A new restaurant in Gore Bay is the Twin Bluffs Bar & Grill. Of course, its name refers to the two tall bluffs which form the sides of the bay. It is located in the town, just a few blocks south from the marina, and up the hill from the Post Office on Eleanor Street.
We had an excellent dinner there in July of 1996.
Often when boating, your expectations for shoreside dinners in small Canadian towns are somewhat lower than what you'd require in larger, metropolitan areas. But the Twin Bluffs could stand on its own anywhere. It is really a pleasant surprise for cruising yachtmen who are tired of "boat-food" and want a first-class meal ashore.
The setting for your meal is very cozy. In the front of the restaurant you'll find the local men having a beer and talking about fishing or politics. Unlike some restaurants that hike the price of alcoholic beverages sky-high, a cold Molson or Labatt's is only a modest $2.85 a bottle (Canadian $). In the rear, the dining room has comfortable chairs, and the walls are covered with original Canadian art and pottery by Jack Whyte and Wendy McNally.
On our visit, owner John Maskevic was displaying his private collection of works by the "Group of Seven", Canadian landscape artists famous for their paintings of the northern wilderness, like F. H. Varley's seascape, "Stormy Weather on Georgian Bay". The gallery-like setting and subdued lighting made for a pleasant atmosphere for dinner.
The menu had a wide selection of fish, chicken and meat dinners. I sampled that evening's special, grilled Lake Trout enhanced by a terrific wine sauce, while my wife tried the grilled Whitefish. Both were excellent.
The same people operate the Tea Room at the Pavillion down at the marina. We didn't eat there ourselves, but when we stopped in one morning to take a few pictures from the observation deck, the aroma from the kitchen on the second floor was very enticing.
This article first appeared in 1996.
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