Niagara’s best brunches
Tiffany Mayer’s 5 favourites from the Niagara region
Ontarians head out to the Niagara region for great vineyard visits and hikes, but it’s not always obvious where to sit down for a daytime meal. Tiffany Mayer, one of the region’s top food writers, shares her favourite 5 brunch spots.
1. THE DINER HOUSE 29
All the Pyrex and Formica make me feel like I’m stepping back into my childhood at this St. Catharines eatery where the lines between breakfast and lunch are beautifully blurred. I love Chef Dave House’s playful spins on the staples and his jaw-dropping weekly features. My go-to’s are the vegetarian chilli served between stacked tortillas and topped with an egg, or the Tree Huagger Soup of poached eggs in a zippy broth with quinoa and a fistful of greens.
2. AUGUST RESTAURANT
This Beamsville bistro is named after the most chill month of summer, and appropriately, I always find it easy to relax and enjoy abundance here. August is known for classic wine-friendly Sunday brunches that satisfy both my sweet and savoury cravings. The warm cream scone is the perfect warm-up for the ensuing carb coma brought on by the sticky toffee pudding pancakes. Pure bliss, really.
3. RISE ABOVE
I always feel welcome at this St. Catharines restaurant with its entirely plant-based menu of omelettes, western sandwiches, and French toast with sausage. More importantly, I always feel full after an incredible meal here. I dig the tofu scramble but chilaquiles, chia parfaits, smoothie bowls and pastries are also satisfying options. Better still, I can get it all with a side of my favourite vegetable—kale.
4. RAVINE VINEYARD
Fall is when Ravine’s brunch season officially kicks off, which works for me because I always look for more reasons to indulge in meals by Chef Ross Midgley. They feature ingredients grown in Ravine’s garden and from local farms, so the menu is ever-changing. Don’t forget to stop for some doughnuts at the winery’s market before heading home.
5. SILVERSMITH BREWING
I will often trade mimosas for a pint at this Niagara-on-the-Lake brewery. Seafood purveyors, The Tide and Vine, shuck platters of oysters in the Silversmith kitchen, kick-starting my day with all those Omega-3’s and that briny goodness. The menu is small and simple but who needs to make things complicated at brunch? Whatever I choose, I feel no guilt at this church-turned-ale altar.
Tiffany Mayer is the author of Niagara Food: A Flavourful History of the Peninsula’s Bounty (History Press 2014). She blogs at eatingniagara.com.
The Diner House 29
431 Welland Ave, St. Catherines
5204 King St., Beamsville
120 St Paul Street
1366 York Rd, St. Davids
Silversmith Brewing Company
1523 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-lake