If there was ever a time to support our local restaurants, it’s now! While you can only go out for essential trips to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments, many restaurants across Hastings County remain open for taking out or delivery. They need us more than ever. Here are several options Local Wanderer Jordan Whitehouse shared across Hastings County, divided into three geographical areas: Deseronto and Stirling; Marmora, Madoc, and Tweed; and Coe Hill, Bancroft, and Maynooth.
Deseronto and Stirling
The O’Connor House English Tea Room
Head to this classic English tea room in historic downtown Deseronto for refined, hearty lunches. The quiche, roast beef sandwich, and ploughman’s lunch (pictured) are all good choices — just don’t forget to add a warm scone or slice of coconut cream pie to your order.
369 Main Street, Deseronto
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm
The Lazarakos family has owned and operated this popular Deseronto pizza place since 1976. Known for generous cheese and toppings, fresh homemade dough prepared daily, and signature pizza sauce, they now also have a few “Covid Combos”, including a large one-topping pizza and two cans of beer for $23.
349 Main Street, Deseronto
Monday – Thursday, 11 am – 8 pm; Friday – Saturday 11 am – 9 pm
Jenny’s Country Lane
Get your diner fix at this down-to-earth Stirling restaurant with seriously good homemade pies. From full country breakfasts and toasted westerns, to hamburgers and hot turkey sandwiches, Jenny’s does all of the classics plentifully, deliciously, and affordably.
38 Mill Street, Stirling
Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 2 pm
The Black Dog Family Restaurant and Lounge
A big pub with a big menu, the Black Dog should have something for everyone. Think nachos and spinach dip, wings and Greek salad, triple decker clubs and striploin steaks. The burgers might be the biggest draw here, though. January’s burger of the month is a bacon blue cheese cheeseburger ($15).
227 West Front Street, Stirling
Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm
Marmora, Madoc, and Tweed
Iron Rooster Rotisserie and Grille
You’ll find this popular family-run chicken joint on Highway 7 about halfway between Marmora and Madoc. The mouth-watering rotisserie chicken — in sandwiches, wings, and 1/4 and 1/2 chicken dinners — is the star here, but the 12 burger options are great, too.
104221 Highway 7, Marmora
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11 am – 8 pm; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm
The Iron Grille
Five minutes northeast of Marmora sits this family-style restaurant offering up all the classics: salads, wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and entrées like fish and chips, chicken fingers, and pastas. Ask about the January special — perogies and cabbage rolls ($12).
239 Station Road, Marmora
Thursday – Saturday, 4 pm – 8 pm
Welcome International Restaurant
Connected to Ace Pizzeria, Madoc’s Welcome International Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu featuring poutine, salads, sandwiches, souvlaki, seafood, and pastas. Each day features a different special, such as 8-ounce burgers with fries on Tuesdays ($9.99) and turkey dinners on Sundays ($14.99).
18 Durham Street, Madoc
Monday – Sunday, 7:30 am – 9 pm
This pizza joint in the heart of Madoc offers just what you want in a classic, small-town pie: lots of cheese and toppings, perfectly doughy crust, and good prices. Dino’s also has pasta, salads, garlic bread, panzerotti, and wings to go.
15 Durham Street South, Madoc
Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm
By the Way
By the Way is a quaint café in Tweed known for fair trade and organic coffees and tasty comfort food. The bagels are always popular, as are the soups, sandwiches, and rotating baked treats like scones, muffins, and biscotti. Keep your eye out for home-cooked suppers, too.
301 Victoria Street North, Tweed
Wednesday – Saturday, 2 pm – 6 pm
House of Chop Suey
One of the only Chinese food restaurants in the area, House of Chop Suey has all of your Chinese favourites — and in big portions. The family dinner combinations offer a great value, whether there are two, three, four, five, or six people at home.
334 Victoria Street North, Tweed
Monday, 11 am – 9 pm; Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm facebook.com/House-of-Chop-Suey
Coe Hill, Bancroft and Maynooth
The Monarch and the Milkweed
If you’re looking for simple homemade goodness, this breakfast café in the hamlet of Coe Hill has you covered. Think breakfast wraps, sandwiches, soups, smoothies, and baked goods like doughnuts, maple butter tarts, cinnamon buns, muffins, and sourdough rye bread.
5548 Highway 620, Coe Hill
Wednesday – Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm
Hideaway Primitive Grill
This restaurant is typically a place to chill, laugh, relax, enjoy good food or a remote place used by outlaws and fisherman. During Covid, it has turned into a great resource for takeaway food for those living on the hill. Friday all day is our famous Fish n Chips and Saturday evenings will be mouth-watering Blueberry Whiskey Ribs
5605 Hwy 620 Coe Hill, ON
Open Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 7:30 pm
Call ahead please 613 337 8662
Dave’s Place Restaurant
While known for their classics like Fish ‘n Chips, Balsamic Chicken entree or Asian influenced dishes, Dave’s Place also serves up tasty breakfast options right up until 4pm!
4 Madawaska St, Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm for takeout only; call 613-332-0186 or 613-334-6488 to place an order.
Eagle’s Nest Restaurant
Bancroft’s Eagle’s Nest Restaurant has had a few owners over the years, but the newest group has focused on fresh ingredients and small twists to classic, family-friendly food. Expect breakfast fare, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, and entrées like country fried chicken, stuffed haddock, and shepherd’s pie.
183 Hastings Street North, Bancroft
Tuesday, 10 am – 6 pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7 am – 7 pm; Friday, 7 am – 8 pm; Sunday, 8 am – 4 pm
For the Halibut Fish & Chips
The name almost says it all for this much-loved fish-and-chip restaurant in Bancroft. You can also choose from deep-fried pickerel, haddock, trout, and cod, plus a few other goodies, like clam chowder, fish tacos, deep-fried clams, and shrimp and chips.
220 Hastings Street North, Bancroft
Wednesday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 6:30 pm
You might feel like your mom is in the kitchen at this diner north of Bancroft. It’s all about simple, home-cooked meals here, like grilled cheese and clubhouse sandwiches, burgers and fries, sausages and perogies, and spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread.
29670 Highway 62 North, Bancroft
Sunday – Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm; Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm
Memories Bakery and Tea Room
This small Victorian tea room in Maynooth is famous for its rotating cast of homemade baked goods, which have ranged from butter tarts to apple turnovers to brownies. Memories also offers takeout lunches and occasionally dinners. Plus, every Friday, from 4 pm – 7 pm, they have four pizza options for takeout (medium or extra large): vegetarian, cheese and pepperoni, deluxe, and Hawaiian.
33057 Highway 62, Maynooth
Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm; Friday, 4 pm – 7 pm facebook.com/memoriesbakeryandtearoom