One of the things I love about our Hideaway is the selection of fabulous restaurants in the area. Not too far away is The Flying Chestnut Kitchen. Along with some other family, we’ve taken my mother-in-law there for Mother’s Day for three years now. Going again this year was a natural choice. It seems to have become a family tradition!
The Flying Chestnut Kitchen
Located in the hamlet of Eugenia, Ontario, The Flying Chestnut is a cozy, rustic place with fabulous food; light-hearted, rustic decor; and great, friendly service. We were told that it was named after the fallen chestnuts that were being thrown about on the property while the restaurant was getting ready to open up.
You’ll enter through an enclosed porch which offers seating at three or four tables.
The kitchen is open to the main dining room. Immediately, your eye is drawn to the stained glass cube-shaped light fixtures hanging from the ceiling.
Below the lights is an old wood-burning cookstove in the centre of the main dining room.
I always like when restaurant washrooms are worth a visit just for the decor. These do not disappoint.
For Sunday brunch, there were five or six menu choices plus salmon and steak specials. Each came with lettuce salad, hash browns, and a fruit garnish. I enjoyed the salmon special, which was gluten-free without any adjustments.
My mother-in-law had the three-egg omelette.
You’ll find Eugenia just a little north of Flesherton in Grey County in Southwestern Ontario. The Bruce Trail runs through Eugenia right by Eugenia Falls. It’s worth stopping by the parking lot just off the main road. (Update June 20, 2016: There is now a $5 parking fee.) From there, it’s only a short walk to see the waterfalls. Then, if you’re up for a hike, you can hit the Bruce Trail right there and carry on from the falls.
The Flying Chestnut Kitchen is located on Pellisier Street, just a little off the main road through town. I would recommend making a reservation. This is a cash-only restaurant, so go prepared. But, definitely, check it out if you’re in the area!
UPDATE: We returned to the Flying Chestnut for Father’s Day. It wasn’t as busy as it had been on Mother’s Day, and I think we enjoyed it even more! I had a 3-Egg Frittata with Tomato, Feta and Fresh Oregano for $14. It was gluten-free without any modifications and delicious, as usual!
Charlie enjoyed a Crispy Crab Cake Sandwich with Salmon Dill Tarter Sauce and a Fried Egg for $16.
My mother-in-law had 2 Poached Eggs on a Crispy Pulled-Pork Croquette Topped with Fresh Corn Salsa for $15. She especially liked the croquette.
UPDATE: Went back to the Flying Chestnut Kitchen on August 14 again. Can you tell that we like that place! I had the 3-Egg Frittata again. It’s an easy gluten-free choice!
Charlie had the BLT sandwich. He said that it was delicious!
SUNDAY, Sept. 4: I enjoyed Barbecue Chicken on Warm Potato Salad