Riv Bistro serves up a menu of savoury, authentic Mediterranean fare made to order using fresh ingredients delivered daily. Stepping past the Hellenic eatery's appropriately blue-and-white façade, diners can sample such feta-trimmed starters as the Mediterranean mussels, a batch of bivalves sautéed with tomatoes, onions, feta, basil, and red wine ($11.95), or phygra, a deep-fried helping of the cradle of Western civilization's trademark crumbly cheese, accompanied by roasted red peppers and topped with an ornate corinthian capital ($12.95). Entrees include aromatic, colourfully plated proteins, such as the fruity chicken pistachio, a poultry breast filled with blueberries and oranges, coated with nuts, smothered in a strawberry-raspberry salsa, and served on a bed of couscous ($18.95). Riv Bistro prepares its seafood with fresh aquatic edibles plucked from local waters by teams of underwater fruit pickers and crafted into dishes such as the onnasis, skewered shrimp and scallops served on a bed of rice and garnished with lemon, butter, and dill sauce ($17.95).
Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services featured Café Chartreuse. Local Harvest and 100 Mile Food Challenge also featured the business. Restaurantica reviewers give the restaurant an average of 4.5 stars, and 52% of Urbanspooners recommend the café. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes and rank it #3 out of 79 restaurants in Collingwood.
Zencha Tea Bar soothes sippers with 80 different varieties of loose-leaf teas and a full menu of light lunch fare and desserts. Sample any of the bubbling brews available in a cup ($2.25) or pot ($5.25 for premium teas, $6.95 for rare), or step up to an ever-popular Chai latte ($3.25) with classic black tea, green tea, or black tea with chocolate soy. A verdant bowl of Matcha ($3.50) lends itself to sessions of restful sipping or bouts of full-contact tea ceremonies. A litany of lunches such as a roast beef sandwich with dijon and havarti ($5.95) or a spicy dahl lentil rice bowl ($7.25) tame teatime appetites, and sweet treats such as muffins ($3.25), cookies ($1.50) and biscotti ($1.25) put a dulcet note to a mellow cup of tea, like the customary kiss post-chess match.
Within a country bistro dining room, The Stuffed Peasant acquaints palates with refined European-inspired cuisine. Coo at baby spinach on a play date with spiced walnuts and poached pears in a lemon-honey vinaigrette ($7), or cheer on a piquant parade of black olives and anchovies marching across the pisaladiere caramelized-onion tart ($8). Oven-roasted rack of lamb and gratin dauphinoise fight over who gets to ride the tongue-coaster first in a car packed with french-green-bean and pomegranate-jus passengers ($36).
In Union Burger kitchens, culinary crews grill fresh, never frozen 100% Canadian beef burgers and pour poutine gravy over hand-cut fries. The menu brings an eclectic, often gourmet edge to fast food with quarter-pound Angus-beef hot dogs and grilled-chicken sandwiches. Visitors can stack hearty burger patties with any combination of more than 20 toppings, or opt for signature creations such as the Bourbon Street burger, topped with whisky barbecue sauce and caramelized onions; the Philly Cheese burger, topped with roasted red peppers and grilled mushrooms; or the Great Canadian burger, topped with peameal back bacon and cheddar. Whatever the meal, a thick milkshake or a classic fountain drink washes it down in style.