Celebrate the Brunch Tradition!

Word has it that what we now know as ‘brunch’ has a rather dubious origin. Apparently, an English writer named Guy Beringer wrote an article coining the term in 1895. In his essay entitled ‘Brunch: A Plea’, Beringer suggested that a mid-day Sunday meal would lighten the burden for those who may have partied a little too heartily the evening before. He argued that “Brunch is cheerful, sociable, and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good mood, makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” One could reasonably infer that Beringer himself was no stranger to Saturday-night carousing. And for that, we should be grateful. This happy merging of breakfast and lunch is ideal for relaxing, chatting, and enjoying good food. The only challenge you may face on October 1 is choosing among three perfect places to wrap up the ‘What’s Cooking Bracebridge’ weekend of culinary celebration with a wonderful brunch.

Hóla Mexico!

El Pueblito is a welcome addition to the Bracebridge restaurant scene. It is authentically Mexican in every way, with colourful décor, pleasant staff, and a varied selection of freshly prepared food, including vegan and vegetarian options. Owners Marlenne and Chef Michael Rickard opened El Pueblito to share the cuisine of Marlenne’s native land with the people of Muskoka. Wholesome ingredients are the basis for the made-from-scratch dishes, with many of the recipes originating from Marlenne’s grandmother’s kitchen.


The couple are thrilled to be part of this year’s food fiesta on October 1. The full menu can be seen by clicking the link below, but here are a few of the highlights – huevos a la Mexicana, chilaquiles con pollo, tijuana caesar salad, frijoles de la olla – and desserts, of course: arroz con leche and plátano macho. Marlenne and Mike get raving reviews from their clients, so you can be sure that it all tastes just as good as it sounds!

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A ‘Kelly’ Welcome

It’s always said that the Irish truly know how to entertain! And Patrick and Eilish Kelly absolutely bring their homeland’s spirit of kinship to their restaurant. Originating from a small village in County Laios near Kilkenny, the Kellys chose Muskoka for the flowing rivers and green countryside that echoes their roots. They transformed an 1857 building on the main street into a genuine Irish pub – a two-storey venue serving classic Irish fare – right near the spectacular Bracebridge falls.


The October 1 brunch, with two sittings, is consistent with the Kelly brand of hospitality, featuring live music and friendly laughter in a warm atmosphere. Appetizers include their signature salad as well as guinness cheddar soup with irish soda bread. Entrées are guinness chili, portobello veggie stack, or a full Irish breakfast. And desserts are Kelly’s sherry trifle (bourbon vanilla cake soaked in sherry and jam with fruit and custard) or house-made mini ice-cream sandwiches with chocolate sauce.

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From the Smokehouse

Chef David Friesen has a passion for the barbecue! His restaurant, Pasta Tree & Smokehouse, overlooks the scenic Muskoka River, feeding the eye as well as the palate. After holding executive chef positions at upscale Toronto dining establishments, David came to Muskoka in 2001 and launched Riverwalk Restaurant by the Silver Bridge. With the value David places on local, fresh food and innovative gourmet dishes, and Riverwalk quickly developed a solid reputation for its superb quality and appealing ambience.

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The Pasta Tree & Smokehouse opened last year, and is hailed enthusiastically by residents, cottagers, and visitors alike! Its smoked ribs, wings and house-made sauces capture old South flavours such as Kentucky bourbon, Creole spices, and rich dark molasses. For the October 1 brunch, David Friesen is preparing some of his favourite BBQ dishes. Guests can feast on a buffet of smoked brisket eggs benny, house-made smoked salmon, pulled pork hash, smoked campfire beans, salads, fruit, granola, baked goods, and more.


Click here for the full menus, event timetable, and online ticket purchases. Book now, and ‘sweep away the worries and cobwebs’ with a fully satisfying Sunday brunch!