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- Lily Cichanowicz
Penticton, British Columbia is known for its pristine views and marvelous lakes. Many come from far and wide to vacation here because it is an exceptional place to fish, ski, hike, swim, and rock climb. With all this activity, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Here’s a list of the 10 best places in Penticton to eat.
Theo’s Restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine in a homey atmosphere. The interior is Mediterranean in style with terra cotta tile floors, a large hearth adorned with memorabilia from the old country, and lots of plants. The exterior is even surrounded with grape trees. The food is utterly outstanding, as each meal is homemade with quality ingredients. Try the Greek lamb chops, roasted rabbit, chicken souvlaki dinner, or if you can’t decide, a platter with both. Each meal comes with complimentary buns and special dipping sauce to enjoy while you wait for your entrée. Finish with some perfectly made, sweet and crisp baklava. If you’re looking to hold a gathering, Theo’s has a room upstairs that’s ideal for groups.
Theo’s Restaurant, 687 Main St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 492 4019
La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant
Another phenomenal restaurant that serves excellent Greek cuisine, La Casa Ouzeria is also an Italian kitchen, so you can find dishes from each country under one roof. That means you can enjoy a pastitsio entrée with a tiramisu for dessert. It’s perfect. The interior is quite a sight to behold. Over head there are rustic brick bannisters, and on the walls, you’ll find illuminated murals of Greece and Italy, and a full bar carved in timber. The service is remarkable here as well.
La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant, 1090 Main St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 888 791 4291
Bad Tattoo Brewing
Bad Tattoo Brewing specializes in one of the world’s greatest combinations, pizza and beer. Yet both are elevated to memorable and exquisite levels. You can order a flight of the many different craft beers brewed in house. The staff is knowledgeable and can offer you recommendations as needed. They even have root beer on draught, which is the perfect base to a root beer float. As for the pizza, try the forager pizza with mushrooms and truffle oil, the Thai pizza with Phanaeng shrimp curry, or the gourmet blue cheese, apple and blueberry compote pizza. The interior is simple, welcoming and industrial in style.
Bad Tattoo Brewing, 169 Estabrook Ave, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 493 8686
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Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine
Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine serves Indian food with an emphasis on vegetarian and seafood dishes. Of course, you can also find classic Indian dishes with meats marinated in yogurt and served in spicy sauces. Each meal comes with slightly crisp, buttery naan and basmati rice. Try the paneer naan made with Indian cheese and spices. Wash everything down with a fresh mango lassi. For sides, the vegetarian samosas and pakoras are recommended. No matter your dietary persuasion, you’re bound to find something delicious and enjoyable. Lachi makes a great spot for dining with groups.
Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine, 510 Main St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 778 476 5665
The Bench Artisan Food Market
The Bench Artisan Food Market is the place to go if you’re looking for light, healthy fare made with the highest of quality locally sourced ingredients. They serve sandwiches, pastries, paninis, salads, breakfasts and cold sides that will leave you feeling pleasantly satisfied and nourished. The weekend brunch menu includes waffles and bacon, superb eggs benedict, meat, cheese and pastry platters, and yogurt parfaits. Another favourite is the soup and half sandwich lunch combo. Additionally, The Bench is a market where you can buy specialty items like local honey, infused olive oils, deli meats, and more. They can also cater your special event.
The Bench Artisan Food Market, 368 Vancouver Ave, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 492 2222
Hillside Winery and Bistro
Hillside Winery and Bistro may specialize in wines, but it also has a pretty great menu. Food items include new Canadian style eats like the Caesar salad with egg and fried herbs, spiced pureed carrot soup, and pulled pork sandwich. They also have a special three course meal available for Thanksgiving. Located in a rustic wooden building that much resembles a farmhouse, Hillside Winery and Bistro contains a large rooftop patio dining area with a spectacular view of the picturesque surrounds. The setting alone makes it the perfect place to enjoy a meal when the weather is nice. Inside, you will find the tasting room.
Hillside Winery and Bistro, 1350 Naramata Rd, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 493 6274
Salty’s Beach House Restaurant
Situated right on the lake, Salty’s Beach House Restaurant serves seafood of all sorts. From fish tacos to oysters on the half shell to a bowl of seafood soup, there’s something to satisfy the palate of any seafood lover. Additionally, Salty’s serves burgers, steaks, and even Thai food including seafood stir fry and pad Thai. For dessert, try the fried ice cream, key lime pie, or the peanut butter pie. You can sit outside and enjoy your meal along with a great view of the water. Pair your meal with one of Salty’s lovely refreshing cocktails like the boat drink or a cold beer. Salty’s is the ideal casual hangout for your vacation.
Salty’s Beach House Restaurant, 1000 Lakeshore Dr, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 493 5001
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Brodo Kitchen serves new Canadian cuisine in a casual rustic space. For lunch, you can get Angus chili with cornbread, quinoa lentil salad, elk chorizo sandwiches, grilled cheese, creamy curry mushroom soup, seasonal salads, pho, and a BLT with guacamole and a fried egg. There are also delicious and inventive daily features available. Food is served on vintage black and white tin trays. In the evenings, you can find a more dressed up menu featuring dishes like roast prawn agnolotti, roasted chicken, and Korean barbecue ramen. Brodo Kitchen also has a selection of artisan foods available for purchase including teas and preserves.
Brodo Kitchen, 483 Main St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 778 476 1275
Wild Scallion offers light and healthy fare with an emphasis on fresh flavours. Much of the food is influenced by Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine, so you can be sure that lots of tasty spices are involved. For breakfast, you can get eggs served with avocado and hash, while for lunch, there are soups, curries, and a multitude of salads and other entrées with lots of fresh veggies. There are even decadent vegan cakes and desserts made with healthy ingredients. Wild Scallion also offers lunch and dinner boxes where you choose a main dish, add ons and sauces. The interior is welcoming and cozy, featuring a large chalkboard menu.
Wild Scallion, 75 Front St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 486 8117
Il Vecchio Delicatessen
Il Vecchio Delicatessen is a famed deli in Penticton. With copper canisters and dried herbs hanging above the deli case, the interior offers that quintessential deli atmosphere that let’s you know that it is legit. In fact, Il Vecchio boasts the best sandwiches in the entire city. Sandwiches feature meats like peppered salami, ham, turkey and mortadella. You can add sundried tomatoes and marinated eggplant to boot. It’s the quality and authenticity of these ingredients that sets Il Vecchio Delicatessen apart. There is also a small market here where you can buy tasty foods imported from Europe. It’s no wonder this place draws such a crowd.
Il Vecchio Delicatessen, 317 Robinson St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 492 7610
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