It all started with the idea of ‘where would we want to go for a delicious beer and to watch a great game’?
Bells and Whistles was born out of this simple question, because the team felt that there was an opportunity to provide a better experience, where they bring together the best of the local brewery scene as well as import beers, craft ciders, cocktails, and wine exclusively on tap.
Bells and Whistles’ food menu features a range of homespun, locally and ethically sourced dishes such as gourmet burgers and sandwiches, salads and ballpark-friendly fare like chili, nachos and garlic fries as well as a selection of real-milk soft-serve sundaes and floats.
Once you take a look at their extensive menu built around the goal of providing a great social environment, you will agree that Bells and Whistles has hit a home run.
Bells ad Whistles is known for their extensive drinks list, and that’s what we went for right away when we got there, given it was a hot summer day. The team recommended the World Crush Raspberry Wheat Ale by Twin Sails Brewing, perfect for summer with its full flavoured profile and raspberry jam explosion.
The must-try signature dishes here are the Chicken and Waffle Poutine and the All-Day Breakfast Burger (we love the house-made maple-pork sausage!) The Chicken and Waffle Poutine is an award-winning dish and also the perfect share plate for friends grabbing a few beers while watching a game.
The All-Day Breakfast Burger is delicious, wholesome yet not greasy at all. We love the egg and hashbrown combo along with the specialty maple-pork sausage - it’s a complete breakfast in one bite.
For those looking for a lighter dish, The Summer Greens is the perfect patio salad with strawberries, pears, arugula, butter lettuce, spicy candied pecans, pumpkin seeds, poppy seed dressing topped with Okanagan goat cheese and a few red onions. It also comes with a grilled avocado lightly dressed with garlic rosemary oil and pepper. Just from the extensive list of fresh ingredients you can tell it’s loaded with nutrition!
Though we just introduced a healthy option, let us tempt you with the Neopolitan Dynamite, which is Bells and Whistles’ take on a classic banana split - and who can say no to that?! Indulge in the delicious twist of Foothills Creamery strawberry and vanilla soft serve topped with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, freeze-dried bananas and maraschino cherry. I don’t know about you, but they had me at soft serve.
The restaurant is quickly becoming the go-to hangout for any big game, from the Toronto Raptors NBA Championship playoff run to ‘Tap Takeovers’; having 19 beer taps has allowed Bells and Whistles to host the Official Launch Party for the fifth annual Farmhouse Saison and Wild Ale Festival.
Of course the team didn’t stop at just food and drink. Considering what additional elements would make Bells and Whistles a fun place to be with friends and family, they even devised an interactive games room at the back of the restaurant, so you could exchange for some tokens to challenge your friend to a game of hoops or any of the other arcade games in store. You will also discover a mural in the entertainment area created by Rhek, who also designed the t-shirts hanging on the wall.