BeaverTails has been serving up their famous dough pastries since 1978 and to get them from the source you're going to want to go to Pier 6 on the waterfront. If the tall, red building doesn't grab your attention, the sweet smell of pastries will.
While this is BeaverTails' largest Ontario location, it isn't actually that big inside. There's seating for 16 which makes it a tight squeeze in summer once the lines start to form.
A classic BeaverTail is the Killaloe Sunrise topped with cinnamon, sugar and lemon. The tart lemon compliments the sweetness of the pastry well.
In total there are nine different variations of BeaverTails ($5.09-$6.42) on the menu. The most popular might be the cinnamon and sugar, banana chocolate and Triple Trip, which consists of chocolate, hazelnut spread, peanut butter and Reese's Pieces.
If you have a sweet tooth, the Triple Trip is deadly. You can't really go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter together, and even though it's almost too sweet, it's a perfect pastry to share.
To drink I recommend the raspberry peach smoothie ($6.42). The smoothies here are all made with fresh fruit and frozen yogurt, but if you're dairy-free you're in luck. The frozen yogurt can be replaced with a fresh orange juice or lemonade base and they'll double up on the fresh fruit so you don't lose the quality or quantity.
Sadly, this location doesn't offer Beaver dogs, but they do have poutine that looks legit. For $7.30 you get a generous portion of fries, gravy and cheese curds. It's worth the calories. You can also grab plain fries for $4.87.
Also available are the Moozoo brands of frozen yogurt ($3.32) and sundaes ($4.87) and gelato (made on-site starting at $4.42). Flavours are always changing, but expect classics like lemon and strawberry and some more decadent ones like red velvet and tiramisu.
Beaver bites (BeaverTails in ball form) can be ordered with gelato ($6.42) or frozen yogurt ($5.53). There's also a range of soft drinks and coffee-based drinks. This location is open year-round and has extended hours in the summer months.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.