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The Explorers Café

kawarthagirl Mar 19, 2008 08:26 AM

Has anyone been to the The Explorers Café in Midland? Someone was telling me it was the cat's miao but I was hoping to get some other views!

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    hungryforquality May 31, 2009 03:01 PM

    'smatter of fact, we ate there Friday night. It's a regular stop for us every summer,we have a cottage nearby.
    Casual, laid-back atmosphere. Friendly, attentive service. The chef likes it spicy, so if that's not your forte, advise your waitress.
    I agree with Iseaborn, it compares favourably to a good bistro in Toronto.
    Would also suggest Mad Michael's for superb BBQ and the Library for higher end dining.

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    1. re: hungryforquality
      estufarian Jun 1, 2009 08:11 AM

      I find the food better at Explorer's than the Library - although indeed Explorers is really only a cafe (as its name says). Library is very 'safe' - which for me means unexciting.
      But Mad Michael's is the star in this area. Even more casual than the others - but for me it's the only 'destination' (although I'm basing my comments on last year - haven't been (yet) since this season's re-opening.
      IMO the BBQ exceeds everything I've had in Toronto - and their cornbread is the best I've had anywhere.

      There's a (mostly) take-out BBQ place recently opened in Midland (more of a diner - can't think of the name), which will do in a pinch, but the meat was dried out when I tried it - although fairly good flavour.

    2. JamieK May 29, 2009 04:22 PM

      Their website is a wasted opportunity to talk about their menu and cultural activities. Why bother.

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        Googs May 30, 2009 05:46 AM

        Because, JamieK, many rural communities are still dial-up. Just letting people know where you are is effort enough.

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        lseaborn May 29, 2009 08:12 AM

        The Explorer's Cafe is, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Midland and general area. It has innovative food - all with an international flavour - a great atmosphere and warm and attentive staff. The salmon and their special dessert, Chai Creme Brulee are to die for!!! It would compare favourably to many restaurants in Toronto, with a nice casual feel to it.

        1. Googs Mar 19, 2008 10:59 AM

          Haven't been and I haven't heard a thing. Your questions always make me curious, though, so I've found this:

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