The cultural diversity of the Quinte region manifests itself in the myriad cuisines indulging my taste buds. With fall’s sweater-weather knocking on our doors, a change in diet is in order. Summer’s cold beverages and ice creams will soon go back to being reserved for quirky midnight cravings and replaced with warmer, richer foods to go with the weather.
Whether you enjoy the occasional spice-rich savoury meal, quick bites or treats for your sweet tooth, here are some of my favourite cuisines you can find in Belleville this fall. (Stay tuned for a part two in Quinte West.)
A note from BoQ: Yes, another COVID reminder! As you go out and about on your next food adventure, please keep it up with physical distancing (6 ft or 2 m) and good hand hygiene! Check out Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health for more info.
On a stroll down Front Street in downtown Belleville, the tantalizing aromas of Chilangos Mexican Restaurant’s authentic Mexican food are sure to grab your attention. Their signature soups are a must-try this fall, like the Crema de Poblano Con Elote (pictured above), which was voted The People’s Choice Award for Best Soup in the 2019 ‘Savour The Chill’ soup contest.
Staying true to its 25-year-old legacy, Linguine’s Italian Restaurant in the heart of Belleville serves lip-smacking Italian delicacies. Keep the fall chill at bay with their spicy pasta dishes and grilled delicacies. Paulo’s Italian Trattoria, another Italian specialty restaurant, is hard to miss in downtown Belleville with its charming decor. Paulo’s traditional wood-fired oven pizzas are must-eats.
For sushi fans, Dragon Rolls is a Japanese-food paradise. A menu spanning all kinds of Japanese and Thai flavours to choose from, this all-you-can-eat restaurant makes for a great weekend dinner spot. There are a number of spots across Belleville also offering takeaway meals, with many featuring Korean dishes as well. (Toro Sushi, Chef Box and Sushi Maru just to name a few!)
There’s nothing like some delectable Indian food on a windy autumn day to warm your spirits. Royal Haveli’s spicy Indian curries and their piping hot Indian desserts are must-eats. Tanjore Indian Cuisine in downtown Belleville offers some mouth-watering Indian street food specialties along with quintessential Indian entrées.
From Montego Bay to the Bay of Quinte, Lorna and Dennis Jarret have brought the incredible flavours of Jamaica that will have you asking, “Is it lunch time yet?” All of the roti at Caribbean Jerk Spot are delicious, but you’ll likely want a couple of beef or veggie patties to snack on, too.
North American Cuisine
Canada’s varying cuisines across provinces and territories can easily found in the Bay of Quinte. Some of my favourite dine-in and takeout spots include Burger Revolution, The Boathouse Seafood Restaurant, Birdy’s Fine Casual Dining and Eggsquis.