In a world where independent restaurants often don’t last past the one-year mark, it is deliciously refreshing to see Carleton Place’s Good Food Company getting ready to celebrate their 18th birthday this coming summer. Owner and chef Petra Graber admits that she “fell in love with the restaurant industry” in her early twenties, and lucky for us the love affair has lasted!
One secret of Petra’s success may lie in the fact that the restaurant was ahead of its time when she opened it back in 1997, offering fresh and delicious alternatives to the pizza and burger places that were prevalent in small towns at the time. But Petra was both persistent and willing to adapt to the tastes of her patrons. Over the years the Good Food Co. has transitioned from offering take-home food and catering, to being open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and finally into its current incarnation as a breakfast, lunch and brunch spot, with coffee and desserts on offer in the afternoons.
One thing that has never varied, however, is the quality and inventiveness of the food. Petra has always emphasized the fresh tastes of local produce, while incorporating international influences in her seasonal menus. Delicious from-scratch soups and desserts and an exceptional breakfast and brunch menu (including such perennial favourites as huevos rancheros, fruit crèpes and eggs Benedict) continue to entice loyal customers and visitors alike. The Good Food Co. is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8am to 4pm.
A great place to find out more about this fine town and its denizens is the Facebook group The Tales of Carleton Place, which is maintained by the tireless enthusiast (also author and occasional Humm contributor) Linda Seccaspina. More Carleton Place businesses and restaurants can be found at downtowncarletonplace.com. Check them out!