After a long day of driving – I couldn’t have been happier to finally reach our destination in Almonte, ON. With traffic, and other barriers – we were a tad later than we had hoped. Ok…more than a tad…but nonetheless, we made it to The Mill Street Crepe Company for a late lunch!
One of the great things about visiting small towns is that everything is within walking distance of each other…so, wine with lunch was a must!
As I mentioned, Almonte is a very small town. The owners of The Mill Street Crepe Company actually own the entire building where the restaurant is located – Heritage Court. This was such a quaint shopping area, with a yoga studio, florist, gift shop and a few other shops. They tried to keep the original architecture, as much as possible and you can still see the area where horses were tied up back in the day!
Driving for hours, we worked up quite the appetite! After checking out the lunch menu and chatting with the owner – I settled on the Croque Monsieur with a Lyonnaise Salad. The Croque Monsieur was filled to the max with smoked ham, gruyere, roasted tomatoes and apple honey mustard. I couldn’t believe how much filling there was in this crepe! It was made fresh to order and the cheese was ooey, gooey goodness! LOL The Lyonnaise Salad was fresh and crisp made with frisee, bacon, egg and garlic croutons topped with a Dijon vinaigrette – perfect addition to the Croque Monsieur.
Michelle ordered the Lemon Chicken Crepe with the Mill Street Salad. Again – the crepe was filled to the rim with chicken, thyme, fennel, chevre, tapenade and mushroom. The Mill Street salad was something very different made with in-house pickled onions and beets, chevre, candied walnuts and topped with a herb vinaigrette.
We seriously didn’t expect the portions to be so large – especially since we ordered from the lunch menu! Not only was the food delicious, but the people were even nicer. They couldn’t have been more accommodating, working with our tight schedule. The owner actually stayed and chatted with us, filling us in on all the small town gossip! Kidding – he did, however, help us navigate our way through all the activities on our action-packed 24-hour itinerary. LOL
Almonte is a day-trip that a lot of Ottawa (and surrounding area) citizens make, They drive in and spend the day shopping in the antique markets (which you will hear more about in an upcoming post!), and apparently having lunch at Mill Street Crepe Company because the restaurant was quite busy when we showed up!
One thing I noticed, and loved, was that on the menu – for each crepe there was a wine pairing suggestion based on ingredients. I went with the suggested pairing and had a glass of Pinot Noir with my Croque Monsieur and it was a perfect match!