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St Jacobs - Which Market with Fritters?

pinstripeprincess Sep 16, 2008 07:58 AM

am trying to convince someone that we should leave earlier to get fritters at the st jacobs market but i've only been once and can't remember for the life of me which market has it. since we'll likely be there at the latest possible hour... it's a matter of if we need to be there by 1:30 or 3... so any idea which one it is that I'm looking at? I assume the first, but want to be correct!

Thursday & Saturday year around
7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday Market
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. until December 28, 2008
A Saturday market also operates at this location, year round, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m

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    berbere RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 16, 2008 12:14 PM

    I was there a few weeks ago and by noon & onwards, the lineup at the fritter stand was pretty steady and noticeable as it was the only line that wound out the door of the "barn" that housed several eateries, just in front of the parking lot of the main farmers' market (can't miss the signs to the main market, it is across from the outlet stores)

    1. Dr Butcher RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 16, 2008 12:30 PM

      berbere's got it. The main market that's usually surrounded by vendors. I haven't been in a year or so.

      Make sure you either eat them right away or give them a chance to cool by opening the box. They definitely get soggy if they've got a chance to sit around.

      The line is usually pretty long, but it moves fairly quickly. I like to get to the market and get out before the tour buses arrive, so, arrive as early as possible!

      I usually check out Picards when I go as well. Can't help but get a bag or two of chip nuts and chocolate covered almonds....

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        magic RE: Dr Butcher Sep 16, 2008 12:35 PM

        The market I always went to was the Saturday farmer's market. I think that is the one you are looking for in terms of fritters and food.

        The farmer's market is outstanding. I haven't been in 5 years. But it was just so great. Those apple fritters were amazing. The lines always move fast, it's not a problem.

        Does anyone know if that great donair stand is still there? Are those Tiny Tom-like donuts still there??

        1. re: magic
          Dr Butcher RE: magic Sep 16, 2008 12:52 PM

          The donair stand remains. I believe it changed owners a few years ago, the product has remained nearly identical.

          They used to have a restaurant at University & Weber in Waterloo but it closed years ago. I guess they couldn't translate the lineups at the market into a viable takeout joint.

          Not sure about the donuts, but the last time I was there I'm pretty sure they were still around. Hopefully someone else can help out in that regard.

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            magic RE: Dr Butcher Sep 16, 2008 01:20 PM

            Thanks for the update. Very informative. It's good to know that despite the ownership change the donair spot is pretty much the same. Good good. Too bad for the former owners. That sucks.

            I'll be looking for those donuts too. Thanks for the update Dr Butcher. Can't wait to revisit this market. It's been far too long.

            1. re: Dr Butcher
              red dragon RE: Dr Butcher Sep 17, 2008 01:09 PM

              Here's a picture of the mini donuts

            2. re: magic
              red dragon RE: magic Sep 17, 2008 01:00 PM

              Was there a few weeks ago and the donair place is still there (run by Chinese family). We personally didn't like them; a real disappointment. I guess we're spoiled by the original ones in Halifax.

              The tiny tim donuts were not great either imo, I think the oil definitely needed changing.

              The fritters were good, bit soggy even when hot, have to eat them on the spot - pictures are below.

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                pinstripeprincess RE: red dragon Sep 17, 2008 01:15 PM

                halifax donairs aren't necessarily the originators... they're just a whole different variety on their own. i haven't tried one yet but the sweetness i keep hearing about doesn't quite get me interested.

                great donair in toronto is at house of donair by gerrard/yonge.

                1. re: red dragon
                  Dr Butcher RE: red dragon Sep 17, 2008 01:18 PM

                  I have found that the donair stand can be hit or miss. I've had some dry meat, and occasionally they serve skimpy portions (I guess it depends who's making them). More often than not they are very nice, the meat is moist and flavourful.

                  They've got a different flavour than a gyro but definitely aren't Nova Scotia donairs.

                  1. re: Dr Butcher
                    red dragon RE: Dr Butcher Sep 18, 2008 06:41 AM

                    Hi Dr_Butcher,
                    Yes, that's exactly what we both had; dry meat and very skimpy portions. A huge let down. Good to hear it wasn't just us.

                  2. re: red dragon
                    magic RE: red dragon Sep 17, 2008 01:19 PM

                    I've never had a Halifax donair, nor been to Halifax for that matter. When I used to go to the market years ago I loved the donairs. Haven't been in so long. I hope when I go soon they are still good. I remain hopeful. Thanks for the pics!

              2. pinstripeprincess RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 17, 2008 09:40 AM

                alright... so i'm trusting you all that until 3:29pm i can get apple fritters!

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                  magic RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 17, 2008 10:17 AM

                  Even though it's been 5 years since I was last there, I do recall the farmer's market closing around 3 or 3:30, yeah. That sounds familiar.

                  I'd leave as early as I could, to give yourself enough time. Why chance it and cut it close? :)

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess
                    red dragon RE: pinstripeprincess Sep 17, 2008 01:06 PM

                    Here are some pictures, the line up was long (Saturday). They didn't heat up too well when we got home with leftovers (edible, but much better on the spot).

                    1. re: red dragon
                      Dr Butcher RE: red dragon Sep 17, 2008 01:11 PM

                      Yep, those poor, poor fritters.... They're so popular they have no chance to cool down before they're hit with cinnamon sugar and boxed. The steam melts the sugar and within minutes and they lose any semblance of crispiness.

                      Hot out of the oil they're awesome.

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