Downtown North Bay looks a bit sad but I did enjoy finding a coffee shop (Twiggs) that also sells Guinness and Baileys. Not bad espresso, and not a laptop in sight. For a little waterfront eating and drinking head out to AVERAGE JOE’S on Trout Lake. Super-low wine prices and friendly staff. 705.474.1982 www.averagejoes.net
An foodie would be thrilled to discover Joe Laplante’s ULTIMATE KITCHEN STORE. Check it out for all your kitchen, BBQ and gift needs.
1183 Fisher Street, North Bay 705.474.5726 www.ultimatekitchen.ca
My favourite restaurant discovery was DANNY’S JUSTA’ PASTA on Hwy 11 just south of Sundridge (between Huntsville and North Bay). A cute, homey, spotless, little cottage restaurant with a serious commitment to super flavourful food. Danny’s pasta sauces are tops. Other foods are offered too, as well as a decent wine list. Call ahead if you’re passing through and would like take-out. 705.384.5542