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Caledonia is home to a variety of delicious restaurants, just waiting for you to taste and savour their local fare. We’ve put together a list of the top 8 culinary hot spots that are sure to have your mouth watering and your jeans fitting a little tighter. To put a cherry on top of the ice cream, each of these restaurants are less than 8 minutes away from Avalon — one of Empire’s most coveted communities in Haldimand County.

1. Jones Bakery and Catering

Located 5 minutes away from Avalon.

Jones Bakery and Catering is currently operated by the third and fourth generation of Jones’. They bake all products in their Century Old Brick Oven from 1904, and still use many of their original recipes. In Caledonia, this notorious bakery is recognized for their meat pies, buttertarts, butterfly buns, pizza buns, and Belgium cookies.

2. Oasis Drive-In

Located 7 minutes away from Avalon.

The Oasis Drive-In serves up delicious food with a side of history. The restaurant is Ontario’s (and likely Canada’s) oldest drive-in restaurant, having opened its doors back in 1927. Since then, this family-owned business has served fresh food to generations of families, including classic burgers and shakes, fresh-cut fries and their famous footlong hotdogs.

3. Tastebudz Pizza

Located 7 minutes away from Avalon.

At Tastebudz Pizza, they make remarkable hand-crushed pizzas so delicious, they’re known as the go-to pizza joint in the area. Trained chefs monitor the ingredients to ensure their taste consistency and quality is always at its best. In addition to delicious pizza, Tastebudz also has appetizers, lasagna, wings, panzerotti, chicken, seafood, salads, and sides on their menu for patrons to choose from.

4. Victor’s Cornerstone Tap & Grill

Located 5 minutes away from Avalon.

Victor’s Conerstone Tap & Grill uses fresh and local ingredients to make classic recipes. This local lunch and dinner restaurant has rave reviews and leaves customers wanting more. Pair some of their classic choices with their various wines or craft beers — we recommend the Steak and Tomato salad.

5. Wally Parr Sausage

Located 5 minutes away from Avalon.

It’s no surprise that Wally Parr Sausage is on our list since it is an Empire favourite. These juicy gourmet sausages are 87% fat free, gluten free, preservative free, nitrate free, and filler free. Wally Parr also offers over 300 restaurant quality food items for you to choose from including chicken, steak, burgers, breads, tarts, quiches and their famous to-die-for perogies.

6. BarBurrito

Located 6 minutes away from Avalon.

What started as a family-owned business in 2005 has turned into large restaurant chain with several locations across Canada. For those who haven’t eaten here before, BarBurrito offers fresh, fast and tasty Tex-Mex food for your afternoon or late-night cravings. Choose from their list of burritos, bowls, quesadillas, tacos or sides, and don’t forget to load up on their healthy toppings including guacamole and jalapeños.

7. Sugar Dandy

Located 7 minutes away from Avalon.

Sugar Dandy is an extremely popular candy store, offering a wide variety of different candies and chocolate treats that everyone can enjoy. From chocolate covered strawberries to ice cream tacos, Sugar Dandy’s offerings are completely unique. In addition to their classic menu options, they keep their offerings fresh and exciting by trying out new recipes.

8. The Argyle Street Grill

Located 7 minutes away from Avalon.

In addition to their amazing Canadian/American Pub food, The Argyle Street Grill also offers catering for any event. Some of their weekly features include Monday Perch Night, Tuesday Half Priced Wings, Thursday Complementary Mussel Bar, and Saturday Prime Rib Dinner. They offer a huge selection of wing sauces, as well as the Infamous Portobello Chicken and Butterscotch Pots de Crème that are loved by locals and newcomers alike.

Never live more than 8 minutes away from Caledonia’s most-popular restaurants by making Avalon your future home. Interested in some of the other restaurant favourites of ours that are located in the GTA? Check them out now.


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Nicole and Karla

New Home Specialists


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