While it was an incredible feat, Phileas Fogg really missed out on something during his 80-day around the world whirlwind adventure. For me one of the best things about travelling is the opportunity to soak up the local culture and sample the local cuisine.
So I invite you to join me on a gastronomic adventure around Penticton in 18 Plates.
1. The Bear’s Den Restaurant
My go to has to be the fluffy, vanilla waffle with a side of fresh, in-season, local fruit and real whipped cream. With such mouthwatering offerings, it’s hardly surprising this place has won numerous awards for the “Best Breakfast in Penticton”.
2. The Bench Market
Loved by locals and visitors alike, this quaint artisan cafe and food market is committed to using local, fresh ingredients to make healthy menu items from scratch. Get fueled up for the day with wholesome and wholly delicious, house-made Bench Granola served with organic yogurt.
3. Brodo Kitchen
Not surprisingly, Brodo, (Italian for “broth”) is renowned for it’s incredible soups made from locally-sourced seasonal ingredients to reflect what’s fresh from the harvest. Unique to Penticton, you have to try the “flight of soups” — three tasty creations to tempt your tastebuds.
4. Buy The Sea Seafoods
As a Brit, I consider myself a bit of an aficionado when it comes to Fish & Chips and this place doesn’t disappoint. I love to get take-out and head to the park at Skaha Lake for a scenic, al fresco fish supper.
5. Gratify Foods
Everything at Gratify is naturally made – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Refined Sugar Free. Carrot Cake has always been one of my faves and here I get all of the taste and none of the guilt.
6. The Kitchen at Da Silva Winery
If you don’t want to be limit yourself to just one dish on the menu then opt for some Portuguese tapas with Mexican flare at The Kitchen. They offer 30 different kinds of tapas, served in random order at random times – #ilovesurprises.
7. Nautical Dog Cafe
This delightful little cafe nestled on the shores of Skaha Lake is a wonderful spot to enjoy an artisan breakfast or lunch. The menu changes daily depending on what local suppliers bring in and the fresh baked cakes and pastries never disappoint.
8. Penticton Indian Cuisine
This recent addition to the Penticton cuisine scene offers a wide variety of Indian dishes with fresh herbs and spices and a touch of Nepalese finish. Start your meal with some chicken or vegetable momo (steamed dumplings) they’re mmmm good.
9. Petrasek Bakery
Everything is traditionally handcrafted and made from scratch at this artisan European bakery in the heart of downtown. Take a break from all that shopping and enjoy a coffee and fresh danish pastry on their quaint outdoor patio.
10. Seis Cielo
The aim of this trendy little cafe is to connect a community of first class Honduran coffee farmers to discerning coffee roasters and enthusiasts. Their highly caffeinated and refreshing Nitro Cold Brew is perfect for the Okanagan dry heat.
11. Smugglers Smokehouse
Low & Slow is the mantra here at Smugglers and their melt in the mouth smoked meats are testament to that. The pulled pork sandwich with a side of creamy mac and cheese is simply irresistible.
12. The Station Public House
This place offers a definite step up from traditional pub grub. I’ll admit, when I saw Ahi Tuna Steak with yam gnocchi on the menu, my expectations weren’t that high, but boy was I wrong – it is phenomenal.
13. Sushi Genki
There’s something so comforting about ramen and if anyone knows how to make it right it’s owner and chef Kazuo Noguchi who was born in Kumamoto City, Japan. His Black Garlic Ramen with BBQ Pork is packed full of flavour.
14. Sushi Kojo
If you’re a sushi lover, like me, Kojo is the place to go go. Expect a little Japanese flair and a whole lot of Okanagan hospitality, while savouring some superb, succulent, sushi rolls (try saying that 3 times fast).
15. Tacos del Norte
Amazing authentic Mexican cuisine can be had right here in Penticton. The juicy, seared chicken Tacos de Pollo made with homemade corn tortillas are sure to take you back to the streets of Mexico.
16. Theo’s Restaurant
Ask the locals about great Greek Food and Theo’s is certain to get a mention. I love their platter for two – rather than having to choose just one main course you get to sample a variety of delicious, traditional Greek food like Mmmmmmmoussaka.
17. Villa Rosa Ristorante Italiano
Villa Rosa has been offering a taste of Italy in Penticton for more than 20 years. You have to try the Saltimbocca di Vitello (veal scaloppini baked with prosciutto, sage and mozzarella cheese). Literally translated, saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth” – need I say more.
18. Wayne and Freda
This wonderful little coffee shop has a pretty sweet story behind it, that you might be lucky enough to discover while enjoying a latte on the patio. The aptly named Heart Beet Bowl, is sure to fill your belly and your soul.