Where’s The Food?
Looking for the best place to stop and grab a bite?
Look no further…
WTF – Where’s The Food
Have you found the ultimate road food?
We’re looking for the best burgers, butter tarts or BBQ and everything in between.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it should be someplace you’d tell your best riding buddy to eat at.
Let us know the name of the joint, how to get to it and why you think it’s the best. We might even have room for a picture if you think of snapping one.
Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
James Stokes-Rees – Cape Breton
I have now been getting over to Cape Breton every late summer or early fall and I stay in Whycocomagh on the Trans-Canada 105. An absolute essential dining stop for me is Charlene’s Bayside Restaurant & Cafe, a five-minute walk along the shore from the Fair Isle Motel where I stay. Charlene and her charming crew serve up the most amazing seven seafood chowder that is generous and truly memorable, served with a homemade fresh tea biscuit. The amazing creamy chowder is filled with haddock, halibut, lobster, clams, crab, scallops and shrimp. And for the daring, end the meal with an original dessert: “Bucket of Mud.” Don’t ask, just try it.
Clinton Smout – Ontario
One of my favourite stops with adventure-riding customers is Loobies, my afternoon tea and pie place. Located at 2066 Horseshoe Valley Rd. West in Craighurst, Ont., Loobies has the best pie around. I am also very familiar with their breakfast and lunch menu. Large portions of great country food and small bills. I love Loobies and go there at least three times per week.
Paul Friesen – Manitoba
It’s a beautiful ride along the Red River, via River Road, to the original Skinner’s, next to the St. Andrews Lock and Dam, 20 minutes north of Winnipeg in Lockport, Man. Their “world famous hot dog” and perogies are just two of the many favourites served in a setting steeped in history and hockey – the original owner’s son was the coach and GM of the Detroit Red Wings. Drop a quarter into a vintage wall jukebox while sitting at a booth surrounded by old hockey photos and go back in time.
Neil Mundreon – British Columbia
A few of us will hop on our bikes and ride about 230 km south of Prince George where I live, down to Red Tomato Pies, at 370 Proctor St., Williams Lake, B.C. It has a great selection of crusts and a huge selection of what you can put on a pizza! Me, I get fresh chicken, broccoli, spinach and ham on a white sauce with cheeses. The wings are also awesome! We get a few rooms and stay the night and enjoy it, as there is no rush in savouring these pizzas. I highly recommend it. The company has been voted best pizza in Canada 2015 and 2016.
Glenn Roberts – Ontario
Located at 3247 County Rd 2, Keene, Ont., just west of County Road 34 (aka Serpent Mounds Road). Muddy’s Pit BBQ serves all the regular meat dishes, including pulled pork, beef brisket and chili dogs, and other delectables you’d expect from a barbecue restaurant. It even has barbecued bologna. I highly recommend the baked beans as a side order. If you aren’t into large chunks of slow-roasted tender meat slathered with barbecue sauce, Muddy’s also has a variety of salads. Very motorcycle-friendly with dedicated motorcycle parking.
Rich Burgess – British Columbia
The Apple Tree Sandwich Shop at 210 6th Ave in New Denver, B.C., is a good spot for eats – great sandwiches and good soup. Always bikes parked in front, bike magazines to read inside and, of course, good food.
Gary Cox – New Brunswick
If one visit to an eatery can make it a favourite, this would be the place. Bistro Le Chat Bleu is on Highway 970, just outside Elgin, N.B. You know you’re at the right place when you see the 1966 Kawasaki W1 on display in the window. You have to have the Western-style seafood soup! Inside, the owner also displays his 1954 Francis Barnett Falcon. The atmosphere, service and food make it a place I’ll be sure to return to!
Michael LeBlanc – Quebec
Mojo has run a few stories of the Gaspé Peninsula, talking about its beauty, the great roads and the warm, friendly people that live there. But you haven’t mentioned the best artisanal bakery in Canada. I have been on a 40-year-plus journey of seeking out and sampling the best croissant and pain au chocolate made, and every chance I get I go back to La Mie Véritable, located in the beautiful town of Carleton-sur-Mer on the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula overlooking the Baie-des-Chaleurs. Go there hungry and prepare to leave with a bag stuffed with all the things you couldn’t eat.
Malcom Read – New Brunswick
The Bel-air take out Seafood Restaurant is most definitely a classic seafood place, and you’ll always see motorcycles parked there. If you’re looking for fresh seafood, they have it all. This is always where I take anyone who I entertain when they ask about seafood. It’s located at 2672 Acadie Rd., Cap-Pele, N.B., about 30 minutes outside of Moncton. I took our guests there and they ordered clam dinner plates. The next day they wanted to go back again so we did, for an awesome totally belly-stuffing seafood platter.
Tim King – Ontario
The Shepherd’s Pub in Elora, Ont., is in the stone basement of a 175-year-old building right on the river’s edge, and if you’ve ever been to a pub in the old country, it’ll all feel very familiar. There isn’t a bad choice on the menu, though they do British pub food brilliantly. They also have a wide range of micro-brews on draft. On a hot day there’s nothing like a break in the cool, dark, stone basement looking out over the Grand River on Elora’s riverfront.
Troy and Angela – Ride Stop N Go – Alberta
South of Calgary is an incredibly scenic portion of Highway 22 that runs from the small town of Black Diamond to the historic Crowsnest Pass. Somewhere in between finds you at the Twin Cities Hotel in the village of Longview. The local area is filled with ranchers, farmers and occasionally a few motorcyclists. The hotel has a great selection of locally raised meats and produce items on the menu, and when in season, a great Saskatoon berry pie. And the burgers are worth the ride.
Paul McLaughlin – British Columbia
The Coastal Kitchen Cafe is in Port Renfrew, B.C., about an hour west of Victoria at the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. John Kyle and I had a great lunch of salmon burgers in the middle of a superb day trip from Sidney to Salt Spring Island, Duncan, Cowichan Lake, Port Renfrew, Sooke and back to Sidney. Coast Kitchen Cafe has a Facebook page with menus. We highly recommend it – and the ride.
Mal Jones – Ontario
Addison’s Restaurant is an unexpected gem located about 1 km south of Northbrook, Ont., on the east side of Highway 41. It is a must stop on rides in that area with no favourites on the menu – everything is great.
Dave MacNeill – Tennessee
One of the best places we’ve found while riding in northeast Tennessee was Smoky Mountain Bakers, located at 500 Cloudland Dr., Roan Mountain, Tennessee. They are closed on Sunday and Monday, but it’s worth waiting ’til Tuesday for one of the best [wood fired] pizzas you’ll ever eat. A big bonus is, you can’t make a wrong turn. You could stay in that area for a long time before you had to ride a twisty road twice. Planning to go back.
Brian Grohs – Ontario
A great place to stop is the Holyrood General Store. The friendly staff serve multiple flavours of Chapman’s ice cream – a small is two scoops, medium is four scoops, and I’m assuming a large is six, although I’ve never got past a medium-sized cone. If you are the messy type, there is a garden hose out front to rinse your hands off. Going to the Holyrood General Store is like walking into the 1950s. They sell everything from rubber boots to postage stamps. Located in a Mennonite area, Holyrood is a crossroad at the corner of Bruce Rd 1 and Bruce County Rd 6, just southeast of Kincardine, Ontario. Submitted by
Gwen Roberts – Ontario
The County Canteen brewpub, located on Main Street in Picton, Ontario, offers fresh and locally sourced menu selections when available. I had heard that the Canteen’s fish tacos (beer-battered wild cod, charred salsa, spring onions and poblano mayo) are the best anywhere and are a must-try. The entrée comes with two fish tacos and red cabbage slaw. The poblano mayo has just enough bite to make you want more. Portions are generous and filling. I paired it with a Dead Elephant Ale and I must say, this fish taco has me hooked!
In addition to its own beer, the County Canteen offers refreshments from Ontario microbreweries and local county wines. During riding season, you can park your bike in front of the Canteen and enjoy your meal on the outdoor patio. See you there!
Trevor Mac Hughes – British Columbia
Your “Where’s The Food?” section in Threads made me think of a locally recommended spot while a friend and I were riding Highway 101 on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast from Langdale to Lund last April.
In Sechelt, some local folks at a café said we should try the Crossroad Grill if we wanted some good burgers. We didn’t have time to check it out on the way up, but on the way back from Lund we stopped in. I had a very tasty patty melt, my friend had a yummy cheeseburger. Those locals we met were right! It was conveniently just off Highway 101 across from a Petro Canada gas station near the junction with Garden Bay Road. Outdoor seating was nice on a hot spring day, and it made the remaining twisties all the more enjoyable before the Langdale ferry terminal.
Andii Adamick – Montana
On our annual ride, we passed through Kalispell, Montana. One of us in the group had been told about the Mooses Saloon and that it has the best pizza in town. When we were passing through (at lunch time, coincidentally), we asked a local where it was. They, too, were very adamant that it was the best. It looks like an old-style western western saloon inside and out. And yes, the pizza was as good as the atmosphere.
I recommend it if you are near there and enjoy a good pie.
Dick Laird – Texas
A group of Canadian riders I travel with was on the way back from a west hills of Texas ride when one of our group, now living near Dallas, mentioned that he knew of a ‘neat’ spot just off our route where we could grab lunch and a cool refreshment. Little did we know that the Horny Toad Bar and Grill was closed on Mondays, recovering from weekend business.
We found the owners (husband and wife team) inside doing paperwork and cleaning up. They insisted that even though they were closed, they would open the doors for a bunch of Canadian bikers! we had a great lunch, enjoyed their rustic decor, and had a great chat with them
The Horny Toad is located at 319 3rd St., Cransfills Gap, Texas, about 1 hour west of Waco
Todd Ross – Ontario
After reading your WTF section, I had to tell you about a food truck in Mallory town, Ontario, called Northern Soul BBQ. It’s located on Lake Street and it’s the absolute greatest place I’ve ever found.
The owners are a family who are extremely friendly and they love bikes. All bikers are more than welcome, and there is ample parking. they have an extensive menu and their own giant smoker. The food is absolutely worth the trip. They do rids,pulled pork, chicken, smoked meat and so much more. They do stuff that’ll make you wanna slap your mama – well maybe no that far. They even have a diary bar on site for all your ice cream needs.
It was such a wonderful experience that my wife and I, and my friends make the trip multiple times a year just to eat there.
I fully encourage everyone to give this place a shot – you will not regret it.
Noel Henderson – British Columbia
The High-Five Diner is on Highway 5 in Little Fort, British Columbia. They have the usual diner fare but they also serve up things like escargot appetizers if you happen to be craving something exotic. Last time there I ordered the seniors portion of the mushroom schnitzel. I was born in the first half of the 20th century after all. When it came I abandoned any thoughts of having a piece of one of their homemade pies. The portions are rather large. They also had a one-pound rib steak with all the trimmings on the menu. The one I saw going past was huge topped with an enormous Yorkshire pudding and lots of veggies and gravy. Little Fort is about 100 km north of Kamloops at the junction of Highway 5 and 24. When you’re finished your meal, ride Highway 24, which is a delightful road in it’s own right.
Steve Jeans – Newfoundland
My submission for the best restaurant on a road trip is Doyle Sansome & Sons Ltd.’s Lobster Pool in Hillgrade, Newfoundland. Open from Victoria Day weekend until the week after Labour Day, it has the best fish ’n’ chips in central Newfoundland and is a recommended eat on Trip Advisor. The food is served in a small, rustic dining room at the edge of a wharf (complete with live fish cam), or patrons can choose to be served open-air, sitting on the wharf next to the fishing boats. The service is awesome and the seafood is spectacular – and it’s usually morning-fresh. It’s approximately one hour off the Trans-Canada Highway Route 1, en route to Twillingate via Lewisporte, or just a 15-minute offshoot from a 2½-hour loop back to the TCH at Gander. A beautiful coastal road, scenic shorelines and a unique restaurant with exemplary food and service. Oh yeah: cash only at the pool.
Claire Crimp – British Columbia
I think nothing about riding hours to a favourite little coffee shop or restaurant during the glorious extended evenings we get in the summer, but there is one place that stands out as being a perfect cherry on top of a fabulous ride. I live in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, B.C., and I can’t think of anything in the world that I would rather do than ride down the old island highway beside the Salish Sea shoreline, and up and over twisty, mountainous, scenic highway 4 to the west coast of Vancouver Island. That trip spits you out on the rugged Pacific Rim, usually with a sore rear and the hunger of a small army. And nothing satisfies that hunger better than dinner at Wolf In The Fog restaurant, where for a modest but justified fortune they serve simply the finest local, fresh, perfectly prepared food you could ever hope to try. The menu changes seasonally but one thing has thankfully stayed the same: Their potato-crusted oyster which is a tiny miracle of crispy potato strings and fresh oyster finished with truffle oil and possibly just a hint of witchcraft. I don’t know exactly what their secret is but I can’t visit Tofino without heading to the Wolf for what is consistently the best meal I’ve ever had.
Ron Keys – Ontario
Sometimes the best places to eat are close to home. Muddy’s Pit BBQ, in the hamlet of Keene where Indian River enters Rice Lake, serves beef brisket that is smoked on site and melts in your mouth. And a side order of beans and brisket will have you searching for an apartment nearby.
Stu Seaton – Ontario
The Flying Fish, a fish-n-chip shop that does things the old way; Malt vinegar strong enough to make you cough and fish just right. Fattening as hell, but hey, everything in moderation eh? The owners used to run the Flying Fish in Whitby and they retired to Brighton, yay, now we have a decent F&C Shop.
Misti Hurst – British Columbia
Arms Reach Bistro in Deep Cove. I like it because the food is amazing, it’s not outrageously expensive and it’s in a beautiful setting with a lovely view of the cove. It would be a great destination ride. There’s also a coffee shop/donut place called Honey’s Donuts nearby where it is necessary to try a donut at least once in your lifetime and they also have amazing breakfast bagels and coffee.