Where To Eat In Waterloo; From BBQ To Burgers And Coffee To Cocktails


Are you hungry? I bet you are. After canoeing, cycling and otherwise exploring the Waterloo Region you must be famished! The question is now where to eat in Waterloo? It’s a big County and there are plenty of great options for you. I discovered a few spots that I think you’ll love. They include places to grab a great cup of coffee, where to enjoy a craft cocktail, a Smokehouse and two restaurants that have been open for over 50+ years each. Where to eat in Waterloo isn’t a question it is a quest. Are you up for it?

Scotchy Scotch cocktail at The Grand Trunk Saloon


Angie’s Since 1962 – 47 Erb St W, Waterloo – Angie’s has been around since, well 1962. Once the family home, Angie and her husband Bill have served the community thousands of meals. Apparently, the Fish and Chip put them on the map. Since Angie passed away in 1997 the next generation picked up the reigns and continues to serve Waterloo and region with a smile and some great home cooked meals. I popped in for breakfast and attempted to finish the German Platter. I have to admit my eyes are bigger than my stomach because there was no way I could finish it all. Breaded Pork Schnitzel, Farmer Sausage, Oktoberfest Sausage, 2 eggs any style, homemade toast and home fried potatoes! So good! You have to eat here at least once when you are in the area.
Angie's Since 1962 German Platter for Breakfast - Where to eat in Waterloo

Smile Tiger Coffee – 100 Ahrens St W, Kitchener – Located next door to the Via Rail station in Kitchener is Smile Tiger Coffee, the maker of some of the best Americano’s I have ever had. During my multi-day visit to the region, I visited Small Tiger at least four times. Sometimes driving fifteen minutes because I was craving it so badly. Whether you take it to go while you head out to explore the Townships or you stay in and surf your laptop you will love it here. You are welcome!

Small Tiger Coffee in Kitchener Ontario

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Baden Hotel aka EJ’s – 39 Snyder’s Rd W, Baden – 1874, that is when the Baden Hotel first opened its doors and it has been open ever since. Also known as EJ’s it is the oldest continuously operated dining establishment in Southern Ontario. That is 143 years if you are counting. I would think the menu has changed a few times over the years but the service is still friendly and all are welcome. From babies to retirees EJ’s is a place to eat and connect with your friends and family. While you are eating be sure to look up. In 1910 a patron paid for his room and board by painting the ceiling tiles and many of them are still there today. Apologies for the blurriness of my photo. I forgot my glasses while I was there enjoying a Burger and Onion Rings. Mondays are burger night BTW.

Gouda Bacon Burger at the Baden Hotel

Onion Rings at the Baden Hotel aka EJ's

B @ the Museum – 10 King St W, Kitchener – Feel like mixing it up? B @ The Museum offers an eclectic menu that includes Chow Dumplings to Maple Smoked bacon Tacos. They have a nice wine list, beer list and some craft cocktails to soothe your thirsty throat and they serve fresh local ingredients when in season. They also have a great location right in the centre of downtown where all the action is.

Chow Dumplings from B @ The Museum

Maple Smoked Bacon Tacos from B @ The Museum

The Grand Trunk Saloon – 30 Ontario St S, Kitchener – You can start your night here, end it here or stay for the whole evening. I popped in for a cocktail before he headed to another spot for dinner but you can enjoy that here as well. I had the Scotchy Scotch and yes it had plenty of Scotch in it. The room has a cozy yet funky vibe to it so if you are looking for a fun night of conversations I would head over to the Grand Trunk Saloon in Kitchener.

The Grand Trunk Saloon in Kitchener, Ontario

Scotchy Scotch cocktail at The Grand Trunk Saloon

Matter of Taste Coffee Bar – 115 King St W, Kitchener – When I first arrived in Kitchener this is the first place I visited. A solid coffee shop on King Street with pastries, good WiFi and plenty of seating. BTW the croissant was extremely flaky and fresh. Good coffee as well.

Coffee and a Croissant at Matter Of Taste Coffee Bar

The Lancaster Smokehouse – 574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener – Did you say smokehouse? As in Southern BBQ? OMG, the Lanc as it is called serves up authentic smoked goodness and has some of the best side dishes I’ve had North of the US border. To start I had a Pulled Pork Taco and then finished it up with Beef Brisket, Hot Links and two sides of Baked Beans and Cheesy Grits. OMG, the grits are the absolute BOMB!

Brisket Taco from The Lancaster Smokehouse

Smoked Beef Brisket & Hot Links from The Lancaster Smokehouse

Eco Cafe – 1441 King St N, St. Jacobs – Chances are high that if you spend any time in the Waterloo Region you will make it to the town of St Jacob’s. They have an amazing Farmer’s Market and it is also home to Block Three Brewing. While you are in town I suggest you head towards the Old Mill on the Conestogo River where you will find the Eco Cafe Village Roasters. It is a cute little coffee shop and cafe that also roasts its own coffee. It’s a perfect place to caffeine up before the market or to relax after you’ve shopped till you dropped.

Coffee to go at Eco Cafe in St Jacob's

Inside Eco Cafe Village Roasters

There is something for everyone in Waterloo. Country Mouse or City Mouse there is a great place to eat for everyone.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.


  1. I dated someone in Kitchener for years and we often went to Waterloo for the independent cinema and dinner at Jane Bond. Even though it’s long over I love that city and you’ve reminded me so much is new that I need to eat!

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