The Yellow Canoe Café, located at the entrance to Merrickville’s storied main street shopping area, isn’t new, having been around for over 15 years, but it recently changed owners with a former life-time (as she puts it) employee having taken over the reins in 2014. And while Danielle Moizer may be young, her dishes demonstrate a level of expertise few kitchen veterans can match.
The Yellow Canoe is tucked in one of Merrickville’s heritage stone buildings (at the corner of Lawrence and Main Streets, just south of the Rideau Bridge). It can’t be missed thanks to the large yellow canoe parked out front. While Danielle boasts that everything on the menu is house made, fresh, every day, you don’t have to take her word for it; one taste will tell you. The menu is geared to lunches, brunches, and afternoon teas with a variety to suit every taste and requirement. But unlike a lot of gluten-free offerings, Danielle’s take is full of flavour with just the right texture.
My wife and I dropped by on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon and while the number of tables and seats are limited, we never felt crowded. I opted for the Blue Cow half-sandwich and soup while she ordered a savoury scone with soup. The Blue Cow is a piled-high roast beef creation served on in-house made foccacia bread topped with a heavenly blue cheese spread, avocado slices and alfalfa sprouts. Danielle’s foccacia is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted; light, airy, but just the right texture and flavour. Of the 2 choices of soup-of-the-day we both choose the cream of mushroom and weren’t disappointed. Tip of the day; leave the salt and pepper alone until you try their soups, they’ve got the seasoning bang on right out of the pot. Our lunch with tax, before tip, came to a reasonable $40.
My wife’s over-sized scone was served warm with a whipped herb butter that would leave even the finickiest eater weak in the knees. Because we were conservative as to our diets in our lunch choices we splurged on dessert and split a unique carrot cake. Again, like their bread, the Yellow Canoe Café crafts this cake into a much lighter and more flavourful decadence than you might expect, and it’s also served warm with a delightful cream cheese topping.
The Yellow Canoe’s menu is full of options allowing you to choose either full or half-sandwiches, with or without soup or salad sides. It lets you tailor your choices to your appetite and stick by your diet. If you happen to over indulge, it’s easy to walk off some calories enjoying the wide variety of craft and artisan shops that Merrickville is famous for.
The Yellow Canoe Café is open Sunday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and to 5 pm on Saturdays. Their winter hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. You can reach them at 613 269 2833 or check them out online at theyellowcanoecafe.com or on their FaceBook page. Reservations are recommended. There are several steps up to the door and nearby on-street parking is plentiful. They are fully licensed and have a bountiful selection of wines (all available by the glass or carafe), craft-beers and cocktails.