North-east of the city, in Durham region is the quaint old town of Uxbridge, proud to remain a traditional town that’s close to Toronto yet far away. Smack in the middle of town is Urban Pantry, a relatively new restaurant owned and operated by restaurateur and friend, Niki Pagidas.
Urban Pantry prides itself on sourcing most of its food from around Uxbridge (and Durham Region). Here, you will find local beer on tap, farm raised organic meats, fruits and vegetables like we used to find on roadside vegetable stands, fresh herbs and even fresh water fish from nearby lakes and rivers.
I’ve been to Urban Pantry twice and on each occasion, the menu was different. The kitchen is led by Chef Claudio Briones, who is given “carte blanche” with the menu. The result is seasonal, locally sourced food driving the menu which seems to have made Urban Pantry the darling of Uxbridge.
Reservations are recommended (especially for Tapas Nights) but once you’ve covered that angle, Niki will greet you at the door, see you to your seats and you’ll be transported to Spain with live Spanish music and Tapas bites that will dance on your tongue.
Below are more of the dishes we ordered. Don’t judge us…we were very hungry and each order is a sharing plate for two.
4 Toronto Street North
Uxbridge, Ontario L9P 1E6
t: (905) 852-5050
Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
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