Eating & Drinking

Linger in a beautiful estate winery as you sample their best vintages. Early Acres Estate Winery is a family-owned, country-setting winery. Their vineyard is situated on 97 acres of sandy loam, which is perfectly suited to the success of their grapes. Stroll through the beautiful vineyard and sample the award-winning wines and find out why their slogan is “Wining Is Our Business!”

Enjoy a gourmet feast of pickerel and perch, right off the boat. Fish doesn’t get much fresher than this! Local restaurants, like Molly & OJ’s, celebrate the fresh fish that comes in almost year round from Lake Erie to local ports in Wheatley and Erieau. But if you prefer beef, chicken or vegetarian, local chefs are happy to oblige.

Pause for the perfect sunset, artisan pizza and a cold craft beer that you’ll want to take home. Nestled on the shore of Rondeau Bay, with seating that puts you up front and personal with our C-K sunsets, Bayside Brewing Co. is our community’s original craft brewery. The Bayside Brew Pub is famous for their Wood Fire Pizza made fresh to order from their special ovens.

Bayside Brewing Co: 970 Ross Lane, Erieau •

Enjoy the peace of the river while you revel in the joy of an excellent meal. Chatham is known for its beautifully preserved Victorian homes. Marco, owner of Casa Bella on the Thames, saw the gem of a historical house on the Thames River and transformed it into one of the premium dining establishments in the community. Guests enjoy mouthwatering veal, seafood, chicken, steak and pasta entrees.

Catch dinner and a movie…they were meant for each other! Share some pasta with a friend, then skip over to the latest flick that’s hit the big screen. Within walking distance, Boston Pizza and Galaxy Cinemas make for a perfect evening.

Buy your pickerel, perch and whitefish just steps from the boat they were hauled in on. Wheatley is the largest fresh water fishing port in the world, hauling in tons of wild caught fish every year from Lake Erie. People journey to Presteve’s fish store to get the highest quality fish, hand-filleted for ideal taste and presentation. They do fresh caught best!Presteve Fresh Fish Market: 20954 Erie St. S., Wheatley •

Sample premium craft beer from a tap room that prides itself in using traditional methods and modern ingredients. Situated in downtown Chatham, Sons of Kent Brewing Co., offers an on-site tasting room, kitchen service for some unique bites, a bottleshop and live entertainment on weekends.