Every year, Air Canada does its part to ensure people still want to travel the country (presumably with their airline) by enticing us to indulge in food and drink offerings from across our fair nation.
Montreal and Toronto restaurants dominated the list, unsurprisingly, scoring two entries each. Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Regina all made a valiant effort as well. But a lovely surprise is that restaurants in two small Ontario towns made the list, including the coveted number one spot.
The Restaurant at Pearl Morrissette, Air Canada's top pick this year, is nestled deep in the heart of Ontario's Niagara wine country. Enter the minimalist, black barn and you'll be treated to a five-course meal that features quality, local ingredients done with French-inspired flair.
Frequenters of the popular Prince Edward County know that Picton, Ont. is a hot spot for fine wine and fine fare, including the Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar, a lively spot that serves up fresh seafood favourites two hours east of Toronto.
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1) The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette, Jordan Station, Ontario
Chefs: Daniel Hadida and Eric Robertson
2) Vin Mon Lapin, Montreal, Quebec
Chefs: Marc-Olivier Frappier and Jessica Noël
3) Elena, Montreal, Quebec
Chef: Emma Cardarelli
4) St. Lawrence, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chef: J-C Poirier
5) Giulietta, Toronto
Chef: Rob Rossi
6) Aloette, Toronto
Chef: Patrick Kriss
7) Avenue, Regina
Chefs: Dale MacKay and Nathan Guggenheimer
8) Bündok, Edmonton
Chef: Kyle Hotchkiss
9) Sand and Pearl, Picton, Ont.
Chef: Suzanne Barr
10) The Courtney Room, Victoria
Cuisine: Seasonal French
Chef: Sam Harris
If that's not enough culinary inspiration for you, Air Canada also put out a list of the country's best new bars. You're welcome.
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