Tall Tales Cafe
Chef John Mairleitner has lived in Elgin County most of his life, and there’s no place he’d rather be. John is well known in the local community and is a familiar face at many places in Elgin County, but he is most often seen at Tall Tales Café in the village of Wallacetown where his longstanding successful family business can be found.
The restaurant, which also serves as a gas station and post office, has been a family business since Mairleitner’s parents established it in 1982 on the corner of Currie Road and Talbot Line, where cars turn south toward Lake Erie, about five kilometres away.
But it’s more than just its location that has made Tall Tales Café successful. The talents of Mairleitner, who trained as a chef at Fanshawe College and George Brown, are in demand for the quality of food he serves in the restaurant. His pies are especially famous.
What’s the secret to his spectacular crust? “Don’t overwork it”. There’s more to it, though. Mairleitner uses fresh local produce in his pies, including several types of fruits grown in his own garden, and he has a way with recipes.
Eat inside or dine on the newly added patio for a small town country restaurant feel or order a fresh pizza or other deliciously crafted soups, salads or burgers to go.
No matter what your order you can expect it to be fresh, local and always served with a friendly smile.