Quick Eats and Treats in Grey County

Published Date: August 25, 2022

Did someone say snacks or was it just me? Stef (Lokal Digs) here with another round up of must-eats in Grey County. If you dare to squeeze them all into one day you’ll receive mad kudos from me, but until then, I’m pretty confident you’ll need a few days to hit every pitstop. Big scoops, thick sandwiches, saucy pitas and craft bevvies – find it all here in the region.

Some would say that pitstops are some of the most memorable parts of any road trip. It’s the canny conversations you have with local business owners who love nothing more than to share their story and what brings them joy. It’s the general stores you stumble upon only to leave with a 6-pack of butter tarts and some local maple syrup. Or maybe it’s the sunsets you catch while trying your hardest to keep your ice cream cone from melting into the palm of your hand. These mini-moments are some of the best kept memories and the things that make you smile months down the road.

Luckily for you, you’ll find many worthy pitstops along your travels here in Grey County that will get you tasting some of the region’s best quick eats, snacks and treats.

Add these local gems to your hitlist:

Europa Restaurant and Pizza – If you’re a fan of tzatziki you’ll be jazzed when you see how much sauce your souvlaki pita will be rockin’! Europa is a family run restaurant that offers some of Owen Sound’s best souvlaki, Greek salad and pizza. Count on family facts from the Owner Achilles and an authentic made-to-order experience. Our pitas were perfectly toasty, the chicken was juicy and plentiful and like I said, tzatziki for days. Cash only – so make sure to bring your piggy bank savings!

While making your way through Owen Sound, you may want to grab an order of steak cut fries from the Harrison Park Inn or a double scoop from Sundays Ice Cream Parlour. The gluten-free/dairy free pizza buns from Boon Bakery also hit the spot. All are perfect companions for a local stroll.

*I can confirm all of this delicious chatter*

MarilynneDid you know that I can hear birds singing sweet lullabies when I’ve found the perfect breakfast sandwich. At Marilynne, they’ve crafted the perfect sando with local bacon, farm fresh eggs, aged cheddar, pickled onions, mustard aioli, arugula, and an English muffin. You may choose to dine in at their farm-focused restaurant or grab a sando to go. You won’t regret either decision.
I’d recommend adding an iced honey oat latte to the mix for ultimate ‘lokal’ vibes.

The Savvy Co. – Flesherton’s newest bottle shop + café is the destination of a pitstop. Housed in a Quonset style structure, this shop offers some unique, flavour forward local wines, ciders + brews from producers across Ontario. Grab a ‘Savvy board’, a coffee to go and some intriguing sippers for your evening chill outs and road trip reflections.

Goldsmith’s Market Goldsmith’s in Thornbury is a local hub for fresh Ontario produce, specialty grocery items, grab + go items and incredible baked goods. If you’re in a pinch and looking for a handheld munchie that is buttery, flaky and full of flavour, you might be inclined to give their sausage rolls a try. Let’s just say that when I cruise over to Grandma’s house with a bag of sausage rolls, she oozes with excitement. The feeling is mutual.

Bruce Wine Bar also offers a variety of bodega items including handcrafted sandwiches, pizzettas, sweet treats, cocktails to go and top-notch bottle shop offerings curated by their in-house Sommelier.    

Rocklyn Inn Bed + Breakfast/Ice Cream and Snack Shop – Rest your eyes at the Rocklyn Inn Bed and Breakfast among one of their 5 rooms. Located in the small village of Rocklyn, this B+B offers a quiet place to stay while enjoying cozy linens and a house made breakfast by your hosts, Lesley and Michael. Pre-bed sweet tooth? Their sweet shop is attached to the Inn and offers over 30 flavours of Chapman’s Ice Cream. Their scoops are some of the biggest I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

Don't forget about the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit – Switch up your day trip and spend a night or two with the help of the OSTC. You can claim 20% of your accommodation expenses during year-end taxes! Yes, please.

Happy tasting! If you feel like bringing me along for the ride, you know where to find me.

Stef Richardson

Guest Writer: Stef Richardson

I consider myself a small town gal (raised here in Grey County) with an interest in all things food, culture, community & people. Known for my clogging, blogging and vlogging, my work seeks to showcase the love and appreciation I have for all that is discoverable in Ontario. There is something equally invigorating and addictive about creating relationships with business owners across the region and getting a behind-the-scenes tour of all that they're passionate about. I'm all about digging lokal and sharing my discoveries with the adventurous + foodies at heart.  Follow along @lokaldigs

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