Breakfast at the local greasy spoon is one of the great joys of being at the cottage. You get to see what’s going on in town, chat with your neighbours, and indulge in some delicious comfort food. Almost every small-town spot has a signature dish worth trying—especially if you’re looking for a gut-busting meal.
These big plates are the ideal treat for any cottager who has worked up an appetite getting the dock in, sanding the deck, or just fishing up a storm.
The Lumberjack Breakfast, Moose Cafe, Lake of Bays
Three eggs, grilled back bacon, local beerfest sausage, homefries, and bakery-made, multi-grain toast. Enough fuel for the day even if you’re not a lumberjack!
The Big Bopper, Hoagie’s Restaurant, North Bay
Three eggs, bacon, ham and sausage, toast, and homefries. NOM.
Pancakes, The Hoito, Thunder Bay
These aren’t just any pancakes—these are Finnish-style mega pancakes. Seriously. They’re the size of a dinner plate.
Mr. Bologna, Hungry Moose Restaurant, Schreiber
If you’ve been craving fried bologna (and who hasn’t?) the Hungry Moose in Schreiber is where you want to be. Don’t let the amount of fruit on the plate fool you—it’s all about the bologna.
The E.T. Special, Flying Saucer Drive-In Restaurant, Niagara Falls
E.T. wouldn’t have phoned home if he had been presented with this foodie feast!
Breakfast Poutine, St. Joachim Diner, St. Joachim
What could possibly be better for breakfast than poutine? This particular iteration features homefries piled high with cheese curds, bacon, ham, sausage, and a poached egg, then smothered in hollandaise.
Pancake Stacker, The Early Bird, London
According to food blogger Big Dude Likes Food, this enormous plate is a half-stack. We believe the full stack is intended to feed a small village for a year.