Haliburton Restaurants – Homemade Ontario Small Town Goodness

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Haliburton Restaurants Offer Homemade Goodness

Updated May 2016. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know about my love for small towns in Ontario. I had the chance to visit several eateries in Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario. The common theme between these Haliburton restaurants, was hometown, homemade, feel right at home hospitality.

McKeck’s Tap and Grill – Haliburton Village

On a cold and rainy day (and I mean downpour rain) we were looking for a place to hide out and grab a bite to eat. Haliburton Village has no shortage of restaurant options but on a cold rainy day sometimes you just pick the spot closest to where you parked the car!

Hot Fries and Gravy McKeck's Tavern and Bar Haliburton Ontario

Lucky for us we parked right in front of McKeck’s Tap and Grill. We started off with a hot and gooey Poutine but I was good, and followed it up with a wrap and salad.

McKeck's Tavern and Bar Haliburton Ontario

We were there just as the lunch crowd started pouring in, but the staff here were super nice and took time to talk to us. So nice in fact they talked us into dessert too!

McKeck's Tavern and Bar Haliburton Ontario

For Leaf’s fans McKeck’s has a hockey link as it was founded in 1986 by Walt McKechnie the 1963 6th overall NHL draft pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s a great little sports pub to stop by for some friendly company and yummy pub food.

Baked and Battered-Haliburton-Village_fish decor

Baked and Battered – Haliburton Village

If you are in the Haliburton area, then you do not want to miss Baked and Battered. It’s a relatively new eatery in Haliburton with a split personality. On one side a cozy cottage coffee shop complete with fireplace and large displays of fresh baked goods and on the other a fish and chip shop with lots of battered and delicious goodies.

Baked and Battered-Haliburton-Village0_fish counter

Battered – The Fish Stand Side

The walls are decorated with fishing lures, nets and other assorted fishing gear, but the feature on the small fish side of Baked and Battered is the menu. Choose from an assortment of gluten-free battered fish and chips (yes I said gluten-free), or choose from a selection of appetizers including coconut shrimp, fried clams or scallops. You can order your side of fries as a Poutine or switch them with onion rings. The menu here simply put is Battered up!

Baked and Battered-Haliburton-Village-fish fry

Baked and Battered-Haliburton-Village_fireplace

Baked – Homemade, Fresh Baked Treats

The baked side of Baked and Battered features an amazing Bakery filled with homemade goodness. Stocked with assorted cookies, muffins, bars, pies, breads and other baked deliciousness, the bakery is a great place to sit and enjoy a specialty coffee and a treat, in a quiet and cozy environment.

Baked and Battered-Haliburton-Village-bakery side

Molly’s Bistro Bakery

My last wholesome restaurant in the Haliburton Highlands region is Molly’s Bistro Bakery in Minden. A restaurant and bakery where everything is made from scratch. Enjoy homemade goodness for breakfast, lunch or dinner, 7 days a week. The menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches (prepared with their own homemade breads), quiches and salads.



For those lucky enough to live in the area, or for you cottagers looking for homemade goodness to take back home, then Molly’s also prepares her meals so you can freeze them and have on hand when you need them. Or you can just stock up on her amazing cookies!


It doesn't matter the time of year, Haliburton Ontario has a number of eateries featuring menus made with love. The kind of places where everyone knows your name and you know you can enjoy an awesome homemade kind of meal.
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Travel assistance provided by Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization, however the opinions expressed in this post are my own.


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  • Cheryl
    May 3, 2014

    Next time your here be sure to visit the eastern part of the county …and visit the South Algonquin cookhouse i harcourt and the Algonquin diner in Wilberforce ..you wont be dissapointed

    • Sharon M
      May 3, 2014

      Thanks Cheryl, I will put that on my list for sure! I’m hoping to get up to the area again this summer!

  • Adelina | PackMeTo
    March 25, 2014

    Oh wow, I’ve never heard of this region of Ontario before. It seems easily accessible from Toronto and Ottawa. All that food sure looks good too. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler & don’t forget to link back to us with a badge or text link :) See you next week!

  • frankaboutcroatia
    March 25, 2014

    I love visiting small towns just about anywhere. Not too crazy about fish and chips, but that Momma G’s Tea shop sounds terrific. I’d have hard time choosing a sandwich as they all look delicious. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler.

  • I love tea and fish & chips – great post and now I’m hungry! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler

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