A brand new restaurant, with an old-school feel, has opened in downtown Port Lambton.
Retro Grill has been in business for about a month on the St.Clair Parkway, in the same building as the Royal Bank, grocery store and LCBO.
“Its very retro, very cool inside… it is really wicked,” said Tammy McLeay, owner of restaurant.
“All our food is homemade. There is nothing that is processed. We do our own peanut butter, we make our own jam, we make pies. We do everything old school. You know the original way they made clubhouses and we batter our own chicken tenders. It’s all freshly cut breasts and battered. Nothing is frozen or processed.”
Tammy said they serve hand cut fries, fresh produce and homemade hamburgers on the grill and breakfast has been very popular.
“They are big and beautiful,” Tammy said.
A few of the items on the menu are close to Tammy’s heart as well.
“For instance, homemade cabbage rolls are my Mom’s. She has passed away, so it’s like Cathy’s Cabbage Rolls, Tammy’s Spaghetti pie, my cousin Cindy’s coleslaw, and a friend from Walpole Island’s family recipe for corn soup and we are just starting pizza too.”
Tammy added: “Our Southern-style buttermilk soaked chicken is really popular. We go through a lot of homemade pies… about six pies in a week or more so that’s very popular. Homemade cookies and Pop Shoppe pop too.”
They also serve fresh fish right from Purdy’s Fish Market in Sarnia every Friday, Tammy said.
And keeping with the retro theme, the menus themselves are actually old comic books.
“We always have really cool old music playing,” she said.
“We have very old retro board games and a pinball machine, you are always able to play. We have some outside seating too. The atmosphere is small but it is very connected, very old school and family oriented.”
Tammy said they have plans to start a take out window by the end of the summer, along with pizza delivery.”
Tammy said she is from Chatham, but grew up in the Port Lambton and Sombra area.
“We have had a restaurant for five years in Grand Bend, but that was such a hike that we decided to do it a little closer to home.”
Call the restaurant at 226-989-7572.
Here are some photos of the new Port Lambton restaurant:
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