Family-owned for five generations and 116 years, Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply stocks residential and commercial kitchens with approximately 18,000 items, including a wide variety of food equipment. Patrons can paint egg-glaze masterpieces with a 1-inch boar-bristle pastry brush ($2.82) or don a chef’s hat ($8.99) to collect free sticky buns from passersby who mistake them for the Pillsbury Doughboy. Alternatively, customers can dunk dough in a 12-cup S/S deep fryer ($77.99) or dip delicacies in chocolate melted with a electric multi fondue set ($71.99) to craft homemade sweets. Hops and yeast from a True Brew Irish stout ingredient kit ($43.89) ferment into 5 gallons of full-bodied ale (equipment not included). Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply also hosts a substantial array of industrial service equipment for restaurants or wistful home kitchens dreaming of the big time.
Ship’s wheels big enough to steer a three-masted vessel hang from the walls at The Lobster Trap, a seafood-centric restaurant attached to the Quality Inn & Suites in Gananoque. Sea-enamored chefs helm a menu of ocean-centric soups, salads, sandwiches, and house specialties such as the chili-lime tilapia ($16.99) and sole stuffed with scallops and crab ($18.99). For turf-based delights, landlubbers tuck into peppercorn-brandy chicken ($18.99) or aged filet mignon ($32.99). A kids' menu caters to the young of heart and age, with basic entrees such as a burger and fries ($9.99).
The Ruffled Feather slakes hunger pangs with an ever-changing menu of fresh, healthy fare. Build a substantial food base with a breakfast of two locally harvested, farm-fresh eggs nestled alongside bacon or ham, pan-fried potatoes, toast, and a cup of organic, fair-trade coffee ($6.95). Lunch and dinner offerings, meanwhile, strengthen jaw muscles for upcoming toothpick whittling competitions with such hearty fare as the house-roasted Angus beef sandwich, grilled alongside cheddar and caramelized onions ($8.50). Two dinner entrees are available each night to joust for the affections of a distressed palate; popular past plates include the African pork and peanut stew and the Hungarian goulash ($9.95–$14.95). Socially connected connoisseurs can check The Ruffled Feather’s Facebook newsfeed for updates on the restaurant's daily offerings.
At West Seventy6 Grill, Executive Chef Jamie Hussey crafts an eclectic menu of seasonal fare derived from fresh, local ingredients. Before diving into main dishes, diners can prime their palates with starters such as crab cakes, adorned with pea tendrils and a maple-and-chipotle rémoulade ($13). Main courses include a trio of certified-Angus steaks aged 28 days, trained in elocution and comportment, and finished with a house-made rub. The juicy 14-ounce rib eye comes accompanied by a double-stuffed Jackson potato and locally farmed seasonal vegetables ($36). Meanwhile, the kitchen stuffs its chicken Supreme with apple-smoked bacon and cheddar ($24) and marinates its Ontario lamb-rack chops in lemon and thyme before pairing them with oyster mushroom and arugula risotto in an emotional commitment ceremony ($34). Guests can sample these edibles while sipping one of West Seventy6 Grill's specialty cocktails or while taking in waterfront views of Lake Ontario from the dining room or an outdoor patio overlooking the water.
In lavender chambers at the top of a four-storey stone chateau, aestheticians Christine Benoit and Cindy Isaac transform their guests into storybook beauties without subjecting them to harsh chemicals or the wrath of a spiteful fairy. Benoit opened Agápe Spa with a decade of experience in skin and body care, and recruited Isaac after training her at school, where she graduated at the top of her class. Waxing is a house specialty that the women perform with stripless wax from Celina, which is gentle on tender bikini lines and eyebrows. To spare hands and feet from formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP, they rely exclusively on nailcare products from SpaRituals and Gelish soak-off gel polish. Skin consultations guide the creation of facials that balance oily, inflamed complexions and rejuvenate maturing skin with naturally derived tonics from Moor Spa.