Situated within Quaker Barrel Unique Antique & General Store, The Mad Hatter's Tea Room is a memorable Talbot Trail destination for flights of fine loose-leaf teas. The tea room's bright red door opens to a carefree, homestyle atmosphere with furnishings and decorative flourishes that evoke the beloved children's tale Alice in Wonderland. A whimsical menu of light fare and myriad loose-leaf specialty teas are complemented by frequent appearances from the fully costumed Mad Hatter himself, who emerges to reclaim his Mad Hatter's table or gossip about who wears a toupee with guests on Alice's couch. A selection of for-sale Alice in Wonderland–themed collectibles includes decorative china plates and framed prints, with the fanciful, all-things-Alice mood spilling out onto the Queen of Hearts outdoor seating area complete with a grassy, wood-fenced garden.
The word reheated is blasphemy at Al's Pizzeria, where chefs bake pies to order rather than premake them and place them beneath the infrared glare of a food warmer. This approach permits guests to customize their meals with more than 20 fresh-cut toppings, picking from staples such as pepperoni and sausage and creative garnishes such as broccoli and pineapples. The culinary team can finish off cheesy discs with complimentary add-ons of garlic, extra sauce, and flavoured crusts. The menu also features wings in 1-pound increments, which can be ordered along with pizzas well past the sun’s bedtime—Al's Pizzeria stays open until midnight during the week, 2 a.m. on Thursday, and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Though eating carefully crafted cuisine is a delicious endeavour, enjoying it amid stunningly scenic surroundings can somehow make it taste even better. At The Silver Birch Tea Room, the outdoor confines bloom with verdant plants, a trickling waterfall, and a garden brimming with herbs from Heritage Line Herbs, the eatery's parent establishment. This backdrop feeds all of the senses, including one's sense of being stared at by plants. Diners can lounge under umbrellas while sampling fresh salads, perch on the sprawling wooden swing while enjoying sips of lavender lemonade, or stroll through the garden while contemplating how difficult it would be to grow cookies from the ground.
The Windjammer Inn indulges stomachs and eyes alike, dishing up local, organic cuisine in a restored home built in 1854. The restaurant's menu selections are based on picks from both the local farmers’ network and the inn's on-site garden, a more reliably delicious method of dining than bobbing-for-entrees or magick. Weekend brunches awaken appetites by offering up treats such as german apple pancakes with chantilly cream and local maple syrup ($10.50) or a basket of freshly baked scones with homemade preserves ($6.25). Lunchtime highlights include crêpes normandy, in which buckwheat crêpes swaddle chicken, bacon, and shitake mushrooms ($13), and the penetrable fortifications of golden puff pastry surrounding the fisherman's pie ($14). Take dinner to a new level of ripe refinement with palate-preppers such as bison tenderloin carpaccio ($14), or engage in tongue warfare with entrees such as the chevre- and spinach-stuffed chicken breast in a roasted-red-pepper sauce ($24).
At Mickey's Boathouse, deemed the ?best place to quaff a cold one" in Port Stanley by the London Free Press, owners Mike and Dori Henatyzen and their kitchen staff create signature dishes from locally caught fish such as perch and pickerel. Diners converse comfortably while seated in high-backed chairs and surrounded by the homestyle dining room's red walls and framed portraits of celebrity plankton. In pleasant weather, a patio offers seating amid harbour views, and on weekends the crowd returns indoors for an eclectic mix of live music acts. On weekend evenings, diners can order the rotating dinner special, which features a new fish from around the world each week.
At Dad-N-Daughters Fish-N-Chips, the staff batters and fries a seemingly endless parade of seasonal food, sending out boxes heaping with crispy, golden-brown haddock, pollock, cod, and Lake Erie perch. Diners can stop into the small, casual eatery for the daily lunch special, where the fried-to-perfection fish is paired with coleslaw and fresh-cut fries, or pick up an appetizer of battered and fried mushrooms, pickle spears, and battered onion chips. The restaurant's bright interior features nautical artwork on the exposed-brick walls, including portraits of the season's most popular fishermen, and a handwritten chalkboard menu that spells out the daily offerings.