Monday, August 29, 2016

The Beach House in Port Dover: Coastal Cuisine

Overlooking the sandy beaches of Port Dover on the north shore of Lake Erie, The Beach House Restaurant specializes in California-inspired coastal cuisine with dishes such as locally caught Lake Erie Yellow Perch and Pickerel as well as sensational Fish Tacos. With a large deck overlooking the beach and swaying palm trees, specially planted by the Knechtel Family who own the restaurant and are relatives of my Aunt in British Columbia, plus the clear blue waters of Long Point Bay provide the perfect scenic backdrop for casual waterside dining. Once the home of the world’s largest fresh water fishing fleet, Port Dover has been one of the most popular attractions in Southern Ontario for generations. There's also live theatre at Port Dover's Lighthouse Festival Theatre, the Port Dover Harbour Museum which celebrates Port Dover’s marine history, and many small quaint shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. The scenic pier is a charming place for fishing, taking a romantic stroll or watching the tugboats return with their daily catch, and the beach is positively booming on a hot humid summer weekend.

The busy beachfront paddle board hut beside the Beach House Restaurant in Port Dover

The Beach House Restaurant overlooking the beach and warm waters of Long Point Bay off Lake Erie

Jerk spiced local Pike with sweet potato fries, sautéed green beans and corn on the cob

English-Style Fish and Chips with Beer Battered Haddock, served with coleslaw, lemon, 
tartar sauce and sweet potato fries

Greek Salad with local grilled Perch

Monument on the pier of Port Dover dedicated to the commercial fishermen 
who have lost their lives on the lake

The Port Dover lighthouse on the pier

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