Tempt your Taste @Emmabackporch (Emma Back Porch)
Emma & George Byrnes opened a restaurant of four tables in their owned house in 1919. Owing to their finest quality, Emma back porch quickly became famous!
About Emma BackPorch:
The Water St. Cooker & Emma's Back Porch was formally known as the Estaminet Standard Hotel. In 1919, owners Emma and George Byrens bought the house and opened a restaurant with only four tables. Emma ordered all supplies locally and insisted on the best quality; therefore, the Estaminet quickly became known for serving the finest foods and providing the most sought-after lakefront atmosphere. Emma greeted each of her guests dressed in full evening attire with her talking lime green parrot, Paul, who resided in the front lobby. Paul was responsible for closing the restaurant by calling out 'All out, gentlemen. This establishment is now closing!'
The Estaminet was visited by famous patrons including Liberate, Louis Armstrong, John Diefenbaker, Barbara Ann Scott and Ontario's Premier Mitchell F. Hepburn.
Since 1973, the old Estimate has seen a string of owners until 1992 when it officially became home to Emma's Back Porch & The Water St. Cooker. The restaurant names were selected in honour of the building's historical value and to continue both old and new traditions. Emma's Back Porch & The Water St. Cooker houses many memories for the community of Burlington and it continues to be a staple venue for good food, good times, and great hospitality!
Emma Back Porch
Must Try Dishes
COTTAGE PAN NACHOS: Baking pan loaded with tortilla chips, Emma's beef chili, 3 cheese blend, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole, salsa.
BLACKENED CHICKEN GREEK: Grill blackened chicken breast, romaine, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, sweet red onion, feta and made from scratch Greek dressing.
AWESOME RIBS: Slow roasted Kansas City cut side ribs, basted with Emma's own Aunt Peggy's BBQ sauce. Fresh cut fries and coleslaw.
MAC N CHEESE BURGER: Scooby Doo noodles tossed in a spicy cheese sauce, smoked bacon, Ace Bakery kaiser.
TRlPLE DIP: Hummus, tzatiki, sundried tomato cream cheese. veggies, pita.
Fries at Emmas
BLUEBERRY LEMONADE: Blueberry Vodka. Lemonade, Fresh Blueberries.
HAND CRAFTED MARGARITA: Cuervo Gold Tequila, Freshly squeezed Lime, a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice, Mrs.T Sweet & Sour.
PREMIUM DRAUGHT: Rickards, Creemore Lager, Granville Island Pale Ale, Belgium Moon
Emmas Lake View
2084 Old Lakeshore Road