Since there was no guarantee that we would catch any fish at the island, Rich and I hedged our bets by eating local fish en route, settling for white fish but looking for pickerel or walleye as some places call it. The best pickerel turned out to be a small roadside stand called K.A. Foods in tiny Spanish, Ontario that we found on the way up to Sioux Lookout. Thick chunks of sweet fish were lightly coated in a delicious breading. It was so good that we tried to stop by again on the way back to have some more and rushed to get there before the stand closed for the day. We made it in time but were disappointed to find they had run out of fish for the day!! We found a different stand closer to Sudbury but the thin, dry, overcooked fillets just did not measure up.
A distant second (but at least it was pickerel) was to be found in the much fancier and pricier Riverside Inn restaurant in Dryden, Ontario. Two large fillets were also breaded and served with roast potatoes and grilled vegetables. Part of the disappointment in Dryden stemmed from the stories Rich told of the "mound" of fish he was served on a past trip. Since then, the mound has been reduced to the two fillets - still plenty to eat, but it's all in the setting of expectations.
Coming in close second was the fish sandwich in Tobermory from Sharky's Grill that came with a refreshing salad cranberry coleslaw salad instead of fries. In addition to the filet of breaded fish, the sandwich was garnished with tomato, cucumber, red onion and mayo. Also very good were the white fish chunks from Vierling's Restaurant in Marquette Michigan that served crisply battered fish strips with a delicious homemade tartar sauce.
In the little community of Wabigoon, Ontario, we experienced some authentic Native Indian cuisine at the Short Stop. We had a cheese burger made with Indian pan-fried bannock bread for the bun and possibly buffalo for the meat. We also ordered an Indian taco, expecting it to be the same size as the tacos we get in Toronto. This one filled a huge styrofoam container and consisted of ground meat, shredded cheese, tomato, green pepper, onion, olives on a large taco shell. Served with sour cream and salsa, it was more like a large serving of natchos without the chips. For dessert we bought a butter tart (what else!) that ranked quite highly as well as a slice of wild blueberry pie.
Rossport with the white fish dinner until the next day.
Still in Marquette, Babycakes Muffins Shop make the juiciest, most flavourful fruit muffins that I've ever tasted. The large moist muffins have a nice crunchy top as do most muffins, but when you dig into the body, you meet a delicious explosion of fruit with just the right mix of sweet vs tartness to make it interesting. We went back for these two days in a row.