The coronavirus is re-writing the “contract” between the dining room and the customers at the tables, and, in response, Waterloo Region food operations large and small have focused on re-building that confidence.
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.