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Whats your fav EX food?

Well I may be a little early, but I cant stop thinking about the food building at the CNE. I gotta have me some of those little donuts, beaver tails, ye olde fudge pot, and waffles with icecream. And after that maybe a 3 hour run:). Does anyone have any recommendations for something I must eat at the CNE this summer? Please no negative comments, if you dont like the food building keep it to yourself!

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  1. It's not in the food building, but every year I have to indulge in a deep fried Mars bar. It is completely over the top and makes me watch what I eat for a week before and a week after, but man is it good!

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    1. re: cheesymama

      Where would the deep fried mars bar be?

      1. re: togone

        As you walk in the main gates, it is past the Farm building but before you hit the real crush of it, on the south side across from some of the games and across from the Better Living Centre (I think that's what it's called). They sell fries and burgers or hotdogs out of the same trailer. They are worth searching out.

    2. When I used to go the Ex as a kid, we absolutely had to have those waffles with ice cream, no question. Although we didn't get them in the food building, I think we went to a stand sort of near the midway. And the waffles were way bigger then too (or maybe I was smaller).

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      1. re: JamieK

        I don't know what it is about amusement parks that brings out the junk food addict in me. Maybe it's that smell of donuts, cotton candy, and those waffles- I have no idea but I go crazy.

        I have to agree that the waffles are a must. And corn dogs.

        Oh, and BBQ corn on the cob.

        1. re: czthemmnt

          The waffles are bringing back memories. I've heard there's a vendor who does a pretty good Philly Cheesesteak. Anybody know who it is?

          1. re: czthemmnt

            In the Food Building there are a couple of places that have Polish Sausages served with Sauerkraut....I LOVE the Sauerkraut and if I have to eat the sausage I will... but my real love is just a whole dish of sauerkraut! Hubby's first choice is Bacon on a Bun...When I was a little kid my fave was the Aunt Jemima Pancake Booth followed by a Ice Cream on a Waffle near the Midway..I always take home a Candy Apple while eating Tiny Tom Donuts & waiting for the streetcar....never take the car to the EX!!

          2. re: JamieK

            Nothing like the smell of the waffles cooking on the iron. YUMMM. I haven't been to the Ex in years. When I went in my youth the ice cream waffles were a must-eat item. So were the corn dogs, Tiny Tim donuts, Honeydew drinks and what my sister calls "crappy $1 spaghetti".

            1. re: mrsleny

              I would kinda like a "crappy one dollar spaghetti" myself... :)

          3. Tiny Tom donuts, bison burgers, ice cream waffles and corn dogs!

              1. re: halugii

                I love love LOVE the waffle ice cream sandwiches, BUT it has to be from the place that actually makes the waffles fresh on the waffle iron. Many of the wannabes are using frozen Eggo waffles and toasting them. Not anywhere near as good as freshly made. I also like the perogies with fried onions you can get in the food building.

              2. For me the Ex is not complete without a corn dog ( is that 1 word or 2?) . . . There is just something about a cheap mystery meat dog dipped in batter and deep fried that says "snackboy please eat me!"


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                  1. re: Recyclor

                    Can they be found anywhere on the Ex grounds? Believe it or not, I've never had a corndog!! I know it's a hotdog dipped in corn batter and deep fried, but I must try one!

                    1. re: red dragon

                      You are in for a treat then! There is a booth on the grounds somewhere that has the jumbo ones, or in the food court building you can get them...FYI there ARE regular sized dog versions too, but that's no fun!

                      1. re: Recyclor

                        Of course I'll go for the jumbo ones ...LOL


                1. Since I have refractured my foot I doubt I can do the ex this year (sigh) but I will miss the tiny tom's donuts and waffle sandwiches, and the perogies........ and and and... I guess everything!!

                  1. Ditto on the one dollar spagetti - also fresh pogos, popcorn, candy apple and the really big pickles in the livestock tent.

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                    1. re: juliewong

                      Corn dogs...they used to have stand near the Food Building selling
                      gi-normous sour kosher pickles on a stick (easily the size of a corn dog) too.

                    2. All about the Tiny Tom doughnuts for me.

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                      1. re: Pincus

                        Same here, tiny donuts, plus the waffle ice-cream sandwiches.

                      2. I am so embarrassed...the blue cotton candy

                        and the tiny tom's donuts

                        1. We have to start with an ice cream waffle. It's a 35+ year tradition with my best friend and now her kids. Then we have to have freshly squeezed lemonade while we're waiting for the rides to open ... we like to be the first people on at least one of the teacuppy rides. The crappy $1 spaghetti, $1 hot dogs are essentials in between ferris wheel rides (3 spins on the ferris wheel at least each trip are essential) ... perogies in the food building. I was really happy the years they had fresh hot soft pretzels ... I had at least 2 of those. A candy apple's important. Tiny Tom Donuts for the streetcar wait/ride.

                          Disgusting but sooo good.

                          Oh yeah, the waffles have to be from the place that's just outside the building that has the horticulture judging.

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                          1. re: LadyPB

                            When I go it's a corn dog and Tiny Tom's donuts. As a kid I remember the $0.25 spaghetti and Lolas and trying free samples. I'd get a free Ex admission in my report card and would look forward to going all summer.

                            Now it all seems like such a ripoff, it literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

                            1. re: Dr Butcher

                              They've had some not bad samples in the last few years. Two or three years ago, they were handing out 0.25 l size jars of Skippy. We went through the line a few times - those little jars of PB were great for work.

                              Last year we somehow managed to pick up enough food samples that we skipped buying lunch. I've really appreciated the Egyptian and Turkish candy and nut samples in the shoppers market. Yum. My pal always gets 10 or so pounds of figs from those vendors. She says they're better and fresher than anything else she can get in Ontario.

                          2. I can't believe no one mentioned funnel cakes! Actually, I always preferred those Swiss waffles with the iced cream and strawberries. And I'm pretty sure there was a rule somewhere that you weren't even allowed on the "Flyer" without a bellyful of corn-dogs and cotton candy. Ah, the good ol' days of not caring about trans-fats or sunstroke.

                            1. Not in the food building, but near the kids mini midway, there's a red and white snack bar that sells deep-fried spicy wings smothered in extra barbecue sauce with fries, in a box for under $10. It's total junk, the chicken is the cheapest "ghetto chicken,"and in all likelihood, you'll suffer heartburn, but it will be so very, very worth it. Every year, without fail, I gorge on this menu item, and later, soothe the burn with a couple bites of ice cream waffle sandwich. Seriously, whether you have kids or not, kit the kids' midway, they're hiding some of the best junk food right around there!

                              1. Having spent a few summers as a teenager working at the Dubble Bubble booth I consumed a lot of Ex. food, however nothing pops into my mind's tastebuds faster than Tiny Tom cinnamon sugar donuts!!! Mmmmmmmmmmm!

                                1. The Swiss waffles with powdered sugar!!!

                                  1. Corn dogs, curly fries, beaver tails (on the Ontario Place side) and of course Tiny Tom donuts:)

                                    I also hear they have deep fried chocolate!! scary,., but I have to try it!