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Gourmet restaurant in the country around Toronto?

BobAndCarolInTO Aug 5, 2004 01:04 PM

Hi all. I'm looking for a recommendation for a top-quality gourmet dining experience somewhere in the vicinity of Toronto (within a 1 1/2 hour drive). Preferably in the country or in a small town. This is for a special dinner, so price is not a major consideration. I'm looking for a place that has an excellent reputation for food and atmosphere, but that also has a somewhat casual feel. Perhaps in and old inn or farmhouse - something like that.

Any recommendations you have would be most appreciated.


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    MC Aug 5, 2004 02:22 PM

    Go to Rundles in Stratford. Incredible!

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    1. re: MC
      John Aug 5, 2004 03:29 PM

      I'll admit the food at Rundles is excellent, but the rest of it has problems. The wait staff looked as if they were being opressed, and I would too if I had to wear their horrible uniforms. The "folk art" on the tables is off-putting. Who wants to look at rusty old beer bottle caps when eating their foie gras? And the prices are SOOOO much more expensive than the nice places in Toronto. It's like they are trying top make a year's worth of profit in five months (which I'm sure is what they ARE trying to do). But the food is good.

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      sunburn Aug 5, 2004 02:28 PM

      I highly recommend the Millcroft Inn. It is in Alton, a pretty little town in the Caledon area. The restaurant has a patio overlooking the mill pond and also a little glass enclosed overhanging room above the waterfall. You should definitely reserve ahead and try and get a table in the glass room.

      The food is excellent. I especially liked the smoked duck entree. The service was unobtrusive but attentive. You can nicely combine this with a road trip to all the little towns in the area (Fergus, St Jacobs, Elora) and the Elora Gorge.

      Here's a link:


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      1. re: sunburn
        MC Aug 5, 2004 02:47 PM

        Yes Millcroft too is excellent.

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        hungreemonkee Aug 5, 2004 03:26 PM

        came across this article...


        never tried any of the restaurants, though.

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          bob Aug 5, 2004 07:29 PM

          well acording to a brish rest magazine one of the ten best resturants in the world is in collenwood i beleive.

          the chief name is michael eishenbrans (sp)

          he grows his own herbs, all organic etc.

          but reservations are booked months in advance

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          1. re: bob
            Dulac Aug 5, 2004 08:25 PM

            I believe you're referring to Eigensinn Farm and the chef is Michael Stadtlander. It's true that reservations must be made weeks if not months ahead.

            RR2, Singhampton (20 minutes south of Collingwood)

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            Lorne Aug 7, 2004 10:25 PM

            Hogan's Inn At Four Corners is also very good (in King City)

            The food is excellent, and taking a personal tour of their wine cellar, it is quite extensive.

            About 20mins out of the city


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