Feast on the Parkway Culinary Crawl with Niagara Parks
When planning a vacation over the next few months, look no further than your own backyard! The Niagara Parks has everything you need for a memorable vacation – from the majestic falls, to beautiful horticultural gardens, breath-taking hiking trails beside the gorge, and delicious eats.
A few weeks ago, my Mom and I were invited to tour the Niagara Parks culinary options (along with enjoy a surprising Niagara attraction), in regular ‘Dining with Mom’ fashion…we created a video about our experience! For a bit more information on the restaurants and to find out exactly what we ate at each restaurant, scroll down below the video. You can also check out the hashtag #FeastOnTheParkway to see some more of the foodie tastiness!
The Restaurants We Visited:
Legends on the Niagara Restaurant – “Located south of the falls inside the grand Legends on the Niagara Clubhouse, Legends on the Niagara Restaurant welcomes guests to savour casual fare alongside the rolling greens that border historic War of 1812 grounds. You don’t have to be a member or play golf to enjoy Chef Dan Willick’s impressive pub-style menu from the dining room or the covered patio.”
What we tried: Legends Tasting Sandwich Platter: Spy Apple and Gunn’s Hill Grilled Brie with Arugula, Dried Cranberries, and Maple Sriracha Aioli. Battlefield Grilled Chicken Sandwich: Seed to Sausage Bacon, Arugula, Caramelized Onion Jam, Hot House Tomato and Devils Rock Blue Cheese Mayo. Caprese Salad: Niagara Butter Lettuce, Roman Cheese Bocconcini, Heirloom Tomatoes, Crisp Basil with a Rosewood Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette.
9561 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S6
Queen Victoria Place Restaurant – “Constructed in 1904, the stately building now known as Queen Victoria Place was the former residence of the Commissioners of Niagara Parks. As it enters its 113th year in the heart of Queen Victoria Park, Queen Victoria Place Restaurant offers the very best of Niagara through Chef Sidney Krick’s locally sourced menu, paired with a diverse Niagara VQA wine list and craft beer menu.”
What we tried: Stuffed Chicken Supreme with Thornloe Blue Cheese, Grilled Bosc Pears, Vineland Sun-dried Cherry and VQA Shiraz Glaze with Celery Root Rosti, Roasted Den Boer Farms Root Vegetable Fritter.
6345 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Whirlpool Restaurant – “The airy dining room at Whirlpool Restaurant offers panoramic views of the tree-lined Niagara Parkway and the 18th hole at Whirlpool Golf Course. Open to the public throughout the golfing season, enjoy Chef Tim VandeLaar’s pub-style cuisine paired with a glass of Niagara VQA wine or a pint of Ontario craft beer after a day of exploring the Niagara Parkway or playing a round of golf.”
What we tried: House-made Linguini with a Chardonnay Cream Sauce, Brandt’s Pancetta, 100KM Edamame, Miller’s Asiago, and Crispy Basil.
Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON
Queenston Heights Restaurant – “The breathtaking views of the winding Niagara River and local vineyards are matched only by the culinary creations of Chef Bill Greenan. Located 15 minutes north of the falls on the Niagara Parkway, at the foot of Brock’s Monument, Queenston Heights Restaurant is open seasonally to the public for its award-winning Sunday brunch along with light fare and beverages on the patio.”
What we tried: Slow Roasted Ontario Beef Short Rib, Bright’s Extra Old Cheddar Mashed, Simcoe County Asparagus Spears, Green Peppercorn Jus, Crispy Shallots.
14184 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
Elements on the Falls Restaurant – “Situated on the upper level of Table Rock Centre, only steps from the brink of Horseshoe Falls, Elements on the Falls offers locally sourced and internationally inspired menus. Enjoy lunch or dinner with the falls as your backdrop and let Chef Elbert Wiersema’s cuisine make your dining experience come alive.”
What we tried: Manitoulin Rainbow Trout, Fogo Island Cod Fillet, Northern Pickerel Souffle, Wood Smoked Scallop, Sea Asparagus, Roasted Fennel Riesling Reduction – About the Eats
Baked Spy Apple Tart, Crimo Farms Heartnut Marzipan, Sea Buckthorn Berry Gelato and Cranberry Anglais Sauce.
6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 0L0
During the tour of the Niagara Parkway, we also received a tour of the White Water Walk. Basically, you go deep underground in an elevator, through an underground tunnel, and come out on the other side right by the Niagara River. The force of this River is something to be seen, down in the gorge, you walk along the edge of the river on a wooden bridge – winding around the rushing rapids. It’s a rush and a calming walk at the same time!
Thank you Niagara Parks for the wonderful day in Niagara. We’ll be back soon!
*Food and tour was provided for free by Niagara Parks. Thoughts and opinions are my own.