10 Places to Grab Lunch in Algoma

Try something new or enjoy an old favourite at cafes, eateries and restaurants in Algoma Country.

Updated: By Sandra Trainor

There are just so many places to grab your lunch in Algoma! I have chosen a few to highlight in this 10 places to grab lunch in Algoma blog. I love to promote locally owned and operated eateries. These offer various cuisines for anyone looking to try something new. Their small businesses are the fabric of the region’s communities. Check them out!

The Pier – Blind River


Located on the shores of the beautiful Blind River, The Pier is a pub and sports-style restaurant with a unique and varied menu. Diners have the choice to eat inside or out on the deck when the weather is great. Open year-round, this popular eatery will satisfy your appetite.

The Copper Bean Café – Bruce Mines


The Copper Bean is a café and eatery with live entertainment during summer evenings out on the adjoining deck. Soups, sandwiches, baking, and more are available to eat in or take out. The Copper Bean has been a hit with locals and travellers alike and is open year-round.

Ije’s Place – Café and Bakery –  Desbarats


Just off Highway 17 East in the village of Desbarats, you can get African, Caribbean, and Canadian food! Ije’s Place – Café and Bakery has brought a lot of newcomers to the area because of its reputation for delicious authentic cuisine. It has become a destination eatery with customers coming from the immediate area and well beyond. Open year-round.

MadJacks Café – St. Joseph Island


This mom/daughter-owned café has a British-influenced menu and products from Britain offered for sale. MadJacks Café is on the main street, in the village of Hilton Beach on St. Joseph Island just a short walk to the marina. Customers can enjoy simple, but yummy menu options while enjoying dining outdoors on picnic tables or a covered area. Open seasonally, May – October.

Ernie’s Coffee Shop – Sault Ste. Marie


Do not let the name fool you. Ernie’s Coffee Shop is much more than a coffee shop.  Its constantly changing restaurant menu rivals any dining establishment. Ernie’s is a long-time eatery in the downtown area of Sault Ste. Marie has been given a fresh new life with a young chef/owner who has turned the place into one of the most popular places to eat in town. If you have not been, go. Open year-round.

Uncle Gino’s Pizzeria – Sault Ste. Marie


The “little sister” restaurant of Uncle Gino’s Restaurant, Uncle Gino’s Pizzeria is one of the only places to get a slice of pizza in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.  Located in the east end of the downtown area, this place has an extensive menu with everything from pizza to pasta, fresh baking and much more. Dine inside or out or grab take-out to bring home. Open year-round.

HOME Bakehouse and Café – Sault Ste. Marie


This friendly downtown bakery has fast become the go-to place for sourdough bread of all types in the city. The menu for HOME bakehouse and Café is filled with delicious treats with a daily changing menu of sandwiches, soups and so much more. Grab a coffee and lunch or buy items from the generous supply of locally sourced food items. Open year-round.

The Soup Witch Café – Sault Ste. Marie


Run by women who have fun with a “witchy theme,” but are not witches. The Soup Witch offers two freshly made soups daily.  To meet demand, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.  The menu offers much more than soup. A favourite for both locals and tourists. Stop in and pick up your meal to-go or eat inside. Open year-round.

Sunset Noodle House – Batchawana and Sault Ste. Marie


Sunset Noodle House has two locations! Their authentic Vietnamese food is available at the Sunset Trailer Park in Batchawana and downtown Sault Ste. Marie. The menu is chock full of super delicious and healthy Vietnamese-style dishes. Check out one or both in your travels. The Batchawana location is open seasonally. The Sault location is open year-round.

Agawa Fish and Chips – Batchawana


Freshly caught whitefish and trout from Lake Superior are offered at the Agawa Fish and Chip Stand in Batchawana, as well as smoked and fresh fish fillets at the Soo Mrkt Farmers’ Market in Sault Ste. Marie. This family-run fishery has been a staple on the shores of Lake Superior for decades. Their customers drive from all over for the chance to enjoy their Fish and Chips. Open seasonally.

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About Sandra Trainor

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Sandra is a Freelance Marketing Consultant. Sandra recently returned to her hometown and believes that food brings people together, no matter what their background and that food grown and produced close to us should be not only supported, but celebrated.

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