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Jul 12, 2009 07:53 AM

Tim Horton's coming to NYC

Only in Manhattan, but even so...

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  1. And 2x in Downtown Brooklyn

    1. I spent the day watching the events unfold. There was a ton of media coverage, free coffee, etc. Photos and links here:

      1. I am mildly surprised by all the coverage. This might be unpatriotic to say, but I never did find Timmie's *that* special. I only go when the craving for Timbits (donut holes) hit.

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        1. re: pinkprimp

          Only unpatriotic if you are a Canadian I suppose.

          Tried the coffee yesterday and it was pretty good. Not burnt like Starbucks and a little stronger than Dunkin Donuts. I'll be back.

          1. re: iluvcookies

            My opinion exactly. It kept me very awake all morning and didn't have an aftertaste.

          2. re: pinkprimp

            and do you always refer to it as "Timmie's"? My Canadian colleagues do that too--I wonder if it will catch on more in the US. Some columnist in Detroit tried to get "TeeHos" to catch on but it didn't.

            1. re: coney with everything

              I live in Columbus, Ohio and we've had Tim Horton's for a very long time. 10 years or so, possibly? In any case, it's never caught on around here to call it "Timmies."

              Conversely, we only have 3 Dunkin Donuts, and most of them are fairly new. They were aorund when I was a kid, but all closed until the last year or so.

              1. re: Ditdah

                We call it "Tim's". My hubby's from Hamilton, the home of Tim Horton, and I've never heard him call it anything else. Personal preference, I guess!
                It really is a Canadian institution; they have one a location at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, and the troops still line up in the blazing sun for a double-double (and teach their Brit and US counterparts the lingo too...)

                1. re: Ditdah

                  I think the people at Tim's learned a lot when Canadian Tire (a giant hardware/auto/appliance store - think Wal-Mart without food or clothes) tried to expand into the US. CT bought a lot of stores in areas where there weren't many Canadians. Americans stayed away in droves.

                  Tim's, on the other hand, expanded along routes that got a lot of Canadians and border cities like Buffalo and Detroit. You can find them sprinkled along I-75 (preferred route for many Canadians when driving to Florida), and along I-94 (for Canadians driving to Chicago). I was surprised to find one in Portland, ME. I guess there are enough Canadians working in NYC to make the gamble worth it.

                  1. re: Ditdah

                    you're lucky it never caught on. People calling it "Timmies" is one of my personal pet peeves.

                  2. re: coney with everything

                    Yes, commonly referred to as "Timmie's" "Tim's" or "Timmy Hoes" (not me).

                  3. re: pinkprimp

                    Me neither I always thought their doughnuts were the TERRIBLE. And their Iced Cappucino's overpriced. Their pastries, also TERRIBLE. Their soups were too salty.

                    But what really made me angry was that no matter which Tim Horton's I've went to, the service is TERRIBLE and I'm from Toronto, I know terrible service o.o.

                    1. re: AngelSanctuary

                      I just had a raisin bran muffin from Tim's this morning and it was pretty darned tasty, I thought! Morning service at most locations is never what I would call "Friendly", but, rather, "army-efficient". Those gals can move line-ups!

                  4. Paraphrasing another thread, "It aint Tim Horton's"

                    1. Here in Canada we call it Timmie's or Uncle Timmie's.

                      The coffee is pretty good and the sandwiches and stuff are a decent quality. The sad part is, the donuts used to be great. All made in house as were the muffins. Some time ago the powers that be decided they could move the manufacturing to a centralized location and it wouldn't matter.

                      When Krispy Kreme moved into town there were lineups out the door and out the parking lot. It didn't last. Their coffee was horrible and if you didn't get a "Hot now" their donuts didn't measure up to Timmies's.