Thursday, 18 August 2016

Lunch at The Crossroads in Rosseau

The ongoing saga of our Toronto/Muskoka trip!
We were in the hotel in Gravenhurst, and e headed north to visit Bala (where we'd lived) and then for Rosseau for lunch, for the umpteenth time, then back down to Gravenhurst! 

We were there in 2009: We're at the Crossroads and 2013: Lunch on a patio!

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Muskoka. Chefs Richard and Julie Lalonde
are fabulous. They met while working in the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. (My mom's hotel!)

Hubby worked with Julie in Bala, when he was delivering Meals on Wheels there. Their kids were small, then, and Richard worked in the hotel. While the Meals on Wheels client missed them, they were ready to take on a new challenge.

They bought The Crossroads and made it into a high end establishment.

Eventually, we know not when, they took out the gas station, adding a patio. It was a busy spot with cars. In winter snowmobiles would drive up for gas. It's hard enough juggling a family and restaurant, without the gas station. It's much more peaceful.

When we arrived the place was packed. They've built a screened in patio, and we joined a lively group from Barrie, who'd come up on motorbikes with a (yappy) dog! One of the women took our photo, not the one who liked to screech with laughter (you know the type!). In the meantime, the lunch crowd were leaving and I begged our server to see if there was a spot outside. (Summer is SO short!) They have well-trained staff, and he said he'd check with his manager.

It was a good meal, although hubby's tummy needed a rest the next day. We bought some lunch meat and wraps and ate in our kitchenette.

They found us a spot! The outdoor space now has musical evenings, under the stars, with the outdoor BBQ. The new gardens are amazing, although the daisies block the view of the lake. We miss lake life, but not the personal watercraft!

The bikers were doing selfies! Afterwards, we headed back to Gravenhurst, visited with Emily, and then went  back to the hotel.


Jans Funny Farm said...

Looks like a lovely spot to spend some time.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The restaurant sounds fabulous. I love to eat outdoors as long as it is somebody else cooking and serving!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What a pretty place - and weather! Patio lunching is the best... (Meanwhile here we actually had a heat wave today. Today only mind... and I am soooooooooooo sleep deprived from the Os!!!) YAM xx

William Kendall said...

What beautiful shots!

The Furry Gnome said...

Our kids went to Camp Hollyburn just east of Rosseau, so we know that road.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like a magnificent place :)

Maria Gloria D'Amico said...

Um dia lindo, ensolarado e agradável. Cheers!