Classic Cars, Burgers & Beer in Victoria Park – Guest Post

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Spent a beautiful Friday afternoon at Victoria Park in Kitchener checking out some cars at the Cruising on King Street event.

Victoria Park is a destination in itself. Lots of big trees, picnic areas, playground, splash pad, a lake with canoe and paddleboat rentals, and The Boathouse restaurant complete with licensed patio overlooking the water. It’s all about the patios this summer!

Best of all is the fact that we can walk there in 20 minutes from our home. The walkability of our new neighbourhood was a big part in our decision to move here. In my previous life I walked about 700 steps per day – mostly to and from my car – and now my average is 7,000 steps. Not quite the 10,000 recommended daily minimum, but it sure is an improvement. Who comes up with these recommendations anyways?

I’m not a ‘car’ person per se but the thought of wandering among hundreds of vintage automobiles followed up by a cold beverage on a warm patio sounded like a good way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon. I wouldn’t know the difference between a Marauder and a Mystique but I did take a liking to a beautiful, low slung, mid 50’s Cadillac with a licence plate frame that stated: “Nothing’s lackin when you’re Cadillac’in.”

In search of a new patio we ended up here Jack Burger Pub and had the best burger of the summer! It’s a ‘hole in the wall’ kind of place where you place your order inside; grab your beverage and head out to a picnic table where they’ll bring your food once it’s made to order. The burger was hot and juicy and had a nice crust of herbs and spices. The fries were served hot, crispy on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside. The menu is refreshingly uncomplicated – they stick to a few items and do them incredibly well. There didn’t seem to be any seating inside; therefore it is a fair weather establishment. Go check them out soon – I’m pretty sure they close for the season at the end of September!

This weekend we’ll be back at Victoria Park for the Ribfest and Craft Beer Festival and then checking out Uptown Waterloo for the Jazz Festival!

I see a 10,000 plus step weekend in my future!

 

— Judy

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