Muddy’s Pit BBQ (3247 County Rd. 2 in Keene), which has become a go-to destination point—one of those places to check off your bucket list over and over again—is now open for the season.
Muddy’s authentically barbeque all of their meat on custom outdoor smokers (designed and built by Sloan Custom Smokers) using only log hardwood.
Muddy’s Pit BBQ menu
Among the items on Muddy’s menu for this season:
-> A Lunker: a hot link on a bun, with pulled pork and baked beans smothered on top.
-> A Carnivore Sampler: a mix of their 4 main meats -> ribs, brisket, pulled pork and a hot link. It comes out to be around 1 1/4 pounds. (It’s great to share if you add a couple of sides to fill out your meal.)
Muddy’s do not take call-ahead orders for pick up or take reservations, nor do they offer delivery. Catering options are available for groups of 20+.
Sam's Place: The Best Dan Deli In Town, first opened its doors in 2011 and has established itself as a great deli in town. Aside from its regulars, it’s a rite of passage for those new to town—from university students to couples relocating here—and tourists to try this place.
Sam’s Place owner Sam Sayer (photo courtesy DBIA)
Owned by Sam Sayer, Sam's Place has become one of the go-to lunch destinations due to its great Samwiches, er, sandwiches, and its terrific customer service and involvement in the community.
Photo courtesy DBIA
It has a new look outside and in after renovations and brand tweaking but has the same service and quality of food, including great portion sizes to fill your belly.
Tired of the same old song and dance on date nights? You’re probably not alone. There is only so much Netflix worth watching before you find yourself watching repeats. With that in mind, here are some date night ideas in Peterborough…
1. Get out and listen to some live music: Peterborough has some awesome venues around town— the Memorial Centre, Del Crary Park, The Venue, Market Hall, Showplace, the Garnet, The Twisted Wheel, the Historic Red Dog and more!
2. Pull out your dabbers because it’s time to play BINGO! Go in a big group to Delta Bingo on Clonsilla for a load of laughs or take your special someone for some intimate number calling action.
3. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, a walk through Jackson’s Park is perfect during them all. This park is a gem in our city and has some incredible scenery to take in. Take advantage of it!
4. Get out and chuck some axes at the Peterborough Axe Club! Get out all of your pent-up frustration and aim for the bull’s-eye at this incredibly fun facility. Like it so much on your date that you want to play again? They have a lot of league options—and they’re licensed!
5. Take your date to new heights with a night out at the Rock and Rope Climbing Centre. Combine a unique physical experience with a tough mental challenge to find out what you and your partner are really made of.
6. Cheer on a local sports team! The Peterborough Petes and Century 21 Lakers provide a lot entertainment all under the iconic Memorial Centre roof.
7. Visit the Canadian Canoe Museum and take part in an artisan workshop. It might not be like the romantic pottery scene from Ghost, but coming out with a paddle or pair of moccasins you made would be kind of cool.
8. Bundle up and strap on your skates in the wintertime for a skate on the canal! (Make sure the Green Flag is up because nothing sounds like more of a date ruiner than falling through the ice.)
9. Dinner out—and dancing! Somewhere downtown. For its size, Peterborough seemingly has more amazing restaurants, cafes, pubs and dance clubs per capita than almost anywhere else.
black honey cafe & gerti’s Pub
10. Try out your problem solving skills at the Escape Maze. Fun is the name of the game in their challenging interactive game rooms.
11. Take a stroll along the paths and check out the animals at Riverview Park & Zoo! Go for a ride on the train during its seasonal schedule, and then show your daring side by riding down the super slide.
Brother and sister duo Nathan and Danielle White are opening Nateures Plate, a Plant-Based Eatery & Bar, in the old Brio Gusto location on Charlotte Street.
They will be focusing on serving vegan comfort food, desserts and cocktails, and offering the traditional comfort foods using plant-based ingredients.
Nathan and Danielle at Brio Gusto, which they are taking over under new name
The siblings are taking over the restaurant in October and rebranding as Nateures Plate. Their plan is to open by early December. To follow along on their journey, visit their website here and follow their Instagram page.
In a heartfelt note to its loyal customers posted to its Facebook page, Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar has announced that they are up for sale.
"I are writing to inform you that after 15 years in business, 10 years of making magic in the kitchen and 6 years as owner, I have placed Brio Gusto Restaurant & Wine Bar for sale," says owner Lindsey Dupuis in the Facebook post.
The Charlotte Street restaurant, which had celebrity Jerry Seinfeld visit it in 2014 for a meal after he played a show at the Memorial Centre, will be sorely missed by its patrons. The service and meals were fantastic, and they were heavily invested in giving back to the community.
Lindsey says in the Facebook post that after welcoming a new addition to their family recently, "we have had to make the hard decision to close Brio Gusto as it is and focus more on our family."
Their final night of service will be Friday, October 5th.
Local café Amusé Coffee Co., which opened its first location at 641 George St. in 2015, has now also opened a "pop up" location for its authentic Paris-inspired charm of fair trade organic whole bean coffee and baked goods in the main lobby of the VentureNorth Building in downtown Peterborough.
Photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough
Owner Lindsay Brock will be serving Amusé products on Mondays and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the hopes of eventually being there more days.
“I’m so excited to be expanding into VentureNorth, they have so many exciting things happening in this building and I’m really happy to be connected to that,” says Brock. “We are currently here Mondays and Wednesdays for March, and hopefully on a more permanent basis thereafter.”
Amusé founder Lindsay Brock at her second location (photo courtesy FastStart Peterborough)
Amusé Coffee Co., which sprung out of the FastStart Peterborough program for budding entrepreneurs, continues to serve Fair Trade Organic whole bean coffee, premium loose tea, and a range of baked goods and brunch options with a French-feel.
The VentureNorth Building is located at 270 George St. N.