super fresh E.J.F. opened its doors on Walton St. this past July. Owner/Operator Cheryl says it was the historical architecture that brought her to Port Hope, but it’s been the people that make her most excited. Serving up healthy and delicious options like cold-pressed juice, super-food smoothies, cold salads and sandwiches, Electric Juice is adding a few years onto the lives of Port Hopeians with their passionate approach to good food. Go get charged up!
Electric Juice Factory
106 Walton St., Port Hope
Partners Nuno and Chef Z took over the old Harden and Huyse space and have transformed it into a destination for healthy, ethnic-inspired breakfasts and lunches. And that’s not to mention their calendar of themed dinners, which are not to be missed! If that wasn’t plenty enough, in off-hours, they are bringing some education to Cobourg, hosting Monthly cooking classes! Oh, and Sunday Brunch is coming soon. These dudes stay busy and we thank them for that.
Craft Food House
201 Division St. S., Cobourg
As if Wellington wasn’t cool enough, now they’ve got a brewery! Midtown opened this past summer in the old Midtown Meats factory. While head brewer Spike says that Midtown beers are traditional in style, flavours and methods, their approach to the space is anything but traditional. Midtown’s food program is incredible – delectable house-made gnocchi, steak frites, pâtés and terrines.
Midtown Brewing Company
266 Main St., Wellington
Parsons is making waves in PEC. Just northeast of downtown Picton, this family-owned farm brewery is located in two restored heritage buildings.The sprawling grounds are a perfect fall weather adult playground. Actually, it’s great for young families, too! Try Grandpa Miguel’s Coffee Stout, made from owner Samantha Parsons' father’s organic coffee from the coastline of Guatemala. It’s the perfect pairing for the interesting fusion of Mexican and Southern Comfort Foods.
Parsons Brewing Company
876 County Rd. 49, Picton
Erastus and Matt cut their teeth at a few of Port Hope’s nicest restaurants, but it was time to answer their entrepreneurial spirits. Table and Loft was born. Two unique dining experiences under one roof – smart casual on the main floor and experiential dining in the loft. Chef Darryl Davey is the culinary creative force, bringing his signature showmanship to all the classics.
Table and Loft
59 Walton St., Port Hope
When I reached out to Chef and owner, Douglas, to gather some information on Sper, he asked me to call back in an hour because he’d be off the tractor by then. That gives you an idea of how farm-to-table this place is. Douglas and his partner Tina operate Sper Food on Friday and Saturday evenings only. Grab a seat in the charming 18-seat dining room at one of the communal tables. From there, let Sper take you a culinary adventure through a locally-sourced tasting menu.
20 Main St., Warkworth