As Penticton fast becomes a “foodie” destination, and the autumn weather brings on the search for comfort food, PentictonWorks went looking for suggestions for favourite, warm, comforting dishes. Chefs are coming to the Okanagan for the bounty of fresh ingredients, from fruits and vegetables to local meats and cheeses, and with plenty of great coffee shops to pair with breakfast, and local wine choices to pair with lunch or dinner, here are a few suggestions that reflect the wonderful diversity of dishes in the South Okanagan.
“Potato medallions!” ~ Jim, a frequent visitor to Penticton, often ends his trip with a visit to Shades on Main for a hearty breakfast eggs benny with these nuggets on the side. For a larger than you can imagine all-day breakfast, Terry’s Comfort Food with Attitude serves omelettes, breakfast bowls and more that will carry you through lunch and dinner with leftovers.
The Bench Market’s sweet potato hash is “to die for” according to entrepreneur Jill, and the baked goods are great for a walk to talk business. Meet for a muffin or scone at Wouda’s Bakery and its sister location, Hideaway, or at the Prague Cafe, the latter two mere steps from Okanagan Lake.
“The pulled pork sandwich with salmon potato salad at BRODO Kitchen,” says athlete Tracey. “My dad loved the bison chili and tomato soup at BRODO,” reports Angie, a chef and business owner visiting from Fraser Valley. Angie also recommends the ice cream selection at the local Co-op gas station, but be prepared to buy an almost two-litre bucket of the chocolate peanut butter.
For build-your-own sandwiches, Il Vecchio Delicatessen has fans Christine in Summerland, and Megan in Prince George. Vancouver’s Emma loves any soup from Wild Scallion, and for a quick business lunch, sushi and ramen from Lee’s Overseas or KOJO are frequent suggestions, as is Lachi for Indian cuisine. In a big hurry on a cold day? Follow your nose to Jeffer’s Fryzz food truck for poutine.
“The duck confit at Front Street Brasserie is a shining beacon of comfort in a jangly, edgy world,” according to Brad, a Naramata Bench winemaker; Penelope, a winery owner, agrees, and wine marketer Megan says the croutons on the Brasserie’s caesar salad should be their own side dish. And fellow winemaker Kathy suggests the mac’n’cheese. So if you’re looking for a someone from a winery, it seems you them on Front Street in Downtown Penticton.
Or, at La Casa Ouzeria, where wine tourism advocate Jennifer enjoys the dolmades. Perhaps Theo’s for chicken livers and yigantes, suggested by Dorothea, or Spiros Cubby Hole where bed and breakfast owner Stacey recommends the curry chicken.
When we asked for comfort food suggestions, we expected the usual pastas, soups, deep-fried dishes, but were we ever WOWED with these tasty ideas covering any occasion, from breakfast meetings to a quick lunch to a dinner date night.