By Lori Bosworth
It’s great to get away for a few trips in the summer and with that in mind, I recently spent several days up at Jackson’s Point in Ontario. We stayed at the newly renovated Ramada Jackson’s Point Resort. I always love to try local restaurants so we ventured out from the hotel to Dalton Road to have dinner at the Lake Simcoe Arms Pub and Restaurant.
When we arrived, there were a few couples dining on the patio, but we opted to go inside since it was still very humid outside. The indoors revealed a pleasing room with exposed brick, hardwood floors and a lot more light than you would expect in a pub. This was all good. A long bar with several HDTVs was separated from the dining room.
Our charming server quickly greeted us and gave us menus. She advised us of the three daily specials and took our drinks order. The restaurant offers 15 different beers on tap. My dining partner opted for a glass of house white while I stuck with water. The server brought us a vintage-looking wine (or perhaps water) bottle filled with water. I love this idea since we could pour our own water when we wanted it.
After eating our for several nights, I was looking to order something light so I chose the Grilled Vegetables with garlic aioli and goat cheese in pita, $15. My dining partner opted for the Simcoe Cheese-Steak Sandwich with roasted and shaved Certified Angus roast beef, mushrooms, peppers, onions and cheese on a demi-baguette, $17. (This is obviously their version of the famous Philly Cheese Steak.) Both of our meals came with soup, salad or fresh-cut fries.
My dining partner enjoyed her Simcoe Cheese Steak: the baguette was crispy and fresh and the roast beef, cheese and onion blended perfectly. She did say that she would have liked some sauce on the beef. According to my dining partner, the fresh-cut fries were some of the best she’s ever had.
I was expecting an ordinary house salad as a starter, but was surprised to see that my salad included spring greens and just-picked fresh vegetables. The balsamic vinaigrette was perfect: not too bitter and thick enough to coat the vegetables. My grilled vegetable pita was to die for! The filling included chunks of grilled zucchini, eggplant, onions and mushrooms and the garlic aioli and goat cheese lent the perfect amount of spicy moistness to the filling. I love that the pita bread was grilled since I find plain pita bread boring to the palate. So much for ordering a light meal since I couldn’t finish this sizable pita. I ended up taking half of the sandwich home; there was no way I was going to leave this baby on the plate!
My dining partner opted for ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert while I passed on this course.
Overall, our experience at Lake Simcoe Arms was exceptional. We experienced warm and friendly service, lovely surroundings and extremely well-executed food. I will definitely return to Lake Simcoe Arms the next time I’m in Jackson’s Point.