Palgrave resident Bernie Rochon is a member of a local group that call themselves the 3R’s Club. The Club visits and reviews restaurants in Caledon plus those within a one hour’s drive radius of Hwy 50 and Hwy 9 (excluding Toronto). After a three-year hiatus due to Covid the Club is getting back into their groove. Thank you to Bernie and the rest of the 3R’s Club for this review and photos of Davidson’s Country Dining in Innisfil.
This time the 3 R’s Club went to the limit of our defined territory which is set for less than one hour travel time from the corner of Hwy 50 and 9. We went to Davidson’s Country Dining in Innisfil which is 58 minutes from our start point.
The first attraction to this more distant restaurant was that the whole place is a log cabin with all the interior decor expected of such a place. As you enter the restaurant this old world feel takes you over and brings you into a deep comfort zone.
The place was built in 1949 and has had three owners. The last one is Dan Davidson, who purchased the place in 1984. Since then, he has received many offers to sell but refused them all.
Our group of seven for this review all sat at one large table and were served quite quickly. One of our members came in late but had her martini served as she took her seat. Dan the owner came to the table to personally welcome us all. He gave us some of the history of his restaurant.
As mentioned above we were all quite impressed with the decor and comfort of the restaurant. Unfortunately, the critics of the food were not as eloquent and only rated between average and good average. (Between 5 and 7 on a scale of 10).
The menu offers ten or so Tapas and a selection of basic main courses. The prices were quite good and competitive. The plating lacked creativity but the portions were mostly large.
The assortment of wine was interesting, but the menu did not show costs for bottles of wine. Pricing by the glass of wine was $11 to $13. For the full food menu see Davidson’s website
Should you decide to visit this Beauty and somewhat the Beast restaurant, take an extra hour or so to visit part of Innisfil which is called Friday Harbour. It is quite exclusive with many shops and a great harbour full of boats. Enjoy the ride to Innisfil!