I’be been lax on my reviewing the local cuisine as I said I would a million years ago. That is not to say that we haven’t been dining locally. We have. And while not as often as we did when we lived closer to Toronto we manage to get around. Fortunately the area has a lot to offer outside of the traditional chain restaurants (many of which are here too).
One place that I can’t believe I didn’t review first is The Leeky Canoe in Meaford, Ontario. We’ve been visiting this place since the Winter of 2010 when we began our quest for a place up here. Since then we must have been back a half dozen times over the summer and up until now. They have great pub fare!
The Canoe is located at 94 Sykes street in Meaford, Ontario. Sykes street is effectively Highway 26 so if you are travelling 26 you’ll drive right past it as you pass through the town of Meaford. It’s in the downtown core. You’ll know when you’re in the core.
The restaurant is clean and decorated as you’d expect a Canadian country pub to be. While not huge they have a decent seating capacity throughout three areas. All these areas are comfortable to sit in. One thing to note is that while the washrooms are very clean they smell strongly of disinfectant. If you sit at the very back you may enjoy this smell during your meal. Try for a booth up front.
I think the food at the Leeky Canoe is very good. I’m a Reuben Sandwich fan and they make an open faced version which I really enjoyed. Their Turkey Club sandwich has more than just the two small nuggets of bird you often get when dining out. They give you a nice piece of meat and a sandwich filled with fixins. I’ve tried a few versions of their burgers all of which I really enjoyed.
One thing I should mention is their fries. The Leeky Canoe makes some great fries. I’ve had them with and without gravy. The gravy, another hit and miss for most restaurants, was really good! Not the “oh man, you have to taste this stuff” good but also not the “no thanks, no more gravy for me” type. It’s kind of “hey, this gravy is pretty good. want some?” kind.
The service we’ve received at the Leeky Canoe has been terrific each visit. I like to get in and out of a place rather quickly and the Canoe doesn’t disappoint. We’ve had fast, friendly service each time we stopped by.
So I’ll have to say that the Leeky Canoe in Meaford, Ontario gets a double thumbs up in this guy’s opinion. Check it out for yourself.