Cozy Culinary Experiences

Posted : January 12, 2018

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Winter is the season of hibernation, but that doesn’t mean you are housebound. Filled with cozy restaurants that provide a warm haven from the cold, York Durham Headwaters serves up some of the best food in the region. Let these local culinary masters amaze you with their tasty eats this winter!

Fishbone Bistro

Classy, elegant and excellent is what we hear time and time again when people tell us about Fishbone Bistro. If you love seafood and Portuguese inspired dishes, Fishbone is a must try. This intimate bistro is the perfect place to experience an adventure of Portuguese flavours! With locations in Stouffville and Aurora, you have double the chance of experiencing their first-class service and inspirational flavours. The Paella was so good that my mouth is watering just thinking about it!


Locale is the perfect place for an elegant and chic dining experience in King City. Italian traditions fused with Canadiana inspire their menu, and their philosophy is simple: to cook from scratch using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Using greens grown in organic soil and eggs from free range chickens only, for example. If you are looking for fresh, simple, classic Italian food, Locale is for you. Nothing shows their simplicity, freshness and flavour like their Margherita pizza – a traditional favourite that will have you coming back as soon as possible!

Tetra Kitchen & Vines

Tetra is Bowmanville’s destination for an exclusive urban-suburban experience. Tetra, an ancient Greek word meaning “a group of 4,” is the brainchild of Chef Chad, Mark Homer, Ryan Johansen, and Penny Johansen. The four owners share a passion for excellence, wanting to bring a fine dining option into the Bowmanville/Clarington area. The fresh, eclectic and exciting menu offers appetizers, lunch and dinner, all made with ingredients from local farms and suppliers whenever possible. The presentation and the flavour of the lobster spring rolls, make them a top choice as a starter.

RustiK Local Bistro

RustiK Local Bistro is a casual, yet elegant, family-friendly dining experience. Located in Downtown Orangeville, RustiK always provides an enjoyable, tasteful, fresh experience. Their professionally trained Chef strives to combine locally sourced products with his years of skill and experience to tantalize your taste buds! Choosing from their wine list is a guaranteed way to enhance the flavour experience of the RustiK menu choices. If you are looking for the perfect Sunday brunch experience, RustiK is an ideal choice. The huevos rancheros is a brunch favourite!

The Fire Hall Bistro

Winter is the perfect time for some comfort food. Thankfully, The Fire Hall Bistro in Orono provides some delicious takes on classic bistro favourites. Their goal is to provide a memorable meal that will tempt your palate and keep you coming back for more, and we think they are doing just that. Their menu is filled with fresh dishes with a mixture of international and local ingredients. You’ll be sure to find ample portions at a reasonable price; be sure to try the fish & chips and, while you are there, go for the pulled pork too. Tasty!

Tin Mill Restaurant

Located in downtown Uxbridge, the Tin Mill is in a renovated historic flour mill. Escape the cold and experience the charm of original beams, antique tin details, and a whole lot of chic urban flair. Their food is always fresh, sourced locally, with everything being made in-house, from the savoury soups to the signature sauces to the decadent desserts. It is casual dining in a rustic setting with beautiful views of the Uxbridge Brook. Plus, the fireplace makes it an extra cozy choice. We always choose the Veal Parmigiana with its perfectly crunchy edges smothered in melted cheese, while being amazingly juicy and tender on the inside. They also have the best carrot cake ever, just saying.
These six restaurants are perfect for a family dinner or a romantic date night. Their intimate dining rooms are the ideal escape from the chill of winter, offering you a cozy dining experience with some of the top rated culinary creations in York Durham Headwaters.

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