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February 14, 2022

What are the best places to eat?: The results of our Best of Grey County local food survey!

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BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — The results of our Best of Grey County local food survey are in. Judging by the number of answers we received, Grey County residents love to eat!

Approximately 100 different restaurants, cafés and food stores were identified by our readers as having exceptionally good eats. While you may be familiar with some of these choices, others are definitely worth checking out, if you haven't already.

Best Dine-in restaurant:

  1. Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale
  2. The Burger Guru - Flesherton
  3. The Mill Café - Thornbury
    Kettles Back Home Cookin' - Owen Sound
    Country Corner Eatery
    - Durham
    The Leeky Canoe Pub & Eatery
    - Meaford

Honourable mention:

The Falls Inn & Spa - Walter's Falls

Pebbles Family Buffet - Durham

Jazzmyn's - Owen Sound

The Flying Chestnut Kitchen - Eugenia

Mudtown Station Brewery & Restaurant - Owen Sound

Stacked Pancake & Breakfast House - Hanover

Heart's - Kimberley

The Bicycle Café - Flesherton

Great Books and Cafe, Williamsford Mill - Williamsford

Kim’s Place Restaurant - Markdale

Yummy Yummy - Owen Sound

Dragonfly Café - Owen Sound

Best Takeout restaurant:

  1. The Burger Guru - Flesherton
  2. Susan's Delicatessen - Markdale
  3. Kim’s Place Restaurant - Markdale

Honourable mention:

The Barrhead - Markdale

Chef Wok - Owen Sound

Chester's Chicken - Owen Sound

China8 Restaurant - Hanover

Country Corner Eatery - Durham

The Flying Chestnut Kitchen - Eugenia

Godfathers Pizza - Durham

Kettles Back Home Cookin' - Owen Sound

Priceville General Store/Mama Char's - Priceville

McDonald’s - everywhere

McGinty's Café - Meaford

Stacked Pancake & Breakfast House - Hanover

Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale

The Bicycle Café - Flesherton

The Junction Family Restaurant - Dundalk

The Kitchen - Meaford

The Leeky Canoe Pub & Eatery - Meaford

Yummy Yummy - Owen Sound

Best Outdoor Patio:

  1. Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale
  2. The Barrhead - Markdale
  3. The Kitchen - Meaford
    The Falls Inn & Spa - Walter's Falls

Honourable mention:

Boston Pizza - Owen Sound

Country Corner Eatery - Durham

The Flying Chestnut Kitchen - Eugenia

Jazzmyn's - Owen Sound

Justin's Oven - Kimberley

Kelseys Original Roadhouse - Owen Sound

Mudtown Station Brewery & Restaurant - Owen Sound

Mylar & Loreta's Restaurant - Singhampton

Queen's Bush Pub - Hanover

Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale

The Bicycle Café - Flesherton

The European Bakery Café - Owen Sound

Match Eatery & Public House, Playtime Casino - Hanover

The Mill Café - Thornbury

Winifred’s English Pub - Thornbury

Best Food Truck:

  1. Hillbilly Fry Shack - Chatsworth
  2. Cheryl's Chip Wagon - Flesherton
  3. Big Bites Food Truck - Durham

Honourable mention:

Bombshell Stella’s - Owen Sound

Best Chef:

  1. Shawn Adler, The Flying Chestnut Kitchen - Eugenia
  2. Emilee Nolan, The Burger Guru - Flesherton
  3. Gilles Haché, Chez Gilles Fine Dining & Catering - Meaford

Honourable mention:

Ashley Ormsby, Ash Cakes - Meaford

Aaron Cooney, Match Eatery & Public House, Playtime Casino - Hanover

Jim Dimakos, Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale

Jen Croft, Creative Choices - Holland Centre

Kettles Back Home Cookin' - Owen Sound

Priceville General Store/Mama Char's - Priceville

Shaun Edmonstone, Bruce Wine Bar - Thornbury

Jennifer Schwarz, The Barrhead - Markdale

Best Pub:

  1. The Barrhead - Markdale
  2. The Dam Pub Gastropub & Whisky Bar - Thornbury
  3. Trixie's Saloon - Ayton

Honourable mention:

Boot & Blade - Owen Sound

Marilynne Restaurant - Markdale

Jazzmyn's - Owen Sound

The Leeky Canoe Pub & Eatery - Meaford

Queen's Bush Pub - Hanover

Shorty's Grill - Owen Sound

Best Burger:

  1. The Burger Guru - Flesherton
  2. The Barrhead - Markdale
  3. Stacked Pancake & Breakfast House - Hanover

Honourable mention:

Heart's - Kimberley

Kettles Back Home Cookin' - Owen Sound

Marilynne Restaurant - Markdale

Mudtown Station Brewery & Restaurant - Owen Sound

The Red Door Restaurant - Meaford

Steven's BBQ Restaurant - Markdale

The Mill Café - Thornbury

Best Pizza:

  1. Big Cheese Pizza - Markdale
  2. Goodfellas Pizza - Flesherton
  3. Chatty Pizza - Chatsworth
    Domino's Pizza - Owen Sound
    New Orlean's Pizza - Durham

Honourable mention:

Boston Pizza Family Restaurant & Sports Bar - Owen Sound

Bruce Wine Bar - Thornbury

Cutie Pies Pizza - Owen Sound

Hanover Pizza House - Hanover

Trixie's Saloon - Ayton

Best Coffee/Café:

  1. Highland Grounds - Flesherton
  2. Susan's Delicatessen - Markdale
  3. Kim’s Place Restaurant - Markdale

Honourable mention:

Ashanti Café - Hanover

Dragonfly Café - Owen Sound

Good Grief Coffee Roasters - Thornbury

McGinty's Café - Meaford

Starbucks - Owen Sound, Thornbury

The Bakery - Flesherton

The Garafraxa Café - Durham

The Kitchen - Meaford

Tim Hortons - everywhere

Williamsford Pie Company - Williamsford

Best Bakery:

  1. Brilliant ! Bread - Markdale
  2. The Bakery - Flesherton
  3. The European Bakery Café - Owen Sound

Honourable mention:

Blackbird Pie Co. - Heathcote

Highland Grounds - Flesherton

It's My Pleasure...baking sweet and savoury - Neustadt

Priceville General Store/Mama Char's - Priceville

McGinty's Café - Meaford

Pebbles Family Buffet - Durham

Schultz Bakery - Hanover

Susan's Delicatessen - Markdale

The Kitchen - Meaford

Thornbury Bakery Café - Thornbury

Tim Hortons - everywhere

Williamsford Pie Company - Williamsford

Zehrs - Owen Sound

Best Specialty Food Store:

  1. Susan's Delicatessen - Markdale
  2. Artemesia Cheese & Fine Food - Flesherton
  3. The Market Shoppe - Markdale

Honourable mention:

Chicory Common Natural Foods - Durham

E & R's Bulk Bin - Meaford

Gibson's Pure Honey - Chatsworth

Grandma Lambes - Meaford

Highland Grounds - Flesherton

Lawsons - Owen Sound

Sideroad Farm Store - Markdale

Best Farmers' Market:

  1. Flesherton Farmers' Market - Flesherton
  2. Owen Sound Farmers' Market - Owen Sound
  3. Thornbury Farmers' Market - Thornbury
    Eat Well Farmers' Market - Hanover

We want to thank everyone who voted in our survey. A shout out to all of our great culinary businesses, as well — including the many who did not make this year's list!

 


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