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Hidden Gems: Elmira

Hidden Gems: ElmiraHidden Gems: Elmira
BY ANDREW COPPOLINO

Outside of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo in the Region are the four townships that surround the busier cities like a hug. The pace is a bit slower, the countryside greener, and the food comforting.

Just at the edge of Elmira, At the Crossroads Family Restaurant has been a popular destination, notably for their buffet offerings, for decades. Appropriately, the restaurant, with ample parking (another virtue of the townships), is at the intersection of Arthur Street South and Highway #85 heading to Listowel. The restaurant encourages you to visit – but especially if you want cooking like your grandmother’s: “it’s a taste of home when you’re not,” they say.

A few minutes along Arthur Street into the centre of Elmira, another family-style food institution of sorts is the Sip & Bite Restaurant. A family business for decades, the Sip and Bite is a popular and extremely friendly venue that is a home-away-from-home for many Elmira natives and folks who travel in from outlying areas. The range of customers – from families to older couples to younger diners fending off the late night before – agree: it’s a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a casual meal, morning, noon or early evening.

Don’t wait for the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival in April to visit these popular restaurants: any time is the right time for comforting food.

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