Food truck travels: Loves Snack Shack

Small but mighty, Loves Snack Shack offers a variety of fresh, made-to-order meal options in Godfrey, a perfect stop on the way to the cottage, or on a day trip to explore the area. Photo by Bill Gowsell.

Who they are

The Godfrey General Store has been one of the popular sites for groceries and gas for cottagers in the Godfrey area for quite some time. Loves Snack Shack is the perfect complement to the general store, with a variety of meals for cottage goers and locals.

Where they are

Godfrey, Ontario. Where Highway 38 and the Westport Road meet, you will find Loves Snack Shack and the Godfrey General Store. Not only can you catch a meal at the roadside food truck, you can also shop for groceries, and fill up with gas. For Kingston residents who have a cottage in the Godfrey area, you have probably either stopped here, or drove right by.

Hours are varied but they are usually open Wednesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sign out front of the Godfrey General Store and Stinson gas station in Godfrey. Photo by Bill Gowsell.

My experience

Since I was a child, I have been coming to White Lake, just past Godfrey and spending the summers at the family cottage. I have many memories of Les and Shirley McGowan, who use to own and operate the Godfrey General Store. This was the store where I first tried a new chip flavour called All Dressed courtesy of Shirley, and my family has been linked to this store for my entire life. When Les and Shirley sold we all wondered what would happen to this prime retail location.

I am very pleased to say that not only has the store continued to thrive, but the addition of Loves Snack Shack has added a new source of joy to a treasured place in our cottage life. When I stopped there for a meal, three customers were already waiting for an order, and I had to choose between a mountain of choices for food. Since I was in my father’s truck, and he doubts my ability to not spill in his vehicle, I ordered a small poutine and coke.

While waiting, I sat back and admired the state of the food truck. Immaculately clean, the two servers diligently worked to prepare three hamburger meals and then my poutine in less that 10 minutes.

The small poutine from Loves Snack Shack in Godfrey. Photo by Bill Gowsell.

I watched as the servers salted the fries in a large metal bowl, and I wondered if I would be able to taste that extra touch in my poutine. When I received my order, it was in a Styrofoam box fit for a Big Mac, but overflowing with some of the freshest cut fries I have ever had. I’m glad that I didn’t order the large, because the regular size was perfect for me.

Looks can be deceiving, and sometimes the fries of the poutine can be overcooked. One bite of this poutine and I knew there wasn’t a bad fry in the bunch. The potato slices are crisp as you bite in but give way to a river of tastes. I got the salt from the mixing that I witnessed, but combined with the gravy and the cheese curds, I felt the contentment I get after a full Thanksgiving meal.

While waiting for my order, I asked the servers about their hours and learned that they show up an hour before opening just to pre-cut the fries. It obvious that quality matters at Loves Snack Shack.

On the menu

The menu is vast, but some of the highlights offered are the following: Fries, Poutine, Onion Rings, Chicken Fingers, Wraps, Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Sausage.

The menu at Loves Snack Shack. Photo by Bill Gowsell.

Final thought

Loves Snack Shack is a long way to travel to eat at a food truck for the ordinary Kingston resident, but to those who have a cottage in the area, are visiting friends near by, or fancy a road trip, Loves Snack Shack will satisfy a variety of tastes with quality made meals. I look forward to coming back.

Bill Gowsell was born and raised in Kingston. With an interest in history, food, wine, and all things Disney, Bill has been writing for the last eight years on a variety of topics. During the summers he can be found at the family cottage north of Kingston, or at the bottom of Lake Ontario… scuba diving.

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  1. Karen July 18, 2019

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