Mix Fresh Kitchen
5171 Salter St.
Hours: Mon to Fri 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price range: $$$
We sample Ray Bear’s inviting new restaurant at a window table with a harbour view. The service is exemplary. The lunch menu is substantial, and includes salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, steak, ribs and seafood.
My pal tries the Mix Burger, a large, perfectly-broiled burger topped with jalapeno Havarti cheese, local double-smoked bacon from Outlton’s, guacamole, red pepper, spicy mayo, tomato and lettuce.
It’s tastier than your typical burger, served on a fresh bun and accompanied by a huge pile of home-cut fries.
My Valley Pulled Pork Sandwich is sumptuous. The pork is tender and cooked in a flavourful barbecue sauce that is neither too sweet nor too sharp.
For dessert, the Gingerbread French Toast with caramelized pineapple and vanilla ice cream — oh, my. Like the restaurant itself, it’s a real treat.