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Tim Horton's coming to NYC

mcsheridan Jul 12, 2009 07:53 AM

Only in Manhattan, but even so...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/nyr...

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    newkai Jul 13, 2009 01:40 PM

    And 2x in Downtown Brooklyn

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      newkai Jul 13, 2009 08:24 PM

      I spent the day watching the events unfold. There was a ton of media coverage, free coffee, etc. Photos and links here: http://fastfoodnyc.com/2009/07/tim-ho...

      1. pinkprimp Jul 14, 2009 08:03 AM

        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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          iluvcookies Jul 14, 2009 08:41 AM

          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.

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            newkai Jul 14, 2009 07:00 PM

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

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            coney with everything Jul 16, 2009 05:17 AM

            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.

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              Ditdah Jul 16, 2009 11:15 AM

              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.

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                KayceeK Jul 16, 2009 01:51 PM

                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...)

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                  FrankDrakman Jul 17, 2009 02:26 PM

                  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
                    im_nomad Jul 19, 2009 09:14 AM

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

                  2. re: coney with everything
                    pinkprimp Jul 27, 2009 05:26 PM

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

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                    AngelSanctuary Jul 26, 2009 11:21 PM

                    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.

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                      KayceeK Jul 27, 2009 07:50 AM

                      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. Sam Fujisaka Jul 16, 2009 05:22 AM

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

                    1. Davwud Jul 17, 2009 06:54 AM

                      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.

                      DT

                      1. michele cindy Jul 27, 2009 05:31 AM

                        How do they compare to a freshly made off of the conveyor Krispy Creme?

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                          Davwud Jul 27, 2009 07:17 AM

                          Nothing compares to those. But they beat the rest of the KC line up easily.

                          DT

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                            AngelSanctuary Jul 29, 2009 01:58 AM

                            I think they're worse than a Krispy Creme that's been left out for a day...

                          2. 2slices Jul 27, 2009 11:36 AM

                            went during a biz trip to calgary. The only thing I found impressive was that the lines went out the door, literally. Went once, it was fine. Perhaps a little better than dunkin but i dont eat donuts much. As far as coffee I dont remember it being spectacular. Chain-wise I like dunkin coffee, not a starbucks fan.

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                              rochfood Jul 27, 2009 01:09 PM

                              We have a Tim Horton's. I'd rank thir coffee ahead of DD but behind McD's.

                              I usually don't think their food is that great but I did have one of their new blueberry donuts recently and they were very good, especially the blueberry sour cream type one.
                              I work with a Canadian and he must go there daily, no surprise. The hockey coaches like it too, eh. I walk in and think I should have a toque on and think of the Mckenzie brothers (Sorry for the stereotyping) talking to Hosehead.."2 jelly donuts comin'".

                              1. pikiliz Jul 27, 2009 02:15 PM

                                I have not had TH's in at least 5 years but they are really amazing good stuff . I have not found any here in S.FLorida

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