Favourite Spots: Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

The first time I went to Treadwell was in 2009 (Matt and I were celebrating 4 years together… how time flies!), and it was love at first bite. The food was delicious, innovative, and well-executed, which was only made better by the fact that the service was on point. Ever since then, Treadwell has been on the list of our favourite restaurants!

The last few times we’ve been, the restaurant was still in its old Port Dalhousie location, but last year, it relocated to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The dining room is smaller but the restaurant now features bar seating by the kitchen, a large patio space, and a wine bar. I also love that it’s nestled among all of the little shops and restaurants in NOTL, but still tucked away in a nice, cozy space.

A couple of weekends ago, my girlfriends and I decided to take a somewhat spontaneous wine country getaway to celebrate my good friend J’s birthday, which was the perfect opportunity for another meal at Treadwell. As usual, it didn’t disappoint!

True to the name of the restaurant, all of the ingredients used are in season, fresh, and locally sourced. I don’t think I’ve had the same thing twice at Treadwell, but the food is always delicious. My parents are coming to town next week, so we’ll definitely be making a trip to take them there!

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Treadwell’s former location at Port Dalhousie

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On the patio at Treadwell’s new location in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Where We Ate: The Pie Plate Bakery & Cafe (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

I plan to blog about some of Matt’s and my favorite restaurants in Toronto, but today I came across some photos taken during a road trip this past summer, so I thought I’d start with The Pie Plate Bakery & Café. Despite the title of my post, it’s technically located just outside of the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Virgil, Ontario, which is about 1.5 to 2 hours away from Toronto.

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I first came across The Pie Plate when planning a trip to NOTL with my parents in July. I’m all about word-of-mouth, so I often scour the web for blogs or articles, along with reviews from Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor. I read a lot of positive things about this place, so we planned a trip there. I’m still kicking myself for not checking (because my mom and dad would have LOVED this place), but they were closed the day we went (NOTE: they are closed on Mondays!).

We did finally get to go in August, when Matt and I made an impromptu winery trip with our close friends T and W (who took almost all the photos that I’m using for this blog post), and The Pie Plate definitely lived up to its positive reviews! It’s a cute little place with baked goods, thin-crust pizzas, and sandwiches.

The Pizza:

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The four of us shared the seasonal pizza (I can’t remember exactly, but I think it had peaches, spinach, prosciutto, and goat cheese) and the my kaptain (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage, and roasted red peppers)—both were delicious! It’s a couple of hours away from Toronto, but I would gladly make a trip there just for the pizza alone!

The Pies & Tarts:

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For dessert, we had the mini lemon meringue pie and butter tarts. They were really good, but my personal favorite was the mini peach pie that we brought home. We didn’t know it was the Peach Festival that weekend (so by chance, we got to experience some of the events going on in town), but it meant that peaches were in season, which we could definitely taste in the pie.

The overall verdict? We’ll definitely be visiting again. We love the Niagara wineries, and now we love The Pie Plate too!

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