Ontario’s fertile green belt is full of farms and fresh food producers. Their seasonal bounty—in autumn, look for apples, squashes, potatoes and more—is put to flavourful use at these and many other restaurants.
• Chef Lynn Crawford puts in time as a farmhand for her Food Network show Pitchin’ In. It’s no surprise, then, that her daily menu at Ruby Watchco is full of just-picked goodness.
• Rustic resto Woodlot boasts a cabin-like atmosphere for enjoying such hearty dishes as wood-fired venison, pork and beef tourtierre. There’s also an entirely separate menu of vegetarian options.
• The kitchen at Yours Truly is dedicated to the field-to-fork ethos, but don’t go in expecting typical “comfort” fare. Two daily tasting menus put an experimental spin on locally grown ingredients.
• Canoe has long been a known for putting Canadian ingredients to exceptional use. Currently, executive chef John Horne is turning a late-summer staple into a fall favourite as part of a seven-course tasting menu focused on corn.
• Cocktails may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Evergreen Brick Works’ Cafe Belong, but this fall the restaurant has some doozies to complement its seasonal lunch, brunch and dinner. Try the Caramel County Fair with house-made caramel and apple cider, the Gingerbread Daquiri, or look forward to winter with the whipped cream-garnished North Pole.